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LONG-SEA-IAH-FLL Firstclass On CO  
User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

I was scheduled for a 6:20 AM departure on Jan 15th on Continental airlines flight #1548 from Seattle-Houston-and then continuing service to Ft. Lauderdale. Since I was under 15 traveling alone I would be going as an unaccompanied minor. I was in first-class and was looking forward to it.


Continental Airlines #1548 SEA-FLL (with 1 stop in IAH-direct flight)
Sch Departure: 6:20 a.m.
Act. Departure: 6:15 a.m.
Sch. Arrival: 12:25 p.m.
Act. Arrival: 11:55 a.m.
Meal: Breakfast

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Equipment: 757-200
Seat: 1A
Gate: S11

CHECK-IN: I arrived at the check-in desk at 5:10 a.m. and proceeded to the first-class line. There was 2 people in front of me, but since the agents weren't busy I didn't have to wait at all. I was checked-in by a very nice and friendly agent who joked around with me. We did the unaccompanied minor paper work and she handed me my boarding card for 1A. Instead of giving me a boarding card for SEA-IAH then IAH-FLL it was on one boarding card that read SEA-FLL.

I went through security with my sister, which was uneventful and took the train out to the south satellite. It's strange that Continental has started to use S10, and S11 gates. They usually only use the B gates. Anyone know why they recently started using S gates? Some planes I saw on the ground in Seattle were, Northwest DC-10-30 for HNL, 2 Hawaiian 767-300's, one bound for HNL and one for maui, and I saw a Northwest 757-300 bound for MSP at 9:00 am. I also think I noticed that the worldclub wasn't open. I thought NW had a 6:40 a.m. to MSP. How come the club wasn't open?

I arrived at gate S11 at about 5:35. Boarding commenced on-time at 5:45 p.m. but I boarded a little late because my sister had to use the bathroom and I needed to say good-bye to her. By the time I boarded they had already begun boarding the middle of coach. I stowed my luggage in the overhead bin and I found my seat. Most of the passengers in first-class were already seated. I was not offered a drink right away because the F/A was busy serving drinks to other rows. After she served drinks to some other passengers she asked what I would like. I ordered an ice-water and settled into my seat. First-class was configured in a 2x2 configuration with 6 rows. First-class was full. Before push back, the flight attendant took our breakfast orders. The choices were, a cheese omelet, or a bowl of cereal. I chose the omelet with a cranberry juice. I was surprised our orders were taken before take-off and not after.

For those of you that have never been in Continental's domestic first seat it isn't anything special. It is a large black leather seat with moderate leg room. The new seats also have adjustable headrests which help. I was sitting on the left side in the bulkhead. I highly recommend sitting here because of the cut-out in the wall for your feet and storing bags. The bulkhead row across from the left side does NOT have a cut-out. The seat also has a little lever that you can push up or down for lumbar. The lumbar isn't very comfortable though.

We taxied out to the runway and we were number 2 for take-off, right behind an Alaska 737-400. The engines roared as we rolled down the runway. After take-off we began our turn to the southeast for Houston. They showed a preview for the movie that they would be showing, SwimFan. Hot towels were handed out, followed by linens. The meal service began and the meal was served in courses.

(NOTE: THIS IS NOT A MENU JUST A DESCRIPTION OF THE MEAL)

TO START: We were served a fruit plate, which consisted of 2 orange slices, 2 grapefruit slices, a strawberry, 2 pineapple slices, and 4 pieces of melon. It was a good way to start off the breakfast. I enjoyed the fruit. While we were eating that she came around with a basket of cinnamon rolls, and biscuits. She said we could have both, but I decided to only have 1 cinnamon roll. It was delicious. It tasted freshly baked. The fruit plate was cleared away, and then the main meal was presented to me.

THE MAIN MEAL: Since I chose the eggs, I was served a plate with a cheese omelet, 2 sausage links, a piece of ham, hashbrowns, and a mini Belgian waffle with syrup to pour on. This was all very good. I was upset they didn't bring the bread basket around again because I wanted another cinnamon roll :-(. My seat mate didn't even touch her food. I was a little surprised because the catering was very good. It was some of the best catering I have ever had. I give it a 9 out of 10.

The crew on this flight was phenomenal and were very courteous. They worked very hard and you could tell they enjoyed their jobs at Continental.

The movie was playing all through this time and I watched a little of it but I had already seen it before so I wasn't so interested. I slept for most of the flight, and unfortunately I slept through the freshly baked cookie service before landing. The captain announced our descent. We touched down at about 11:45 and taxied to gate C-43.

I was not picked up from the gate, even though I was going unaccompanied minor. They told me to sit down right next to the podium so the agent could watch me. I had a coversation with her that was interesting.
"Did you know your a Gold Elite?"
"Yep"
"Wow, you fly a lot"
"Yes, every month between my mom and dad"
"(she smiled)"

CONTINUE OF CO 1548 IAH-FLL
Sch. Departure: 1:25 p.m.
Act. Departure: 1:21 p.m.
Sch. Arrival: 4:48 p.m.
Act. Arrival: 4:36 p.m.
Meal: Snack
Seat: 1A
Equipment: 757-200
Gate: C-43

I don't know exactly when boarding began because they boarded me a bit early since I was going unaccompanied minor. The crew was different from the last flight. I was boarded and this crew welcomed me aboard. I went to my seat 1A and the flight attendant-in a squeaky voice-asked me if I wanted a drink. I ordered another ice-water. She also handed me, and only me, 2 cookies from the flight before. That was very nice of her, and I got to try the cookies. The cookies from the last flight turned out to be chocolate macadamian. They were also very good. Boarding didn't take that long and we pushed back. Again, first-class was full. I spotted a few planes on taxi, a CO MD-80, CO 737-900,-800, 4 CO CRJ's, and 2 AA fokker-100's. Again the captain said we were second for take-off. It was strange because I saw a 737 take-off, and I expected us to go next, but instead a CRJ took off, which made us 3rd.

After take-off we were offered a cold plate. She described it as having a grilled chicken breast, and shrimp, with a cranberry rice salad. I decided to try it, and ordered a coke with it. Hot towels were handed out followed by our drink order. This was accompanied by a package of mixed nuts with, cashews, almonds, pecans, and macadamian nuts. The tray containing the cold plate was then given without warning. I had to take my tray table out very quickly. It contained a small sliver of chicken, a small thing of "cranberry rice salad", 2 carrots, and an almond delight for dessert. The plate was pretty disgusting. Especially the cranberry rice salad. The chicken was ok. I wasn't really expecting that much though due to the short flight.

The staff was very courteous during the flight. They topped off drinks and were hospitable. Again, great staff on Continental. The rest of the flight was spent watching continental visions and sleeping. The captain announced our descent and we landed 12 minutes early. We taxied to gate C-1.

A Great flight on Continental. They will be seeing a lot more of me. I think that Continental is better than Northwest and I prefer to fly them with my NWgoldelite card since they are partners.

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User currently offlineSaxman66 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3678 times:

Why were you an unaccompanied minor? I stopped being a minor when i turned 12. (i'm 20 now)

First class sure is nice. How'd you manage to get that?
Good report though
Thanks
Chris



Ride Amtrak!
User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

Saxman-
Most airlines do stop the UM service after 12, such as AA,AS,UA,DL..etc... The only airlines who still require it (15 and under) are CO and NW. The reason i fly on them is because they have the best elite benefits and I want to get those free upgrades. That is how i got in First. Since i'm a gold elite,(my screenname) I receive free doemstic upgrades on CO and NW 3 days prior to departure. A service no other major US airline offers.


User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

I forgot to add something on the meal from IAH-FLL. The meal also came with a warm bread roll which was quite good.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

Yeah, me too and I did stopped unaccompanied minor with my age 14 years old and I am no longer use with unaccompanied minor either. I do my responsible know how use with my flight and showing with the my boarding pass for myself. Also, I know how use with safety card and listen with my f/a. Now, I am 24 years old and I still use flying on Delta very much to visit my folks into Arizona and my brother into Atlanta, too. Well, talk ya later!

Regards,

Scott W.


User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Again, I'm sorry to be rude but do you speak english? You don't make any sense

User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3498 times:

That's a great report, NWAgoldelite! Is it the first time you've flown First Class?

That's interesting NW and CO still regard UM status as being under 15. Does that ever bother you?

I'll be flying Executive Class on AC later this year in July.

But you might want to cut ScottysAir some slack - he's deaf, which will explain his unusual English grammar because American Sign Language is quite different from spoken/written English grammatically. I'm able to tell the difference just by looking at the way things are written, because I have personal friends who are deaf - and I'm hard of hearing.


User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

Scottysair-
Oh I am so sorry. I had no idea. I really feel bad. I had no idea that you are deaf. I'm sorry scottysair, please accept my apology.

Samurai 777- Thank you for letting me know. No it's not my first time in firstclass. Since i'm a gold elite with NW i get free upgrades each time I fly and i fly a lot between my mother and father. Yes the UM service does bother me because the fee's can get pretty expensive, especially since i fly so much. They cost $75 each way for a connecting flight. It's quite outrageous.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

Once again, great report! I get to fly next week on Continental from MSP to EWR, and I get to be on first class! I haven't been in first with Continental in a long time!!!

Continental


User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

Continental- I can't wait to read your trip report on it. Have a safe and fun trip. How did you manage to score firstclass?

User currently offlineSalvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

NWAgoldelite, I was wondering if you could answer this question...can elite's be upgraded on flights that have the BusinessFirst cabin, but fly a domestic route, say LAX-IAH; EWR-IAH? Are the rules that as long as it's within the Mainland U.S., elite's can be upgraded regardless of whether the aircraft has the BusinessFirst seats or not?

I always get confused in this area of the upgrades.

Thanks for the clarifying this in advance if you can.


User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Salvation-
The answer to your question is yes. Elite's may be upgraded on domestic flights with a BusinessFirst cabin because continental sells those seats as firstclass seats NOT BusinessFirst seats. The're great to have on domestic flights too. You can read my other trip report, SEA-EWR-FLL, and I had a BusinessFirst configured 757 from EWR-FLL.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

I got first class because my mom is also a frequent flyer with Continental and she has hundreds of thousands of miles, so she got me upgraded both ways! I will post the report on the 22nd, I leave on the 21st but I don't arrive until night time so I won't be able to post then!

Continental


User currently offlineSalvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

Thanks for the 411 NWAgoldelite...appreciate it.

User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 3342 times:

Anytime. I'm happy to answer frequent flyer questions.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

NWAgoldelite,

Said one more thing and did you ever flown on the newest B753 aircraft yet? If you do flown on that one and please rewrite with the your report for next flight out. OK? Well, talk ya later!

Regards,

Scott W.


User currently offlineNWAgoldelite From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

I've flown on the 757-300 twice. Once with Continental from FLL-EWR and once from MSP-SEA on NW. I've just posted my trip report for that 757-300 trip from FLL-MSP-SEA. Take a look at it let me know what you think.

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