StefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3525 times:
Maybe I'll make a crazy weekend trip at the end of January 2007. LH offers PAD-FRA (ATR 42),
IAH-ORD (A320) operated by UA
for 535 Euros in total. I'ver never flown UA. How ist the service on domestic flights? I read that there are no meals served. What is the difference between economy and busines class on domestic UA flights?
There is another option to fly directly from IAH to FRA. The fare is 530 Euro in total. So make an UA experience for inly 5 Euro?
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3515 times:
For a few dollars more at check-in you can get economy plus. which is welcome if you are tall, but otherwise isn't a big deal. I'm sure you've read all about it here, but basically it is an economy seat with extra legroom. It runs from the front of the cabin to the last emergency exit seat.
Your in-flight service will consist of the standard drinks and snacks. If the flight is three hous or longer you are offered meals for sale ($5). They offer a fresh salad or sandwich or your choice of four pre-packaged selections. It doesn't sound like much but I think the food is actually good. You never know what you're going to get with the "chicken or beef" airline food!
IFE will consist of a single video channel offereing a movie on longer flights, but more likely a series of short-subjects. They offer various sitcoms as well as some human interest news, tech or biz highlights and promo spots usually. You also get several channels of audio, now sponsored by XM Satelite radio. It comes down to six or seven selections of music genres. I don't know if it is a live feed or a recorded package though (they don't publish the playlist like they did before XM started). And last but certainly not least, is the famed Channel 9! This is a must-do-once for every aviation junkie! If you are unfamiliar, ch. 9 is a live ATC feed from the cockpit. It is officially "at the captain's discretion" but I have rarely not had it available, and word on these boards is that if you ask, it will be turned on for sure.
Hemisphere's magazine is pleasant. As of late I can only compare it to CO NW and HA mags, but I think it is far superior to those. It is oriented to the traveler who goes for both busieness and pleasure. I especially like the periodic fiction pieces called "row 22 A & B."
All in all I'd go for it. You're on a mileage run, so for five euros you get quite a few more miles along with your new airline experience. Hard to argue with that!
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10414 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3434 times:
Quoting StefanPAD (Thread starter): for 535 Euros in total. I'ver never flown UA. How ist the service on domestic flights? I read that there are no meals served. What is the difference between economy and busines class on domestic UA flights?
On IAH-ORD you will get a beverage service with soft drinks, juice, water, tea and coffee for free. Alcoholic drinks are available for $5. There is no fresh food available for sale on shorter flights such as this one. They are available on on transcon flights. Snack boxes are available on shorter flights.
For IFE, there will be a short subject video. It is really filled with advertisements which get annoying. There is an NBC video which masquerades as an entertainment show, but really is just an advertisement for NBC shows. There will also be a NBC sitcom showed after the NBC show (think Entertainment Tonight if you have ever seen that). There will be audio programming available too. You can listen to Channel 9 on most flights which is air traffic control. Additionally there are music channels with pretty high quality music provided by XM Satellite Radio. United is one of the only airlines that offers the use of free headsets and IFE on all domestic mainline flights.
The economy seats are standard economy. They are more comfortable than Lufthansa's short haul seats that you find on their Airbus narrowbodies. They have comfortable headrests. You can pay a little extra that will be about $50 to get a seat in Economy Plus if they are available. This will give you 36'' pitch instead of the standard 31'' pitch in economy. Economy plus gives penty of legroom, but the service and seats are the same.
First class on domestic flights is better than in Europe. You should get a small snack depending on the time of day. It might be a salad, or fruit and cheese plate or something like that. It won't be that substantial. First class has 2X2 seating with 38'' pitch. The seat is a lot more comfortable, but does not feature legrests. It is actually the same style of seat that United uses for international business class, but there is no legrest, no lumber, and no PTVs and of course much lower seat pitch. You get free drinks and good, but not overly thrilling service.
First class does not get you that many perks on the ground. There is no lounge access provided, but that doesn't really matter since United doesn't even have a lounge in IAH. You might get priority security, but I'm not sure. It can depend on where you are flying from as it changes.
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