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A Sea Of United: OKC To Heathrow For The Miles  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11221 times:

My Other TR's can be found here:
OKC-ORD-HNL On UA In First Lots Of Pics/Video (by Ual747 Jul 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
HNL-ORD-OKC UA 002 First Class Pics And Vid (by UAL747 Jul 8 2008 in Trip Reports)
United Economy+ OKC-LAX-SYD And Return Pics/Vids (by UAL747 Jul 4 2010 in Trip Reports)
Oklahoma Goes To Turkey (UA,LH,TK) Pics (by UAL747 Jan 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
UA Business ORD-NRT-BKK And Return (Revisited) (by UAL747 Mar 26 2009 in Trip Reports)
UA Economy Plus To Brussels (IAD-BRU-IAD) Pics (by UAL747 Mar 25 2009 in Trip Reports)



As a Star Alliance Silver Member, and a United Premier Member, I enjoy all of the privileges that come with it. No baggage fees, free domestic first upgrades, priority check-in, priority security lines where they exist, and a whole slew of other benefits. While I am nowhere near the top of the totem pole, these small things really help me enjoy my flying experience. This year however, I have not flown as much as I should, or rather, I should say that I have not flown on United as much as I should. To maintain my status, I must fly 30,000 miles a year on United or Star Alliance flights. While I have done quite a bit of flying this year, much of it has been on American. So I thought it was high time that I made use of a free weekend to secure my status for the next year.

I searched for web fares on United.com and found that OKC-IAH-LHR and returning the same way gave me the opportunity to get the most bang for the buck. I purchased an L-Fare, for 748.00USD roundtrip OKC-IAH-LHR-IAH-OKC with only 3 hours at LHR. Some people outside of A.net called me crazy, I call it brilliant! I made sure to give myself ample time at IAH to enjoy the United Club (Former President's Club), and made my reservations to head out on Feb. 4, 2012 and return Feb. 5, 2012.

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OKLAHOMA CITY to HOUSTON/INTCON departing Saturday, February 4
CONTINENTAL 4953 *
Depart:OKLAHOMA CITY 7:50 AM
Arrive:HOUSTON/INTCON 9:30 AM
Seat(s): 2A
Equip: DH4
Award Miles: 395
* OPERATED BY COLGAN AIR DBA CONTINENTAL CONNECTION

I arrived at the airport around 6AM. These days, I'm not so sure about the 2 hour required check-in time for international flights, but I try to adhere to it somewhat. Parked my car on level 3 of the parking garage, and made my way to the terminal.


Will Rogers World Airport has existed for a long time, but was torn down in the early 2000's to make way for an entirely new airport. The airport is constructed of stones found in the various 77 counties of Oklahoma. Here is an example of the stonework around the airport:


I made my way up to check-in. The airport was fairly quiet this morning.


Ticketing and Check-in Hall:


United Seemed Ready for Valentines day. While I think it's kind of cheesy, I guess some people like it.


I enjoy getting to use the first class/premier line for check-in, but I often question if it is really worth it. At OKC, there never seems to be a dedicated individual to this line. It seems they go back and forth between the economy check in, and the ticket purchase/customer service lines. Often I have found myself waiting longer here than I would if I checked in through the economy line.


Got my tickets. Upon ticketing, they asked me in a funny way why my trip was so short. I told them I was doing a mileage run, and the supervisor wondered why I picked LHR as she said they always have the highest tax and landing fees. I told her that LHR was cheaper than any other European destination that I researched online. She gave me my tickets and directed me toward the priority security lane. Wouldn't really matter though, both lanes were pretty much empty.


Departure Hall:


Airport bar/lounge. It was closed. I guess Oklahomans don't like their liquor at 6AM!  

Made my way down to the western end of the terminal where my gate would be. Was very excited as this would be my first Dash 8, and my first time on a prop in approximately 15 years. The last was an American ATR.


Here is my bird to IAH:


United is the largest carrier outside of WN at OKC. We get flights to EVERY hub in the United system, including SFO, LAX, IAD, and EWR. The CRJ is the morning flight to SFO.


Exterior Architecture of OKC:


West Airport Bar/Lounge


American to LAX:


I walked up to my gate and noticed there were so many people seated there. It seemed too much for the Dash 8. I then heard an announcement that the 6AM flight was delayed, as would be the 7:50 flight. Houston was currently at a full ground stop because of thunderstorms over the area.


6AM flight to IAH:


OKC Tower:


My Q400:


Turns out, both the earlier IAH flight and my flight ended up boarding and departing at the same time. In fact, we took off right behind them, chasing them all the way to IAH, but they probably won, seeing as we were a prop. Here are the two pilots IAH bound in their office pre-departure.


Ready for Takeoff for both aircraft!


Take off from OKC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dl_Rj1I-r4&feature=youtu.be

I must say, I did find the Q400 quite nice on the inside. It is at least as wide as a CRJ, and the legroom was ample, and the seats very comfortable, especially for economy.


The interior was quite new and refreshing as well. I flipped through the In-Flight magazine, and it now seems that UA is branding themselves with the 787. I've been seeing this shot of their 787 on a lot of signage throughout my trip.


Here are a few pics of the scenery in flight:


Crossing the Red River into Texas:


Dallas Galleria:


Entering some weather on descent into IAH:


Landing video into IAH:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCx3w1bA11M

Landing seemed a bit rough, but we were there either way. Did a very long taxi around IAH airport and I snapped some photos as we made our way to the gate.



The only airbus I saw while at IAH:


Interior of the Dash 8 while deplaning:


We arrived at Terminal A, gate 1. Upon deplaning, I made my way up to the tram and over to terminal E, where my flight to LHR, flight 34, would depart. Gate E4.


I believe this is my aircraft to LHR. N77011. It had arrived earlier that morning from LOS, flight 143, from Murtala Muhammed International.


Since I had about 5 hours until I needed to board my flight to LHR, I headed over to the United Club, former Continental Presidents Club in Terminal E.

Security at Terminal E


I went to check into the club, but apparently they are still on Continental Systems as they could not just swipe my Premier card for my club passes. They had to see a receipt of purchase. I did not have a receipt, so I had to email the club representative my receipts from my phone, and he had to print them off. Overall, the staff wasn't that friendly. I apologized, but the guy didn't even look me in the eye, he just said, "That's okay, but this is why we ask you to print them off." I just said I was unaware that I had to do so, and just left it at that.


Overall, the United Club in Terminal E is very nice and clean. The decor is very conservative, especially compared some other airlines, but this is Houston, TX after all. Culturally, it's what I'd expect. In some weird way, it reminded me of a Barnes and Noble bookstore. The Bloody Mary's they make there, are FANTASTIC!


Here are some spotting shots I took while at the club:


764 headed to HNL:


Star Alliance Headed to NRT:


Sayonara!


Walked down to the gate. IAH has these wonderful huge windows at the ends of each branch of Terminal E. Had a bit of lunch at Pappadeaux's:




I was on a.net chat while in the club, when a member asked me if my flight was still headed to Houston, or if it had been cancelled. I wasn't quite sure what he meant, then he directed me to the thread about all the snow and how LHR had reduced capacity by 1/3. I checked CO.com and indeed the flight was still operating on time, but just to be sure, I went to the customer service desk at the club to ask, and they said my flight was unaffected. I looked up what flights UA had cancelled and it seemed they cancelled flights which were in markets where there were many LHR flights, and all on aircraft smaller than the 777. I expected that IAH and the 777 had some priority, as we were not cancelled.



Did some walking around and stumbled onto this shop that had a great selection of model aircraft, but unfortunately, they were the ones that are REALLY nice and cost around 300-400USD! But fun to look at nevertheless.


Some more spotting:


N77022 arriving for the later LHR departure:


Here is my aircraft being towed to the gate. This aircraft is Ship #11, N77011, which arrived from LOS early that morning.


Over the club PA, they announced that United Flight 34 to London Heathrow would be boarding in 10 minutes. So I made my way out of the club and down to the gate E7, about a 5 min walk. As I passed, I could see the flight to Amsterdam being prepared at gate E2. Boeing 767-400.


Check-In Area for Flight 34 to LHR:

HOUSTON/INTCON to LON / HEATHROW departing Saturday, February 4
CONTINENTAL 34
Depart: HOUSTON/INTCON 3:41 PM
Arrive: SUN 5 FEB
LON / HEATHROW 6:50 AM
Seat(s): 24A NONSTOP
Equip: 777
Award Miles: 4834
In-Flight services:
Meal: DINNER

I was one of the first people to board, so I walked down and into the aircraft and was greeted by a flight attendant and shown which direction to go for my seat, 24A. I stopped and snapped a pic of the Business First seat:

Economy class:


Close up of 764 Raked Wingtip:



Business First was nice, but nothing spectacular. Of course, I wouldn't turn it down if offered. I sat down at my seat and started to take some pictures out of the wing. I took this picture:


...........and as soon as the shutter clicked, I was startled and jumped as I hear, "HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! WHY ARE YOU TAKING PICTURES?" - An older (late 60's) flight attendant approached me. At first, I wasn't sure what to say because in my mind, I was going, "Why not?" Then I figured out I guess she found what I was doing as suspicious. So I just kind of blushed, smiled, and said, "I'm an aviation nerd, and I post pictures to an aviation website. Is it okay if I take pictures?" - It was weird, the feeling I had. I was sort of angry and embarrassed, like a kid that just got yelled at by his mother. She replied, "Oh, okay, I just saw you clicking away and wondered why." She left it at that. She was working my side and section of economy the entire flight. I went out of my way to be nice to her, saying please, thank you, and smiling whenever I could, but she must have been in a really bad mood. Though, I watched her interact with others during the flight, and she wasn't exactly friendly to them either. I know I shouldn't feel this way, but sometimes these older FA's do not have the right attitude for the job. I really try to keep myself from making that type of judgement, but many of the older employees do not go the extra mile to offer a smile or polite attitude.

----As someone would say on here, "She is old, her attitude was not friendly, she would not make a good wife." LOL.

Economy was almost completely empty. The entire row, 24 A-K was empty! I should have sat in all the seats throughout the entire 9 hour flight! It really was a very light load, though Business First was completely full. Lots of upgrades I bet.

Doors closed on time and we pushed back:


Legroom:


Taxi was long, we taxied and took off from runway 33R, which is IAH's longest runway at 12001ft.

Takeoff Video:
http://youtu.be/0KLrb9727Vg

Some pics from Climbout:


I am always amazed at how the 777 wings flex, and how enormous they are. I also get a kick watching that inboard aileron go at it. Such an amazing machine. I've been on so many 777 flights, but they never get boring to me.

The airshow had a bit of a problem calculating our altitude:


The captain said it would correct itself after reading flight data from the cockpit, but it never did. According to it, we crossed the Atlantic at 50ft the entire way!

Flight started out with a drink service, so I indulged:


The bloody mary seemed to be the theme drink of this trip.

Lots of room!


I believe this system is the same system being installed on Pre-Merger UA 777's. I had about 185 choices in movies, including movies that were not new releases, but classics. There was a large music selection, and also a short program selection. Everything visual is divided into movie/show categories, so it's easy to find something you like, and enough programming to never have to repeat anything. This has come leaps and bounds since my first flight on a 777 back in 1998. Really enjoyed it, although, the touch screen function gets annoying as it isn't very sensitive.


As the flight progressed, so did the turbulence. In fact, I don't think there was one batch of smooth air the entire flight. It was light to moderate chop the entire way into LHR, which was kind of annoying. At one point the captain asked the flight attendants to be seated and they suspended dinner service. After about 20 min, the service began again. It was cloudy most of the way, so I didn't get many good shots, but here's what I have:



Dinner was typical US airline fare, it wasn't bad, not that great either:

Chicken Stir Fry:


About an hour from LHR a "snack" was served. Fruit and a croissant:


Flight path:


After breakfast was served, UK Landing Cards were distributed:


I filled it out, but wasn't sure if I needed it or not. In fact, I wasn't sure how I would be handled in the UK. I believed I was a passenger in transit, but I did not have physical tickets....

When we reached London Airspace, we were told by our captain that due to the closure of one of the runways, and the low visibility and snow, we would be in a holding pattern for 20 min, well, that ended up being about 50 min of holding. I didn't mind at all, as I got to see quite a few aircraft flying around. Unfortunately, it was too dark for my camera to pick up, but we were all in the same boat trying to get into LHR.



Still holding...:


And holding....


Finally, we made our descent into LHR:
http://youtu.be/91sWg7l0Wxo

First Aircraft to welcome me to LHR, a Thai A346:


LHR seemed to be a ghost town. Yes there were planes at the gate, but hardly anything was taking off or landing. There were no planes on the taxiways, none taking off, it was so un-Heathrow! The weather actually didn't seem too bad either, not much snow on the ground, but I think they were just trying to be extra cautious by reducing the number of flights by 1/3.

Well, I figured out I didn't need my landing card. In fact, if I would have had return tickets already, I doubt I would have needed my passport! I went down a long, dark, and narrow corridor at T4 to the very small transfer area, where I was given the most "intimate" frisk of my life. The guy reached inside my pants! He actually put his hands in my pants and tugged on my underwear. I was a little shocked, but too tired to care. Not like I could make a fuss about it anyway. Since I did not have any checked luggage, I simply went to the Star Alliance transfer desk and picked up my tickets, which were printed on Continental Airlines card stock. I was actually shocked they were on card stock still!


Funny enough, it seems that the name United is taking a lot longer to rub off over at LHR than it is in the states. Obvious since it is an outlying station, but most things were labeled or called Continental, not United. If United was mentioned, it was always made to sound as if United was a partner airline, not THE airline. Not that I really care, it's just interesting to see how the brand has or hasn't acclimated in all areas. After the transfer, I went up to the terminal, again through some dark hallways. T4 really needs some updating. Ceiling tiles falling out everywhere, holes in the wall, not a great first impression, but I do realize that LHR is one of the busiest airports in the world too.

Didn't really have too much time to do anything but spot a little and get a bite to eat, then it was back to my gate, (Gate 7) for the departure.

Some spotting photos:


United 777 N77009 arriving from EWR. This aircraft will take me to Houston as UA035.

LON / HEATHROW to HOUSTON/INTCON departing Sunday, February 5
UNITED 35 *
Depart:LON / HEATHROW 9:20 AM
Arrive:SUN 5 FEB
HOUSTON/INTCON 1:45 PM
Seat(s): 17A NONSTOP
Equip: 777
Award Miles: 4834 ECONOMY
In-Flight services:
Meal: LUNCH, SNACK
* OPERATED BY CONTINENTAL AIRLINES AS CO35

By this time, I was getting VERY tired. Things started to become a blur, and I just wanted to get on the aircraft and sleep. The departure lounge at Gate 7 was crowded, as it was also next to a food kiosk and dining area. Air India had 3 flights there along with Jet Airways and Kuwait. Everyone was in line trying to get some food. I noticed that many of them had special vouchers from their respective airlines, so I'm figuring these people were stuck at LHR due to the reduction in flight numbers. The boarding went very quickly for my flight. In fact, this flight was also VERY empty. I had a person seated in my row with one seat in between us, but he found an entire row to himself so I had my own row to myself again, which was nice. It's nice to be able to spread your carry on luggage out like your computer and cameras.

My flight being prepped to IAH, N77009:


On board, the flight crew was much younger, and quite a bit more friendly. It's nice to see even a smile, and they were full of them. A few pics on board and taxiing to the runway:



Massive GE90:

It's a big airplane!



This was the ONLY aircraft on the Taxiway while we were taxiing for takeoff. A DL 767-400. So weird to see LHR that dead.


We taxied directly from the gate to the runway and did a rolling take off. No stopping or waiting:
http://youtu.be/cu1vs1Umb-g



Lunch was some sort of chicken, wasn't very good though on both flights, there was a choice, I guess I chose poorly both times:


Take off was smooth, and we headed Northwest on our way back to IAH. I fell asleep shortly after dinner. I slept from Ireland to Detroit. It was a good sleep, but I woke up and was still tired.

Here's our flight path:


About an hour and a half out of Houston, we were served a snack, which was a hot sandwich with cheese and chips and a piece of fruit. THIS, was actually pretty good.


Crossing the Lousiana/Texas boarder:


US Customs Landing Card:


Slowing down and descending into IAH:
[img]https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/431560_10100588311131667_9609877_51087693_1802677947_n.jpg[/mg]


First sighting of the Gulf of Mexico:


Houston, the oil capital of the world:


Pulling up to the gate (777 adjacent would be departing to LHR):


Back on US Soil:



Customs was easy, though a few of my fellow passengers who were British were throwing a fit at security about having to take their shoes off. Like, a REALLY big fit. Went through a full body scanner which was very easy, and went on my way to the Club lounge. I was in a daze as I was so tired, it all had felt like a dream. Hung out at the Club until it was time for my flight to OKC. Was a Dash 8 again, though we are supposed to be getting some mainline IAH flights soon to OKC. We kept getting updates on the Superbowl during the flight. Was fun.

Overall, a pleasurable experience. I think UA and CO are still working out the kinks on integrating systems, and it will be nice when it is all one airline. Of course, the older FA's and ground staff weren't that friendly. I wish airlines would do something about this, but how can they? Not sure, and maybe it's common workplace ethic in many industries in the US.

Well, hope you enjoyed. Please comment/ask Questions!

UAL

34 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11088 times:

Hi UAL.

Nice report thanks - and a good account of the recent snow at LHR. It looked pretty bad indeed.

Food looked terrible and the service sounded uninspiring. But I supose you were there for neither!

Great pictures.

Rgds

L



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineCONTACREW From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11086 times:

Very good trip report and excellent pictures!


Flight Attendants prepare doors for departure, cross check verify straps standby for all call
User currently offline777ord From United States of America, joined May 2010, 494 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11030 times:

great TR! Good detail. Not every day we get to see a tr like this on a.net.

I'm glad to see that you enjoyed your overall experience with United.

So, how many more miles till you hit the next tier?   perhaps OKC-IAH-NRT r/t? I've done it ORD-NRT-ORD and that is hard.


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11001 times:

Thanks 777.

Quoting 777ord (Reply 3):
So, how many more miles till you hit the next tier? perhaps OKC-IAH-NRT r/t? I've done it ORD-NRT-ORD and that is hard.

I don't even know! I do know that I will be Premier however.

Quoting 777ord (Reply 3):
perhaps OKC-IAH-NRT r/t? I've done it ORD-NRT-ORD and that is hard.

If all goes to plan, it will be OKC-IAD-DXB r/t. Hopefully closer to March I will know.  

UAL


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3047 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10975 times:

Excellent trip report. I wish I had the money to do something like that. The last time I saw a fare to do that was back when JetBlue launched a special that for $80 I could go SJU-MCO-SJU. Alas, I never did.


"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10811 times:

Great report Phil! Sounds like you had a good mileage run.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
764 headed to HNL:

I took that 764 *back* from HNL to IAH in 2007! Actually it was 2008 also -- we left on December 31st and landed on January 1st.

You should come to the northeast and ride a Dash 8-100. Piedmont has a bunch of them. Those are a lot of fun to fly on  

-J.



Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10811 times:

It's always a drama with the shoe removal business. In JFK it was not so bad (if I remember correctly) as they had a seat on both sides of security, to make it easier.

From Orlando, I think they only had seats after security, and, so that was a bit more of a pain having to bend over, or sit on the floor to undo shoe laces. I don't think they would have appreciated me cocking my leg onto some sensitive security equipment to undo them. Just someone not thinking logically, or they hate passengers, one or the other....


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10782 times:

Hi UAL747,

thanks for the report, good to read the final write up after the "live" updates on Facebook! Nice to have so much space, so you could spread over the 3 seats and sleep.

The food looks ok, though it does look weird that the side salad is bigger than the main dish!

Nice to see a quiet Heathrow, not something that is very common. Next time take a few more hours and take a trip into the city  

Thanks again

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10767 times:
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Good report, UAL747!

Looks like you had a nice flight with UA and a great way to get some more miles!

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
and as soon as the shutter clicked, I was startled and jumped as I hear, "HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! WHY ARE YOU TAKING PICTURES?" - An older (late 60's) flight attendant approached me. At first, I wasn't sure what to say because in my mind, I was going, "Why not?" Then I figured out I guess she found what I was doing as suspicious. So I just kind of blushed, smiled, and said, "I'm an aviation nerd, and I post pictures to an aviation website. Is it okay if I take pictures?" - It was weird, the feeling I had. I was sort of angry and embarrassed, like a kid that just got yelled at by his mother. She replied, "Oh, okay, I just saw you clicking away and wondered why." She left it at that. She was working my side and section of economy the entire flight. I went out of my way to be nice to her, saying please, thank you, and smiling whenever I could, but she must have been in a really bad mood. Though, I watched her interact with others during the flight, and she wasn't exactly friendly to them either. I know I shouldn't feel this way, but sometimes these older FA's do not have the right attitude for the job. I really try to keep myself from making that type of judgement, but many of the older employees do not go the extra mile to offer a smile or polite attitude.

Interesting story!

Thanks for sharing! Glad you didn't get stuck in London during the snowstorm. Looked pretty bad!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offline9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10343 times:

Thanks for sharing! Loved your spotting pics - both at OKC and LHR. Never knew that they had stones from all 77 counties at WRWA - very cool. Glad all your flights made it on time! Just out of curiousity, how have you found the service on AA? I always thought AA had cheaper fares than UA/CO out of OKC for most of the routes I've wanted to fly.

User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10320 times:

I have not seen a mileage run like this in ages! A pleasure to read, thanks.


Don't you want to hang out and waste your life with us?
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 10195 times:

Quoting 9w748capt (Reply 10):
Just out of curiousity, how have you found the service on AA? I always thought AA had cheaper fares than UA/CO out of OKC for most of the routes I've wanted to fly.

That's so funny you say that, because I seem to always find cheaper prices on United (since around 2000) for the routes that I want to fly. Most of my flying lately has been international to Asia or Europe however. As far as AA's service, it's pretty much on par with UA in economy. In business, I prefer UA, but there's not that much difference in quality I don't believe. It will be interesting when AA gets their 77W's as the Business and First hard product will be far better than other US carriers.

UAL


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9855 times:

Phil,

Nice TR of your UA flights - great pictures too, as travelling along with you  

Any idea why the spoilers are up on your Q400 flight prior to take-off from OKC ?

Wow, these wings are soooo dirty on your IAH-LHR flight; why was the granny so concerned about taking pictures - it's not prohibited in the States, is it ?

IMHO you DID stop on 09R at LHR prior to take-off for IAH, so no rolling take-off in my view...

Thanks for sharing - good to see UA's offering in Economy on Transatlantic is still 'lousy' - you can hardly call that a breakfast on your IAH-LHR flight, can you ?

Cheers,

MH017/Pieter...



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9577 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
I purchased an L-Fare, for 748.00USD roundtrip OKC-IAH-LHR-IAH-OKC with only 3 hours at LHR. Some people outside of A.net called me crazy, I call it brilliant!

The things we do for miles!

Anyway, thanks for posting, it was an enjoyable read. Lots of pictures too! Good for you that the flights were so empty, but I must say the main meals definately looked mediocre. That's why I prefer to fly European airlines across the pond.


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3164 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9378 times:

Very nice report!!!

A couple of thoughts:

1) Always a good idea to block out your name/ ticket number/ FF number from your boarding pass if you are going to post it online.

2) You mentioned you went out of your way to say please and thank you to a less than cheery FA. While nice, one should never have to go out of his/ her way to be polite.... should be standard operating procedure!



14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6542 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8882 times:

Hi !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Good to see that you made it in and out of LHR with all those cancellations and diversions!

You only have to pay departure tax from United Kingdom if you are there longer than 24 h for flights overseas so you did not pay that much in tax to the UK on this ticket.

Flights seem okay; too bad food wasn't too great.

Very good to have the seats open to you so that you can get sleep and have a better experience!

You still have a lot of time left to qualify for Premier for next year since it's only February but this is probably the season for the least expensive fares so a good time to do it.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8830 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
You still have a lot of time left to qualify for Premier for next year since it's only February but this is probably the season for the least expensive fares so a good time to do it.

I took this trip to qualify again, I'm now qualified through 2012 and part of 2013. So that's a good thing. I'm hoping to cash in another great fare, perhaps to DXB this time, we will see!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6542 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8705 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 17):
I'm hoping to cash in another great fare, perhaps to DXB this time, we will see!

You should go to DXB; it's a very interesting place to visit!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2179 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8388 times:

Thanks for the trip report!

A few comments:

1). Are you sure that was the Galleria in Dallas? Looks more like Valley View mall to me  

2). The meals on this flight look absolutely horrendous. Not sure if that was something reflective of Continental's catering, but if UA is the same, then I sure will avoid flying with them in Y at all cost on a TATL flight.

3). How were you able to access the President's lounge at IAH with Premier status? Did you have club passes after having the Explorer's card for a year?

4). Very interesting to see LHR that dead. I saw a lot of aircraft that normally park in T3?

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
I went to check into the club, but apparently they are still on Continental Systems as they could not just swipe my Premier card for my club passes. They had to see a receipt of purchase. I did not have a receipt, so I had to email the club representative my receipts from my phone, and he had to print them off. Overall, the staff wasn't that friendly. I apologized, but the guy didn't even look me in the eye, he just said, "That's okay, but this is why we ask you to print them off." I just said I was unaware that I had to do so, and just left it at that.

Ugh. FlyerTalk always discusses the "lounge dragons" which are NOTORIOUSLY bad at IAH. I've run into a few rather rude ones myself. Then again, I usually have a pretty terrible transfer experience at Bush. I truly dislike flying through IAH. You're very right about the Barnes and Noble categorization...it's incredibly bland and devoid of excitement.



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User currently onlinemaxamuus From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8353 times:

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 15):

1) Always a good idea to block out your name/ ticket number/ FF number from your boarding pass if you are going to post it online.

This is VERY wise advice. While the airliners.net community is a great group of folks, you never know who is lurking out there. With your name, your FF acount number, and all the details of your last trip and the dates that is enough to reset your password on some airlines website to their choosing and then they are free to do with your miles as they see fit.

I work for a major US airline and I have seen it done, so just be warned. Sadly, it can and does happen.

Otherwise, EXCELLENT Trip report and enjoyed all the photos.

[Edited 2012-02-07 20:57:43]

User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8191 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 19):
1). Are you sure that was the Galleria in Dallas? Looks more like Valley View mall to me

2). The meals on this flight look absolutely horrendous. Not sure if that was something reflective of Continental's catering, but if UA is the same, then I sure will avoid flying with them in Y at all cost on a TATL flight.

3). How were you able to access the President's lounge at IAH with Premier status? Did you have club passes after having the Explorer's card for a year?

4). Very interesting to see LHR that dead. I saw a lot of aircraft that normally park in T3?

1. Look to the very bottom of the picture, should see Galleria. But yes, that is Valley View Mall towards the top.

2. From what I've read, all Continental (United Branded) flights are catered by Chelsea Catering, based in Houston. United inherited that operation from the Merger with Continental. It is the only "in-house" catering in existence for a US based carrier. They operate at all the previous Continental hubs, and HNL. The presentation was awful, but the taste wasn't so bad. It was on par with other US domestics. If they'd separate the rice, chicken, sauce, and vegetables a bit better, it would probably look like a decent meal. I think the issue is, these are frozen meals, which are stored and packaged. When they are put in the ovens, they thaw, but still have that "smashed" look. If you simply "fluff" it, it would be presentable.

3. I had club passes I purchased. 39.00USD online vs. 50.00USD at the club.

4. United operates all of the CO flights in and out Terminal 4. To my knowledge, all the airlines at Terminal 4 in my pictures operate out of terminal 4. There might have been some extra aircraft floating around like the AA planes that should be at T3, due to snow. Not sure...

I'm actually a little confused however, as to how status is going to work once the airline merges the two FF programs. My status got extended, along with a lot of other people's, but then my elite qualifying miles went way down. I'm not sure what's going on, too tired (3AM) to try to figure it out. Maybe in a few days. I'm also wondering why I have not gotten full credit for my miles. I know I flew at least 10,000 miles on this trip, but I have only been credited approximately 7,000. AKAIK, United does full credit for miles, maybe I'm incorrect? Sigh...

UAL

[Edited 2012-02-08 01:30:36]

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5765 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8166 times:

Thanks for posting your report.

Incidentally, however, you DO realize that I now have your FULL NAME and MileagePlus number?
Because I guarantee you- your PIN is NOT that hard to hack....
Most people edit their photos in trip reports to remove personal information.....


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7875 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 22):
Incidentally, however, you DO realize that I now have your FULL NAME and MileagePlus number?
Because I guarantee you- your PIN is NOT that hard to hack....
Most people edit their photos in trip reports to remove personal information.....

Yes, I do realize that...more than 3 people have pointed it out to me.


User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7391 times:

Excellent report!

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
I was actually shocked they were on card stock still!

Common practice on our side of the pond  . I was actually shocked when I first got those ugly thermo-paper sheets in the U.S. this year - a disgrace to air travel  . Although not many people can understand why I even care...



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
25 sfflyer123 : Excellent TR! Very nice. I really enjoyed that. How did you survive that long in economy? didn't you want to try to upgrade?
26 UAL747 : I have no idea, but I remember thinking, "When are they going to take those spoilers down" as we started our takeoff roll! Hey, economy is survivable
27 Post contains images bcal dc10 : Nice work Philip. A point of order though. Thanks for not visiting me... Bitch. I was probably in Miami anyway.
28 UAL747 : BCal - You are way too elusive these days. I can never find you, pondhopper!
29 Post contains images KaiGywer : Hey Phil, did you know your name and all your information is showing on your boarding passes? Yuck... way too long on any kind of CRJ Is it the light
30 Post contains images KaiGywer : This just reminded me of a flight I took. Probably the longest flight ever flown
31 Post contains links and images MSS658 : Hi Wonderfull PMCO Trip report you've got there I did follow this report with quite a big interest. Service on the longhauls still look the same, than
32 UAL747 : It's actually not that bad at all. 2.5 hours. On the other hand, EWR-OKC is dreadful on the ERJ. Noticed that too, but I think its the way the flash
33 reifel : Great report. i guess there is no better way for a mileage run than having light loads and a row for yourself
34 Post contains links UAL747 : Whoops, I forgot the landing video. Here is the landing, UA035 into IAH. http://youtu.be/qFQSt8z_FPw UAL
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