01: Introduction: Tijuana to Mexico City on AeroMexico
02: Cross Border Xpress bridge, Tijuana Airport
03: AeroMexico 787-8 Premier Class (business class) Tijuana to Mexico City
04: Presidente InterContinental Hotel, Mexico City
05: 3 things that surprised me about Mexico City
06: AeroMexico Salon Premier Club, Terminal 2 MEX
07: AeroMexico 737-700 Premier Class (business class) Mexico City to Tijuana
Mexico City has always been a place I’ve wanted to see, and there have been a handful of occasions over the years were I started putting a trip together but never followed though on it. I think one of the problems is that it hasn’t been one of those MUST SEE destinations on my list, and by the time I realize that it’s basically going to be an international trip with the typical currency/language/culture issues that comes with traveling overseas, I start thinking of other international destinations I’d rather go to instead. Heck, I’ve already been to Mexico many times before (Tijuana, Rosarito, and Ensenada) and I live just 30 miles from the border so it doesn’t seem very exotic to me and I always figure there will be another chance to go.
Since my last trip was a quick two day adventure to Minnesota back in December, I was itching pretty bad to hit the road again by mid February. I really wanted to go somewhere for no reason at all, but I knew right away that I wouldn’t have a lot of time so I wouldn’t be able to go far. I also knew that I wanted to go someplace warm, so that really limited things right off the bat. I seriously considered another trip to Hawaii. Or south Florida. But then it hit me – after years of putting it off, this would be a perfect time to check out Mexico City!
The only airline currently serving MEX out of SAN is Volaris, and truth be told, I was actually kind of excited about trying them. Volaris is one of the few airlines out of SAN that I haven’t flown before, and I’ve been working really hard to fly them all over the past year or so (I even tried Allegiant Air for crying out loud). But the more I thought about it, I wanted to spice things up a bit and create an itinerary that would make this trip as interesting as possible. Since I only live 30 miles from the border, what if I flew out of Tijuana instead? The new trans border pedestrian bridge that opened late last year should make this easy, and a quick look on AeroMexico.com revealed very cheap prices for business class (Premier Class) to MEX on the 787. Sold!
Here’s the itinerary I ended up with:
03/12/16 AM185 Premier Class (business class) Tijuana to Mexico City – 787-8
03/14/16 AM176 Premier Class (business class) Mexico City to Tijuana – 737-700
Unfortunately, I decided against flying the 787 on the return to TIJ due to timing issues. That flight is scheduled out of MEX at 7am, and being that this was going to be a really quick trip anyway, the thought of waking up at an ungodly hour on the final day to catch a flight home didn’t sound all that appealing to me at all. 10 years ago maybe I would have been tempted, but as I get older I’m definitely starting to favor convenience over aircraft type! Oh well – comparing the 787 with the 737 should be interesting. Not that I’m expecting the 737 to be very good at all – I’d actually expect it to be on par with Sun Country – but it will be fun to see what regular narrowbody AeroMexico “business class” is like.
Time to brush up on my Spanish and make a run for the border…