The Best Western Plus Americania is a hotel, I wanted to stay at and review it for a long time already. Usually, I stay in different parts in the area due to work and distance to work and of course prices. As you probably know, San Franciso can get pretty expensive. I was heading back to San Francisco and got stuck in Miami for about 8 hours. The original connecting flight from Miami to Dallas was delayed. In the hope of getting to Dallas and have about 2 hours overlay to test a new Priority Pass lounge, I tried to get an earlier flight. I was put on the standby list and even tho I had a First Class ticket I would make it only into economy class on this flight. The flight was overbooked anyway and I still had my original ticket for the already delayed flight to Dallas. This one would be in First Class on a Boeing 767. This is the real first class product. Anyway, I decided to go with that. In the meantime, I tried to kill some time by visiting the Avianca and LATAM VIP Lounges at MIA. I got a notification that the earlier flight will be delayed as well and thought lucky me that I went with the 767. A few minutes later this flight got delayed even further as it already was and I would have only 20 minutes to make it from the D gates in DFW to the A gates. It was not enough time to catch my flight. I decided to change my routing again and instead take the direct flight from MIA to SFO. I called American and they were able to confirm me immediately for this flight. The only downside was that this flight wouldn’t leave until 9:30 p.m. Not a big deal as I was checking out two new lounges I never been to in Miami.
You probably won’t believe it but the direct flight to SFO got delayed as well. What’s going on with Miami? Anyway, I made it into SFO about 30 minutes late and was at the baggage claim around 1:00 am. I checked my app to make sure my bags even made it with all the flight changes and sure enough, they didn’t. Half of it was stuck in Dallas and the rest was unknown at leat according to the app. I filed a baggage claim with the baggage office of American in the terminal and headed toward the rental car center to pick up my car and head to the hotel. The advantage of coming in that late is, there is no traffic at all. The whole city is like dead at that time and it was super easy to get to the hotel from the airport.
As you probably can imagine, there are not a lot of guest checking in around 2 a.m. This made the whole check in process quick and painless. Within a short time, I had the room keys in my hands and the front desk clerk took care of my car. They only offer valet parking at this hotel. I grabbed my bag and headed around the corner to the elevator. You need your room key to even call the elevator. It’s a security thing, maybe because of the bar connected to the hotel and drunken people could just walk in without being really noticed from the staff. As I was super tired at 2 a.m. I just wanted to go to bed.