Trip Report: A Californian status run

My most ambitious trip yet: extending a conference in San Diego to include Los Angeles and San Francisco, with hotel hopping and domestic first class flights to secure HHonors gold and BAEC Silver. The write-up on Flyertalk includes:

  • First class trains from Bristol to West Drayton and the Novotel London Heathrow
  • LHR-SAN and back on BA in World Traveller Plus and Club World
  • SAN-LAX-SFO and back on a mix of AA / American Eagle / Skywest in First and Economy (including the SAN commuter terminal)
  • Five Hilton-family properties: Hampton Inn San Diego- Downtown; Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Los Angeles Airport and Checkers Los Angeles; Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown
  • Sightseeing at the Golden Gate bridge, the USS Midway and around Coronado