I had a 5 day ‘adventure’ with my grandparents in PHL for a wedding….I was pretty much escorting them around…and I’d do anything for a free flight
We arrived at the airport around 10am, and got in line for the self check in. That was quick and easy, we dropped all our bags off with the TSA (I still do not feel comfortable leaving my bag unlocked), and made our way to the gate. My step grandfather is in a wheelchair most of the time, so we began through the line….out of nowhere Miss Cleo starts barking orders at me and says I can’t go through there, and have to go in the wheelchair line (no sign, and they never told me when I got up there). So I had to fight with the people to back up so we could get out. Get up to security and I go off (a shocker there ), they probe me etc, and we jump on the tram for the gates. I can’t remember exactly what gate we went out of (30's or 50's something), but the whole airside that we were on looked horrible…all the ceiling panels were taken down so all you saw was the exposed pipes etc. About 11:30 they began boarding First Class and people who needed assistance (that was us). The A321 wasn’t too much different inside than a 757, the seats felt a bit hard though. While the aircraft was still being boarded, for some reason a flight attendant decided to move a lady and her daughter to a different seat…now of course not even 5 minutes later a family of 4 that was SUPPOSED to have those seats comes on and now their seats were messed up. The F/A finds 2 open seats in the back, and 2 open seats about 8-10 rows in front of it and rushes the family to sit down because we were going to be late (now who screwed up in the first place?). Besides being delayed from that, a sensor overheated in the flight deck and had to be reset, so that was another 5-8 minute delay. Departed from runway 18L, turned left and headed north towards PHL. Inflight service was a cup of soda and a little bag of pretzels (didn't have time to eat that morning, MAN do I regret it!). The A321 was a smooth ride, and pretty quiet (757 is definitely more powerful though). Decent into PHL was a bit bumpy, low clouds and light showers. Overall an OK flight, I asked an F/A if I could take photos in the cabin and flight deck, she said OK. I didn’t go in the flight deck, just stood in the door way and took a few photos when the lead kinda pulled me back and said I couldn’t do that because of security. Riiiiiiiight.
USAirways Flight 359
B767-200 (NOT), got subbed to a 757-200.
We arrive at the airport a little over 2 hours early because I wanted to see if we could get seats closer to the front because of my step grandfather. We check in and I notice our seats are even MORE screwed up than before. She said that was the best she could do, and we proceeded to the gates. At this point I was pissed...they knew the pax needed assistance...why would they move us around like that?! We grab a bite to eat and go to our gate. I notice a 757 beginning to taxi by our gate, so I think to myself "Man, wouldn't that be funny if he pulled into here". SURE ENOUGH, that SOB pulls into the gate...my mouth dropped! No wonder our seats were so screwed up, they downgraded the aircraft! They were about to board when they announced they needed voulenteers. I went up to the podium and asked what we would get etc. A free R/T ticket anywhere in the US and Canada and a free upgrade on our flight to MCO. I ran back to the old folks and told them what we were going to do (no way I was going to pass this up). They agreed and we were bumped from the flight. After everyone was boarded, we got our vouchers and new seat assignments and headed to the gate.
USAirways Flight 1549
We get to the gate, plane comes in etc etc. Right before boarding on the display I see "Voulenteers needed". So I go up to the gate and talk to Susan (probably the most professional, FRIENDLY, best agent I've ever dealt with). She takes our tickets just in case but said we should make it on. It was a hard decision to give up my First class seat to voulenteer, but oh well. They decide to board us and get the wheelchair under the plane. I took my seat 02F. Trying to get people seated on that airline is chaotic for some reason. 10 minutes pass and everyone is seated....except ONE PERSON. SO....we get the boot. Susan gave us second R/T voucher and she over heard that I was hungry and gave us $10 meal vouchers too! We had about 2 hours til our next flight, and she spent about 30 minutes of that talking to us. I told her about my hobby etc (she knew Richard Chase, another a.net photographer in PHL), and that I've been trying to get in with the airlines etc.
USAirways Flight 893
PHL-MCO (still haha)
Depart 15:55 (yeah right)
Arrive 18:20 yeah right again, it was 6:45 when we landed.
So we travel to our next gate, and volenteer again But this time we made it on. We still got bumped to first, my grandparents took seat 01D and F, and I took 03F. We departed late (didn't suprise me at all) and taxiied out to the runway. Just as we were about to get off the ground, I noticed the plane jerked left and right real quick, and we were airborne. On both flights they served Einstine Bros. sandwiches etc for $10, but in First Class it was free. The whole way down to Orlando it was hazy and cloudy. No IFE or anything, so the only perks were a bigger seat and a meal. We crossed over the ocean right over Daytona, I noticed I-4 over Winter Springs, Maitland etc. Weather was bad in the area, saw some lightning in the distance. Crossed over ORL and lake underhill...passed over my neighborhood and landed on runway 18R.
At first I wasn't too impressed with USAirways, but I think the vouchers changed my mind
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8061 times:
Good work Justin!!! Glad to hear you had a good experience with US PHL employees...they typically are not really that friendly and the airport has somewhat of a bad rep because of them...but good to know their are decent ones out there...
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Catholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7834 times:
GOOD JOB BUDDY!!!!
USAir is soooooooooooo cool!!! I flew with them last week from PIT to LGA to NAS to LGA to PIT and it was so fun (I just posted my trip report today and you should check it out). I have nothing but really good and great things to say about that airline. They lost my sister's bag, but oh well. You can't really help that. Accidents happen. They were soooo friendly and so quick to hlep. I asked for anothe bag of pretzels on my flight from the Bahamas to New York and I got a bag of pretzels plus 2 BAGS of potato chips and I wasn't even a First class passenger because I thought that if you aren't in first class then you aren't supposed to get bad service, but WRONG when you fly USAirways, United Airlines, American Airlines, or AirTran Airways. But Southwest Airlines will show you how you are really supposed to get treated if you arent' in first class (isn't that right SWA?). Anyways, always choose USAir or United when flying and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip, but don't let that one flight fool you about USAir. They are very kind. God bless!!!
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Mark8762 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 129 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 8 hours ago) and read 5516 times:
Not really a downgrade though. The 757 actually has 3 additional seats over the 767 in economy. A different story up front, though. The 767 has 18 in First/Envoy, where the 757 used for domestic trips has only 8 (on the "East" 757's, the "West" 757's have 14F and 176Y). The 767 has 18F and 182Y. Overall, it is a downgrade from 200 to 193. Where the seats probably got screwed up was all those people that got bumped out of first and going from two aisles down to one. Glad you had a nice trip in spite of that, though.
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15058 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5205 times:
Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 3): Glad to hear you had a good experience with US PHL employees...they typically are not really that friendly and the airport has somewhat of a bad rep because of them...but good to know their are decent ones out there...
I flew with US Airways Express on PWM-PHL-STL last week and I found that the Republic people did a great job, but US left something to be desired. For one thing, they boarded by zones, but about 3/4 of the people were in zone 4. I have to think that the priorities are messed up when boarding becomes more about perks than getting the plane loaded and off on time. And PHL, while not a disaster, is not as good as some other hubs out there.
All in all, I kinda regretted not booking Delta.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
I wish a 767 went to MCO. It's always been either an A320/21 or 757, maybe 737 too.
Quoting Catholic2006 (Reply 6): USAir is soooooooooooo cool!!! I flew with them last week from PIT to LGA to NAS to LGA to PIT and it was so fun (I just posted my trip report today and you should check it out