RIDING WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES

In my never ending quest to find cheap flights on my 30 Plus Teams Tour , I check out all of the United States and Canadian carriers I can find.

Since my 30 Plus Teams Tour only covers cities in the United States and Canada , you won’t see me checking out fares on British , Singapore or Qatar Airways , just saying .

My personal favorite airline is Southwest Airlines , mainly because they don’t charge you for checking up to two bags.

But even Southwest has gotten expensive and, sadly, they don’t fly out of Newark Liberty Airport anymore.

My second favorite carrier in the United States is Delta Airlines .

Not because I worked with them in Boston and Los Angeles , but because they finally stepped up their flying game .

That’s where American Airlines comes into the picture .

I hadn’t flown them in years and when I did, even as an employee of another carrier, I never had good experiences flying with them.

Where do I begin?

Bad service on the flight, rude customer service and even ruder flight attendants.

Not anymore .

I’m flying them more now because a girl has to get those frequent flyer miles to make even more 30 Plus Teams Tours .

American has gotten their act together and become an airline to passengers actually want to fly with.

They aren’t as unprofessional as they used to be.

(I think United Airlines has taken over as the airline people in the United States don’t want to fly with, if you ask the Sports Diva . )

Now if American can get me a cheap flight out of JFK, I’d be happy as if the New York Yankees won baseball’s World Series for the 28th time, just saying .

The seats on American are spacious , and even recline, unlike the Spirit Airlines flights that I take way too often.

They even have chargers for your electronic devices at every seat.

Some buses that I’ve been on don’t even have that.

As I mentioned, I fly out of Newark Liberty, even though JFK is basically in my backyard .

No, forget basically , JFK IS IN MY BACKYARD.

Between the planes at JFK flying over my house and the trains of the Long Island Railroad whizzing by my house at high speed , they seem to be competing to see who can make more noise when they pass by.

I do want my miles and cheaper flights , so I really don’t care if it’s Newark Liberty , JFK or even Philadelphia International that I have to go through to get that.

When I return home, God willing on March 3rd, I’m taking American Airlines again .

This time, Las Vegas to Dallas-Fort Worth to Newark Liberty .

Thank you American Airlines for making flying with you a lot more pleasant .

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE ?

Here we go again.

It’s the summer edition of the ever popular , what’s in my suitcase.

Where am I going this time?

As usual, take a guess.

I’m going away for five days this time and yes something that has to do with a sporting event is involved because that’s just how the Sports Diva rolls.

Although, if you’ve followed my blog, you might have an idea of where I’m going and what sporting event I’m going to because I attend this every year .

Anyway here’s some of the old and new stuff that’s going in my suitcase for this 30 Plus Teams Tour .

My going to JFK outfit.

My return outfit.

Nope, I’m not bringing two suitcases, I can’t decide which one. Im not checking in any bags going. Coming back yes. My two sunhats and my Vegas Golden Knights hat.

It’s about my sandals and heels. Yes all three of these shoes plus sneakers for the ride are coming too.

It’s the bags, people . The bag with the elephant is my personal bag that’s going on the plane and yes,all these bags will go into my suitcase .

Shirts to wear to bed. Rarely do pajamas anymore

More shirts, not for bed though. The black shirt at the top says on the front, “I didn’t ask to be Princess” and on the back it says, “But hey if the crown fits . ”

Bathing suits, cover ups and sunglasses

Four dresses. The blue one is a maxi dress.

Pants and shirts

Dressy shirts

Shorts, shorts and even more shorts

Something to hold my toiletries , a black beach bag, packing cubes which I’m trying for the first time, and making their appearance in my suitcase are two of my stuffed animals Julian, looking very spiffy in his red tie ,and Gleyber the panda.

Since I’ve never used packing cubes before, I’m going to give you my review of them when I get everything in my suitcase.

That’s what’s in my suitcase for my 30 Plus Teams Tour .

I might take all of what you see here, I might not.

Anyway, have fun guessing where the Sports Diva is going next

THE JET BLUE EXPERIENCE BACK TO NEW YORK

I had flown on Jet Blue last year from Las Vegas to JFK .

This time I’m in Los Angeles on my way back to JFK .

What a difference a year actually makes.

Like Spirit airlines, you pay for checked baggage .

It’s $30 on Jet Blue and I would advise doing it on line.

On Jet Blue near the end of your flight, the flight attendants actually pass out warm towels, just like they do on International flights .

I have always liked Jet Blue, and as they’re based here at JFK , I fly them as often as I can to earn those True Blue Miles, as long as the price is great.

This time I got to see two movies that I wanted to see , Crazy Rich Asians and Bohemian Rhapsody (both of them I would see again, by the way.)

The seats were nice and comfy but I didn’t get to sleep .

I was too busy watching both movies .

I enjoyed myself on this airline and if the price is good, I’m going to take Jet Blue again and again and earn my miles.

LEAVING ON A SOUTHWEST PLANE

It’s that time again for the Sports Diva to do another 30 Plus Teams Tour of the newest city on the tour, Las Vegas , Nevada .

As usual I’m going for some fun, lots of sun, meeting up with some new and old friends, and since this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , I’m going to the NHL Awards, not the ceremony itself , but the red carpet event, which is not only loads of fun , but it’s free.

I’ll talk about the goings on at the red carpet and other related things in another post as I will be in Vegas for about a week.

Last year around about this same time, I flew Jet Blue from JFK and my flight was delayed by two hours, which meant that I basically missed a day of getting lit in Vegas and acting the fool there .

This time I’m flying out of the other airport that I usually fly out of, Philadelphia International Airport .

Now you might be asking yourself since I lived in New York City, a bus ride away from JFK as a matter of fact, why would I fly out of another airport all those miles away?

In some cases, all three New York City airports are really expensive , and many times with as hectic as JFK is, I just don’t have the patience with that airport that always seems to be expanding and adding more and more carriers every year.

Now when I return home, I’m flying Delta nonstop into JFK , because by that time I’ll have been way too tired from all the “lituraration” in Vegas .

Many of you who don’t live in the Carribean , North America or Central America, probably have heard of Southwest, let alone fly it.

Maybe you’ve seen their planes, with their splashes of blue, red and orange all over it, and let’s not forget about the heart in the middle of all their planes as well.

Southwest mostly flies into the smaller cities, like Islip, Long Island , Harlingen, Texas and Long Beach , California .

They also fly out of cities like Atlanta, all three Washington area airports, as well as San Francisco and LGA and Newark – Liberty.

Southwest doesn’t have any assigned seats, so the next time you want to sit with your significant other or you and the friends want to do your own 30 Plus Teams Tour , Southwest has got you covered so that you don’t have to ask any other passengers to switch seats with you .

You all can sit together .

Do you have bags to check ?

Southwest has you covered there , too.

Bags up to three are free.

That’s right , you pay nothing unless of course your suutcase has everything but the kitchen sink in it.

If your suircase has that much stuff in it, you have to pay excess baggage charge and that some how defeats the purpose of bags fly for free.

The only drawback I have with Southwest , is their wifi.

If you want to watch movies or tv shows, no problem.

But if you want to seach the email or watch tv, it’s $8.

Today , my flight from Philadelphia took 4 1/2 hours rather than 5 1/2.

I’m not asking how the pilot know this ?

I’m just sitting back or resting , letting the pilot do their thing .

I can’t wait to get to where I’m going .

All I can say is give us wings and take the

wheel Jesus

WHAT ‘ S IN MY SUITCASE?

I’ve told you many times this summer in my quotes to get out and go somewhere .

I’m doing just that.

It’s another 30 Plus Teams Tour, which means it’s time for another edition of What’s In My Suitcase .

This time two suitcases are going .

I’m going away for a week, God willing , so I need a carryon and a bag that’s going to be checked.

More on where I’m going and my plane ride in a later post.

I’ve already packed pajamas, undies,and my hair stuff in my suitcase so you won’t be seeing that.

My chargers are in my carryon all ready, even my portable one because that’s where TSA says that’s where it’s supposed to be .

I’m not going to argue with TSA on this, I’m looking forward to my 30 Plus Teams Tour .

Here’s some of the stuff that you will see.

My hats and yes, these aren’t going on my bed because you know how superstitious the Sports Diva is- NO HATS ON THE BED!

My caryon bag from Avon and my old reliable carry on, which is getting checked in this time. Notice all those tags on my check in bag.

All my beach stuff. The leopard looking outfit was a present from my landlady and it’s actually a dress. It’s going to be used as a coverup this time. I have 3 bathing suits, because you just can’t have enough of those in the summer. The fan is what I brought during a layover in Taiwan. My beach bag is from the Boston Celtics store because I AM that sports team fashionista, even at the pool.

I’m not sure if I’m bringing all these dresses and a skirt which are from Telco , Fallas, and Pretty Girl shops here in Queens , but they sure look wicked nice.

Shorts and shirts from stores in New York City and Las Vegas .

More shirts, 2 pairs of pants, sunglasses and that black bag is my jewelry case.

Shoes, munchies,toiletries , my little wallet with kisses all over it, and yeah, a whole bag ful of Tylenol, Advil, and Ibuprofen.

My bag collection and scarves. Leopard bag is my makeup case. Gonna need those casino cards for where I’m going . That blue case holds my doodads for the nails! Brown bag is what I put my dirty clothes in. R.I.P. Kate Spade .

There you have what’s in my suitcase . Keep in mind, I might not be taking all of this stuff, but I’m gonna try!