**Sorry, but I had to post this TR
in multiple posts.
As I was doing my usual UA
fare checks, when all of the sudden I stubled upon some great fare deals out of JAX
for the following few weekends. So, after some consideration, I decided to go on a mileage run with UA
. First I checked on September 17th to see if I could join a couple of FlyerTalkers on a mileage run and go with them to DEN
or something, than let them go on to LAX
. Unfourtunatly the dates didn't work for me. So after some work I settled on September 24th.I immediatly called United reservations with my itinerary in mind. Talked to the agent, told him the exact flights I wanted, and requested to put the itenerary on hold so I could finalize everything would work out with the dates I had choice. He kindly put the itinerary on hold for me, followed by a "Thanks, you just made my job alot easier." After taking three to four hours making sure I had the 24th clear on my calendar, I called back United and went ahead and booked my reservation. After quite a bit of contemplation, I decided to go ahead and make the most out of this mileage run and went ahead and used some old UA
frequent flyer miles to upgrade on my flights. My itinerary would be as follows-
, "ExPlus" CR7 operated by SkyWest, in the ExPlus/Skywest version of First class.
, Domestic-version 777, First Class
International-version 777 (downgraded last-minute to a 767-300), Business Class
The night before the trip, Friday, September 23rd, I planned to get to bed by 10 or 11 as I would be waking up extremely early. However, due to excitment - as well as other distractions - I finally got to sleep about 12:30am. Earlier that evening when I got home from school I decided to give United's "easy check-in" a try. Because it was not 24 hours prior to my last flight home that day (IAD
) it would only let me check-in through my DEN
flights. So I printed out the three boarding passes, however maintaining my intent of once getting to the airport getting real/cardboard boarding passes.
Saturday, September 24th- "The Day":
I woke up about 5:15 to take a quick shower, get dressed, get some of my stuff together for the day, get my coffee going for the trip to the airport, and other stuff like that. After doing my pre-sceduled morning activities I left for the airport right about 5:40am. For this trip my dad would be driving me to the airport, so for the 45 minute ride to JAX
we got all caught up on our "life talks". Needless to say, I had my ipod on and my headphones strung up my shirt, listening to music the whole ride- therefore just giving the usual satisfying nod and occasional "yes".. just to keep everybody happy- and in my case awake.
My dad dropped me off in front of the UA
curbside check-in counters upon our arrival at the airport at about 6:25am. I had been told that the easy check-in kiosks at airports printed out the actual UA
colored boarding passes, I headed straight for the kiosks. So I swiped my credit card, and it showed I was checked in as far as IAD
. Well that's fine, but what about IAD-JAX?
, I thought to myself. As I saw no button to check-in any further on my journey, I just went ahead and "re-printed" by boarding passes and I would go up to the check-in desk and take care of the minor setback in a minute. Well, to my great disappointment the kiosk gave me the usual cheesy, thin, paper boarding passes like most other airlines do. I'll take care of this at the desk
, I thought to myself. Upon arrival at UAX check-in counter the conversation went something like this:
Guy: "Hey.. what's up?"
Me: "Yea.. the kiosk only checked me in as far as Dulles, and it wouldn't let me check in for my last flight from Dulles to Jacksonville. Also, can you please reprint my boarding passes with the actual cardboard passes?"
Guy: "Yea, absolutely. Not a problem at all. Can I see your itinerary?"
Me: *Hands itinerary and prepares for questioning*
Guy: *Has "wtf?" look on face.. "Umm.. do you realize you're going nowhere today?"
Guy: *Struggles for a minute than shakes it off and goes along* "Alright.. whatever, that's cool."
He managed to check me in for the IAD
flight and gave me a real boarding pass, but neglected to remember my second request to reprint my other boarding passes. By now 20+ minutes had massed by and I didn't want to sit here and try to deal this out with the guy, so I moved on and figured I would deal with it with gate agents of other flights.
Directly after this I proceeded immediatly through security which only took a couple of minutes and headed right towards my gate.