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Frequent Fliers Update: A Message from THE DIRECTOR OF LOYALTY Re: Virgin America Elevate –> Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

It almost seems as if “Director of Loyalty(!)” Stuart Dinnis is simply assuming this takeover will take off.

We’ll see.

All right, read it and weep, or cheer, depending. See below.

And bye-bye “Fly Girls”


And bye-bye Fly Models:

Victoria's Secret and Virgin America announce that the next generation airline will be the official "Airline of the Angels" for the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which will air Tuesday, Dec. 4 on CBS. The two brands will also partner to host the first ever supermodel PJ party inflight this November. In this photo from left to right: Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolina Kurkova, Miranda Kerr, Selita Ebanks and Izabel Goulart. Photo Courtesy of Victoria's Secret. (PRNewsFoto/VIRGIN AMERICA) (Newscom TagID: prnphotos065466) [Photo via Newscom]

And bye-bye cheeky, peek-a-boo-loving Sir Richard, who, as a foreigner, was prevented from outright owning the majority of American-owned Virgin America:

British billionaire and showman Richard Branson has declared war on Qantas and other rival airlines with the launch of his new fleet of V Australia passenger jets to fly the Australia-US route.

“I wanted to follow-up on the news announced earlier this week that Virgin America has agreed to be acquired by Alaska Airlines. We’ve received an outpouring of support from many of you about your love for the Virgin America brand and the flying experience, for which we are incredibly humbled and grateful. We’ve also received questions about what this means in the short and long-term for loyal flyers like you.

In particular, many flyers have questions about whether there will be an immediate impact on their Points, Status and the flying experience they’ve come to expect from Virgin America. Please know that you will not see any changes during the next several months – and potentially until the end of the year – until the merger receives regulatory and shareholder approval. Furthermore, there will likely be no significant changes to your flying experience for as many as 18 months or more while the two airlines merge into one. Until the transaction is officially approved – typically a process that can take upwards of six months – both airlines will continue to operate independently and there will be no changes to our flight schedules, the Virgin America product and guest experience, Elevate Status levels or your ability to earn and redeem points. Each airline will maintain separate websites, separate guest service teams and distinct frequent flyer programs. If you book a Virgin America flight, you will fly on Virgin America. In short, there will be no short-term changes in what you have come to expect from Virgin America’s award-winning experience.

At the point when the Virgin America Elevate program is merged into the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ program, you should also know there will be no disruption to your earnings or redemptions. Your Points balance and Status level will be honored in Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan, which has been ranked the #1 airline rewards program by U.S. News and World Report for the past two years. In addition, you will be able to use your Status levels and earned Points across a significantly expanded network – including 114 destinations in North America and 900 global destinations through Alaska Airline’s robust network of international partners. This means that you can continue to fly Virgin America and accrue Points as normal, from now until when the plans combine, and you can be confident that all your points – whether earned prior to or after the transaction announcement – will be reflected in your new or existing Alaska Mileage Plan account.

For more, you can find our latest Q&A on our website. You can also call us on 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (877.359.8474), should you have any questions. Elevate Silver or Elevate Gold members can contact us by calling your exclusive reservation line or send an email to your dedicated email address when you log into your Elevate account.

Thank you for your loyalty and for flying with us. Together, with Alaska Airlines, our intent is to make this integration as seamless as possible and to create the premier airline for West Coast travelers. As airlines both known for our commitment to operational excellence and guest loyalty – we hope to create an even better flying experience across an expanded network.


Stuart Dinnis
Director of Loyalty
Virgin America

These $80 Brooks Running Shoes from Costco Cost More to Operate Than Your Car? Yep

Friday, September 19th, 2014

You do the math kids, but that’s something like 30 cents per mile, you know, with sales tax ‘n stuff:

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But they feel like they’re already broken in from the get-go, so that’s gotta be worth something…

How the Commenters of SFGate Ruined, Just Ruined, This Press Release/Advertorial for the McRoskey Mattress Co.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Let me tell you something here – if you can get a good night’s sleep ONLY in a McRoskey Mattress, you know, the way the McRoskey Mattress Company wants you to think, then there’s something wrong with you asides from your back or your neck or whathaveyou.

There’s something wrong with yo noggin, is what I’m saying.

Anywho, comes now the longtime San Francisco-based McRoskey Mattress Co. with its new square bed what costs five figures(!).

Let’s see how the readers of the Chronicle SFGate respond to the advertorial in the electronic pages of the SFGate. Here are the first two:

“FINALLY! A mattress with the 49 square feet of space I NEED, and at a $12,000 price tag I can AFFORD!”

“Almost 12 grand for a mattress… it should improve sleep, sex, and prolong my life by 10 years for that.”

Here’s how it will look in the corner of your live-work mansion:

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And here’s the original release, below, if you want to compare.

McRoskey, if I put one of your 7×7 box springs on the sidewalks of San Francisco, it would sit there for weeks because nobody would realize it’s worth thousands of dollars.

(Oh, because it’s not worth thousands of dollars.)

McRoskey, if you took a 1×1 bite out of the upper left corner of this mattress combo, I’d give you points for style. But you didn’t do that.

McRoskey, nobody wants your $12,000 beds.

(And oh, Gentle Reader, if you want a good night’s sleep for two, why not get a queen mattress from the Costco? $475 delivered – it comes in a surprisingly small box, one that you yourself can move around. Let it air out for a couple of days after it expands, and you’re in business. This is the modern way of sleep during our Great Recesssion.)

“McRoskey Mattress Introduces The New 7’X7′ San Francisco King

McRoskey’s newest standard size is for people who really love to stretch out

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — McRoskey Mattress Company introduces a new standard size mattress set, the 7’X7′ San Francisco King©. This seven foot square mattress is the perfect size for people who want more freedom of movement while sleeping, love sleeping with their pets or just want more room to cuddle with the kids.

According to McRoskey President Robin McRoskey Azevedo, the 7’X7′ San Francisco King was created to address these needs, providing more space and more comfort. “Because we’ve received ongoing requests for custom over-sized mattresses from customers – especially professional athletes — who want a bigger sleeping surface, we have introduced this new, larger standard size.” She adds, “Our new 7’X7′ San Francisco King is an ideal mattress for an open loft area, a spacious penthouse or a large master bedroom suite. And as a San Francisco-based manufacturer, we love the fact that the new size connects with San Francisco’s seven-by-seven square mile footprint.”

Like every McRoskey mattress set, the new San Francisco King is handcrafted to order at the McRoskey factory in San Francisco’s Central Waterfront neighborhood. The 7’X7′ San Francisco King comes complete with linens and mattress protector and is available in McRoskey’s byDesign and Classic comforts.  Box spring heights can be customized.

This new San Francisco King set retails for $11,777 in the byDesign line. Retail pricing for the set in the Classic line is  $7,777.

About McRoskey Mattress Company

Family owned and operated, the McRoskey Mattress Company has been handcrafting mattresses and box springs in San Francisco, California since 1899. McRoskey mattresses are available in standard and custom sizes. McRoskey has showrooms in San Francisco and Palo Alto. or Facebook or Twitter: @McRoskey.

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SOURCE  McRoskey Mattress Company

McRoskey Mattress Company

CONTACT: Dianne Newton-Shaw, The Placemaking Group, +1-510-835-7900, x 206, for McRoskey Mattress Company

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The Problem with the Chronicle’s “49 Square Miles Project” is that SF JUST ISN’T THAT BIG – Let’s Check Wiki!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The problem with the 49 Square Miles Project is that nobody checked to see if San Francisco is actually that big.

Here’s the answer from Wikipedia:

46.87 sq mi” 

Now, did they include the Farallon Islands? Hell yes, plus tiny parts of the North Bay and the East Bay that we also have, through Accident of History:

“Several islandsAlcatraz,Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island, and a small portion of Alameda IslandRed Rock Island, and Angel Island are part of the city. Also included are the uninhabited Farallon Islands, 27 miles (43 km) offshore in the Pacific Ocean.”

So, having proved that, let’s fix the Chron’s graphic:

You know Chron, you could have rounded up to 47 and you could have even rounded up to 50, if your ardor for California’s Fourth-Largest City demanded it.

But you can’t round up to 49.

Sorry, Chronicle.

Wiki wins again.

“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences.

Check it:

“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:

A pair of live reindeer

Indoor snow flurries twice an hour

A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow

An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients

Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances

Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)

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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:

This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:

Les mise-en-scene:

One of four Evaporative Snow machines:

Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:

The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:

And a partridge in a pear tree:

See you there!

Official CA Agency CalRecycle Declares War on Car Dealerships: Says DON’T Change Motor Oil Every 3000 Miles – Let it Slide

Friday, November 4th, 2011

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), a division of our California Department of Conservation, doesn’t want you changing your car oil as much. They want you to follow the recommendation in your car’s owner’s manual, as opposed to your service manager’s “every 3000 miles no matter what” mantra.

(I don’t think car dealerships and oil change places will like this one bit.)

Anyway, CalRecycle is coming to town tomorrow to pay for free parking for motorists who pledge to increase their oil change intervals. (But don’t anybody tell StreetsBlog SF about the free parking reward – they won’t like that at all. Srsly.)

It’s called the Check Your Number campaign

All the deets, after the jump


Study from San Francisco Firm Shows Hybrid Drivers Violate Laws and Crash More Than Average Drivers

Monday, October 11th, 2010

San Francisco’s very own “auto insurance analytics company” down there at 388 Market Street, Quality Planning, thinks you drivers of gas-electric hybrid vehicles have issues. They’re saying stuff like, “Hybrid drivers show shameful lack of social responsibility.”


Try this on for size:

“Studies by auto insurance analytics company Quality Planning, collision publication “Mitchell Industry Trends Report” and the Highway Data Loss Institute found that:

Hybrid owners drive 25 percent more miles than owners of gas-powered cars.

Hybrid owners receive almost two-thirds more traffic citations per mile than their all-gas counterparts.

Hybrids are involved in more collisions than non-hybrids

Who knew the Toyota Prius can be as dangerous as its design inspiration, the deadly triggerfish?

Check out that article and see what you think. (And try not to chuckle when you read the Honda CBR rider’s comment about Priuseses…)

Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake: San Francsico, 2:29 PM Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This must be a twin of the one we just felt on June 28th. Did You Feel It?

Mag= 3.5 3.2, MMI= IV

All the deets of Event nc71436076:

 Magnitude 3.5
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 21:29:10 UTC
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 02:29:10 PM at epicenter
Location 37.665°N, 122.516°W
Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
  • 5 km (3 miles) NNW (331°) from Pacifica, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (237°) from Daly City, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (254°) from Colma, CA
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (215°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 75, Dmin=5 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Event ID nc71436076


A Little Shaking in San Francisco – Didn’t Feel Like a Scary Earthquake Here

Monday, June 28th, 2010

7:47 AM, June 28th – The bay area just got a few little rolls from an “adorable” quake that had an epicenter just three miles to the west of the San Francisco Zoo, under the Pacific on the San Andreas Fault.

The animals at the zoo are unnerved:

“I can hear the Peacocks at the @sfzoo flipping out over the little earthquake.”

Oh well. Here it is, from the USGS:

Magnitude 3.5
  • Monday, June 28, 2010 at 14:47:04 UTC
  • Monday, June 28, 2010 at 07:47:04 AM at epicenter
Location 37.742°N, 122.556°W
Depth 8 km (5.0 miles)
  • 5 km (3 miles) WNW (284°) from San Francisco Zoo
  • 10 km (6 miles) NW (306°) from Daly City, CA
  • 11 km (7 miles) NW (309°) from Colma, CA
  • 13 km (8 miles) WSW (253°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 73, Dmin=9 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=101°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Event ID nc71416595

Saint Francis of Assisi was all, “Is that what Thouest calls an Earth-Tembler Temblor, Master Andreas? Really, t’was merely a trifling. Next time, Thouest should Bring It On.”

An artist’s depiction of Frank raising the roof in victory over Saint Andy this A.M.:

Still standing, baby!

7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer a Huge Success

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

More than 2700 walkers raised more than $6 million this weekend in the 7th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Sign up by tonight for the 2010 walk and save $20 off the registration fee.

Here’s a team in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

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And here’s the finish line at Speedway Meadow, the place where the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire won’t happen this year. Check the photos.

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Each walker raised at least $1800 in donations from friends. If they didn’t come up with all the dough, then they committed to pay the remainder from their own credit cards. Thusly:

“If you have not yet met your donation minimum you may choose the deferred commitment option to guarantee the minimum donation amount.  A deferred commitment is your promise to fundraise for two months after the event in order to meet your minimum of $1,800.”

(That’s a lot of commitment.)

Speaking of which, check out the Yelp ratings – five stars each from the eleven committed alpha females of course, but only three stars from the sole dude, who points out a little history of the event involving Dan Pallotta and Pallotta Teamworks:

“Litigation lasted until 2005, w/ Avon being awarded $19,525,639.00 of it’s $20 million counterclaim. The court determined that Pollatta had lost money running some of the AIDS Rides & used the profitable Breast Cancer Walk money to pay for losses. A few days after the news the company abruptly laid off its entire staff nationwide & closed the doors.”

Hmmm. Rumors, accusations, and finger-pointing abounded when people found out how much of the money raised was being used to pay Pallotta Teamworks for organizing events all over the country. Of course, Mr. Pallotta defended his thesis about how ya gotta spend money to make money, or something like that. Regardless, there was a backlash against Pallotta and his Lexus and his large HQ, and so, Pallotta Teamworks ain’t putting on the show no mo. Anyway…

Congratulations to all the walkers! See you next year!

More deets after the jump.