jetblue777
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United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:55 pm

I'm scheduled to fly on UA this coming New Year's Day:

SNA-SFO
United A319
First Class
ETD: 10:45am
1 Hour, 30 Minutes


SFO-JFK
United B757
Business Class (PS)
ETD: 4:18pm
5 Hours, 25 Minutes


My question is, what kind of service does UA serve on the SNA-SFO leg in F? How about for the SFO-JFK leg? For those who flew on the mentioned A/C types, any recommended seats to choose? I know Row 9 on UA's PS 757 is highly recommended but it's currently blocked ATM and I'm booked on the bulkhead (6D)

Am I also allowed access at the UA Club at SNA and/or SFO?

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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:53 am

No Club in SNA that I know of, but you will indeed have access to the SFO Clubs.

Domestic first class is a small step above coach to be honest. Slightly bigger seat, slightly more leg room and free booze are what you can count on. On longer flights, you might have had a meal at the appropriate times of day, but on a sector as short as SNA-SFO, I'm not sure you'll even get a snack. As far as seating recommendation, there are only two rows in first class on the A319, so your choice is straightforward: do you want bulkhead or not?

Domestic business class on ps is a bit better, although not quite up to the standards of United's own international business class yet. Here's some light reading for you: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/cont...avel/inflight/premiumservices.aspx

Row 9 is blocked because it is the emergency exit. If you are early enough, you may be able to get a seat at check-in. If I recall correctly (not a frequent ps customer here), the bulkhead row is the second favorite after 9 so I'd say you're doing well.
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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:49 pm

SNA-SFO will be a beverage service and the snack basket (chocolates, crackers, etc). There will be overhead TVs with short subject programming. On the A319, I prefer row 2 over the bulkhead, but that's personal preference. I like having items at my feet and stretching my feet out, although you can have the seat recline into you which takes space away.

SFO-JFK will be a full multi course meal. Free use of dig-E players with various movies and TV shows but no moving map. Overall relatively good service at the international quality product.

If your layover is long enough you can use the lounge in SFO, but if your connection is tight, you'd have to skip that.

Out of curiousity, why didn't you choose to drive the extra distance to get a nonstop from LAX?
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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:19 pm

Thank you both for your replies!

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 2):
If your layover is long enough you can use the lounge in SFO, but if your connection is tight, you'd have to skip that.

I have a 4-Hour layover in SFO, so I guess that's a good amount of time.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 2):
Out of curiousity, why didn't you choose to drive the extra distance to get a nonstop from LAX?

I'm on an award flight, the only flights that were available, both from LAX and SNA are one-stop via SFO. I would have definitely preferred the nonstop, as I will be arriving at JFK at 12:43AM, and I have to leave for school by 7:00am the same day. So hopefully I could get some sleep on the transcon.

Thanks once again.

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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:40 pm

Quoting jetBlue777 (Thread starter):
How about for the SFO-JFK leg? For those who flew on the mentioned A/C types, any recommended seats to choose?

SFO-JFK leg leaving at 4:18pm you'll pretty much get international service standards. Pre-departure beverage of choice served directly from the galley. You'll also get menus. Post take off you'll get the digi-player with noise cancelling headphones. Then another full bar service with warm nuts, followed by hot towels. Usually there are drink top offs before they bring out the meal trays. First tray will have the salad and appetizer already on there - wine and a warmed bread basket are then offered. The crew then clear your appetizer and salad away and bring over your plated main course. Usually a choice of three options, and Business now gets the same offering as F (and no, they didn't downgrade the F meal, but rather upgraded the J meal which is a marked improvement - I'm assuming this is a pre-cursor to the switch over to a two class PS service). Once you're done with your main course, the sundae cart rolls out with all the fixings you'd want, and its made for you by your seat. Coffee/tea/Bailey's all offered too. Pre landing on these late night flights you are sometimes served milked and freshly baked cookies. In my experience the crew have been overwhelmingly on the excellent side, making sure you are boozed up and full by the time you touch down at JFK. Enjoy the experience, I think its one of the best domestic products in the US offered right now!

Quoting jetBlue777 (Thread starter):
I know Row 9 on UA's PS 757 is highly recommended but it's currently blocked ATM and I'm booked on the bulkhead (6D)

My favorite seat on the aircraft is 6C, followed by 6D. Row 9 gives you unlimited space, but I feel its a bit too open for me and the emergency exit area can get super drafty and cold.
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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:26 pm

Hey sq_ek_freak! Thanks for the wonderful and detailed reply.

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
and no, they didn't downgrade the F meal, but rather upgraded the J meal which is a marked improvement -

   great to hear!

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
I'm assuming this is a pre-cursor to the switch over to a two class PS service).

I'm also flying JFK-LAX on UA PS and it happens to be on the newly reconfigured 2-class 757. I was trying to get a Business Class seat to try out the lie-flats but unfortunately, it went from 25K to 50K miles before I could purchase it.

Anyways, thanks once again!

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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:36 am

Quoting jetBlue777 (Reply 5):
I'm also flying JFK-LAX on UA PS and it happens to be on the newly reconfigured 2-class 757. I was trying to get a Business Class seat to try out the lie-flats but unfortunately, it went from 25K to 50K miles before I could purchase it.

I'm not sure its the newly configured 757s yet, but might instead be former 2-class CO 757s floating around p.s. flights.

Currently 2 flights to LAX are using the CO aircraft.
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RE: United Domestic First Service And PS Business

Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:02 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 6):
I'm not sure its the newly configured 757s yet, but might instead be former 2-class CO 757s floating around p.s. flights.

Currently 2 flights to LAX are using the CO aircraft.

Ah, I thought so. Thanks for the info!

So, are the IFE on this particular flight complimentary in Y? Or would we have to pay for it?

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