"American" was typically my airline of choice when I was younger. I don't think I could even count the number of times I must have flown that carrier's cross country red-eye routes in my lifetime. (As you may remember, I lived in New York for many, many years once upon a lifetime ago, whilst all of my family still lived out west.)
But lately, or for at least the past 20 years or so, it's pretty much been "Delta." Except for that one time I flew to Atlanta to see an American Idol concert (the one with Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice and Constantine) which was "Midwest" I think... the airline that bakes and serves fresh baked chocolate chip cookies on board.
But as delicious as they were, my loyalty has pretty much recently been to Delta who, due to my Delta Amex and Frequent Flyer membership, provides me with regular free bag checking (which can add up to alot!) and (typically) a free flight every year or so.
On my latest flight, as I proceeded to go through security, the TSA agent stopped fairly short of yelling at me as I attempted to remove my shoes, coat, belt and display my bagged liquids, instructing me to just continue on through without doing any of that. Apparently Delta knows me well enough by now to realize I'm probably not a threat...
So anyway, the other day I was trying to figure out just how many times I've flown on this airline and to be honest these past many years have become such a blur in my mind that once again I honestly couldn't recall them all. So yesterday, thanks to my journals and blogs, I was able to sit down and finally figure it out.
*Please note that this only includes trips to see my family since my oldest daughter left for college. It DOES NOT include any of the countless flights I may have taken previously when I may have used the carrier, NOR does it include any of the Delta flights to my many, many Clay Aiken concerts (because well, that would just be embarrassing...)
September 2001 - To Rexburg to settle Whit at college (I have no pictures of this trip except for this one of the Quality Inn where I stayed!!)
Note of some importance: This was just one week prior to 9/11... making it the very last travel experience (or at least the way I once knew travel) that I'd ever have in my lifetime.
November 2001 - To Provo for Thanksgiving. Daryn flew out with me and Whitney travelled down from Idaho. We also celebrated Mom and David's Anniversary. 50 years of marriage!.. even if it only had been 25 to each other. :)
May 2002 - To San Jose and San Francisco to see Whitney's Contemporary Dance Theatre tour. I think I spent the majority of the time in my hotel room writing my final paper for English 101, except for this brief jaunt down to Fisherman's Wharf one very windy day.
February 2005 - A 7 day Royal Carribean Cruise with my sisters. The cruise was fabulous! The 4 day travel debacle getting to Miami and back, not so much! I'll really have to do a blog about THAT experience some day.
May 2006 - To Rexburg for Whitney and Aaron's Graduation)
And then drove to Utah for their wedding.
January 2008 - Hawaiian Cruise with Family.
July 2008 - To Rexburg for Daryn and Jon's wedding.
And then most recently...
So let's just do the math for schnicks! I'm counting 29 trips in a little under 13 years at an average cost of $600 while estimating perhaps about 10 of them being free. So basically that's still around $12,000 give or take a few hundred that could have been used towards a nice little downpayment on a house out west. *sigh*
But then, who's counting?
Next trip? Vegas with my girls! Plane ticket has been purchased, hotel booked and itinerary is being planned as I type. After which I will add it to this list so that I can continue to keep "all things travel" straight.
Though there may not be any pictures.
Because you know what they say about Vegas...