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Honeymoon Trip - United First Class To Mexico!  
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14341 times:
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Greetings, Everyone!

It has been a long time since my last report, so I’m excited to finally write one for you all! My wife and I got married on September 8 and after a year’s worth of planning a wonderful wedding weekend, we were also excited to get out of town for our honeymoon!

I did a lot of research on honeymoon destinations, and after considering and eventually ruling out many places in “Hurricane Alley,” we settled on Mexico as neither of us had been. We chose Nuevo Vallarta and had an incredible week there!

Now on to the flights!

We began figuring out which airline routing to take to get down there in early 2012, and after having trouble finding good options with any other airline, we settled on United several months ago. Being it was our honeymoon, we splurged so we would be able to fly in First Class. The prices were really not bad, and after combining it with our hotel we found a very good package price through United Vacations.

After an amazing wedding weekend, we got up incredibly early at around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10 to finalize preparations before we took a car to the airport at the time of 3:30 a.m. United operates a flight to Houston that departs at 5:22 a.m. making it the 2nd earliest flight to depart MSP each day. (Delta operates a 5:20 a.m. to Atlanta which beats this one by 2 minutes … ) Still, it was incredibly early.

“Premier Access” check-in was extremely painless and within minutes we had our boarding passes, and bags were checked. The agent was very friendly, and gave us her best wishes when she realized it was our honeymoon. Security was also a breeze, and we headed down to the Gate E-6 to board our flight.


United A319 operating our flight to Houston that morning.

Boarding began at around 4:50 a.m., and as we were seated in 1A/1B, we boarded in “Group 1”. The lead flight attendant Wendy was very friendly, and took great care of us that morning. She greeted us, and as the F cabin was not full at all, we got to spread out easily! The flight was probably only around 50/60% full in both classes.


View from # 1A

Pre-takeoff drinks were offered soon after we sat down, and I have to admit those United F seats on the A319/A320 are really comfy! 1A/1B both have a lot of room which is nice, being that we were at the bulkhead. While we had orange juice to drink, a person behind us ordered a beer, which we thought was
interesting at that hour of the morning …



Minneapolis/St. Paul was still very dark when we pushed back and we began the taxi to 12 R. No other aircraft were moving—just us! Channel 9 was silent except for the controller talking to us!

Takeoff was quick, and soon we were over a dark Minnesota sky heading south to Texas! The flight was estimated as just being over 2 hours—and a smooth ride expected!

Wendy took breakfast orders while on the ground, and so as we were climbing away the smell of food began to waft into the cabin. Today the choice was an egg sandwich or cereal.


Breakfast on United #756

My wife and I both had the egg sandwich along with fruit and yogurt. Great job, United! 5 minutes into the meal—Wendy also gave us the choice of a cinnamon roll or croissant.

After our trays were cleared, my wife took a nap, and I enjoyed reading a book and having some good coffee. The cabin was almost eerily quiet; I think I was one of the only ones awake besides the flight crew!


Still very dark outside!

The sun began to rise shortly around what I believe to be St. Louis off my left side. The flight was smooth and very uneventful from that point on. Descent began around 7:20 CST and we made a smooth landing in Houston at around 7:45 a.m. Good Morning, Texas!


Traffic passing below us — I believe it was an ERJ?



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We had three hours for our layover in Houston, so we took the tram over to the E Terminal to see what was going on at the international terminal, as I had seen a Singapore Airlines 777-300 parked there while we taxied to our C Terminal gate. As we began walking through the international terminal, I saw the tail of a 747-400 in the far distance. We kept walking and came upon a “Son Air” 747-400 bound for Luanda scheduled to depart at 11:00am! Has anyone heard of this airline before? It looks like they have leased aircraft from Atlas Air?


Son Air 747-400 to Luanda


Singapore Airlines 777-300ER waiting for its flight to Moscow later in the day …

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View from the United Club

After some time in the United Club, we made our way to E11 for the flight to Mexico. Our flight, United #1498, began boarding for Puerto Vallarta at around 10:45 a.m. This time we were on a newly “Direct TV” equipped 737-800.

The flight attendants on this flight were good, but not as openly warm as the crew on the MSP-IAH flight. Pre-takeoff drinks were done as Economy Class boarded, and we settled into our seats.
(United does a god job with pre-takeoff drinks—everything was offered on all flights, not just water or orange juice, etc.) I didn’t find the 737 seats to be as comfortable as the Airbus’; maybe it’s the “cradle” feeling of the seats on the Airbus?


As it was the case on the earlier flight, we left right on schedule, and what amazed me about this flight was that the flight was fairly empty!


Moments after takeoff from Houston



After takeoff, drink orders and meal orders were taken. Lunch followed a serving of warm nuts. A chicken salad, or a turkey/cheese sandwich were the choices, and both my wife and I had the salad. The food was okay; I’d say the best thing was the tomato basil soup! We didn’t care for the salad very much as it was basically a bed of romaine with a few pieces of warmed chicken on the top. United could have done a bit better with this …


Lunch on United #1498


I love how stylish the wingtips make the aircraft look!

The flight was fast—only 1 and ½ hours away from Houston we were beginning our approach. While trying to get our immigration cards filled out on our laps, we began the final approach into the airport at Puerto Vallarta. Landing was pretty smooth, and we were at the empty terminal within a few minutes.

We had a great week in Mexico. From jet-skiing, to snorkeling, to taking a full day city tour around Puerto Vallarta, we really enjoyed as much as we could. It was a relaxing honeymoon, and a place we’d like to go again.

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One view from Mexico for you all …

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Saturday, September 15.

After a relaxing morning at our hotel, we arrived at the Puerto Vallarta Airport around 12:45 p.m. for our 2:55 p.m. flight. Check-in was handled very quickly, and we were soon walking upstairs to find security. Our flight time had been changed to 3:05 p.m., so we had lots of time until boarding to check out the various airport shops. All flights appeared to be leaving on-time, except for an American Airlines flight to Dallas which had been cancelled?

Boarding for United #1401 began at around 2:30 p.m. Our flight going back to Houston was very full, which was very different from the way down. I was also excited to see our aircraft had been upgraded to a 737-900! It would be my first time on this type of jet. The seats in First were also different, and seemed a bit more comfortable than the 737-800 seats; perhaps they were a more ergonomic model?

Again, there were no other flights leaving at the same time, so we had no wait for takeoff, and didn’t stop once we left the gate. Takeoff was over “Nuevo Vallarta” and directly out over the bay. The captain soon announced our flying time, and let us know the expected weather in the Houston area.

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The flight attendants were soon in the cabin getting ready for the in-flight service. Besides beverages, we were asked if we would each like a “snack”. The flight was 2 hours and 5 minutes, but because it fell out of the normal meal time window, the “snack” consisted of a small salad, a brownie, fruit, and a couscous plate with some vegetables and artichokes. It was not bad for a snack, but I was hoping for something a bit more substantial for an international segment …


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Snack on United #1401 to Houston. It would be the same “snack” for the flight to Minneapolis on United #401.

After lunch, my wife and I settled in for the smooth ride and read while we flew over the skies over Mexico. About 20 minutes from landing, I could feel the 737 arch forward, and so we got organized, retracted our seats, and put everything back in our bags. Landing was smooth, and as we blasted past the international terminal, I could see a QR 777-200LR taxiing in from Doha, and a 777-300ER for Emirates preparing for Dubai. How awesome to catch these two!

Customs took about an hour, as we had run into all the passengers from those two arriving aircraft! Also, United had several flights arriving from Central America around the same time as us!

After we finally made it through, we made our way to the security check to get back into the terminal so we could make our Minneapolis connection. We took the tram to the C concourse, and found our way to the United A319 operating our flight back home.

We began boarding for the flight to Minneapolis just before 7:00 p.m., and again we were some of the first on-board. The flight was again not full, and shortly Door 1L was shut, and we began the preparations for takeoff. The flight attendants were friendly, but seemed a bit in a rush throughout the whole flight to get everything done quickly. Within minutes of taking off, we were presented with the same snack we had on the PVR-IAH leg! As the flight was only 2 hours, United had again labeled it as a “snack” flight. We had both not gotten anything to eat in the airport expecting dinner on the flight, so we both took the snack tray and ate everything! The whole service did not have to be so rushed though, and the food didn’t need to be served as we were still climbing out …

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We both spent the rest of the flight reading, and I took various pictures of the amazing sunset outside our windows. It was a perfect end to a great honeymoon, and an easy trip back and forth. We had not flown with United in just about a year, and it had again been good. While a few things can be definitely improved, I think overall they do a pretty good job.

Here are our final ratings for the whole trip.

*Aircraft – 10/10 (I like the configuration of the A319 and 737; both are great aircraft in my book! 
*Service – 7/10 (Pretty good; The flight from MSP-IAH was the best in the way of service)
*Food – 6/10 (Except for the first flight, the food was pretty average and nothing to really rave about )
*On-Time – 10/10 (All flights were perfectly on-time, and even early a few times! )
*Baggage Delivery – 10/10 (No issues here )
*IFE/Audio – 8/10 (Good offerings on all flights)

Comments are welcome!

Best,

Matthew (767747)

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User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2214 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14034 times:

Thanks for the TR man and congrats on the wedding! Hope you had a great time in PVR.

I can see why you splurged on the Honeymoon (as I would as well) but the catering looks SO underwhelming. That chicken salad looks miserable. Shame on UA.

Nice shot of SAT....or was it AUS?

Good luck man!



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14033 times:

Nice report! Congrats also!

As for Sonair it's IAH flights are operated by Atlas for oil business only I believe. They have a fleet of some other aircraft to fly around Angola and Africa the airline is owned by national oil company of Angola.



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7592 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13168 times:

Congratulations on your wedding Matthew! I am glad you enjoyed your time in Mexico.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to write the report and upload the pics. It is a great report and the pics are fantastic!!!



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User currently offlineBobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 13115 times:

Congratulations!!! Nice TR also. I hope you enjoyed your trip!!!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27124 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 12570 times:

Hey Matthew  

Great report and lovely pics . Interesting to see the meals offered too.

Congratulations on your Marriage and I wish you many happy years.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12301 times:
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Thank you all!

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 1):
I can see why you splurged on the Honeymoon (as I would as well) but the catering looks SO underwhelming. That chicken salad looks miserable. Shame on UA.

Hi, IrishAyes! Yes, we were disappointed - very underwhelming!

Quoting flymia (Reply 2):
As for Sonair it's IAH flights are operated by Atlas for oil business only I believe. They have a fleet of some other aircraft to fly around Angola and Africa the airline is owned by national oil company of Angola.

Interesting! Thanks for letting me know.

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 3):
Congratulations on your wedding Matthew! I am glad you enjoyed your time in Mexico.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to write the report and upload the pics. It is a great report and the pics are fantastic!!!

Thanks, EddieDude! I'm glad you liked it - it was my pleasure!

Quoting Bobloblaw (Reply 4):
Congratulations!!! Nice TR also. I hope you enjoyed your trip!!!

Thanks very much! We really enjoyed our trip, thank you!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Great report and lovely pics . Interesting to see the meals offered too.

Congratulations on your Marriage and I wish you many happy years.

Thanks, Philip! I appreciate your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your congratulations as well.

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinethemit9 From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12292 times:

Thanks for an interesting look at short haul first class in the US.

Love the feature of 'Channel 9' where you can listen to ATC. I was surprised to see the use of plastic cups for the pre-takeoff beverage- not very first class- but other than that the catering didn't look too bad.


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1221 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11719 times:

I flew CO now UA from Cozumel to Houston 5 years ago and our meal, a sandwich looked better than in F.
And those awful sweet brownies are served in Y from Newark to London.

I am guessing though that they no longer serve a meal in Y like AA. You have to buy it.

I was in Puerto Vallarta in 33 years ago. I was told they built some very nice hotels there since then.

Thanks for posting.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1002 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 11284 times:

Congratulations on the wedding!

And thanks for sharing this trip report, nice to read United F service on those Mexico flights!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10951 times:
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Thank you for the comments!

Quoting themit9 (Reply 7):
Thanks for an interesting look at short haul first class in the US.

Love the feature of 'Channel 9' where you can listen to ATC. I was surprised to see the use of plastic cups for the pre-takeoff beverage- not very first class- but other than that the catering didn't look too bad.

Thanks, themit9! I'm glad you enjoyed it. The use of plastic cups in F before takeoff in the USA is not very unusual, so I'm not too surprised, but the catering was pretty average for sure. Breakfast the stand-out!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
I flew CO now UA from Cozumel to Houston 5 years ago and our meal, a sandwich looked better than in F.
And those awful sweet brownies are served in Y from Newark to London.

I am guessing though that they no longer serve a meal in Y like AA. You have to buy it.

I was in Puerto Vallarta in 33 years ago. I was told they built some very nice hotels there since then.

Hi, lychemsa! Yes, a lot has changed when it comes to meals in F from what they used to be. Puerto Vallarta I imagine has changed since you were last there - there are a lot of hotels all over the place! We really enjoyed our time there.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):
Congratulations on the wedding!

And thanks for sharing this trip report, nice to read United F service on those Mexico flights!

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the congratulations!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10467 times:

Hello Matthew!

First and foremost, congratulations! And thanks for thinking about airplane nutters while you're flying off for the most memorable holiday of your life. Reading the TR has been a pleasure, hope to read from you soon!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
It has been a long time since my last report, so I’m excited to finally write one for you all! My wife and I got married on September 8 and after a year’s worth of planning a wonderful wedding weekend, we were also excited to get out of town for our honeymoon!

Once again, congratulations!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Being it was our honeymoon, we splurged so we would be able to fly in First Class. The prices were really not bad, and after combining it with our hotel we found a very good package price through United Vacations.

That's a sensible thing to do. I've seen, some time ago, a couple in front of me at check in asking - well, pretending - an upgrade because they've just got married. Honestly, isn't that a little bit cheap?

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
1A/1B both have a lot of room which is nice, being that we were at the bulkhead. While we had orange juice to drink, a person behind us ordered a beer, which we thought was
interesting at that hour of the morning …

Well, like Slash out of Guns 'n' Roses once said, it's got to be 5 PM somewhere in the world!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Today the choice was an egg sandwich or cereal.

Well, I'm not too fond of service (or lack thereof, in some cases) on American carriers but, if I were on a premium European airline, on a long-ish continental flight, in Business class, and I was given the choice between an egg sandwich and cereals - or, even worse, a sandwich and a stale salad at lunch - well... I wouldn't be a happy bunny, not at all. If you bothered splurging for premium, you'd expect some kind of premium service, don't you?

Anyway, thanks a lot and hope to read from you again soon!



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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 10110 times:
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Nice trip report you've got there! The Business class product looks nice and I'm glad Wendy did her job well.
Though, I'm surprised about the quality in the B737s.

Congrats with your wedding and seems like a good choice to go to Mexico as well!

Thanks for posting!



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6073 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 10068 times:

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Besides beverages, we were asked if we would each like a “snack”. The flight was 2 hours and 5 minutes, but because it fell out of the normal meal time window, the “snack” consisted of a small salad, a brownie, fruit, and a couscous plate with some vegetables and artichokes.

Snack? That's a full meal regardless how you spin it!



Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9777 times:
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Sounds like a nice trip!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
We kept walking and came upon a “Son Air” 747-400 bound for Luanda scheduled to depart at 11:00am! Has anyone heard of this airline before? It looks like they have leased aircraft from Atlas Air?

SonAir has been operating Luanda-Houston for a number of years, previously they used World MD-11s:


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Since 2010 using Atlas Air 747-481s under a wet lease. 10F, 143J, 36Y config, operated for USAEA (US-Africa Energy Association).

SonAir's wiki page:
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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9496 times:
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Thank you all for your comments!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 11):
First and foremost, congratulations! And thanks for thinking about airplane nutters while you're flying off for the most memorable holiday of your life. Reading the TR has been a pleasure, hope to read from you soon!

Thanks so much I39OO! How nice of you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 11):
Well, like Slash out of Guns 'n' Roses once said, it's got to be 5 PM somewhere in the world!

Seriously!  
Quoting I39OO (Reply 11):
Well, I'm not too fond of service (or lack thereof, in some cases) on American carriers but, if I were on a premium European airline, on a long-ish continental flight, in Business class, and I was given the choice between an egg sandwich and cereals - or, even worse, a sandwich and a stale salad at lunch - well... I wouldn't be a happy bunny, not at all. If you bothered splurging for premium, you'd expect some kind of premium service, don't you?

I wasn't expecting too much overall as I'm a frequent traveler and I know the state of the airlines and their service in premium cabins in the US, but I guess I was expecting more for sure on the PVR leg from IAH ...

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 12):
Nice trip report you've got there! The Business class product looks nice and I'm glad Wendy did her job well.
Though, I'm surprised about the quality in the B737s.

Congrats with your wedding and seems like a good choice to go to Mexico as well!

Thanks for posting!

Thank you! We really enjoyed our time there. It was a great trip!

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 13):
Snack? That's a full meal regardless how you spin it!

True, but I was hoping for something a bit more substantial at a normal meal time ...

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 14):
Since 2010 using Atlas Air 747-481s under a wet lease. 10F, 143J, 36Y config, operated for USAEA (US-Africa Energy Association).

Thank you for the information! Interesting to read about them.

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9176 times:

Hey

Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us. Congrats on the wedding.

Amazing approach pics in PVR and great sunset pics on the way back to MSP.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9158 times:

Hi Matthew

Thanks for the interesting report. Breakfast on flight 756 looks slightly odd with such a huge plate just for that little toasted sandwich. Your second meal looks quite good though.

Anyway, congratulations to you and your wife. I wish you a life of happiness and joy together!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 9129 times:

Congratulations on your marriage.

I was on the 5:22 AM MSP-IAH in F flight two weeks after you and had the exact same meal. I guess they don't switch it up much.

Glad to see you had a good experience.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 8826 times:

Hi Matthew,

very nice report about your Honeymoon flights! I wish you all the best for the future!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Pre-takeoff drinks were offered soon after we sat down, and I have to admit those United F seats on the A319/A320 are really comfy!

Served in plastic cups...not really appropriate.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Breakfast on United #756

That looks small!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Has anyone heard of this airline before? It looks like they have leased aircraft from Atlas Air?

  


PH



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8702 times:
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Thank you all for commenting!  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 16):
Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us. Congrats on the wedding.

Amazing approach pics in PVR and great sunset pics on the way back to MSP.

Thanks so much, Marc! I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your congratulations! Yeah, that sunset was incredible on the way back!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 17):
Thanks for the interesting report. Breakfast on flight 756 looks slightly odd with such a huge plate just for that little toasted sandwich. Your second meal looks quite good though.

Anyway, congratulations to you and your wife. I wish you a life of happiness and joy together!

Thank you, William! Married life has been wonderful so far!   I know - the plate seemed really out of place with such a small sandwich. You would have thought they could have served another type of egg dish with that?

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 18):
I was on the 5:22 AM MSP-IAH in F flight two weeks after you and had the exact same meal. I guess they don't switch it up much.

Glad to see you had a good experience.

Really? I have a feeling that United might even cater the A319 in IAH with that meal, (maybe I'm wrong ...) as when we arrived back in MSP on the Saturday it was around 10:00pm and that's the first flight with United the next morning? 
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Served in plastic cups...not really appropriate.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Breakfast on United #756

That looks small!

Thanks, PlaneHunter! Nice to hear from you. Yes, the meals were all a bit on the small side for sure!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8201 times:
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Hi Matthew

Great report with some fantastic pictures, expecially those sunset ones, amazing! United looks quite good overall although that salad doesn't look good and getting the same "snack" on 2 flights isn't really the thing you want..

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
My wife and I got married on September 8

Congrats!

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
While we had orange juice to drink, a person behind us ordered a beer, which we thought was
interesting at that hour of the morning …

Well why not haha  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7573 times:

Hi Matthew!

First of all, Congratulations on your wedding!  

Very nice report on United First Class, thanks for sharing your special trip. As for the flight, the crew seem to be quite attentive but the food portion looks a bit small especially when the flight was at meal time. I also really like the picture from Mexico and the sunset photos.

Regards,

Win


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7464 times:

Hi Matthew

Great report and congratulations to you both!

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While we had orange juice to drink, a person behind us ordered a beer, which we thought was
interesting at that hour of the morning …

Yes, I agree - I've always been amazed when I've had early departures from London airports - particularly Gatwick and have seen men ordering pints of beer at 6am in the morning. It's enough to make me want to puke just watching them...!

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We had a great week in Mexico. From jet-skiing, to snorkeling, to taking a full day city tour around Puerto Vallarta, we really enjoyed as much as we could. It was a relaxing honeymoon, and a place we’d like to go again.



How did you find personal security there? I've been reading some articles listing the most dangerous cities on the planet at the moment, and several places in Mexico seem to make the top 5 !

Great shots of the clouds on the way home - fantastic!

Thanks again - Palmjet



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7306 times:
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Thank you for your comments!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):
Great report with some fantastic pictures, expecially those sunset ones, amazing! United looks quite good overall although that salad doesn't look good and getting the same "snack" on 2 flights isn't really the thing you want..

Glad you liked it, adamspotter! Thank you! Yeah, we were a bit frustrated with the snack on the IAH-MSP being the same, as we were really hungry! Oh well. At least we were served something!  
Quoting win1290 (Reply 22):
First of all, Congratulations on your wedding!

Very nice report on United First Class, thanks for sharing your special trip. As for the flight, the crew seem to be quite attentive but the food portion looks a bit small especially when the flight was at meal time. I also really like the picture from Mexico and the sunset photos.

Thank you! I'm glad you liked the sunset photos; it was a beautiful night for flying. Thanks for your congratulations!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Yes, I agree - I've always been amazed when I've had early departures from London airports - particularly Gatwick and have seen men ordering pints of beer at 6am in the morning. It's enough to make me want to puke just watching them...!

Seriously! It was so early that nothing seemed palatable other than water, or juice in my mind!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
How did you find personal security there? I've been reading some articles listing the most dangerous cities on the planet at the moment, and several places in Mexico seem to make the top 5 !

Great shots of the clouds on the way home - fantastic!

We found it to be very safe where we were, and I'd say we would return with not a second thought. People were very friendly, and I never once felt like I should be more than normally careful about my camera and wallet. My wife and I asked a cab driver if Puerta Vallarta had any dangerous parts, and he said really the whole place is pretty safe compared to others in Mexico. I've heard that Acapulco has become one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico ...

Thanks for your wedding congratulations!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 25, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days ago) and read 7175 times:

Hi Matthew!

Very nice report, and congratulations on your wedding!
Glad to see you had some nice flights with United, nice that their product seemed stable and all.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
The cabin was almost eerily quiet; I think I was one of the only ones awake besides the flight crew!

That description reminds me of some early morning SAS domestic flights I have done through the years.  
Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
I love how stylish the wingtips make the aircraft look!

Nice picture! I love that kind of winglet-shots.

Martin


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 26, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7157 times:

Hi Matthew!

Congratulations and I wish both of you a lot of happiness and love in your marriage!

What a great idea to get yourself booked in front, but....

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Boarding began at around 4:50 a.m.,

... that are no times. How can one marry such a man lol  
Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Son Air 747-400 to Luanda

That's one kind of a flight. Will you be the one to do a tripreport on it?

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
From jet-skiing, to snorkeling, to taking a full day city tour around Puerto Vallarta, we really enjoyed as much as we could. It was a relaxing honeymoon, and a place we’d like to go again.

I'm sure you will go back some day. That place will be special for both of you since this first trip was such a special occassion.

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
Snack on United #1401 to Houston.

I like the presention of this couscous

Quoting 767747 (Thread starter):
I took various pictures of the amazing sunset outside our windows.

Lovely views and pics Matthew!

Eric



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 27, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6780 times:
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Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
Very nice report, and congratulations on your wedding!
Glad to see you had some nice flights with United, nice that their product seemed stable and all.

Thanks, deltamartin! Glad you enjoyed the report! Yes, we had some nice flights with United.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 25):
That description reminds me of some early morning SAS domestic flights I have done through the years.

Yeah, it was incredibly early, I think the earliest flight I've ever taken! I've never taken off before 6:00am before.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 26):
Hi Matthew!

Congratulations and I wish both of you a lot of happiness and love in your marriage!

Thanks, Eric! How nice of you!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 26):
... that are no times. How can one marry such a man lol

Haha! Seriously! Sarah was not pleased with the flight times! We're flying to Maine next week actually, but the flight doesn't leave for EWR quite as early, but still plenty early ... 6:13am.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 26):
I'm sure you will go back some day. That place will be special for both of you since this first trip was such a special occassion.

True, we'd love to return. We really enjoyed it!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 26):
I like the presention of this couscous

It was really good! The mozzarella cheese was nice with is as well.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 26):
Lovely views and pics Matthew!

Thank you so much!

Matthew


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