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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23176 times:

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Hello All and welcome to the return portion of my Winter USA Flight-Voyage-Flight trip. After a wonderful 7 days at sea sampling the Cunard White Star Service it was time to hit terra ferma  British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA (by OA260 Feb 26 2013 in Trip Reports)

Gareth and I had pre booked a private transfer to the hotel of our choice which was the Courtyard By
Marriott Newark Elizabeth. It was chosen for two specific reasons. Firstly I wanted a location next to a
shopping mall and secondly we wanted to be near the Airport for our departure the next day.

Our driver arrived at the cruise terminal as we disembarked the QM2 :

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Everyone is heading East these days :

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After a short time we arrived at our hotel :

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Pretty decent sized room and certainly ok for us.

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No sooner had we dropped our bags it was time for some serious retail therapy   Well for me anyway.
Gareth had no interest in shopping which was good for me as he had agreed to let me have his customs
allowance  

Leaving the hotel it was bitterly cold and snowing.

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Time to hit the shops.

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Always a haven for me so I got down to getting all the things I wanted. I also spotted a lovely grey
heavy jacket that is normally EUR200 in Ireland and I got the last one for USD79 !

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Back out to the cold to head to the hotel to drop some more bags .  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/USENVOY/file_zpsdb1aff86.jpg

After two trips to the shopping mall I had not been able to get the cookware set I had set my heart on.
Some phone calls to other Malls and I found it at another one half an hour away. Gareth kindly agreed
to come with me so we ordered a cab from the hotels reception. This was actually a mistake as we got
ripped off. The guy charged us $70 but when we came back with a local driver it was half that. Still not
knowing any different we could not do anything. Still I did not let it annoy me too much as I saved a fortune
on the cookware set.

All this shopping was hungry work so we went to Wendy's .



Later some Chinese and the lovely Orange Chicken which I only ever seem to be able to get in the USA.

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Later that night it was time to try pack everything. That was the fun part.  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/USENVOY/file_zpsff080893.jpg

After a while it was time to head to bed as we would be up early the next morning.

We woke up the next morning and some nice views out of the hotels window.

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We checked out of the hotel and got our bags onto the shuttle bus and made our way to the Airport.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23643 times:



DATE: 28/NOV/2012
FLIGHT: US 1895
AIRLINE: US AIRWAYS
CLASS: FIRST
SEAT: 4A&C
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A321
ROUTE: EWR-CLT
REG: N557UW


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We checked in and the check in agent commented to Gareth at how nice the cookware set was and
proceeded to put lots of fragile stickers on it  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23512 times:

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We wanted to use the UA lounge so we were given a gate pass as there was no lounge in the area
where our US Airways flight was departing.

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So we arrived in the UA Area and were welcomed into the UA Lounge.

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The snacks and drinks were not bad considering and we had some nice views.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23512 times:

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After a plesant stay it was time to head back to the US Airways terminal for our flight to CLT .

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Hmm looks god might have to try that next time  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/USENVOY/file_zpsf322703b.jpg

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Our aircraft waiting to take us to CLT. Gareth decided he was hungry so went to the burger bar to
get a take away.

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Shortly after F Class and Star Golds were invited to board. Now this annoying guy had walked up
to the F Class line and stood right in front of me totally ignoring the people including us who had
been waiting there for boarding. I guess you always get people with no manners!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23506 times:

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We were greeted by a friendly matron kind of lady and directed to our seats. Nice seats I have to say.

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A TAP flight that seemed to have gone tech .

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Gareth decided to tuck into his meal while boarding was in process.

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Soon after boarding was completed and we made our way to take off. Now the same annoying guy
was still using his electronic devices and the FA told him twice to switch them off. Gareth and I looked
at eachother and were building an idea about this guy. The type of guy who thinks its ok to ignore the
instructions of the crew. He eventually did switch them off.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23464 times:

Out with the old and in with the new !

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Plenty of leg room here .

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So we took off with some lovely views of NYC . Passing over the bridge where we passed under.

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Shortly after take off the FA handed out snacks and drinks.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23448 times:

Now the annoying guy who was sat in front of us spilt red wine over himself. Gareth and I looked
at eachother and I said it was Karma   I know its evil but still.   The FA came down with some
towels and to my surprise said to him ''now thats karma''   Gareth and I looked at eachother and
laughed. I guess she was right and kudos to her for having the balls to say it . She was not a person
to talk back to either. Like I said earlier she was a matron type of a character.

Gareth snapped a shot back to Y .

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The flight went really fast and soon it was time to land into CLT .

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Who are the lucky ones to be boarding there.

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We pulled up on stand and said thanks to the FA . She asked what we had done whilst on vacation
and I told her . I also said I spent lots of money to help the US Economy to which she smiled and in
her lovely Southern Accent replied '' And we appreciate it ''. We both disembarked with smiles and
made our way to the lounge.

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I have to say I loved the building and design . Very airy and clean.

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Time to visit the US Airways lounge :

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We were welcomed into the lounge by a friendly agent.

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Drinks certs , I still dont like this concept. It should be a free bar.

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Some snacks

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Time for a Bailey's  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/USENVOY/file_zpsbe5ca28e.jpg

Soon it was time to head to the gate to board.


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DATE: 28/NOV/2013
FLIGHT: US 732
AIRLINE: US AIRWAYS
CLASS: ENVOY SUITES
SEAT: 1H&2H
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A330
ROUTE: CLT-LGW
REG: ????? Anyone help with this ?




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We entered the cabin and it was quite pleasant. The crew consisted of two older female FA's.

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The Envoy seat was very comfortable and had lots of handy items built in. The only thing I would
comment on is the cabin felt cold, not in a temperature way but in looks. I think it had something to
do with the lighting. Maybe the wood panels did not help either. Still Im just being picky. Everything
else was perfect.

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Pre take off drinks were served.

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A nice amenity kit was hnaded out :

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Then a menu :

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Soon it was time to close the doors play the safety demo and head to the runway for take off.

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After take off the crew were released for the service and hot towels were handed out.


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Pre dinner drinks and hot nuts were handed out.

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A quick trip to the bathroom :

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Time to stretch out :

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Soon the meal service commenced , service was efficient and with a smile.

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I opted for the beef steak. This was very well cooked and tender. The sauce was lovely too.

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After a lovely starter and main course it was time to try the sweets.

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I opted for the ice cream which was delicious and then a Bailey's to get myself ready for sleeping.

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The crew came around and put bottles of water in every seat . Always a nice idea.

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After being very well fed and watered it was time to get some rest so I went into flatbed mode and
put the blanket over me and got a few hours sleep . The FA came and asked if I wanted anything
else but I thanked her and said I was fine.

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After what seemed a very short sleep it was time to wake up and get ready for the breakfast service.

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The crew came around with juices to start with.

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The hot breakfast was alot better than I had expected and was really nice.

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I heard Gareth order a Cappuchino so I opted for one also . It was very good and more importantly
strong !

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No sooner had we finished our breakfast it was time to pack everything away and get ready for
landing into LGW .

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We pulled up on stand and disembarked the aircraft thanking the crew for a lovely flight.

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Gareth and I made our way to baggage reclaim and waited for what seemed to be ages for our bags.
When the bags did come off two of them were damaged. Gareth's Samsonite case and my sports
bag was ripped. We proceeded to the baggage services desk where we were met by some rude
staff who tried to insist that US Airways would not accept responsibilty. After pointing out to them
a few things and them realising we knew our rights they backed down and gave us two baggage
report references. It was a shame because it soured what had been a great trip. I wonder if they
were just lazy or if US Airways tries to get away with not paying out even when its their own fault.

Anyway after that Gareth and I went to get the hire car. We had decided to hire a car for the day and
drive into London and go shopping at Harrods as we had an evening flight back to Dublin. Gareth's
girlfriend was also flying in from Dublin to join us for Xmas shopping  

We made our way to South Terminal arrivals and waited for her to arrive. After a while Gareth's
girlfriend arrived and we all made our way to London by car.

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On the way from Gatwick we made a pit stop at my Mums house to drop two of my bags . I did
not want to take everything back so left two for another time. Very handy  

Eventually we got into London the traffic was quite heavy.

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So we parked at the Harrods undeground car park. You pay quite alot for it but time was a big
factor for us so we paid for the location of it.

First stop was Nespresso around the corner for some of the new variations blends. I also
wanted to look at the new Lattisima machine which I bought later.

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Then after a nice coffee at the bar it was time to head to Harrods.

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I always love this time of year here and the world famous food halls.

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So after stocking up on some nice Xmas gifts and food it was time to head to LHR.

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It did not take us long to get back to LHR where we dropped the car off and took the shuttle to
Terminal 1 .


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DATE: 29/NOV/2013
FLIGHT: BA 838
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS
CLASS: CLUB EUROPE
SEAT: 3ABC
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A319
ROUTE: LHR-DUB
REG: G-DBCG






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We all checked in and made our way to the BA Lounge.

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Gareth's girlfriend had been booked in Y and we were in Club Europe. We had been unable to
get a paid upgrade at the check in desk or an op up but this was not a huge issue.

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After a while it was time for boarding. I was at the gate first and boarded and Gareth and his
girlfriend followed later. As Gareth had boarded he asked again if there was anyway we could
all sit together. The FA was very nice and came to me and asked if I minded us all sitting in one
row to which of course I said was fine. The FA adjusted the arm rests and upgraded her to sit
with us. A very nice gesture to which we were very grateful.

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Soon after boarding was completed and hot towels were handed out .

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Fab moon that night .

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Soon we made our way to the runway and took off.

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After take off the meal service commenced. Gareth and I were expecting a meal but Gareth's
girlfriend was not. We were very surprised when the FA gave us all meals and thanked him
once again. The meal was pleasant and especially the sweet.

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Soon as that was all finished it was time to land into DUB.

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We all disembarked the aircraft thanking the crew for a very enjoyable flight and made our way
to the baggage belt.

All bags came off pretty quickly.

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Gareth and his girlfriend went to catch their bus to Galway and I went to get mine for Newry.

Thats the end of the report. I hope you all enjoyed it. It was the end to an amazing trip for us and
was sad in a way it was all over. For me I had to go home for 12 hours before I would be taking
another trip  

I look forward to your comments as always. I really do appreciate them all.

Kind regards

Philip / OA260  


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 23067 times:

Hey Philip,

Thanks for the fab report documenting our return journey. The whole trip was truly amazing and the journey back was a very pleasant ending. I told you US weren't that bad in J class.  

Thanks again for another great report and being such a brilliant travelling companion.  

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 23045 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 13):
Hey Philip,

Thanks for the fab report documenting our return journey. The whole trip was truly amazing and the journey back was a very pleasant ending. I told you US weren't that bad in J class.  

Thanks again for another great report and being such a brilliant travelling companion.  

Gareth

Indeed Gareth it was a totally different experience from my horror trip with them years ago . Totally changed. It was a very nice experience. Thanks also for your company as usual. Not long til the next adventure  


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 22873 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Indeed Gareth it was a totally different experience from my horror trip with them years ago . Totally changed. It was a very nice experience.

Yeah not bad for £137.  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Thanks also for your company as usual.

You're welcome. I always enjoy our trips.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
Not long til the next adventure

Indeed! Can't wait.  



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineairlineanorak From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 22526 times:

Hi Philip,

Yet another great TR! I hope you and Gareth had a great cruise. Say hi to Gareth for me the next time to you speak to him (or hello Gareth if you read this!).

Some comments:

What are the USA lounges all about? I still can't believe the food and beverage offerings are so poor. I mean, a voucher for 'ONE free premium spirit' when you're flying long haul in a premium cabin. It's embarrassing!

I do really like the domestic First Class seats - that's where the US have it right. I can't believe in Europe they get away with selling economy seats with the middle one blocked as Business Class. Oh how I miss bmi and their mid-hauls!

I love the fact they serve Tanqueray - my favourite! But in plastic....

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 13):
Pre take off drinks were served.

That looks like proper glass!

I really like the new seats, much better than the old ones.

The food looks very good.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 15):
After what seemed a very short sleep it was time to wake up and get ready for the breakfast service.

Oh I just don't like those overnight flights. I always take the day flights from the east coast. I just feel dreadful (read hungover!) when I wake up after my 3-4 hour sleep. Next week I am in BOS and I am staying an extra night just to take the day flight back.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 15):
After pointing out to them
a few things and them realising we knew our rights they backed down

Oh, they should have realised who they were dealing with!  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
The FA was very nice and came to me and asked if I minded us all sitting in one
row to which of course I said was fine. The FA adjusted the arm rests and upgraded her to sit
with us.

I'm amazed they did this. It's a real no-no in their rules! Bit of a result for Gareth's girlfriend though!

So what's the next trip and how long do we need to wait for the next TR?  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 22454 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 15):
Yeah not bad for £137.  

Indeed it was deffo a good find by you Mr   Thanks for talking me into it .

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 15):
You're welcome. I always enjoy our trips.

Me also .  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 15):
Indeed! Can't wait.  

Not too long now .

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
Hi Philip,

Yet another great TR! I hope you and Gareth had a great cruise. Say hi to Gareth for me the next time to you speak to him (or hello Gareth if you read this!).

Hi thanks for the reply. Im sure Gareth will read and reply to you personally.

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
What are the USA lounges all about? I still can't believe the food and beverage offerings are so poor. I mean, a voucher for 'ONE free premium spirit' when you're flying long haul in a premium cabin. It's embarrassing!

I know although they do seem to be getting a bit better. Maybe the new AA will do something .

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
I do really like the domestic First Class seats - that's where the US have it right. I can't believe in Europe they get away with selling economy seats with the middle one blocked as Business Class. Oh how I miss bmi and their mid-hauls!

Yes me too it really is nice to have some personal space. US seats and European food would be a good match.

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
That looks like proper glass!

Yes it was and quite impressive for US Airways.

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
Oh I just don't like those overnight flights. I always take the day flights from the east coast. I just feel dreadful (read hungover!) when I wake up after my 3-4 hour sleep. Next week I am in BOS and I am staying an extra night just to take the day flight back.

Im the same but limited options were available to us . I have never taken a day flight but I intend to .

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
Oh, they should have realised who they were dealing with!  

Haha Im not that bad but when you try to lie and shun me away and try to claim I am not entitled to anything when I clearly am then your right Im not Mr Nice guy anymore   lol..

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 16):
I'm amazed they did this. It's a real no-no in their rules! Bit of a result for Gareth's girlfriend though!

So what's the next trip and how long do we need to wait for the next TR?  

Yes I know I was surprised also as BA are very stricht on this . Well I have a back log so give me time  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 22394 times:

Hi Philip!

Thanks for a great report with really nice pictures !

US Envoy seats looks nice and reminds me of Air Canada's business class seats. Meals looks great !

I think all US carriers give drink vouchers for their lounges.

Very much looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 22346 times:

Hey Philip,

Great report as always! Loved the details. Seems like a very decent product, Envoy. Shame it left same bad memories in the end because of the damaged luggage.

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 22241 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Hi Philip!

Thanks for a great report with really nice pictures !

Hi thanks for the reply.  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
US Envoy seats looks nice and reminds me of Air Canada's business class seats. Meals looks great !

Yes although I have not been lucky enough to try them out   The food was really good I must say.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
I think all US carriers give drink vouchers for their lounges.

Indeed your right maybe the F Class lounges have unlimited.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):
Hey Philip,

Hi Robert  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):
Great report as always! Loved the details. Seems like a very decent product, Envoy. Shame it left same bad memories in the end because of the damaged luggage.

Thanks Im glad you liked it .   True but it did not spoil it for me . Just one of those things. I didnt even claim in the end I couldnt be bothered with all the forms and delays they put me through. I will just buy myself a new bag.  


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 22238 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Anyone help with this ?

N279AY from what I can figure out.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 778 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 22123 times:

Hey excellent report as always Philip and better still with not a cruise ship in sight!!

The US A330 Envoy looks really smart, much more so than I would have thought, similar to the AC A330 I took last year in J. Pity these cabins are likely to disappear in the not too distant future

Looking forward to the next report...



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27005 posts, RR: 57
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 22028 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 21):
N279AY from what I can figure out.

Thank you for going to the trouble to look that up , much appreciated .  
Quoting EIRules (Reply 22):
Hey excellent report as always Philip and better still with not a cruise ship in sight!!

Hey Andrew thanks for the reply   Indeed , still didnt get on one ? lol... Or more like you stayed well clear.  
Quoting EIRules (Reply 22):
The US A330 Envoy looks really smart, much more so than I would have thought, similar to the AC A330 I took last year in J. Pity these cabins are likely to disappear in the not too distant future

Indeed reminds me of BMI . Just when they got their product right its gone .


User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 21647 times:
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Quoting The777Man (Reply 18):
Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):

Delta offers unlimited alcoholic beverages at all Sky Clubs and Businesselite Lounges worldwide. Delta also offers at some locations a luxury bar (ex-JFK) where you can purchase super-premium liqueur such as St. Germain, Domaine de Canton, etc... while others such as Beefeaters, Absolut, Sky, Bacardi, are free and unlimited.

Continental was unlimited at all Presidents Clubs worldwide, but I am unsure if this applies at United.

Virgin America, Virgin Loft, is a nominal fee for each alcoholic beverage.

American offers (2) drink certificates at Admirals Clubs.

Alaska Airlines, Boardroom, offers complimentary alcoholic beverages and they are unlimited.

And yes Philip, it would be a perfect world to have the lovely European Meals mixed with our Domestic First Class Seats here in the USA... thank you again!

I especially loved the "karma" incident with fellow passenger drenched in red wine!!! hahahaha!



Cheers and Bon Voyage,

Air Afreak =]



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25 luv2fly : Surprised that US international is a nice as it is. It looks close to being really good though not yet there.
26 Carfield : Thanks for a great report! US Airways Envoy Class looks very good, and the meal services look better than I expect. Too bad about the luggage incident
27 Post contains images OA260 : Thats good to know . Im not that much of a drinker but its nice to have a few glasses of something when your travelling. I rarely drink at home so I
28 Post contains links and images gpbcroppers63 : Hi! Good to hear from you again. The UA lounge we went to in EWR did have unlimited drinks (albeit served by a bar tender rather than self-service as
29 Post contains images Sultanils : Hi Philip my friend! Good to see you catching up on your writing and I was really looking forward to see your report on US' Envoy Class. I very much a
30 Post contains images OA260 : Yes it was only the US Airways one where we were given the coupons. Haha you should know You dont take any hassle either when you get going LOL.. Hel
31 gabrielchew : Another nice report Phil! THose new Envoy seats look very nice. The service too...not bad! Haha, you and your shopping! I'm surprised that made it to
32 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Gabriel Indeed well no point paying the over inflated prices in UK and Ireland when you can stock up in the USA for next to nothing. More money f
33 jwhite9185 : Hi Philip (and Gareth I guess?!), thanks for another enjoyable read. I'm also a fan of the orange chicken they do in the US, although I couldn't find
34 Post contains images aerdingus : Nice end to a great trip. I can´t believe the f/a said "karma" to that guy! Hahaha. I think the wood panelling on the 330 looks a bit weird....then a
35 Post contains images OA260 : Hey James thanks for stopping by Yes I sometimes found it hard to find but when I was in the Jersey Gardens Mall I saw it and even though I was not t
36 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Ah so that's why the first I heard of it was in this TR! You cheeky bugger! I offered her the J class seat on many occasions and she insisted I took
37 Post contains images globalflyer : Hi Philip.. Great TR! Looks like a fun time! Beautiful pictures of NYC and the new WTC Tower! When you were landing in CLT did you see the Eastern DC-
38 Post contains images OA260 : Haha yeah I was wondering when you would pick up on that . That was the second time I headed back to buy more stuff See you should have come shopping
39 USAirALB : Excellent trip report! Always nice to see a TR passing through my home airport. US has greatly improved their intercontinental operations within the l
40 Post contains images OA260 : Hey nice to have a reply from a local As I said I would love to see the city sometime. Looked quite nice as we came in to land. Arr ok its confusing
41 Post contains images captainsloo : Hi Philip, Absolutely wonderful TR! Both your trip reports have been amazing and I do hope I have the chance to try them out one day (*new inspiration
42 MSS658 : Hello Philip Great report, thanks for sharing it with us. Great to see my beloved 'ahum ahum' US Airways reported. However I must say I do like their
43 Post contains images adamspotter : Hey Phillip Once again fantastic stuff my friend, really enjoyed this trip report with lots of great and enjoyable pictures US Airways F looks quite n
44 Post contains images Rogerbcn : Hola Philip! A great report with plenty of crisp pictures to get us really into the trip. Great shopping experience in the malls, good idea to get a h
45 EL-AL : Hey Phil, Thank you for (another) great report. The F/C product on US looks great, no wonder US is getting more and more fans in Israel. Thx for shear
46 Post contains images OA260 : Hi David and thanks for the reply Thank you . Well keep checking the Cunard website as they do pop up every now and then for 4-5 nights. It would giv
47 Post contains images SOBHI51 : Hello my friend As usual i enjoyed reading your trip report. Not bad really for an USA airline. They still have some way to catch up but at least they
48 Post contains images ronerone : Excellent report Phil I had never seen anything on US Airways' 'new' J before, so i was all eyes and ears on your TR In fact, i was also pleasantly su
49 Post contains images OA260 : Hello Many thanks and Im glad you enjoyed it I agree with your observations also. Well if you want the kitchen sink why not ? lol... Speaking of obse
50 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : I accept the challenge but I'll have to look later as I don't have time to go through all of the pics again in work.
51 TheAviator380 : Good report OA260. Did you use Wifi on US airways? if so, how was the quality? I am surprised to see, some United still in old livery. When they going
52 Post contains images OA260 : Hi thanks alot. No we didnt use it to be honest as we had no need to. If it had been a longer flight I may have but a few hours wasnt enough really t
53 Post contains images ba319-131 : Hi Philip, Nice read and pictures, thanks for posting, glad I finally found the time to read it. - The views from that lounge are good but I find the
54 767747 : Really great report, Phil! I'm really impressed by US Airways Envoy Class! Food looks really good, and I think the breakfast looks to be the best one
55 palmjet : Hi P Nice return journey for you both - although not as much space and food as the outbound journey! Great to see what US is doing up the front in J -
56 christao17 : Thanks for sharing this trip report with us. Nice to get an inside look at US's Envoy Class. If you don't mind a bit of feedback, I'd suggest that in
57 FLIEGER67 : Hi, P., such a number of great pictures, well done. Really good to follow you´re story and it seems US done it well this time. Interesting to see the
58 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Mark Yes true I guess you cant have it all Im still in two minds about it. I like it because its so different but then I wonder does it really wo
59 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : OK, I think I've found it: Now I know you think of yourself as a Greek God but that's pushing it a bit!
60 PlaneHunter : Hi Philip, great report with many nice pictures! US' J Class product is indeed impressive, as you already told me some weeks ago. The food in particul
61 Av8rDAL : DL only operates SkyClubs now (BusinessElite lounges converted years ago) and is renovating them to modern designs. The new Luxurybar concept is kind
62 dc1030cf : Great trip report and photos. I never had the chance to fly US Airways International route and their Envoy Seats. I did however flown on Cathay's Busi
63 Post contains images stipica : Hi Philip ! in this community there are people which I admire so much and usually after I spending few hours reading and studying their work I forget
64 planiac787 : Great trip report! I really enjoyed reading this one! Love the photos,specially of the AI and 9W birds at EWR... Also the US airways product looks ver
65 Post contains images eastafspot : awesome TR Phillip, as usual Good to see you had a pleasant flight, meals look tasty and seat confortable what is luggage allowance with USair in F? T
66 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Philip, Think I must have missed this one so sorry for the late reply. What a great continuation of the holiday and what an epic shopping trip! US
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