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WARNING: THIS IS A VERY DETAILED TRIP REPORT, SO BE PREPARED TO READ!

Booking Process:
I was looking for a good mileage run, and came upon a special Mothers Day sale, coast-to-coast. It priced out at $189 with four segments. I tried to manipulate the routing a bit, and managed to get 7 segments for a grand total of $198 and over 6,600 base miles plus bonuses. My routing would be TPA-DEN-SNA-LAX-SFO-PDX-ORD-TPA. Since this was such a great deal, both me and my dad decided to do it. This was one of my best mileage runs yet, with everything working out perfectly. My itinerary looked as follows:

Segment #1
05/07/05
TPA-DEN
United 1473(Operated by Ted)
Departure Time: 7:34AM
Arrival Time: 9:20AM
Aircraft: 320
Miles: 1513

Segment #2
05/07/05
DEN-SNA
United 403
Departure Time: 11:35AM
Arrival Time: 12:52PM
Aircraft: 757
Miles: 833

Segment #3
05/07/05
SNA-LAX
United 6174(Operated by Skywest)
Departure Time: 2:30PM
Arrival Time: 3:02PM
Aircraft: EMB 120
Miles: 32

Segment #4
05/07/05
LAX-SFO
United 954
Departure Time: 4:00PM
Arrival Time: 5:17PM
Aircraft: 757
Miles: 337

Segment #5
05/07/05
LAX-PDX
United 778
Departure Time: 8:10PM
Arrival Time: 9:40PM
Aircraft: 757
Miles: 550

Segment #6
05/07/05
PDX-ORD
United 1226
Departure Time: 11:25PM
Arrival Time: 5:07AM
Aircraft: 319
Miles: 1739

Segment #7
05/08/05
ORD-TPA
United 1560(Operated by Ted)
Departure Time: 6:30AM
Arrival Time: 10:02AM
Aircraft: 320
Miles: 1012

Before I go any further, a lot would say this is ridiculous. To be gone for 30 hours to fly airplanes without actually going anywhere makes my friends laugh. To those who think I am crazy, I can only give an inadequate explanation. Firstly, of course there are the miles, but then comes the unexplainable fun and adventure.

Day of flight:
I woke up at 5AM, to pack my stuff and get ready. I took the basic stuff for a mileage run, at least for me: iPod, Bose Noise Canceling headsets, a good aviation book, some work, a deck of cards, a few Power Bars, and my Cannon 350D and Sony Cybershot cameras. We left promptly at 5:30AM, about two hours prior to departure. Since it was a Saturday morning, the roads were empty, and we made it to the airport in about 40 minutes. We went to the long term parking garage, and headed to the little train thingy that takes you to the terminal.

At the airport:
Upon entering the airport at around 6:15AM, my first reaction was WOW! It was packed, something which is a rarity here on Saturday’s, early in the morning. We headed to the United elite line, where there was no wait, and were directed to the electronic counters (Mr. Chicken as we like to call it). Since the route was so weird, it only spit out two boarding passes. We asked for assistance, and the agent manually did it through her computer. After looking at us very strangely for a few minutes due to our routing, she eventually printed the tickets (I loved her reaction).
There was an issue again about my status not being reflected on the ticket (which could cause problems with the mileage earned), so I asked her. She said I would have to call Mileage Plus, which I later did. We proceeded to the terminal, and then through the security screening. It took about five minutes, and we were at the gate. I sat down and called Mileage Plus, which was closed, but managed to get someone else on the line. I was told that the gate agent could make the adjustment, which he eventually did.
Since most of my mileage runs depart on Saturday mornings, I am familiar with the traffic. I usually end up on an Airbus 320 with no more than 40 people. I could tell that this flight was going to be fuller than normal based on the seating area. Something I found amusing was that a Flight Attendant attempted to board our flight and then determined that it was the wrong aircraft. I got a muffin, and before I knew it boarding started. They always let “those who may need extra time for boarding” on, followed by elites. DAMN! There must have been 20 very little kids, which meant a lot of screaming (later proved true). Eventually, that was done and we got aboard.

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Segment #1
05/07/05
TPA-DEN
United 1473(Operated by Ted)
Scheduled Departure Time: 7:34AM
Actual Departure Time: 7:35AM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 9:20AM
Actual Arrival Time: 9:15AM
Aircraft: 320
Miles: 1513
Load Factor: 85%
Seats: 3A, 3C (Economy Plus)

Once onboard we were greeted by the purser. We took our seats which had abundant legroom, and thanks to status an empty middle seat. There were two male and two female flight attendants. There were many crying babies, which was annoying as hell. In what seemed eternity, boarding was complete and the front door was closed.

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A shot from the window:


The purser went to row’s 10 and 11, which are the exit rows to ask the passengers seated there if they were willing to assist in an emergency. Surprisingly, one passenger said NO, and it took a few minutes to switch seats. Then the cheesy safety video came on, and we were almost cleared for takeoff. Channel Nine was not turned on yet, so I asked the Purser. He checked with the captain, and within a few seconds it was on.
We rolled down the runway and were quickly airborne. At around 20,000 feet the seat belt sign was turned off, and after a very smooth climb, we reached 36,000 feet. The flight attendants began beverage service immediately, followed by the Ted Select Snack Boxes. As usual, I decided to pass on that. I was not hungry, and just had a drink with a biscotti biscuit thingy that they served.

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Shot on climb

I watched a little bit of Tedivision including snippets of Reba, Conan, and other shows. I then decided to do some work, which took me about an hour. I then went to the front and talked to the flight attendant for about 20 minutes. He was also German, so we talked about that for a while. He said that he was from Berlin, and that he has not been back in 25 years. I asked him if I could get some cabin shots after landing, and he said sure. Blah, blah, blah. Before we knew it the captain announced that we would be landing in twenty minutes.

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Shot of the Cabin

On approach we were flying next to another Ted for about 10 minutes, who we eventually passed. After a smooth touchdown we taxied for 10 minutes. The lights kept flickering on and off, and the Purser made the comment, “Sorry folks. Just because the lights are flickering does not mean that we are in Las Vegas.” We eventually got to the gate and were waiting for the passengers to leave.
 
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Exit Row Shot
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Another Cabin Shot

In the meanwhile, I went to the cockpit and chatted with the First Officer for about five minutes. I got to sit in the Captains seat, and before I knew it the cabin was empty. I too a few quick shots, said thank you, and was on my way to the terminal.

At the airport:
I was VERY impressed by Denver’s airport, and walked around for about half an hour. Our next segment was in First Class, but we were only expecting the good ‘ol Deli Plate. We decided to get something to eat, and eventually settled for Wolfgang Puck. I had a four cheese pizza, which was excellent. We walked a little more, and then headed to the gate.
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:22 am

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A shot from the Airport
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A 777

The gate area was still relatively empty, with about 50 people. I decided to try out my new camera, and took a few shots. I spotted a 777 in the new colors and a few other aircraft. As time progressed it filled up more and more. Eventually they called First Class boarding, and we were on our way.

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Our aircraft

Segment #2
05/07/05
DEN-SNA
United 403
Scheduled Departure Time: 11:35AM
Actual Departure Time: 11:35AM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 12:52PM
Actual Arrival Time: 12:45PM
Aircraft: 757
Miles: 833
Load Factor: 80%
Seats: 1A, 1B (First Class, Upgraded)

We were the first aboard, and quickly took our seats in 1A and 1B. These are my favorite seats because of the cutout in the bulkhead. Within a few minutes we were served pre-departure drinks, which were either orange juice or water. Usually they offer a beverage of your choice, but the 757 has 24 first class seats, so they do not.
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:28 am

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A bad picture of the seat
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Pre-departure beverage
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A shot of the tarmac

Eventually we pushed back at a VERY fast rate. I felt as if I was on a Southwest flight (just kidding). What I love about sitting in the front is that you feel like you are going forward when you turn to a side and look out of the window. Anyway, we had a lengthy taxi of about 20 minutes, during which I asked the Flight Attendant if the Captain will turn on Channel Nine. He went to check, and eventually brought back a yes response.
 
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A shot on taxi

Then we lined up with the runway and had a powerful thrust down the runway (nothing beats that of the 757). After a very short acceleration, we were airborne. I have never experienced a takeoff turbulence like this (no it was not wake). Usually I experience turbulence at an altitude above a few thousand feet, but here it started a second after takeoff. It was moderate, and stopped after maybe 15 minutes. Once we got to around 31,000 feet, service began. It started with a beverage of our choice. I chose a coke, which was served in a nice glass. Soon we got a WARM bowl of nuts, which is always nice.

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Warm bowl of nuts
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Warm bowl of nuts with drink
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Wing view from my seat

After about 10 minutes we were asked about which meal option we would like. The choices were cold chicken with mozzarella cheese, or a salad. I went for the chicken, and my dad went for the salad. Another 10 minutes later they came around with tablecloths and another five minutes later with the food tray. The food was EXCELLENT. Mine consisted of Chicken with mozzarella (VERY moist), fruit, a roll, and a large warm chocolate chip cookie. It was more than I expected for a flight of such a length.
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:37 am

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My chicken
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:39 am

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First class cabin
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Economy

As we continued to cruise all the glasses remained full, and there was great scenery outside. We then talked to the flight attendant for about 10 minutes, who was also training to become a private pilot. She said that she also worked out of Germany at one point, and that she liked it. I asked her if I could take a few shots of the cabin, and a few more after the flight. She said yes.
I went to economy to take a few shots, and then headed back. We were already on descent, and had an uneventful landing. We taxied for about three minutes, and saw lots of Cessna’s which were taxiing near us. After the flight I quickly proceeded to the cockpit, where I took a few shots, and talked with the Captain. After a few moments I took a few more shots of the rest of the cabin, thanked the flight crew, and was on my way.
The terminal was O.K. Nothing special, but not bad either. We had a decent sized layover, and eventually headed to the little miniature room where the small planes left from. We asked the agent if we were the only ones on the flight, and he said we sure were. We went back to the main terminal again and eventually back to the miniature terminal. Once we got there the plane arrived, and I took some shots of it. The ramp worker saw me and asked if I wanted to get on the tarmac, to which I happily accepted. I took a few shots and went back in. This other guy showed up with a news paper, and he was also on our flight (don’t know where he came from). The Captain did a walk around of the aircraft, and we boarded about 15 minutes early.
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:41 am

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The airport
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Segment #3
05/07/05
SNA-LAX
United 6174(Operated by Skywest)
Departure Time: 2:30PM
Actual Departure Time: 2:15PM
Arrival Time: 3:02PM
Actual Arrival Time: 2:45PM
Aircraft: EMB 120
Seats: 7A, 7C
Miles: 36
Load Factor: 10%

The friendly flight attendant names Heather welcomed us aboard. She told us to sit somewhere behind row 6, which we did. Within 30 seconds the door was shut. She gave us a 30 second safety speech, and said if we wanted anything to eat or drink she could get it because of the light load. What can I say? We took off and went straight back down.
During taxi I saw a JAL 747 and an Air New Zealand aircraft. We quickly got to our parking area, and I took some quick shots and then disembarked.

At the airport:
What a dump! I have been to LAX before, and remember the other parts being nicer, but this part was just old and empty. Anyway, to get away from this area of the terminal was about a five minute walk. We reached our gate, and asked about the flight loads. We were told it would be an empty flight. We sat down and I tried to put the handle in on my $150 carry-on, and it was stuck. This was a brand new piece of luggage, and I got pissed. Eventually I jammed it in, but then ended up taking it out again. We just sat there and waited for about 15 minutes, and then boarding began.

Segment #4
05/07/05
LAX-SFO
United 954
Departure Time: 4:00PM
Actual Departure Tine: 3:58PM
Arrival Time: 5:17PM
Actual Arrival Time: 5:10PM
Aircraft: 757
Seats: 10A, 10C
Miles: 337
Load Factor: 60%

We got aboard and were greeted by a Chinese Flight Attendant. We took our seats, and the door was closed within 20 minutes. The safety video was put on, and we were informed that our flight crew was fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Our purser was maybe a 25 year old Chinese lady. She had WAY too much fun with her job Wink. She sat in one of those crew seats facing the passengers two rows in front of us with a male flight attendant. Whenever she read something from the little book with all of the announcements, she stopped and made jokes with the other flight attendant and continuously laughed. Anyway, we took off had a smooth climb to FORTY THOUSAND FEET! This is the highest cruising altitude I have ever had for such a short flight. Beverage service began, and I had a coke and some pretzels. I did a little bit of reading in Julius Caesar, and then watched a little bit of the in flight program. Anyway, nothing else noteworthy. We landed, smoothly and taxied to the gate. We arrived a few minutes early and were among the first off.

At the airport:
We were going to go over to the Red Carpet Club for a while, but first decided to get something to eat. I forgot what it was called, but we headed over to this local type restaurant. I was not hungry, and did not eat anything. We then headed to the Red Carpet Club. I think that this is one of the nicer domestic clubs, and it was extremely empty. This place is huge, and there were maybe 10 people total. I had a few drinks and snacks. They had bagged snack mix, fruit, cheese and crackers, and other stuff like that. We spent about 2.5 hours there, in which time I took a lot of crappy shots. The windows overlook the tarmac, which is great. Once we left, we headed to an empty gate, where there were maybe a total of thirty people. The lady called boarding for all passengers at once, because it was so empty, rather than preboarding/first/elites/zones.

Segment #5
05/07/05
LAX-PDX
United 778
Departure Time: 8:10PM
Actual Departure Time: 8:08PM
Arrival Time: 9:40PM
Actual Arrival Time: 9:35PM
Aircraft: 757
Seats: 12A, 12C
Miles: 550
Load factor: 20%

We got aboard and proceeded to our seats. We were once again greeted by a friendly crew. The leg space was great as usual, with a full 36 inches. The only thing that I noticed was that my window was misplaced, and I only had one. I had to turn my head at a 90 degree angle to look out, which was not all that great. As usual, we took off on time, and were on time.
This was the flight where I was beginning to get pretty tired. After being up for 18 hours, and spending a large portion of that in the air, I was just about ready to sleep. Unfortunately, I could not. I tried to lay there for the whole flight, but just could not fall asleep. There was nothing else noteworthy about this flight.

At the airport:
PDX was like a ghost town. It was completely empty, and I was getting pretty damn tired. We walked a while to stretch our legs, and eventually, headed out of security. It was surprisingly mild outside, and we stayed there for a few minutes. That was my first fresh air in a LONG time. Most places were closed, but we found a nice restaurant, which had a fireplace and was open till 11PM. I forgot its name, but maybe someone here knows it. Anyway, I had a burger which was good.
We then headed back through security, where there was no wait. We had our boarding passes and ID’s checked by someone who I could have sworn was 13. After about three minutes we were on our way to the gate again. This time it looked a little bit fuller. We still had about an hour to kill, but were too tired to do anything.
My favorite part about sitting in airports is listening to other people talk about aviation and airlines. There were these four elderly people who were speculating for about 10 minutes what Economy Plus is. None of their guesses were correct, but some were quite amusing. Another thing I had noticed the whole day is that the older Elites always have their Gold boarding pass clearly visible in their shirt pocket. I always find that funny. Anyway, one of the old ladies speculated if she should go ask for an exit row seat (which is located in Economy Plus), and the agent said that if nobody else wanted it, they could have it. Then there was this guy, maybe 50 years old, who was called because his upgrade cleared. I thought that he won “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, or something like that, because his excitement was unexplainable. The boarding began, and we were among the first aboard again.

Segment #6
05/07/05
PDX-ORD
United 1226
Departure Time: 11:25PM
Actual Departure Time: 11:20PM
Arrival Time: 5:07AM
Actual Arrival Time: 4:58AM
Seats: 8A, 8C
Aircraft: 319
Miles: 1739
Load Factor: 80%

On the way in, I noticed that our flight crew was partially the same as that from our previous flight. The purser (who clearly had hair implanted by laser), recognized us. We got to our seats, and once again had an empty middle seat. From the second I sat down, I already got in sleeping position. I pretty much tried to sleep the whole flight. I don’t remember a whole lot, so won’t speculate. All I remember is that we had some heavy moderate turbulence about three times, with some noteworthy vertical drops. Before I knew it, we landed at a dark O’Hare.

At the airport:
We headed to Starbucks and a bagel place and had something to eat. We then headed to the gate to Tampa, and sat and waited. Boarding began, and we were again among the first aboard.

Segment #7
05/08/05
ORD-TPA
United 1560(Operated by Ted)
Departure Time: 6:30AM
Actual Departure Time: 6:25AM
Arrival Time: 10:02AM
Actual Arrival Time: 9:55AM
Aircraft: 320
Miles: 1012
Load Factor: 95%

I tried to put the handle in my carryon into the overhead bin, but its handle would not go in. I just laid it in sideways, which the flight attendant later tried to correct. This was as usual a very full flight. Once I sat down I noticed that we had a FEMALE CAPTAIN. I found this interesting. In call my flights on United I have only flown with female first officers. Unfortunately, she did not turn on Channel 9. Anyway, we took off and were on our last segment. I watched some of the Tedivision programming, and mainly slept the rest of the flight. Before I knew it, we were on final approach. The only noteworthy thing this flight is that on landing, the Captain could not ground the plane. We were over the runway and the engines were at low power, but the plane would not go down. We must have cruised for a few seconds about five feet above the ground. Then she jerked the plane up, and I was expecting a go around. We did not get one. Instead, we landed and took up the entire runway. We got to the gate early, and had finally finished!


Summary:
I had a great time. Untied is truly a great airline. We had Channel Nine on all but one flight, which was great. On EVERY flight we had an empty middle seat, with great legroom. We only came upon friendly and smiling faces, which is the normal at United, despite their tough times right now. ALL of our flights were either on time or early, without any hassles.

GREAT JOB AND THANKS A LOT UNITED!
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:45 am

And that is it folks. Sorry that I had to put it into so many posts. whenever I posted more than two pictures at once, I got an error message. I hope everyone can navigate it well now. All comments and questions are appreciated.
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:50 am

Great report! Just wondering how you go about looking for mileage runs? Do you just search around on United.com or is there a better technique?
 
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Sat May 14, 2005 11:53 am

ORD777, drop me an email through my profile or AIM me at aschlappig, and I will help you out a bit. 

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Sat May 14, 2005 11:56 am

Great pictures and report. I'm anxoius to see all the pics once you get them straightened out.
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Sat May 14, 2005 12:47 pm

Thanks for a detailed trip report and the pictures. It's good to hear about another great experience on United.
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Sat May 14, 2005 3:37 pm

What a great trip is that?  Smile Very nice.

I'd love to know how you search for these mileage runs, too... Could you email me via my profile please?! Would be great!

Thanks again, had a good read!

BTW: Resizing the photos a bit would have been good, some took ages to load. Could be my slow connection, though.  Smile
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Sun May 15, 2005 3:02 am

MAn that was cool, to bad you didn't have any pics of LAX, but I will be in LAX when you will on the 5th. Don't know about the times though. That would be awesome if we met up or something. Awesome trip report though.
 
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Sun May 15, 2005 5:12 am

great report. good pics. thanxx

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Sun May 15, 2005 12:54 pm

Great report! Loved reading it. I think the restaraunt you were at in PDX was called Rose city Cafe. Did you get any pics of PDX, and do you happen to know the reg. of that brasillia you were on?

Also I am also interested in how you go about searching for millege runs, so if it isn't too hard for you send me an email. Thanks.

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Mon May 16, 2005 6:08 am

Awesome stuff as usual mate, keep up the great work

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Mon May 16, 2005 6:26 am

LOL, on your PDX-ORD trip I unloaded your A319 that morning. I work the early a.m. shift.

Glad you had a good trip.

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Tue May 17, 2005 3:49 am

Excellent report you wrote there. An interesting day trip it sounds!

I've added you to my AIM, want to bend your ear about a few bits! Big grin Im chris78cpr on aol too.

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Tue May 17, 2005 9:44 am

Quoting FightingDingo (Reply 21):
and do you happen to know the reg. of that brasillia you were on?

Just checked. It was N237SW.
 
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Tue May 17, 2005 10:05 am

Can't wait for more pics!
 
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Wed May 18, 2005 5:35 am

Quoting BritPilot777 (Reply 33):
Now, anyone agree with me?

100% !!
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Wed May 18, 2005 11:44 am

Wonderful report and pictures!

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Reply 12):
What a dump! I have been to LAX before, and remember the other parts being nicer, but this part was just old and empty.

Sounds a lot like T7/T8 at LAX. Going from that area of the airport to the Tom Bradley terminal is like night and day. I flew there before in 1996 and had the same reaction as you.

Great pictures of DEN as well. I love that airport despite a lot of users on here complaining that it is too far from the city center and the length of the B concourse. Good thing that you got out of the deli plate meal on the DEN-SNA leg, I've had it before on ORD-BOS (in F) and I really didn't like it. That chicken looked really good.

Overall I'm glad you had a good trip on UA, they are truly a great airline to fly.
 
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Thu May 19, 2005 11:47 am

Nice report and I must say the wuality of those pictures is very nice. They seem so crisp and clear. Which camera did you use to take them?

Mark
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Thu May 19, 2005 9:55 pm

Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 37):
Nice report and I must say the wuality of those pictures is very nice. They seem so crisp and clear. Which camera did you use to take them?

Mark

Thanks a lot Mark. Well, I just got a Cannon 350D, so I was trying to test it out. Hope I can improve the quality over time.
 
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Thu May 19, 2005 10:07 pm

nice photos ............ I wish you could take pictures of flight attendants!
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Thu May 19, 2005 10:15 pm

Quoting September11 (Reply 39):
nice photos ............ I wish you could take pictures of flight attendants!

Why would that be? I have some, but will not post them here for their privacy.
 
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Fri May 20, 2005 1:02 pm

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Reply 40):
Why would that be? I have some, but will not post them here for their privacy.

shouldn't be a deal at all. I thought about the same problem, asked the FAs and they said that any objections are unlikely
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Sat May 21, 2005 8:06 pm

Nice report mate, good work after your TPA-HKG trip, hope to read more such TR from you in the future.Good pics to compliment them too.

How do you design such mileage runs
 
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Sun May 22, 2005 3:45 am

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Thread starter):
and managed to get 7 segments for a grand total of $198

You flew all of that, with one leg (or was it more?) in First, for under $200????

DAMN!  Wow!

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Sun May 29, 2005 2:37 pm

Excellent trip report. It makes me want to try UA again. They seem like they are running a good operation. Looks like you did plenty of flying.
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Sun May 29, 2005 4:30 pm

Thats one long trip. Nice photos, really enjoyed reading. How do you book such a wacky routing for so little money?
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Mon May 30, 2005 1:56 am

Fab report!! Big grin

I'm after a mileage run later this year. Hope i can get a low price like you did.


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Tue May 31, 2005 10:57 am

Any estimate of when the added pics are going to be up?
 
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Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:28 am

Quoting Flypdx (Reply 47):
Any estimate of when the added pics are going to be up?

Sorry,
Was just on a road trip. Will add them today hopefully.
 
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Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:40 am

Not a problem, I understand. Looking forward to it !
 
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Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:21 pm


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Fri Jul 15, 2005 4:14 pm

great trip report!

i'd like to do some more mileage runs, (and i've done some in the past:
Oma-las-bur-sjc-pdx-geg-sea-oak-lax-las oma on WN for one
Lax-sjc-rno-las-tus-las-rno-sjc-lax on QQ for another
Oma-dfw-lax-rno-lax-smf-lax-dfw-oma on AA, QQ and UA for a third)

if only i had the time! (working....working...working...unfortunately, no time anymore)

and i'm impressed you've achieved 1K status on UA at your age. (for the uninitiated, 1K status is the highest you can get on UA, it means you fly at least 100,000 miles a year on UA)

personally, i like to spread my business around, and fly as many different airlines as i can, but that's just me.
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Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:16 am

Nice report.

What is the triangular building in the background behind the 757 and the A gates?

Like you, I love flying on 757s. I have flown on many different types of aircraft. My earliest memory is of flying above the treetops between ATL and Anderson, South Carolina in a dingy and old propeller aircraft. I also remember on that same trip being whisked through the old ATL terminal to a connecting flight from there to STL that we were about to miss and out the doorway to the plane. This was like 1969 or 1970 and I was 4 years old!

I remember Anderson's airport as a big barn by the side of the road with a fence (I believe it was a picket fence) along the road.

Back to the 757. I love the long lean look of it - especially the version that has no extra rear door splitting the coach cabin. I like the fact that the cabin is so big for a narrowbody, and it's interesting that most of the time you enter it from the second main door where first class on most of them is separate from coach. On a few 757s, first class is smaller and coach takes up some of the space ahead of the entry.

Another interesting feature is the fact that it sits much higher than the 737s. When Boeing starts builing the 120-200 pax 737 replacement, I hope the new plane takes this and other cues from the 757 (even though much of the technology will be from the 787).

I only wish the seats were a little wider. I'm of average build and find myself trying to shoehorn my frame into the seat.
 
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Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:20 pm

How do you plan one day trips around the country with all those segments! I'd love to do that for mileage if i could afford it!!
 
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Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:46 pm

nice trip report. thanks for sharing

LAX-SFO at 40000 ft. Awesome !

That happened once while on a WN 737-700 from OAK-LAX. Once we got to 40,000 , the pilot made the announcement and mentioned that we will start the decent very shortly !
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Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:54 am

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 51):
While we certainly do waste a lot of energy in America, I have never heard of anybody leaving their car/ac running while shopping.

Look closer at some cars in grocery store parking lots. I go to school up here in north dakota and people leave their cars running all the time, even though it is illegal, and the city of Fargo is supposedly being pretty strict about it. I've also seen this done in Chicago in the summer, people leaving their a/c on... in a Chevy Suburban that gets 10 miles to the gallon in the first place.

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Sun May 21, 2006 10:36 am

Thanks for sharing. Nice images.

You really made me laugh for your short haul to LAX from SNA.

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Sun May 21, 2006 11:46 am

Great TR,

Nice Images. DEN really is a nice airport.

Even though I do believe it is important to protect the environment and use our resources wisely, your mileage run had little impact on the fuel consumption of the jets.

What we need to do is to find a renewable source of energy for aircraft to run on.

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