March Madness Trip (3/14 to 3/24) with my buddy from Dallas. I will break the trip down in sections so those that like to read only about a certain topic can skip the rest. Flights: I made reservations at least 6 months in advance since this is such a busy weekend with March Madness and I couldn't use my American Airlines miles for a 25K round trip....but I could get first class for 25k each way. So that's what I booked and still made pretty good use of my miles since paying for a coach ticket would have been at least $450, even 6 months out. The "drawback" was that I had to get in on Wednesday and leave on Monday. Oh well, looks like I have to spend a bit more time than I would have normally. First class on a short flight is kind of a waste of miles, but I have plenty and I refuse to take a cheap Spirit flight and pack my 6'3" frame in a tiny space and have the fool in front of me jack their seat back into my knees. The flights coming and going were on time and the meals and drinks were good. Pic was my lunch on the way to Vegas. I didn't have but a couple of drinks since I was the one renting the car. My buddy took the cheap Spirit flight that got in at midnight.