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The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG

The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG

By Brian T. Coleman
The Journey is the Reward is a show about obtaining 3 Million Mile status with United Airlines. It's about the journey in achieving these miles and United 1K status for life. Come travel the world with me as I attempt to reach this milestone in less than 18 months.
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Episode 15 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Flying on Southwest ... again?  What's going on???

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Episode 21 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Part 2 A fantastic trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.
On episode 21, there is no listener emails.  Micah and I recorded this show back to back with episode 20... and we conducted a special interview that will show up on the feed in a little bit.  I'm sure you will really enjoy the interview! Micah and I continue to discuss the trip to and from South Africa, the stops in Newark, and the activities I got to experience while in South Africa  Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!!  Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
42:18
September 25, 2022
Episode 20 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Part 1 Johannesburg, South Africa prelude, getting ready for the trip.
On episode 20, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from Listener Lu (our Social Media Director), and listener Sarah.  Listener Lu asks about clarification on why I had to call United to have my miles correct.  I discuss the differences between frequent flyer miles and million miler miles.  They are calculated different and they are tracked differently.  Listener Sarah asks about the makeup of our audience and Micah and I go into detail and share all the statistical information have on you guys, our listeners.  So of the numbers are interesting! Micah and I then discuss the prelude of my return trip to South Africa.  There is so much content, we had to break it up into two parts.  In Part 1, we discuss Luxury Leisure travelers and how they are affecting ticket pricing as well as the issues facing first part of my Journey to South Africa.  During Part2, we will discuss the actual trip and activities while in South Africa and the Passenger experience.  Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia. We hope you enjoy the show!
27:43
September 23, 2022
Episode 19 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : The long awaited return to Singapore.
On episode 19, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from Claire, Gustav and our balloonatic friend Grant.  Clair asks about the new construction at Changi airport and how they were able to build the new structure at an active airport without disturbing existing operations.  Listener Gustav asks about us being pilots.  Hint: We aren't and it's probably safer that way!. And finally listener Grant wants talks about his flying experiences on the A350 and A380... two aircraft I still haven't flown on.  Micah and I then discuss my return trip to Singapore!  It wouldn't be a flight experience on United and this trip was no exception.  Listen to what happened and the very pleasant resolution.  Oh, there was also a parking issue that hopefully will be resolved soon.  I'm sure we will address that in episode 20.  Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!!  Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
47:37
September 07, 2022
Episode 18 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Back to Back Hawaii... Again!
On episode 18, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from listeners Vin, Paul and Lu.  Vin writes in about Southwest airlines lack of luggage tracking. Listener Paul asks about our favorite aircraft and who we would like to have on the show as a guest.  Hint: NASA figures into our answers. And finally listener Lu wants the details on #surprisemom.  Apparently, I didn't talk enough about mom and her reactions to my surprise visit. Micah and I then discuss the details of my back to back trips to Lihue, Hawaii.  It was my first time to the Garden Island.  I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn because they had a protected area to go snorkeling.  I was also privileged to fly with some great United flight attendants! Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia. We hope you enjoy the show!
43:45
August 31, 2022
Episode 17 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : #Surprise Mom, The Stealth Episode
On episode 17, Micah and I talk about how I miscalculated the requirements for achieving 1K status this year and how I "had" to take a surprise trip to see mom in Florida.  I seem to have forgotten about the dollar requirement for 1K status and I wanted to have it for my upcoming flight to Singapore as I will have a better chance for an upgrade.  Therefore, I decided to #surprisemom.  It was a very quick surprise trip to Florida to visit with mom... and wow, was she most certainly surprised when I walked through the front door! Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.   We hope you enjoy the show!
46:33
August 22, 2022
Episode 16 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Do you feel devalued? Micah sure does.
On episode 16, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from listeners Marc-Alexandre and Lisa.  Marc-Alexandre asks about not always flying on United and the environmental impact of my flying. Lisa can't believe I don't remember Land Shark from Saturday Nite Live. Micah and I then talk about the devaluation of frequent traveler programs and the democratization of Lounges.  Then we discuss the 'Houston we have a podcast' show where they talk about women in STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  I add my 2 pennies on how I always promoted women when I was Associate Producer on the Airplane Geeks podcast.  I strongly feel as though it's everyones responsibility to highlight woman and show girls they can do anything.  Aviation doesn't have to be a male only industry!  Sometimes girls just need to see someone doing a STEM related job and then they can envision themselves doing the same job. We finish the show talking about the courier services I am offering and the two people who have chosen to fly with me to Africa and Zambia on upcoming trips.  It will be lots of fun being their tour guide!  But first, next up for me are two quick trips to Hawaii and then a courier trip to Singapore. Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
36:38
August 14, 2022
Episode 15 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Flying on Southwest ... again?  What's going on???
In episode 15, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from listeners Uli and Ruben.  Uli explains the American Airlines boarding process and their tickets.  Ruben asks if we will continue the show after I reach my goal. Micah and I then talk about why I few up to Sacramento on Southwest Airlines and not United along with my bags flying for free.  We talk about the passenger experience and how Southwest celebrated Shark Week. Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
36:16
August 07, 2022
Episode 14 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Getting to know Capt. Micah a bit better
In episode 14, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from listeners Lu and Vin.  We talk about our tips and tricks for flight preparation, medical concerns, and staying healthy in flight.   Micah also tells the story about how we first met ... it was through the Airplane Geeks Podcast. Then I get to turn the tables and interview Micah.  As I'm not traveling over the summer, I thought it would be a good idea for our listeners to get to better know Micah.  During our conversations, he talks about his family and especially his mom, Harriott.  (I so wish I had the opportunity to meet this incredible lady!)  Micah tells stories about his flying adventures with his mom and I get to surprise him with some rapid fire questions. Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international listeners.  Please write in and let us know how you found the show and why you listen.  We love hearing from you!!! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
35:38
July 19, 2022
Episode 13 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : American Airlines Flights to Philadelphia
In episode 13, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from Uli (Why and when is the best time to fly... what is our preferred time of the day to fly?) and Chris (Constructive criticism, German security confiscating my battery / charger device, and the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.) We then talk about my trip to Philadelphia on American Airlines.  Yes, I few on American and passed up on the opportunity to earn United Mileage Plus miles!  Listen to the show to understand why I chose not to get closer to my Lifetime 1K status. We also discuss our international listeners and ask all listeners to write in and let us know why you listen and how you first learned about us? We give a huge shoutout and thanks to our new contributors to the show, Hendrik and Phillip!  Thank you so much for helping us offset the costs of producing the show! Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
36:29
July 01, 2022
Episode 12 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Pre American Airlines Flight to Philadelphia
In episode 12, I finally give credit to the Madalitso Youth Choir for their opening music and song.  I really messed up by not doing this sooner and I apologize to them for my oversight.  In the show, Micah and I comment on listener feedback and then we talk about the end of Covid testing to enter the US, we discuss the use of Apple Air Tags in luggage while traveling, and then we talk about the different classes of service on airlines and how they have changed over the years.  We end the show talking about creative use of Hilton and IHG Credit Card Benefits   Again, opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy the show!
33:21
June 23, 2022
Episode 11 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : South Africa and Zambia - Part 2
In episode 11, Micah and I continue our discussion of my trip to South Africa and Zambia.  We focus on the United portion of this trip as we covered the other parts of the journey in Part 1, Episode 10.  We also cover a flight segment on Lufthansa (JNB - FRA) and differences between flying in First Class vs Business Class.   In Part 2 of this African journey, we cover what went right and what went wrong with United... including a funny story with a new International flight attendant.  Opening music is provided by the Madalitso Youth Choir as they sing their Welcome Song, recorded at the lobby of The Royal Livingston Hotel in Zambia.  We hope you enjoy it!
46:20
June 15, 2022
Episode 10 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : South Africa and Zambia - Part 1
In episode 10, Micah and I discuss my trip to South Africa and Zambia.  In Part 1, we focus on the non-United parts of this trip as the United experience was simply too painful and fresh to cover.  We want to focus on the positives and discuss the other aspects of the trip... including some of the bookings and land activities.  This was my first trip to Zambia and seeing / experiencing Victoria Falls.  On this trip, I was also traveling with another couple, friends of mine for over 30 years!  In this show, we also answer listener mail by addressing the economics of this project, where the money is coming from and the expected benefits.  Basically, we discuss the math behind the project.  In episode 11, Part 2, we will cover what went right and what went wrong with United... so please check back for that episode!
48:23
June 06, 2022
Episode 9 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Surprise Mom, I'm here in Tampa, Happy Birthday!
In episode 9, Micah and I discuss my surprise trip to see mom for Mother's Day, her Birthday, and her wedding anniversary.  She had no idea I was showing up and I almost scared her to death!  We also discuss the lack of ground staff at Newark and how a great trip turned into a multi-hour delay... simply because United didn't have enough people scheduled to work.  For the first time in the show, we talk about listener feedback.  There were a lot of great comments, some positive and some negative.  However, they were all great and I agree with all of them.  This is a journey for me in producing this show and listener feedback will only make it better.  Therefore, keep 'em coming!
28:53
May 12, 2022
Episode 8 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Flying on Southwest
In episode 8, Micah and I discuss my recent flight on Southwest where I flew from Burbank to Sacramento.  It was a short flight and I learned a lesson... when flying on Southwest, you don't earn United miles...  Actually, I knew that but I explain why I flew on Southwest for this part of my Journey.  We also discussed masks, similarities of flying to Hawaii and Europe on single aisle aircraft, and we have a new Patrion member...
18:27
May 02, 2022
Episode 7 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Two trips to Hawaii in less than 48 hours
In episode 7, Micah and I discuss my adventures of flying to Hawaii, twice, over 2 days.  Yes, that's right, I flew to Hawaii, two Islands, twice within 48 hours. Sadly, I wasn’t able to have sand between my toes nor dip my them in the ocean. I never left the airports coming or going.
17:57
April 17, 2022
Episode 6 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Finally, a vacation to Italy
In episode 6, Micah and I discuss my Italian vacation... 2 years delayed.  And because the flight was on United, we have to talk about the customer service / experiences in Newark, NJ. I’m sure it’s not how United would like passengers to experience Newark.
36:04
April 08, 2022
Episode 5.1 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : PTUK 400th celebration, the journey home
This is the second part of the show where Micah and I discuss our trip to England.  Each of us had a bit of an adventure on our next flights. Micah returned to the US and I continued on to Austria.  Because the flights were on United, we had an adventure with the phone systems… along with other issues.
31:59
March 18, 2022
Episode 5 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG: Attending the PTUK 400th celebration in England (Part 1)
In episode 5, To help the folks at Plane Talking UK celebrate their 400th show, Micah and I travel together and discuss our adventures on getting to England, the changes in our flights on United, and the Plane Talking UK 400th celebration.
32:23
March 14, 2022
Episode 4 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG: Flying to South Africa
In episode 4, Micah and I discuss my quick trip to South Africa. Basically, it was a long weekend, visiting with a friend. The good news, I found a very inexpensive business class ticket. As this was my first long distance flight, I thought I would treat myself.
22:06
March 09, 2022
Episode 3 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG: First flight to Florida
In episode 3, Micah and I discuss my first trip to Florida... however, it had a bit of a twist as I had to return to California to cover the Norther Pacific Airways Livery reveal for the Airplane Geeks podcast.  Therefore, it was two trips in one. The best way to accumulate miles!
24:34
March 07, 2022
Episode 2 : Introduction to The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG podcast... More introduction
In the second episode, Micah and I continue to explain what the show is about along with continuing to set expectations of the show.
14:46
March 04, 2022
Episode 1 : Introduction to The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG podcast
This is the first episode where my Main(e) Man Micah and I discuss what the show, The Journey is the Reward (dot) ORG, is all about. We will set expectation and talk about what we plan to talk about.
16:51
March 01, 2022