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Domestic US Travel On AA/UA/CO

Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:29 am

Hi guys,

I need some advice on travelling domestically in the US.

I will be arriving at LAX on QF93/24JAN (around 6.40am and am going onwards to IAD.

I hold a standby ZED ticket, and my options are to go on AA B73H, UA B757 on a 2hr transit in LAX, or I could wait around for the UA B772 that leaves at around 1pm. So my questions are:

1. Is the United B777 worth waiting for or is it not much difference comparing to AA 738 and UA 752?

2. How many AA 738s are in the Boeing sky interior, and how do I find out if my aircraft has them?

Thanks for your help!!
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RE: Domestic US Travel On AA/UA/CO

Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:00 am

Considering the timing instead of the aircraft, a 2 hour connection to UA is simple if the ICE and TSA queues are short, but you could easily find they are not and miss a 2 hour connection. Its a bit of a walk from where Qantas will arrive to UA.

If it is a nice day you could check in for a 1PM flight and then go over to the lawn in front of In-n-Out and watch aircraft before you have a burger (I think they open at 10AM).

You can walk to In-n-Out, or take a free shuttle. It's actually a parking shuttle. Look for the bus with the large dots on it that goes to the Parking Spot. Be sure it is for the one on Sepulveda Blvd. IN-n-Out is next door. Be sure to tip the driver a couple of dollars and I'm sure he won't mind. Just in case, don't tell him you aren't parked there. There is a parking shuttle stop in front of each terminal.

It would be nice to just hang out at the Encounter restaurant in the weird building in the center of the airport, but I don't think they open until 11:00
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RE: Domestic US Travel On AA/UA/CO

Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:40 pm

The three class UA 777s are quite nice and there is a good chance of getting a plane with AVOD.

One benefit of UA is economy plus. Usually there are seats available in Economy Plus for the non-revs. One downside is that UA has so many company non-revs that you'd likely be number 30 or 40 on that route when flying on a ZED pass. Although the first class cabin is great, you won't get it.

I'd try for UA over AA strictly for economy plus since unless loads are very high (likely not the case on a midday transcon in January), you'll get it. Other than that, the two carriers are very similar. Also it is always worth talking to the cabin crew after they pass through with the buy on board. They'll often give some of the extras to non-revs after completing the service.
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RE: Domestic US Travel On AA/UA/CO

Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:21 am

Well since your traveling standby the general rule of thumb is to take the first available flights. If I were you, I would exhaust the first two flights before I even considered waiting for the 777. Although 777s are just stinkin' cool to fly in!
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RE: Domestic US Travel On AA/UA/CO

Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:29 am

Thanks guys for the great tips.

I think I will go for UA over AA, even if it means I'll have to trek to T7 at LAX. UA sounds more fun and I might potentially get on the B777!

Can't wait!

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