San Diego Trip Update

Due to a silent flight cancellation, my flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas-Fort Worth would have only a 19 minute connecting time, so I opted to re-route through Detroit instead. The new itinerary takes my girlfriend and I from San Diego to Detroit directly, and then from Detroit to Atlanta, and then on to Raleigh.

From the GreatCircleMapper
From the GreatCircleMapper

The nice thing about having a 3 hour layover in Detroit is my girlfriend can knock out her Global Entry interview! Boston, the other airport we frequent, is apparently backlogged through early 2017, so it’s nice to be able to do this before our trip this Christmas.

The Moon at 30,000 Feet

On my first flight today, I managed to catch a glimpse of a nearly full moon (Waning Gibbous, 96% visible) on the departure out of Raleigh. This past Friday was a rare occurrence of a Harvest moon and an Eclipse, so I was excited to see it from the sky.

I used FlightAware’s tracklog feature to correlate the times of the pictures to the approximate locations and altitudes (approximate because as the photos weren’t taken at the exact same time the plane reported in). There is a lot of information available with the tracklog, but I only captured the first few columns. I put this information under each of the pictures:

Ever wonder what a city looks like when completely covered by clouds?

Durham, NC
Durham, NC


Sun 06:33:24 AM36.0083-78.8083283°West2602995,200

At just under 15,000 feet, I managed to catch a glimpse of the moon!

Moon, or cold sun?


Sun 06:38:28 AM36.1653-79.2789318°Northwest36642114,600

As the flight went on, I noticed that we could see hints of sunrise in the sky, which was beautiful. This is why I love to fly!

Sunrise over VA
Sunrise over VA

And another shot of the moon with the sunrise hues at 32k feet.

Sunrise with a moon!
Sunrise with a moon!


Sun 06:54:25 AM37.4447-81.0061327°Northwest44951732,000


Companion Pass Targeted Offer from @SouthwestAir

Though this offer started a couple of months ago, Southwest’s targeted offer is still ticking! You do need to register for the offer prior to travel, but receiving a Companion Pass through the end of 2017 for 5 round trip flights is a steal! The trips need to start or end in California, and they need to be Southwest flights, naturally.

The qualifying airports are spread out nicely, so it’s fairly reasonable in that regard as well:

  • Ontario International Airport (ONT)
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR)
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN)