Once upon a time, I was super close to achieving "elite" status on Continental so I flew to NYC for the day. Yes, the day. Guess what? This time it was super close to achieving "MVP" status on Alaska. So off to San Fran it was. The best part about being an MVP? No baggage fees!
I hopped the BART into downtown. And then, being in San Fran, what else could I do but ride the cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf. My plan for eating a nice, big steaming bowl of clam chowder somehow transformed into taking an open top bus tour around the city. Boy were there a lot of people dressed up in Santa outfits!! Everywhere you looked there were Santas! Top the day off with some meandering along the waterfront and walking up and down a few hills before back to the airport and home.