SMF / Sacramento to LAX inaugural April 5, 2011

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  1. JDiver
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    Ah, at last! Enough UA Shuttle or WN Southwest choices, now we've an American Eagle ERD connecting SMF and LAX three times daily, as of April 5, 2011 (and I am enough of an addict to have booked the inaugural flight, $64 each way).

    It's all cyclical - I was on the last SNA-SMF flight, a 757 continuing from (natch!) DFW, some years ago. Now, for the 777 SMF-DFW-LHR... [​IMG]
     
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    Now just to wait and see if we have some decent east coast fares from SMF. I used to be a regular flyer out of there on UA in the 90s, but just have not found AA fares competitive to what I get out of SFO. Only AA-related flight I did the last year from Sacramento was award travel with AA miles on Alaska to Seattle.

    Tom just in the door from Dublin, Ireland
     
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    Do you prefer smf-lax-lhr over going thru dfw? I guess you have the FL lounge at lax.
     
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    Longer flight = more sleep. I'd take LAX-LHR over DFW-LHR given the choice.
     
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    Me too, hence why I do this leg now twice a month. Will have to start cutting it up thru JFK soon, as I will run out of upgrades and I dont want to pay the copay w miles.
     
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    I generally fly out of SFO - often, it's the lower rates, plus I can get a Park n Fly at the Doubletree that works well. But with AA LAX-LHR, QF and CX to Australasia out of LAX and now Iberia's new LAX-MAD, I am hoping the SMF-LAX add-on will make it easier. For domestic, SMF-DFW often works well, though LAX may give me some new, welcome options.
     
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    I usually don't book LAX-LHR as I can rarely find upgrade availability up front, and I actually prefer a stop on the east coast. When I flew over two weeks ago I went SFO-JFK-LHR which is my preferred routing. I'd likely be using that SMF-LAX to connect to domestic or Asia rather than Europe.

    Currently the last departure SMF-DFW is at 2:40pm. The last SMF-LAX will go out at 5:35pm. Guess we'll never see that midnight SMF-DFW back. I flew on that quite a bit when I first moved to AA. Would be nice to have something late night from there.
     
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    Tom,

    Good to see you here. I've been contemplating doing fat-lax-jfk-lhr as well many times. As I posted earlier, I will have to do that and sit in Y a few times this year. Upgrades will come to an end real soon. You ever do Y on JFK-LHR? Does it feel really long? Time wise, it's almost the same as a transcon.
     
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    I have done Y JFK-LHR a couple times, preferring to go out on the 2330 departure so I can sleep the whole way. Works out fine for me. You'll usually find me back there on award travel as I'm still 100% on systemwide upgrades on paid tickets (10th year now).
     
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    JFK-LHR (or the reverse) is really just a mid-length flight, like a transcon; an exit row seat makes it much more bearable, and quite survivable. I personally avoid any "chemical assistance" - and the occasional tale of an unplanned stop (mechanical, security, badly behaved passenger, etc.) with stories of anterograde amnesia mean I really have no interest...
     
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    Thanks Tom and JDiver, I'm out on the lax-lhr this week, but in a few weeks, Ill try to route thru JFK save a few of my upgrades, as I only have 8 this year.
     
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    I usually time myself to arrive at the Flagship Lounge at JFK about 3 hours ahead for dinner so I don't have to deal with food in the coach cabin. That would generally require a noon departure from the west coast.
     
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    Great idea. Ill try to plan my next trip that way, if possible.
     
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    Are they offering any double miles or elite miles bonuses to inaugurate this route?
     
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