Coming off the bench

After four weeks on the sidelines (and almost 3 months away from Continental), I’m finally back in an airport and about to get on an airplane. The tremors and twitches have mostly subsided as I enjoy a pre-departure Bloody Mary in the lounge, and I am slowly drifting back into the travel pattern habits.

No miles earned on this trip, as I’m flying on a reward ticket. No upgrades either, both because it is a reward seat and because it is on an ERJ where “every seat is like first class.” And it’s only an hour in the air, which after my past few flights of transcons and trans-Pacific flights seems like a commute, not a real trip. And I think I lost my noise-cancelling headphones and MP3 player. I can’t find them anywhere, though it is possible that I managed to “clean them up” at some point. That’s really going to throw my whole flight habit off when I don’t have them available.

On the flip side, I’m back in the air, crossing a border (albeit to a country I’ve already been to a few times) and experiencing air travel again, so all is well.

Also, a quick plug for Continental’s PDA Flight Info tool that I wrote about a few weeks ago. I’m booked on a flight later this afternoon but trying to fly out this morning so I can get a head start on drinking Canadian beer. I woke up this morning and was able to check the details of the flight, including whether anyone else was on standby and if there were seats available. Looking at it right now there are seats available and I’m number 1 on the list. Looks like an early flight up to YUL, and foiling the TSA and FAMs who I had a long talk with during my security screening this morning (they wrote down all my flight info and seat number, but I probably won’t be in that seat anymore).

Update to add: I did clear the standby, and I didn’t have to camp out at the gate to find out. The PDA tool is awesome!

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.