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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 26 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - NJ Attitude, Airport Tips & Tricks, & talking Safety Cards with Trisha

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Episode 32 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Tahiti: Hawaii South With Nice People.
Episode 32 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Tahiti: Hawaii South With Nice People.
On episode 32, Micah and I discuss my trip up to Tahiti... or as I'm now calling it, Hawaii South with nice people. We discuss the carbon footprint I'm generating as a result of a conversation that was spurred by friend Jim.  He is concerned that I'm killing the planet and his kids will pay the price.  Micah and I have an alternative view of the topic. We also answer a question posed by Sarah regarding airport hotels vs city hotels. Listener Lu wanted to know when I'm going to have mom on the show!. Micah and I  discuss my adventures in Tahiti.  Let me tell you, the Island is a tropical paradise and I didn't want to leave! We close the show with a quick discussion about listener comments and the normal bloopers. Thanks once again to all of our listeners and especially our international (Non-US) 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!
48:17
February 03, 2023
Episode 31 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Seattle Aerospace BBQ and Flying on Southwest
Episode 31 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Seattle Aerospace BBQ and Flying on Southwest
On episode 31, Micah and I discuss my trip up to Seattle where I attended the Seattle Aerospace BBQ, hosted by Jet City Star, Isaac Alexander. We also answer listener questions from Melissa and Jessica.  Melissa wants to know if we will continue the show after I reach the 3 Million Mile goal.  Jessica was wondering why so many women write in with questions and she wanted to know if I was on her Southwest flight from San Jose to Burbank.  The flight attendants made an announcement that I was on the plane and going for 3 million miles on United.  The announcement must have confused some of the passengers... why would someone going for 3 million miles on United be flying on Southwest.  :-)  But indeed, it was me! Listener Lu wanted to know if Micah and I were ever involved in a shutdown of the airspace, similar to what happened over the holidays and then again with the DOTs issues with the NOTAM system. Micah and I go on to talk about the Seattle Aerospace BBQ and my conversation with Jon Ostrower, aviation writer extraordinaire and publisher of the Air Current, an aviation news and commentary site.  Prior to the BBQ, I was fortunate to walk around the Museum of Flight with Isaac Alexander.  It was great fun having him talk about all the various aircraft and aviation history of the greater Seattle area. At the BBQ, I was fortunate enough to sit at the winning table of for the trivia contest.  My fellow table mates were in the space industry... which helped a lot as I didn't know any of the space related questions.  We won a big bag of SWAG (Stuff We All Get) and there weren't any fights over the very popular items.  A great time was had by all and I hope to return next year. We close the show with the normal bloopers and then if you are interested, you can listen to the interviews I recorded at the BBQ with Isaac, Robin - the founder of Hype aviation, Nick - the founder of Jet Tip, and Dave Honan - a very talented plane spotter that shots some interesting subjects. 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!
01:07:28
January 13, 2023
Episode 30 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - A SAF discussion
Episode 30 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - A SAF discussion
On episode 30, Micah and I host another Windows and Aisles episode due to my lack of flying over the holiday season. As there wasn't time for listeners to send in any feedback between our recordings, we didn't have any questions to answer.  Also, we didn't give enough time for the Listener Lu wants to know segment either.  Sorry about that! However, this did gave us time to dive right into the interview with Chris Chaput, President of DG Fuels.  It was a great discussion on Sustainable Aviation Fuel and how they are going to produce this biofuel out of renewable materials and stranded energy.  (If you listened to this interview on the Airplane Geeks Podcast, you can skip this interview as it is the same recording.) 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!
40:18
January 05, 2023
Episode 29 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - Micah and I discuss Biometrics
Episode 29 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - Micah and I discuss Biometrics
On episode 29, Micah and I host another Windows and Aisles episode. We address a question from Listener Pete who wants to know our opinions on Biometrics and their use in the airline industry We also talk about Jim's situation on getting back to Amsterdam with a very short, 40 minute, connection in Seattle.  Then Jim asks about soap dispensers in airplane lavatories.   Listener Lu wants to know.... what we plan to do once I reach the 3 Million Mile goal. We have a shout out to listener Andy who offer to teach us audio editing and we renew our request for donations to support the funeral expenses of one of the singers in the Madalitso Youth Choir, Nkoma.  She had a wonderful voice and smile!  All funds donated will go directly to support her funeral expenses.  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!
35:08
December 31, 2022
Episode 28 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Out of Africa ... with Scott
Episode 28 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Out of Africa ... with Scott
On episode 28, Micah and I discuss the adventures of my trip with Scott to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  What a great guy and what a great adventure! There were no questions this week as we recorded this episode shortly after episode 27.  However, Listener Lu wants to know.... Do I know when my last flight will be and if I plan to do anything special?  Will United do anything special?  Listen to find out the What and When! Instead of talking about the passenger experience, Micah and I really focused on the details of the land portion of our trip and the safari.  It was also great to catch up with an old friend, Connie, from the Royal Livingston Hotel.  She spent two days with us showing us around the Falls and her home town of Livingston.  She also joined us on a sunset river cruise.   Connie, we can't thank you enough for making our trip special!!! 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.  Sadly, I get to report that one of their singers, Nkoma, passed away.  She had a wonderful voice and a great smile.  She will be missed. We hope you enjoy the show!
01:05:60
December 19, 2022
Episode 27 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - An interview with Steve Carlson of T-Mobile talking about the Un-carrier On
Episode 27 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - An interview with Steve Carlson of T-Mobile talking about the Un-carrier On
On episode 27, Micah and I host our second back to back Windows and Aisles Episodes.    We address a question from Listener Mark in Argentina who was asking about why we like to fly. We also heard from listener Sharon who is new to the show and asked about what we do on long international flights?  How do we keep ourselves occupied? Listener Lu wants to know.... what is the most outrageous behavior we have seen on a plane and if Micah or I have ever been one of THOSE customers.  Sadly, we both share a story were we were.  Then Micah and I share an interview we conducted with Steve Carlson of T-Mobile where we talk about the Un-carrier On... a new product from T-Mobile. 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!
54:42
December 13, 2022
Episode 26 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - NJ Attitude, Airport Tips & Tricks, & talking Safety Cards with Trisha
Episode 26 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Windows and Aisles - NJ Attitude, Airport Tips & Tricks, & talking Safety Cards with Trisha
On episode 26, Micah and I host our 3rd Windows and Aisles Episodes... formerly known as Bits and Pieces.  This is because I wasn't flying due to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US and I had foot surgery which has kept me grounded for a few weeks. We address a question from Listener Uli regarding tips and tricks around the airport.  I also talk about Mom again.  I even quoted a poem I wrote to her when I was 5 years old.  It's Peabody material or at least should be considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Listener Lu wanted to give us some NJ Tude for ripping on Newark Liberty Airport, but I think Micah and I held our own.  And of course, Micah had a song that fit the topic. On the show, Trisha from The Interactive Group, talks about Safety Cards.  I'm sure there is a ton of information about the cards that you never knew.  Micah and I had a blast talking with her and learned a lot in the process of our interview. 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!
01:01:32
November 29, 2022
Episode 25 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : A 16 Hour Flight To Singapore - 14 Hours On The Ground
Episode 25 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : A 16 Hour Flight To Singapore - 14 Hours On The Ground
On episode 25, Micah and I discuss my very short trip to Singapore.  It was so short, my flight over took longer than I was on the ground in Singapore. Sadly, there was no listener feedback because we recorded two episodes back to back and there wasn't time for listeners to write in.  However, Listener Lu wanted to know about mask wearing.  Micah and I address the types of mask we wear to help keep everyone safe. On the show, we talk about my two hour delay out of SFO... because a passenger decided to leave the plane after boarding and not tell anyone.  We also talk about making an impression on flight attendants, in a positive way, and being remembered for it. I was able to deliver some Costco goods to Listener Matt. My ground time was so short, I didn't bother getting a hotel but learned a great lesson about boarding passes and getting beck into the Lounge. 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!
35:10
November 18, 2022
Episode 24 : Another Trip to Tampa Florida Means Another Surprised Mom
Episode 24 : Another Trip to Tampa Florida Means Another Surprised Mom
On episode 24, Micah and I record the show about my trip to Tampa while on a trip to Singapore.  We first talk about some corrections and some 747 music, Micah shares his opinions on the web site of Scott's Cheap Flights and then we listen to our first audio feedback from Listener Claire.  Eric of Franko Maps gets thanked for sending me Fish ID cards.  And we answer the next questions from Listener Lu for her segment, Listener Lu Wants To Know.  Oh... and Micah asks me about the Fee Free Pho Noodles at the Star Allience Lounge at LAX. During the show, we talk about my upgrade to Premium Plus on a 777 from LAX to EWR.  I had a first on the flight from EWR to TPA where the Captain came back to thank me for the gifts and for my almost 3 million miles with United. We finish the show talking about my misconnect in Newark and how United agents wouldn't let me talk with a Service Director... But in the end, it all worked out OK.  United provided me with hotel room and some food vouchers.  Not enough value on them to cover the cost of breakfast, but still... I was given some food vouchers.  On the last segment, Newark to Los Angeles, I had to sit in regular economy... there wasn't even an economy + seat available.  :-( 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!
33:52
November 12, 2022
Episode Bits and Pieces 2: The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : More Bits and Pieces because there is still too much stuff for a normal show.
Episode Bits and Pieces 2: The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : More Bits and Pieces because there is still too much stuff for a normal show.
On this "Bits and Pieces 2" episode, Micah and I present three recordings. The first is with Ryan of Flighty... a flight tracking application that offers so much more. The second interview is with Listener Matt of Singapore.  We recorded two segments on my first of two back to back trips.  We biked around the Island on his Bromptom bikes, Matt got to try some new beers, and we finally had a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel.  (Hint:  It was delicious and worth every penny... Matt paid for it!  Thank you Matt!) The third recording is an interview I did this past February with Scott of Scott's Cheap Flights.  Sadly, the web site statistics show that not many people went to the website to listen to the segment.  Therefore, I decided to include it in this podcast so everyone could hear about their great service. There is no listener mail nor Listener Lu Wants To Know segments because this so episode is already so long.  Tune into episode 24 for more listener mail and questions from Listener Lu.  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!!!  Seriously, we love hearing from you and responding to your emails as it is one of the best parts of 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 special Bits and Pieces 2 show!
01:05:57
November 03, 2022
Episode 23 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Back to Back to Back Singapore Trips With Listener Matt.
Episode 23 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Back to Back to Back Singapore Trips With Listener Matt.
On episode 23, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from listener Melissa, and more follow-up from listener Chris.  We also introduce a new segment, Listener Lu Wants To Know. Listener Melissa wants to learn about what I eat along the way and lounge food.  Micah and I dive a bit deeper into the food experiences onboard and on the ground. Listener Chris provides some follow-up about his trip to Japan in the '90s. In the new segment Listener Lu Wants To Know, she asks Micah about The Kitchen in Freedom, Maine.  (I guess this really will be a foodie-based show!) Micah introduces us to some more music, Singapore by Tom Waits, and then we talk about my two non-consecutive adventure days in Singapore.  Listener Matt and I biked around the Island and we finally able to enjoy a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel.  On these 4 segments to and from Singapore, I was able to fly in every class of service.  Economy, Premium Economy and Polaris Class.   And we get to talk about food.  Did I mention the food in Singapore is great! 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!
46:23
October 26, 2022
Episode Bits and Pieces : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Bits and Pieces because there was too much other stuff for a show.
Episode Bits and Pieces : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Bits and Pieces because there was too much other stuff for a show.
On this Bits and Pieces episode, Micah and I try to get caught up on some things. We answer listener mail, play in interview with Listener Matt, introduce a new segment called Listener Lu wants to know, and we talk about what I pack on my trips and generally try to catch up with things before my epic back to back to back 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 special Bits and Pieces show!
50:49
October 24, 2022
Episode 22 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Two whole days in Singapore and missed the Sling by that much.
Episode 22 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Two whole days in Singapore and missed the Sling by that much.
On episode 22, Micah and I comment on listener feedback from listener Grant, and listener Chris.   Listener Grant is still confused over how United calculates Frequent Flyer Miles and Million Miler Miles... and I don't blame him.  Its confusing.  Listener Chris successfully answers Micah's trivia question and is awarded a special prize.  He also talks about why people might be listening to the show and then he recalls seeing the South African cooling towers on an episode of The Amazing Race. Micah talks about Jean Shepherd and the features of PocketCast. We then talk about my adventures in Singapore, two whole days worth, and my air travels getting there and back.  Fortunately the Singapore Grand Prix was going on... but unfortunately the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel was very crowded and I never got my picture of the Singapore Sling mixing machine.  That will have to wait until next trip. 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!
45:10
October 08, 2022
Episode 21 : The Journey Is The Reward (dot) ORG : Part 2 A fantastic trip to Johannesburg, South Africa.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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???
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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