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User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13596 times:

NOTE: RELATED TO MY MILEAGE RUN THREE DAYS EARLIER, WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/58832/



Howdy Folks!

This was my second Mileage Run within three days, and purchased for the same reason as the last one. To find out the background information (which I HIGHLY recommend), simply see the below Trip Report:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/58832/

So, I was very excited about this trip, considering that I could compare the Business Class product to the International First Suite on the same route from a few days earlier. My itinerary looked as follows:


United 1527 (Operated by Ted)
TPA-ORD
06/08/05
Departure Time: 7:00AM
Arrival Time: 8:46AM
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Miles Earned: 1012

United 137
ORD-SFO
06/08/05
Departure Time: 10:05AM
Arrival Time: 12:29PM
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Miles Earned: 1846

United 995
SFO-LAX
06/08/05
Departure Time: 6:10PM
Arrival Time: 7:32PM
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300
Miles Earned: 500

United 204
LAX-IAD
06/08/05
Departure Time: 10:30PM
Arrival Time: 6:20AM
Aircraft: Airbus 319
Miles Earned: 2288

United 1571 (Operated by Ted)
IAD-TPA
06/09/05
Departure Time: 8:40AM
Arrival Time: 11:00AM
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Miles Earned: 810


Preparation:
On the way home from the airport of my last Mileage Run (June 5), I called United to find out if my upgrade to Business Class had cleared. It did! The lady offered me the choice of a few seats, mostly in the center portion of the aircraft. I chose an aisle seat on the right hand side of the aircraft, namely 12H. I was pleased with this seat and excited about this trip even more.

June 8:
I got up at 4AM for my 7AM flight. I first decided to pack my stuff (iPod, Bose Headsets, Paper, etc.). Afterwards I logged onto my computer to make sure that my flight was on time. I was clearly expecting that it would be since it was the first flight of the morning for that aircraft. After logging on and checking flight status, I was shocked to see that it was scheduled 32 minutes late, apparently due to the Crew. I assumed that it was because the crew needed a certain amount of time off in-between flights, assuming that their flight last night got in behind schedule. I noticed however, that the flight was only scheduled to get in 14 minutes late. It would not be that bad.
I chatted with the select few people who were online at that time of the morning, and then headed off to the airport. I figured that it was early in the morning, and there was no point in staying home. I left at around 5AM, and got to the airport at around 5:35AM, and into the short term parking area. It was pretty full, but I easily managed to get a decent spot.
I headed into the terminal, and found it to be surprisingly full as well.

At TPA:
I headed to the Ted ticketing area, and proceeded to the First/Premier line, where I was first. There were maybe ten people in the other line. I had time so I decided to see how long it would take for them to acknowledge my presence and offer to check me in. Usually whenever an elite comes they check them in, but here they chose people from the other line first. I decided to keep waiting to see what happened, and it took a while for them to call on me. After at least a 15 minute wait, I was finally helped by a friendly agent who was completely befuddled by my itinerary. He just did NOT understand it. Oh well! After a few minutes I was out and on my way.

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Ted check-in area

I headed up the escalator to the upper level, from where I would depart to the E Concourse. I handed the TSA agent my boarding pass, and after staring at it profusely, she handed it back to me, and I headed onto the Shuttle.

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Lowe level
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Upper level
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Upper level again

After arriving at the E Concourse I was greeted by some hefty security lines. They ended up running pretty smoothly, and I was on my way within 10 minutes. I took a left and headed to the Ted gates. I found a pretty decent sized crowd for this morning’s flight. I sat down and then looked at my boarding pass, and saw that it said Premier on it, when I am a 1K. For some weird reason, this always happens. I went up front and asked the man to reinsert my Mileage Plus number and then reprint the boarding passes. After about five minutes of staring at the computer he was finally able to get it right. He also printed my boarding pass for my IAD-TPA segment, which was apparently not possible at check-in. After that I had about another thirty minutes till my rescheduled boarding time. I went over to Starbucks and got a muffin for the flight.
By the time I got back to the gate, they were getting ready to start boarding, saying that the crew arrived early. The lady announced that she would board Global Services first, instead of the usual Seating Area 1 on Ted. How many Global Services are there on the average Ted flight? Zero, or so I thought. About twenty people go up and go through the jetway. Hmmmmmmmmmmm……………. SLIGHTLY suspicious. This is really annoying. Why does she call for Global Services and let just about anyone through? Anyway, I went when she called seating area one, and was just about the only one, because all of the other elites were aboard.

United 1551 (Operated by Ted)
TPA-ORD
06/08/05
Scheduled Departure Time: 7:00AM
Actual Departure Time: 7:24AM
Departure Gate: E74
Scheduled Arrival Time: 8:46AM
Actual Arrival Time: 9:00AM
Arrival Gate: B20
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Miles Earned: 1012
Load Factor: 78%
Seat: 2A (Economy Plus)

I got aboard and was greeted by what seemed to be a tired, but friendly crew. I noticed that there was a business man, or so I though in 2C, and he immediately got up. I put my rolly under the seat, and took out my Bose Noise Canceling Headsets. Channel 9 was on, and I just listened to it. This would be a boring flight because I have already watched all of the Tedivision for this month, and read Hemispheres.
After about twenty minutes, the door closed and we were on our way. I had an empty seat next to me. We had a quick pushback, watched the overly cheesy safety video, and headed to Runway 18R. After about a six minute taxi, we taxied into position and were off. After a powerful thrust we were quickly airborne and began our 180 degree turn.
Soon enough we got to FL340 and had a smooth journey to Chicago according to our Captain. I noticed the man sitting in the aisle seat of my row was reading “Unforgivable Blackness”, which was a little weird.
I watched some boring reruns on Tedevision and beverage service quickly began. I chose an apple juice, and got out my muffin that I bought at the airport. I started to read the edition of Conde Nest Travel Magazine I had brought aboard and listened to the music on Channel 4. After that I took out a birthday card which I had to write for my mom. About 60 minutes later we were on approach into O’Hare. We had a great view of the city, including the Sears Tower, and had an acceptable arrival time for my connection. We pulled into the semi-usual B20 gate, and I was the third person off.

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Breakfast!
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Wing view
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Outside view

At ORD:
Once I got off the plane I headed straight to my gate, because boarding was supposed to begin in about twenty minutes. I stood near the gate agents, because I love to hear some of the customer questions. There were a few good ones. It was getting VERY crowded in the gate area, and all of the First and Business class passengers were already mobbing around the jetway entrance. This is really annoying when people wait around, when they are all in the same cabin. At boarding time, they started with boarding for people who may need extra time, which was a huge group. It took over 10 minutes. Then the jetway door was open, but no boarding was taking place. I was standing near the Gate counter, and they were still taking care of upgrades. This guy just gets his upgrade cleared and was very excited. While all of the First and Business class passengers are still standing there, he tries to push his way through, thinking that First and Business class had already boarded, saying “Excuse me, I am seated in Business Class.” No one said anything, but eventually he realized, and took the walk of shame. Anyway, they began boarding for First and Business after another five minutes, and I was probably the tenth aboard.

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User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13560 times:

United 137
ORD-SFO
06/08/05
Scheduled Departure Time: 10:05AM
Actual Departure Time: 10:00AM
Departure Gate: B17
Scheduled Arrival Time: 12:29PM
Actual Arrival Time: 12:56PM
Arrival Gate: 86
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 (Internationally Configured)
Miles Earned: 1846
Load Factor: 100%
Seat: 12H (Business Class)

Boarding went all the way through the front of the First Class Cabin. I noticed right away that this was the European version of the 777. I took the far aisle, and headed to 12H, which was the second seat in the main Business Class cabin. At the window seat was a man who looked so familiar, just like someone I know. After about twenty minutes, once everyone was aboard the FA brought around pre-departure beverages at an extremely inefficient rate. The choices were water or orange juice, and everyone chose orange juice. He always had three of each, and consequently had to go to the galley after every three beverages. Eventually he got to me, and I chose an orange juice. Unlike in First Class, you can’t choose your pre-departure beverage, and it is only served in a plastic cup. It was fine by me, because I would have probably chosen an orange juice anyway. The safety demonstration began, and we pushed back.

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Pre-departure beverage
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Forward looking view
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Lesgspace

While listening to Channel 9 as a wonderful heavy, I tried to look out of the window. The semi-paranoid man next to me made sure all four of our windows were closed all the way. I looked across the plane, out of those windows. We were cleared for takeoff, and after an AWESOME takeoff began our climb. The captain came on and said that we would be cruising initially at 32,000 feet, but then climbing to 40,000. Once we reached about 20,000 feet the Captain turned off the seat belt sign, and service began. I immediately put my PTV into position, and turned on Air Show. I reclined my seat to a pretty good angle, and found it to be very comfortable. The purser announced the movies, including the “feature film”, which I forgot. She started the video system, and about five minutes later announced that the “feature film” was not working. She said that she would try to reset it, but it again did not work. She then reset it again, and it once again did not work. It wasted about twenty minutes, because all of the movies were subsequently restarted. I eventually switched “Million Dollar Baby”.

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Comfortable recline

Our FA began with the cart in the front of Business Class. In First Class there is no cart, but rather just direct galley service. The friendly FA quickly got to me, and I chose a Pepsi with lemon. With the beverage came a warm bowl of nuts, my FAVORITE.

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Pepsi with nuts

Before long the Purser was coming through the cabin asking everyone what they would like to eat in this format:
Purser: “Mr. XXXX, on today’s flight we can offer you either a Chef Salad or a Warm Turkey Sandwich.”
Me: “Let’s go with the Turkey Sandwich please.”
Purser: “I will try my best, but it might not be available.”
Me: “No problem if it isn’t.”

About ten minutes later my meal came, and it was fortunately a Turkey Sandwich. It looked very good. It consisted of a turkey cheese sandwich, a little tomato & mozzarella, some fruit, a warm chocolate chip cookie and some breath mints. It was a VERY good meal.

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Lunch

A few minutes later another round of drinks came, and I had the same. Our FA came back every five minutes to ask everyone if there is anything they would like. As a result, I gave him a “Going the Extra Mile” certificate for his great service. For the next hour I just watched some of the other stuff on, including Proud Family (I know, I can’t believe it either), and something on the Discovery Channel. The seat was very comfortable, and I tested just about every possible position.

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Seat

About 90 minutes before the scheduled landing the FA came around with bags of snack mix, which were the bags from economy. I went around the cabin and took some pics, and then talked a little with the guy next to me, who was clearly drunk. He had four Bloody Mary’s, and six glasses of wine throughout the flight. The funny thing was that he was an elementary school principal. The guy sitting across the aisle from me was playing PSP, and he was grown up. About an hour before landing the FA gave the man sitting next to me a full bottle of wine for free, which was a VERY nice gesture. My suspicion is that he thought that he was my father, and because of the “Going the Extra Mile” Certificate, he gave it to him. I asked for some more of those nuts, and he gave me a huge cup of them. They are the best! He also gave me five bags of snack mix, without me even asking.

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Outside
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Outside
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Engine

About 30 minutes before landing, we began our descent, with some amazing views as last time. I tried to look out of the window when I could, because the guy next to me only opened them once in a while. All of a sudden we made an almost 180 degree turn, which I found strange. We continued that way for about 10 minutes, and then pretty much went at a 90 degree angle, flying on a weird route to SFO, The approach took forever because of all of the zigzags we made. About 10 minutes before landing the amazing FA brought me another bowl of nuts without me asking, which was awesome. I was not really hungry, so I kept them for a later time. About five minutes later he brought me another Pepsi, saying “I thought you may be thirsty after all those nuts”. WOW! Thanks!
After a long approach we finally came in over the bay, on final approach. It was very cloudy, and I could barely see the water. Eventually we had a very smooth touchdown, and taxied to our gate for about ten minutes. I would have a six hour layover in SFO, so I was enjoying my last few minutes on this wonderful 777. We got to the gate and again exited through the First Class door, on the way out thanking the FA.

At SFO:
The first ting that I noticed was that the plane I was on was heading straight back to ORD. Next, I saw the Captain and FO exit. The FO was MUCH older then the Captain. I did not feel like having a long layover, so I looked at the Departures Monitor, and checked when the next flight to LAX was going to be. It showed 1:30PM, so I headed to the gate with about thirty minutes till departure.


User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13556 times:

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747 Pushback
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The 777 I was just on
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SFO
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Bad Quality SFO
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SFO
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SFO
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SFO

On my way there I saw SEVEN star alliance 747’s parked in sequence next to each other. I was in AWE! I have never seen that many 747’s all together. It was an amazing site. I asked the agent if there was stand by room, to which she said there was. I gave her my boarding pass, and she said “WOW! You are way too young to be a 1K”. She said nothing was available in Economy Plus, but later found that the exit row was. She also noted that the flight was delayed 17 minutes. I headed to a bagel place to get a bagel, and then returned to the gate. Boarding began and I got onboard with Seating Area 1. I was not looking forward to my seven hour layover in LAX.

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User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13555 times:

United 989
SFO-LAX
06/08/05
Scheduled Departure Time: 1:47PM
Actual Departure Time: 1:47PM
Departure Gate: 75
Scheduled Arrival Time: 3:09PM
Actual Arrival Time: 3:02PM
Arrival Gate: 71B
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Miles Earned: 500
Load Factor: 85%
Seat: 11F (Exit Row)

On the jetway there was a huge hold up of people. I got aboard eventually and got the usual “Welcome aboard” from the FA at the door. I took my seat, which had a LOT of legroom. Boarding was fairly efficient, and the door was closed within 20 minutes. In the aisle seat was a large man who was on is cell phone for most of the boarding time. The APU was broken, and it must have been 100 degrees inside the plane. After the same old safety video we pushed back. I was listening to Channel 9, which was very international. I heard Lufthansa 455 Heavy, which was one of the seven 747’s parked together. Then I hear Singapore 16 Heavy, which I believe just landed. It took forever. We were probably six or so for takeoff. Eventually it was our turn, and we took off. It was a rather turbulent climb through the ugly weather for our Airbus 320.

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Exit row legspace
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View out of window at gate
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Waiting in line

Eventually we made it to FL350, and leveled out. Beverage service began, and I chose a Mountain Dew. I took out my bagel and the nuts from the last flight as my meal. Besides this the flight was very uneventful. About ten minutes before landing I struck up a conversation with the guy in the aisle seat. He explained that he is a real estate broker, and his flight coming into SFO was delayed, so he missed his meeting and just flew right back. I explained to him what I was doing, and he said “You are a fu$king nutjob”. He could not believe that anyone would want to do what I was doing. After a great landing we had a short taxi to the gate, and I was off in no time.

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Wing
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Cabin
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Note nuts from previous flight

At LAX:
OH BOY! Seven hours in LAX. It would be interesting. I started by wandering aimlessly through the Terminals, for about 45 minutes. I then left the security area, which was stupid. There was nothing there, so I went straight back in, with long security line. It took about twenty minutes. Then I headed to one of those internet things, which are EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, half of the keyboard was not working, so I got nothing done. Then I headed to the area in-between two terminals where there is a lot of glass, so I could do some shooting (with the camera, of course). It was right across from the tower and that weird thing (what is in there anyway?). I shot for about ten minutes, and just watched the planes. This lady, who drives one of the golf carts for old passengers, stops right by me. Here is what happened:

Lady: What do you think you are doing?
Me: I THINK I am taking pictures.
Lady: Is that a camera?
Me: Yes (took Sherlock to figure that out)
Lady: Well, you need to put that thing away right now, you are breaking the law. Since 9/11 you can’t take pictures of any airplanes. I know you are not a terrorist, but anyone could be.
Me: What law would that be?
Lady: The law set forward by your government.
Me: Funny thing is, I have flown almost 100,000 miles this year, and you are the first person to tell me this.
Lady: I am just doing my job.
Me: It is a good thing the TSA has one person who does their job. So where CAN I take pictures?
Lady: Just take pictures out of the windows on the other side, where there are no airplanes.
Me: Um, there is an Air New Zealand airplane on that side, along with a few more.
Lady: That side is fine though.
Me: Whatever you say.

How interesting! Although I know exactly what the rule is, I decided to ask a Police Officer and another TSA Agent, both of which told me it is not a problem for me to take pics.
I decided to go back to where I was, and shoot just to annoy that lady the next time she came. Eventually, she comes back to where I was, and I stop her, without her stopping me. This time:

Me: I just wanted to let you know that I asked a Police Officer and a TSA agent, and they both said it is just fine for me to take pictures. I will keep taking them, and if anyone has a real problem they can come and see me with the law in hand.
Lady: Oh, if you think it is right you can keep taking them.
Me: Good!


User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13558 times:

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The evil lady said I could shoot this way, yet notice New Zealand.
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Control Tower
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After shooting I continued walking. I watched the United flight boarding to LHR, a 777 in the new colors. I wish I would have been on it. Afterward, I went to Wolfgang Puck, where I ordered a pizza. While waiting for it, I noticed some confused Germans, listening to their conversation complaining about the service here, in German. I found it entertaining. After the pizza I headed to the gate where I would be departing from with two hours to spare. About an hour before boarding, this Spanish family which speaks Spanish very loudly sits down across from me. They have a little boy who decides to go to the door that leads to the ramp, and wisely decides to open it. Ouch! There goes the alarm. Unfortunately, there is no one at the gate, so the alarm does not stop. After about 15 minutes of the loud, painful alarm, a guy comes and turns it off. YAY!
Anyway, the rest of the time passed quickly. Eventually an Airbus 320 pulls up in the new color scheme. YES! In all my UA flying, I was yet to fly with the new colors. Then the Captain arrives, who had a striking resemblance to Steve Urkle. Boarding began, and I got aboard with a sleepy Seating Area 1.

United 204
LAX-IAD
06/08/05
Scheduled Departure Time: 10:20PM
Actual Departure Time: 10:35PM
Departure Gate: 72
Scheduled Arrival Time: 6:13AM (next day)
Actual Arrival Time: 6:15AM
Arrival Gate:
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Miles Earned: 2288
Load Factor: 90%
Seat: 8C (Economy Plus)

I went to my aisle seat, and noticed the guy behind me was in my row, so I passed my row to let him in. There was a rubber tube thing hanging out of the upper console in the row in front of me. The people made the FA aware, at which point she called the Captain. The Captain came, and asked the people to get up so that he could try to fix it. He got his pen out, and tried to squeeze the tube up. Eventually it worked.
About ten minutes later the Captain stood in the front aisle with a sheet of paper in hand, and picked up the phone in the front that the FA usually uses for announcements. He welcomed us aboard, and called himself Captain Tyler, and talked about how “First Officer Sean said that I could peddle tonight, so I will try to get you an on time departure”. Then he said “I will have Channel 9 on, but who actually listens to that?” Many raised their hand. He said “WOW! You all need to get a life. I don’t even listen to Channel 9.” He then said everyone should just smile and hug the person sitting next to you. No one did it, so he said “OK, since yall don’t want to talk now, I hope you all shut up about sports, religion and politics for the rest of the flight, because believe it or not, your seatmate does not care what your crazy view is.” He stood there for about 10 minutes, just trying to make people happy, and at the end, everyone clapped.
He headed to the cockpit, and we pushed back immediately. We taxied to the runway, and were off. I was tired, and didn’t have anything to drink. I just wanted to sleep. I did notice that the Flight Attendants were Asian, and very friendly and professional. Maybe they were Singapore rejects (that is not supposed to be an insult, but meant to say that they were good)? Anyway, I used the restroom three times throughout the flight, and that is about all that I remember. I woke up a few minutes before landing.

At IAD:
I was tired, but trying to stay awake, so I started to just walk around. I walked for about 30 minutes, and then went to get a bagel. After getting the bagel I sat down in my gate area. That is really all I did that I can remember. I just stared at the wall, and watched some CNN Headline News on the T.V. In what seemed eternity, boarding finally began. I got aboard at the first call, and was ready for a nap.

United 1571 (Operated by Ted)
IAD-TPA
06/09/05
Scheduled Departure Time: 8:40AM
Actual Departure Time: 8:38AM
Departure Gate: D11
Scheduled Arrival Time: 11:00AM
Actual Arrival Time: 11:03AM
Arrival Gate: E74
Aircraft: Airbus 320
Miles Earned: 810
Load Factor: 85%
Seat: 6F (Economy Plus)

I took my seat, 6F, with a lady in the aisle. I fortunately had an empty middle seat, so all was good. I will not sugar coat this. I fell asleep and woke up when we landed. Once we got on the ground we had a short three minute taxi, and arrived at gate E74. It was over!


Conclusion:
I had another great journey aboard the Friendly Skies. This flight requalified me for 1K, so this MAY be the last mileage run of they year. Anyway, I got a wonderful flight booked on Air France in First Class on July 6, and you can expect a report on that. As for the flight, the Business Class segment was amazing. The service was awesome, and is really what makes the flight. Thanks United!


User currently offlineOrd777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13516 times:

Amazing report as usual. Thanks for the nice break during work  Wink!

User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13451 times:

Another AWESOME trip report! I love reading them! Keep on doing UA mileage runs so we have more awesome trip reports to read!


Joe


User currently offlineLee From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13423 times:

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Thread starter):
here were maybe ten people in the other line. I had time so I decided to see how long it would take for them to acknowledge my presence and offer to check me in. Usually whenever an elite comes they check them in, but here they chose people from the other line first. I decided to keep waiting to see what happened, and it took a while for them to call on me. After at least a 15 minute wait,

i have also experienced this at TPA, when they have none at he front of the line it can be confusing when they point in your direction and call you, its hard to tell if they are calling you or the other line. I've waited a long time whilst in the prem exec line.

Edit, forgot to say, excellent report, enjoyed it  Smile

[Edited 2005-06-14 01:25:35]

User currently offlineSouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 13263 times:

Great Report! I love United, I try to fly them whenever I can (when Southwest is cheaper) I would love to do a mileage run like this sometime, they sound like a lot of fun. I also loved LAX when I was there, but I used Terminal Three (I was on Frontier)

Patrick


User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13122 times:

Quoting Ord777 (Reply 5):
Amazing report as usual. Thanks for the nice break during work !

My pleasure, as long as your boss does not send me a bill. Wink

Quoting Lee (Reply 7):
Edit, forgot to say, excellent report, enjoyed it

Thanks!

Quoting SouthwestMDW (Reply 8):
Great Report! I love United, I try to fly them whenever I can (when Southwest is cheaper) I would love to do a mileage run like this sometime, they sound like a lot of fun. I also loved LAX when I was there, but I used Terminal Three (I was on Frontier)

Patrick

Cool! I don't know if Terminal 3 is nicer, but I sure hope it is.


User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13082 times:

Again, top notch stuff, had to wait long enough for you to write it though huh?  duck  haha great stuff!!

BP777



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User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13070 times:

Great TR. On my last visit at TPA (new Airside C open house), I went to the fairly new ticketing area for DL, AC, and UA, and I found the area to be compact. I remember there were people lining up beside the wall waiting in line for the DL flights! Was DL crowded that morning, considering there are 767s to ATL in the morning and some Song flights?

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Thread starter):
Then I headed to the area in-between two terminals where there is a lot of glass, so I could do some shooting (with the camera, of course). It was right across from the tower and that weird thing (what is in there anyway?).

Are you talking about the semi-circle arched building in the NZ 744 picture? That is the Theme Building, which houses the Encounter restaurant.


User currently offlineAdamTStarFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13034 times:

What an awesome set of trip reports!
Something to aspire to when I have mine to write after my trip over the summer on UA.
I thought the Capt. On the LAX-IAD leg sounded a cool guy, someone who really enjoys his job! I always think it makes the flight a more enjoyable one when the crew take the time to keep you informed.
Good job sticking up for us spotters when u were in LAX when confronted by the woman on the cart.
Enjoyed reading them both, wish I could do these mileage runs!

Again, good job, look forward to the next one!

Adam


User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 12937 times:

I am telling yah, you and Jkw777 are the best at writing these things called trip reports. I wish I could hire you out to write mine. As usual, it is great!!

User currently offlineLuvfa From United States of America, joined May 2005, 447 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12614 times:

Great trip report!

It seem rather odd that your first flight was delayed for crew rest when the arrival was only 14 minutes late! The only thing I can possibly think of was that they were somehow re-routed which resulted in a longer duty. If this were the case they would need compensatory rest as required by the FAR's.
This would certainly explain their fatigue. The minimum reduced rest is 8 hours block to block. When you take away transit time and eating, each crew member receives about 5 hours sleep! I've been there!

That was quite a bit of harassment that you experienced at LAX. The one thing that frustrates me about the TSA is the inconsistency from station to station. But I probably don't have to tell you that! Anyway great report and even better pictures. I hope you use your mileage award to go some place great! I look forward to that report!


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 12298 times:

haha great trip report, bravo.  Smile Especially loved the pics!  Wink

User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 12269 times:

Awesome trip report which, as a matter of fact, just inspired me to finally sign up at a.net after reading the forums for a couple of months.

I lit a cig, ate my lunch and enjoyed ur report meanwhile. keep it up!

[Edited 2005-07-05 13:49:51]

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