Connecting from Terminal 7 to Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX

I found an amazing deal from LAX to Tokyo (Narita) for the cherry blossom festival. There was one “problem,” though – I live in San Francisco.

Having traveled to LAX often, I decided I would book a 7am flight (landing shortly after 8am), which would leave me plenty of time to connect to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX. However, due to what the pilot called “a whole in the runway” at LAX, my flight was delayed and we didn’t land until 10:15am.

Having never traversed from Terminal 7 to TBIT before, and reading horror stories online, I was afraid I would miss my flight.

Luckily, it turns out that you can now connect between all terminals at LAX and TBIT without going through security again. If you land in either Terminal 7 or 8 (basically, United), head to gate 71A and you will see signs leading you to all other terminals.

To make sure I would make it on time, I walked as fast as I could and got a mild case of shin splints.

It took me exactly 20 minutes to travel from Terminal 7 to TBIT, including getting slightly lost once, and arriving at the gate sweating. Of course, my boarding ended up being delayed, but I was happy to make it with plenty of time to spare and am currently awaiting boarding to head to Tokyo!

Los Angeles Trip Deal: $446 round-trip from LAX to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on United, ANA

United and ANA are putting flights from Los Angeles, California to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on sale, and the deal is amazing. Flights start at $451 after taxes, with dates found from August through November.

Malaysia is one of the countries I hope to visit in 2017, so I may have to hop on this deal.

To find this deal, use Google Flights and search for flights between LAX and KUL.

“Cash me ousside” girl punches airline passenger, gets liftime ban from Spirit Airlines

Danielle Bregoli, famous for her appearance on Dr. Phil in which she threatened the audience to “cash me ousside,” was boarding a Spirit Airlines flight out of LAX when chaos ensued.

TMZ  helped break the story, and you can check out the videos in the link.

Danielle was returning from filming a Dr. Phil reunion special when the incident took place. From the videos, it appears the other passengers involved were instigating Danielle upon recognizing her from the famous meme.

Spirit Airlines announced that Danielle, her mother, and the other passenger involved are now permanently banned from flying the airline.

 

Los Angeles Trip Deal: $486 direct, round-trip from LAX to Tokyo, Japan on United Airlines

Insane trip deal alert!

United Airlines is putting direct flights from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan on sale. You can flights from as low as $486 round-trip, after taxes on United’s Dreamliner from March through May.

To find this deal, use Google Flights and search for flights between LAX and NRT (you may need to make sure you’re searching only United flights).

Flying Delta on the day of its computer glitch and airport protests

I planned a trip to LA this weekend for a meeting and to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Jimmy!) and thought it would be a quick trip to and from SFO.

I decided to book through Delta, despite having status on American and United, because I found a round-trip, Delta Comfort+ ticket for $136.40, whereas United and American were pricing economy in the $180 range.  Also, I wanted to take advantage of Delta’s partnership with Alaska, which is soon ending, and credit the miles to my Alaska account, as I go for status with Alaska this year.

I really regret choosing to fly with Delta for this flight, though. The headache began when I landed in LA, and saw that Delta credited the miles I earned to my Delta account, not to Alaska (even though my ticket had my Alaska frequent flier number on it, and I called in advance to confirm the miles would be credited to Alaska).  They told me this was non-reversible, then said it was, and then put me on a conference call with Alaska to fix their mistake. When they told me there was 25-minute wait to speak to a representative, they said the could fix it without me staying on the line, but, so far, I’m still waiting for this to go through.

Having seen what was going on in the news, I was happy my flight was at 11am from LAX to SFO, knowing that the later my flight was, the higher the odds that I’d be grounded due to a protest.  The flight departed at around 11:35am, though it managed to land around 12:30pm (the expected arrival time).

Although reports are that Delta’s computer system crashed later in the day, there were absolutely issues on my flight. After landing, we were stuck on the tarmac for over an hour, due to a “technical glitch” (there was nothing more announced on my flight).  Since the flight from LA was only around 50 minutes, the extra hour on the plane almost doubled the flight time.

I decided to take public transportation from the airport back home, and on my way to the airport’s BART station, I had to pass the International Terminal, which was full of anti-Trump protesters.  Even on the BART ride home, many people had signs reading “No Ban, No Wall.”

The Delta computer glitch was a hassle but, overall, it was an interesting day to fly.