The origins of my trip to PIT I find to be interesting, and I think you will as well, so I am going to explain them here. With that said, here it goes:
Sometime in early February:
Well, my school has a junior prom, and I kinda wanted to go, I had saved up the $104 necessary for a ticket (thats per couple, I was planning on buying my date's ticket also), and I had in mind a girl to ask to it also. Alas, when I asked her, on February 4th, I got a long and informative lecture on her feelings for me, and to sum it in the "Evelyn Wood" version, she said "No". There was no other girl I felt comfortable asking, and I seriously thought she would say yes, so internally I was somewhat taken aback by this, but externally I remained calm...anyway enough of that. What that established was that I now had Saturday, March 16th, the day of the prom, free.
A few weeks later, I was talking on a.net chat and browsing the USAirways website when I came upon the astonishing fact that on Saturday March 16th, US was running a PHL-PIT flight on an A330-300! This instantly grabbed my attention and I went and asked AccessAir on the chat (a real life travel agent) about fares, and he came back with the astonishing news of $80!Unfortunately, none of the return flights were good, all of them either being too tight of a connection or too late of an arrival (owing to my junior drivers license and local driving laws), so I thought quickly and tried Airtran for a return flight, and they had a perfect flight, plenty of time for a connection yet getting me back before the restrictions on my drivers license were in place. Fare results...US one way was $40 and FL was $34 and with taxes it was like $84, so I was all set to go. Only one obstacle remained: parental permission. I immediately began working my parents on this and eventually they gave in about 8 days before the flights were slated to take place, and my mom made the relevant reservations, but I was paying for this jaunt, and saw my allowance for the next several weeks go out the window as she spoke to reservations agents at US and FL. I went to bed that night an extremely happy person.
Friday March 15th:
After getting home from school, I immediately called the US Silver Preferred number to use an upgrade certificate from Coach Class to Envoy Class. The call was flawless and I found myself with an assignment for seat 7A in Envoy Class on US Airways flight 740. Things were going smoothly so far...now onto the flights!!
Saturday March 16th
USAirways Flight 740
Scheduled departure 3:45 PM
Scheduled arrival 5:01 PM
Seat 7A, Envoy Class
I left my house in suburban Philly about 12:55 PM owing to my mom's paranoia about the weather and driving conditions. Needless to say despite a constant drizzle I made it to PHL in 45 minutes, an average time, and found myself with lots of time to spare. I had intended to park in the Term C garage, but the entrance looked closed so I moved on to Term D, entered (almost losing the ticket in the process), and drove up to roof level, where I planned on spotting for a while. Arrivals were using 27R, so I had a good view of approaches and touchdowns, and stood there for about 35 minutes spotting, seeing mostly USAirways traffic, but gasping as I saw an Air France A330 land on 27R, and I took about 10 pictures of its last airborne moments and touchdown on 27R...what a sight, it left me awed for quite some time. After seeing that nothing else interesting was coming, I made my way downstairs to the sidewalk and moseyed on over to the US First/Envoy/Preferred check-in and checked in for US 740, turning over my upgrade cert. and receiving a boarding pass for US flight 740 in exchange. Once checked in, I headed up the escalator to security, no problems there...at this point I must stop...to be continued...