I'm almost done with this trip but have been challenged to find time to post, so catching up tonight in Amsterdam where it's raining and we're also enjoying thunder and lightning. Petty nasty day here. Day 1 Benicia bus and BART to SFO. Did an award night at the Hyatt for 8,000 points and was very happy to find that rather than deal with 10 days parking. Due to Dreamforce in San Francisco, the Hyatt was going for $379 a night and some other hotels around the airport were sold out. That award night just opened up a few days out, as it wasn’t there last week. Did walk a little on the Bay Trail and took some aircraft photos: More here: http://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-USA/2014-SFO-aircraft-photos-from/i-zb6Bm6K Did not sleep well and I have to blame American Airlines for starting a Europe sale this very night, forcing me to stay up until midnight, which was not my original plan. I booked four trips for next year, one each for the first four months. Two are to Ireland at $505 and $550, which is nothing less than spectacular, and the others to Madrid and Madrid/Lisbon for under $700. I’ll likely do some award travel with Dublin and Madrid as a starting/ending point. These fares were out there for less than 24 hours and later jumped $300-$500 higher. Have upgraded 3 of the 4 with systemwides and only one segment, JFK-SFO, did not clear. Pretty happy about that. AA has always treated me well.