Wells Fargo is currently running a promotion for its customers to get a free credit score and report for 90 days (up to five times). Sorry for the late notice, but it ends Monday! You must be a Wells Fargo customer and go into the bank. I went in and the bankers were all busy so the teller just handed me the pamphlet – so it’s possible if you’re not a customer you may still be able to get them to give you a pamphlet with a personal one time use code in it. You go to the site listed, enter the code and receive your free credit score and report – which is an Experian VantageScore, not FICO. I was able to see my recent inquiries from my app-o-rama, and confirm my credit is still intact! I will post more on the effect of the app-o-rama on my credit score later, but we’re still good.
The promotion ends April 15th and you must enter your code on the site by midnight Pacific Time.
I will be booking the trip out to Japan shortly using United miles and converting some Ultimate Rewards points to United miles. With United miles, flights to Japan in business class are 60,000 miles one way. When I book flights normally, I usually just look for the cheapest fare and go for it. Picking planes or seats has never really occurred to me, other than if a certain airline appeals to me more than another similarly priced flight. But when I pay for flights I fly economy. I’ve flown first class a few times, but only for business trips and the occasional Delta Silver Medallion upgrade. So I was a little surprised when I began researching flights and found out I have several airline and seat options! I’m sure this is old news to any frequent fliers, but it may be useful for anyone just starting out or looking to use United miles to get to Japan.
Using United miles, I can fly on a Star Alliance airline or United. Many of the forums I came across recommended All Nippon Airways (ANA), as they supposedly have better service than United flights. In general forums seem to recommend foreign carriers over US for the same reason. When I started looking into specific flights, I found out even just on ANA flights I have differing seat options in business class!
One option is to attempt to get on a 787 – assuming they’re back in service by later this year. ANA flies the 787 out of Seattle, and potentially San Jose if the route comes back when the planes are returned to service. The business class cabin on the 787 has staggered fully-flat seats that turn into beds. The seats look fairly comfortable, and in general reviews seem to be positive. There is some mention of the seats not being meant for tall people (the two of us who will be traveling are both over six feet tall…). But there is a 17 inch touchscreen entertainment system with ipod integration and plenty of storage. The downside to the 787 is the question of availability and when they will return to the air with a battery fix as 787s are currently grounded. The other downside is that as we are coming from the east coast, it looked like flight times require an overnight stay in Seattle or San Jose. Which is fine, I have plenty of Hilton points to cover it – but we’d rather spend that time in Japan. There is a great trip report on a 787 flight here on airliners.net.