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Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:15 am

Hello All

I am a virgin US Airways flyer, will be flying First Class on a Redeye from LAX to PHL on an A321 and then First (envoy) on an A330-200 lunch time flight from PHL to SJU.

Can you anyone give me some hints on what to expect in First Class

Service , meals etc, inflight intertainments etc, do I get to use the lounge at LAX or PHL ?

I will be travelling in FEB on a paid First Class (A) fare !

many thanks
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:39 am

wow, does no one have info on what I can expect on US Airways in First ???

 
 
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:33 am

Sorry, I've only been on them in coach.   
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:22 pm

No ife on either flights (LAX-PHL or PHL-SJU), no IFE on domestic flights (or flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada). Only a snack basket and beverage on the LAX-PHL segment as it is a red eye, a meal will be provided between PHL and SJU. Not sure what is on the meal cycle between PHL and SJU at the moment. You might get lucky if you are on a 330-200 (PHL-SJU) and get the new Envoy suitess, I believe only 1 aircraft still has to be retrofited. If you are a 321 between LAX and PHL the aircraft will be equipped with wi-fi ($12.95 for a session), please keep in mind the aircrafts power ports were eliminated.

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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:59 pm

I'll fly first class with them in January...maybe then I can tell you.
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:37 pm

If you fly first on other domestic carriers, describing domestic first class on US is the same as on any other domestic carrier: your experience may vary. Some aircraft interiors need refurbishing, some crew need retraining in customer service, others are just fine.

If you don't usually fly domestic first class, the biggest difference you'll notice on a red-eye flight is a more comfortable sleep and a better snack at the end of the flight.

Meals and service on domestic flights and Caribbean flights are actually the same, and do not include lounge access.

By the time you travel, the entire A332 fleet should be fitted with the Envoy suite. It's pretty comfortable but it can take a little while fidgeting with the various controls to find whatever position works best for you.
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:20 pm

I fly in F on US frequently. Expect typical F service, a little reduced on the red eye as most pax want to sleep. The envoy product is decent, even the older model seats. No IFE on US, but that has never bothered me. I rather like being responsible for my own entertainment (looking out a window - the original IFE).

More info here: http://www.usairways.com/en-US/trave...ntheair/envoyfirst/firstclass.html
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:57 am

Their A321s have wi-fi so you'll have access to that. Not sure whether or not it will be free, though.

I've never flown them in first. They're not the best but from my experiences they're far from the worst. Enjoy your flights!  

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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:10 am

I flew US on Cheistmas Day SMF-PHX-GDL. I thought about F class but saw on their website that no meals nor snacks would be served. I went coach. Packed planes, non-descript service. I was annoyed that I had ro gate check my bag since therewas no more overhead bin space...not true...above my seat there was a big space. FAs do not communicate with gate agents.
 
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:13 am

thanks everyone for your feedback seems like a mixed bag of "what to expects" ...

Does anyone have experience with F class on US on a redeye... should I expect a meal (of some sort) on a redeye from LAX to PHL ? or should I eat out before going to the airport...

many thanks again everyone for your feedback... highly appreciated !

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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:07 pm

Quoting industrybuff (Reply 9):
Does anyone have experience with F class on US on a redeye... should I expect a meal (of some sort) on a redeye from LAX to PHL ? or should I eat out before going to the airport...

I'm booked on first class with US and there's no meal selection on my red-eye. I just hope that a little self service snack bar is set up, along with drinks. Even then, I plan to eat at the airport and maybe bring some food aboard with me.

I'm curious as to if US admits first class passengers to its lounge.

I'm sorry to tag along with this thread, but I'm also curious as to what to expect in first class with US. This promises to be an interesting trip report  
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:43 pm

Hello einsteinboricua

Your welcome to tag on - the more asking the merrier !

When do you fly US ? Im keen to see a trip report. I took DL last year on a LAX JFK redeye to connect JFK to SJU and on the redeye it was a bowl of soup, a sandwich and a cookie... more than enough .... very curious to see what US Air will offer !

Looking forward to reading your report !

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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:05 pm

I fly on the 21st SJU-PHL-SEA in coach. Since I'm flying with a group on this flight and that first class on both sectors would be a bit expensive, I'm traveling coach. However, on the 27th, I return to SJU and I'm taking a red-eye SEA-CLT-SJU and since I wanted to ensure some comfort, I chose A. So far, only the CLT-SJU has a "Meal" option available (which I assume to be either a brunch or lunch). The SEA-CLT has nothing since it departs after 8:00pm, but like I mentioned in my last post, I'm hoping that a self serve snack/drink station is available.

As far as equipment, the SEA-CLT leg is an A321, and the CLT-SJU leg is a 767 (Envoy seat). This will be my first time flying first class on any airline.

If you don't mind my asking, what's your reason for traveling to SJU?
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:29 pm

No meal on red eye flights, only beverage service and the snack basket (which includes potato chips, shortbread cookies, cranberry/almond snack mix, etc etc.).

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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:59 am

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 6):

I fly in F on US frequently. Expect typical F service, a little reduced on the red eye as most pax want to sleep.

There is nothing "typical" about US Airways' sub-standard First Class service.

Where-areas other airlines will serve a light meal (i.e. a large salad, a hot sandwich or a warm soup) on a trans-con redeye, US Airways will give you a bag of Sun Chips.

And while most airlines will serve a meal on flights exceeding ~650 miles, US Airways won't do so unless the flight is blocked at 3.5 hours.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 12):
I'm hoping that a self serve snack/drink station is available.

It is not, but the flight attendants should be able to cater to your requests through the flight, at least on drinks.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 10):
I'm curious as to if US admits first class passengers to its lounge.

No, but if you have an American Express Platinum card you will gain complimentary access.
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:07 am

Once again thanks everyone for your postings

Im begining to see that US Air First Class seem quite poor compared to Delta, CO and AA ! They all offer some form of meal service on redeye flights over 3.5hrs .. Mind you, the fare on US is the same as the fare on DL so perhaps I should look at flying DL... I really wanted to earn Star Alliance miles by flying US and I really wanted to try their Envoy Class suite on A332 aswell ... but really the service seems downmarket ?...

einsteinboricua - send me a private message ok ..

Cheers everyone

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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:09 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 14):
Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 12):
I'm hoping that a self serve snack/drink station is available.

It is not, but the flight attendants should be able to cater to your requests through the flight, at least on drinks.

Excellent. That means a restaurant in SEA is sure to get some business from me.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 14):
Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 10):
I'm curious as to if US admits first class passengers to its lounge.

No, but if you have an American Express Platinum card you will gain complimentary access.

Just wondering. Kinda strange since most airlines allow this perk. Not that I would use it anyway. A three hour layover where one hour will go with me eating breakfast. I think I'll give the business to Burger King or Wendy's.
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RE: Info On What To Expect First Class US Airways

Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:12 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 16):
Just wondering. Kinda strange since most airlines allow this perk.

Actually, most airlines do not allows this perk at all. First class lounges in the U.S. are based on a membership system, and access based on your ticket is typically reserved to First Class flying outside of North America (typically excluding Central America and Mexico City).

Some airlines have exceptions for select routes and select fares. On AA, for example, trans-cons between MIA/JFK/EWR/IAD/BOS and LAX/SFO/SEA/SAN allow lounge access (but an MCO-LAX or MIA-LAS trans-con does not). On Delta, select trans-cons and from JFK qualify for lounge access. On United, JFK-SFO/LAX give lounge access.
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