|Land's End, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico|
So the official word from United was that they were cancelling all flights to Mexico...I'm not joking, that's what they told me. Daily service between LAX and SJD was going to be scaled back from daily, to 3-days a week, to once-a-week, to...nada for a period of several months. Same out of SFO and DEN. I didn't even bother asking about their Chicago and Houston flights. At that point, I just asked for my miles back. I then re-booked a Star Alliance Saver Award with US Airways via Phoenix and managed to even save 35,000 miles. So, why didn't I think of this earlier?!? I dunno, pregnancy does weird things to your brain.
Up until this trip I have to admit US Airways was not my favorite airline. The last time I decided to "go slumming" with them was on a trip to Maui, and as a United Premier/Star Alliance Silver they treated me like crap. They charged me for bags (which they weren't supposed to- I got my money back eventually), they stuck us in the last row of their dirty plane, and the final insult was when they were charging $4 for a cup of water. About the only thing I got out of the trip was a new line on my FlightMemory and the "life experience" of never wanting to do it again. That was in 2008.
This trip was a lot better, starting with check-in at the Sacramento airport. At first they didn't have our Mileage Plus numbers on the itinerary (probably United's fault), but as soon as we produced two Premier/Star Alliance Gold cards, the attitude changed. They were friendly, we got good seats, and there were no misguided attempts to charge for luggage. It also turns out they even serve free (non-alcoholic) drinks now! The planes were new(er), clean, and far more comfortable than what I remember. US Airways was actually, kinda, sorta, dare I say...nice.
We spent 3 days/nights at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, swimming around in the many pools, avoiding time-share presentations, and eating our way through a several-hundred-dollar resort credit that was part of the deal we booked. I typically don't like eating where I stay (I like to get out and explore) but the resort complex was a little far from town, so having otherwise exorbitantly-priced hotel meals covered was definitely a convenience. The food wasn't bad either. Unlike our previous trip to Mexico, this one didn't involve a lot of partying or binge drinking, and the closest we got to a night out on the town was a sunset dinner by the marina. This time it was all about relaxation. At 4 months pregnant I was just starting to experience the
|Sheraton Hacienda del Mar|
|4 Months Pregnant in Mexico|
|My Private Jet Experience on US Airways|
Overall, I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing way to spend some random long weekend at the end of August...I almost forgot to mention that part. It turns out late summer is not the most popular time to visit Southern Baja. Who knew? I guess that kind of explains the empty (or non-existent) flights, the awesome hotel deal we got, and the fact that there were more iguanas lounging around our seemingly-private infinity pool than people. It was a little hot out, but certainly not any worse than Sacramento.
|Iguana by the pool|
|The Pacific Ocean|
|Sunset at the Marina|