I thought I'd share with you a few photos from Spain, followed by photos of my trip coming back to the states yesterday. Hope you all enjoy reading!
Chocolatería San Ginés, Madrid
Better than what you'll find at Disneyland
Countryside view from the AVE Train, Madrid - Sevilla.
On a rooftop in Barcelona
Arts Hotel in Barcelona
Date: 14 June 2009
Flight: US 743
Route: BCN - PHL
Star Alliance (Spanair) Lounge at BCN
Envoy seats on the B762
Awesome legroom (to get an idea, I'm 5'7'')
Menu in English and Catalan
It's hard to not be comfortable!
I slept like a baby
AVOD system with comfy headphones
Snack towards the end of the flight
Finals to PHL
Some planes at Terminal A
We parked remotely and were bussed to the terminal area. Immigration/customs went pretty quick even though a lot of flights from Europe were coming in around that time. The staff were efficient and organized. The system that US has set up right after customs for passengers in transit is nice, since you don't have to go out and re-check your bags - they're just tossed onto a belt for your next flight. So this makes picking up your bags from the carousel for customs hassle-free. Once I was passed all that and the security check for transiting passengers, I headed over to the lounge.
Date: 14 June 2009
Flight: US 729
Route: PHL - LAX
US First lounge, by the B gates
This and the Envoy lounge in Terminal A are both really good
First seats on the A321
The rest of the trip was pretty standard and boring so I'll spare you the time.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with US. I find US's standard on its international services to be fairly competitive, while the domestic scene could use some work. The staff on ground and in the air were generally efficient and friendly, which has not always been the case in my past experiences flying US. I think US is making a great move in expanding service to more cities in Europe and the Middle East, and in marketing it's solid international product.
Hope you enjoyed reading!