Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 7 Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13259 times:
Introduction: I was supposed to fly SPI-ORD-LNK-DEN on December 23, 2009, but with the imminent ice storm that was going through the Midwest, I was able to change my flights to SPI-ORD-DEN. I wanted to leave on the 6am SPI departure. With the travel waiver I was able to change my flights. I got through to an agent within a couple of minutes even though they were still picking up the mess from the Northeast blizzard and gearing up for the Midwest blizzard. The reservation agent on the Premier Executive line was unwilling to change me at first because there were no coach seats available to DEN in the morning. She put me on hold and then was able to get me on a flight. I’m assuming she upgraded someone and then put me on board in economy. She booked me in a Y fare bucket, so I was automatically waitlisted for an upgrade. My flight out of Springfield isn’t anything special, so I will skip that.
Once I got into ORD I went directly to the gate, to see where I was in the upgrade list. I was 1 of 3 with 16 remaining seats, so I was confident I would clear. A gate agent didn’t come until about 10 minutes before we started to board, and he first had to get the crew ready to go. Then he started to clear the upgrade and the confirmed waiting for seats lists. There were quite a few op-ups on this flight, but I got my upgrade with no problem.
Boeing 767-300 International
6B is a rear facing seat, but I was up for this interesting experience. It was definitely interesting to see the engine through out the flight, especially at takeoff. At takeoff it kind of felt like you were falling as you looked out the window with the objects on the ground getting smaller and smaller.
The seat was very padded. I have read reports that the new Business seat lacked enough padding, but I didn’t really notice it. I didn’t try to sleep on today’s flight, but I know I would have been able to if I tried. My only complaint about the seat is the width. It is kind of narrow, but United does have to differentiate the First and Business cabins in some way.
Once we got to a safe altitude, the flight attendants passed out noise canceling headphones. Mine was kind of annoying because it seemed like it would pickup feedback and make loud noises unless I kept it on my head a certain way. After they passed out the head phones, they started taking drink and breakfast orders. 6AB was the last set of seats they served, so we were well into the flight before they got to us. Breakfast was very tasty and filled me up. The omelet was filled with some type of light cheese and spices. It was nicely done.
The video on demand was pretty cool, but I didn’t really have time to watch any movies on the flight. I just watched some TV programs.
The flight got into Denver ahead of time because of the winds. Overall this was a great flight, and United Business was icing on the cake. I can’t wait to fly the new Business seats again and hopefully on an international trip!
Nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11495 times:
The seat and the food was worth it for Business class on short flight like this ORD to DEN!
You were lucky, it could have been another story if it's the small A320 or B757 non-PS!
BTW, does UA actually ops A320 ORD-DEN!?
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10043 times:
Congrats on getting a free upgrade!
You're lucky you got put on the upg list, the last time I got rebooked into Y, online check-in said I was on the upgrade list - but I wasn't on the list, and no upgrade ever materialized.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9382 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8606 times:
Glad you liked the trip and used your status for an upgrade. I sat in one of the new business class seats for the first time today and they are quite nice. It's not the most comfortable to be in the middle section of the 747, but other than that, they are nice and spacious. However with all the new business seats nowadays, storage space is limit. At least the 767s got new over head stow bins!
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