I did the Same thing. I switched from Continental to United, not that Continental was bad, but i had consecutive unpleasant experiences with them on board, where finally i thought, its not worth it, just switch.
I used to live in the Northern VA area, where if you want to travel, you just have lots of choices, and a friend of mine still works for continental, so encouraged, i started flying them. I moved to phoenix, AZ
but my uncle and his family still lived in the northern VA area, there fore flying from phoenix to Northern VA either BWI
was a common trip for me couple of times a year. i started accruing miles with continental, and I earned elite status in less than 5 months, and here were the story started. every time i travel i had to have my bags damaged, didn't matter if i bought expensive, or cheap luggage, it is always damaged, so half of my finances where going on new luggage. I never got the complimentary upgrades CO
one pass described, not even once. i couldn't use the miles on specific dates, there was always an obstacle, but i still liked them and continued to fly them until two incidents took place.
# 1 March 30, 2005. was flying from DCA
. we are boarding, and the jetways was packed, once i reached the door to board, one of the flight attendants said "Sir, wait". so i froze in my place and she kept chatting with her colleague, - the other flight attendant - for a while, then she left and went toward the end of the airplane, well i thought maybe that was it, and i stepped one foot forward, when the other flight attendant flamed me saying with a really bitter attitude "SIR
, I THINK SHE ASKED YOU TO
WAIT, STANDING FOr ONE MORE MINUITE UNTIL SHE Is DONE FROm WHAT SHE IS
DOING WOULDN'T HURT" i was thinking like "what the....."
i had no idea what that all was about, or what was the flight attendant who orignally asked to wait was doing except that she no longer was there, how much longer will i going to be blocking the jetway with impatient people waiting behind me?
all i did, is go back up the jetway and ask the agent if i could take another flight or even if i can fly the next day because with that, i wasn't really sure how would the flight attendants treat me on that flight especially with me being middleastern. the agent asked me to repeat what happened so i explained to her, and she said "well, there is a flight that is leaving in an hour, but you will only have 45 miniutes in houston opposed to the two hours wait. i took that flight.
the next incident was may 2005. i was going from phoenix to houston, and my nose started bleeding mid flight. luckily the lady sitting beside me was a registered nurse as she claimed, and she asked the flight attendant who was passing if we could have some ice so that i can chew it to stop the bleeding. that flight attendant looked at us with skeptism and said "i never heard about that" and she walked away. did we get the ice? no, i had to go to the bathroom and keep my head down at the sink for a while till the bleeding stopped.
with that second incident i thought to my self, why am i flying CO
if thats what i am getting inflight? i know that the airline industry in the USA is not at its best, but there are certain things that should be taken into consideration. nose bleeding as simple as it might sound, but up there, with the pressure things are different.
after that flight i signed up for United mileage plus, and i heard about the economy plus access program. i paid the $299 membership fee, and flew them twice, and just from the second time and before reaching any elite member level, i have been very happy. they might have delayed flights, they might have some issues with customer service at IAD
, but once you are on board, it is a different story, they are just really nice. i only have 15,000 miles with them already, but i always get offers to upgrade, my bags make it with no damage, and they are so attentive.
i feel so sorry i left continental, but i don't regret being a new UAL mileage plus member.
if one program didn't work for someone, there are other options out there for the rest of us. and thats what happened when i switched from One pass to mileage plus.