Yesterday I took another trip down to San Diego to visit Aaron Goldberg (Trvlr). I always fly non-rev, so this trip report is from a non-revs point of view. First thing that I want to point out is that alll of the non-stop SFO-SAN flights were oversold, so I went through LAX, which I had no-problems doing.
I woke up at 5:00am, took a shower, and got dressed. I grabbed my prepacked bag, and headed out the door to the San Antonio caltrain station. I boarded the train.
My dad works nights right now for United, so he picked me up at the Brodway station. This way I could save $.75 and not go to Milbrae.
We drove to the airport. He dropped me off at the new international terminal. On my way to the terminal, I saw a US Airways 762, which I've never seen at SFO before.
I was listed to go on the 9:45 flight to LAX, but changed my mind, and since I was early, I went on the 8:30. When I checked in for it, first was a little iffy, and when my name was called, I was assigned to seat 18C. After boarding, my name was called, and a move to seat 2D! YAY!
We pushed back on time, and we started to taxi. Blasting off, we headed north, and turned south to LAX. I was offered a full can of soda. Our 737-500 had the old leather seats in first, which is a little nicer for me, bcause I bang my knee on armrest for the newer seats.
We landed about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, and taxied to gate 82. I got off last becasue my bag was in the back of the plane. There was no avalible bin space on board today, in first
I had a little over an hour in LAX before my 11am flight to SAN. I went over to this hudge window in the Shuttle concourse and watched some of the plane traffic nearby.
There was a Korean Airlines 777 taking off, and a Lan Chile A340 landing. I also saw a bunch of MD-80s from AA, and a Continental DC-10.
I got my boarding pass for the 11:07 departure to SAN. I was in seat 1C. YAY!
I boarded, and we pushed back. There was an older lady working as the purser. Her name was Kathy. We talked for a while. She hired on with United in 1968.
We pushed back, and waited 15 minutes in line to take off. Once airborn, I got a cup full of Diet Coke, and a bag of the party snack mix. Mmmm. YUM....that snack mix was good. It's just like SkyWest's snack mix.
Actauly, I didnt know this at the time, but on this flight, we flew right over Aaron's house.
Upon landing in San Diego, I had to wait for everyone to get off, becasue my bag was in the main cabin area, and it would be rude if I tried to walk in the opposite flow of traffic.
Aaron was waiting for me in the terminal, and we went to his house. Outside, we looked at the above air traffic. We also surfed airliners.net together.
His family is a member of the admirals club for AA, and Aaron and I went there to spend some time. We had dinner at the airport, and I boarded the 8pm flight
After putting my bag in the bin, the flight attendants thought that I was a flight attendant. The reason was the vest. I put on my vest becasue I spilled some food on my tie, and that was easier than changing the tie. I replied "Are you talking about me?!?" and they smiled and said "no!" in a lying sort of way. I asked them in a very sarcastic tone...very sarcastic.
I ended up chatting with Helga for the whole flight. When I was in teh galley, I helped pour some soda. That flight was really great.
We got put in a holding pattern in SFO, due to the flow that was in affect. There was some turbulence as we flew throught he rain clouds and back in tO SFO.
All togther, I had a great trip, and I look foward to my next flight. All of my flights are examples of how great United really is. They did A++ work, and even though I was non-reving, they went above and beyond expectations.
Well, I hope that you had a great time reading my trip report.