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AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:57 am

Well I finally had a few days off from work and wanted to go spend some time at our condo in Ft. Myers Florida. After checking the loads on flights to RSW and making sure that I could get back I quickly realized that it would not be happening. Flights this summer have been packed to the gills as most of you have probably noticed. While I did not want to sit around and do nothing on one of my days off I figured I would go for a joy ride and hope I get back that night.

I had known that AA flies on 777 a day between LAX and Miami and they sell it as a 3 class flight - the only domestic 3 class 777 flight. My goal for the day was to somehow fly on one of the legs of the 777. The MIA-LAX flight leaves too early to connect to so my only option was to fly JFK-LAX-MIA-LGA/JFK. My plan was to fly JFK-LAX-MIA-LGA flying on a 767, 777 and 757. I would leave JFK at 745am and be to LGA by 1140pm...Or so I thought.


I arrived at JFK at 6:15 which is usually ample time to do all the necessary rubbish. I usually print the standby card at home, however this morning when I checked in at 3:45 am the idea of getting out of bed to go to the printer did not entice me! This almost killed the whole trip. This morning, however, it almost was not. Half the self service machines were out of service and when I finally got to one it said it could not find my PNR....After waiting in  alert  several  alert  lines I finally got to an agent who gladly printed me a standby card, but not before commenting to me on my routing...Who could blame her though? – LGA-JFK by way of LAX and MIA! It was now 6:55 and now I had to deal with the Government…aka the TSA. The line was long but it moved fairly fast considering this was a government operation  duck 

AA 33 7:45am
JFK-LAX
767-200
Seat: 3A
Meal: Breakfast
LF: 100%
Flight Time: 4:52


http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...3/history/20070727/1212Z/KJFK/KLAX

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I got to the gate at 720 and boarding was almost done which was impressive because the flight was full and they still had 25 mins to go. I joined the other standbys in the waiting area until they began to call names. I was called and given 3A. One of the two best seats on board (3A&3J). After getting on board we were offered drinks of our choice before departure. We pushbacked a few minutes early and were soon off to 31L which is a pretty decent taxi from Terminal 9. Once at the end we held for an Eva Cargo MD11 to land and then off we went.

Climbout of JFK

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Our climb out was really smooth and before I knew it the Purser Elizabeth was handing out menu's and offering the new DVD/AVOD player. The new AVOD player is a nice upgrade for the 767-200, but I more should have been done to upgrade the 767-300’s with their new seats  thumbsdown .






Our choices for breakfast were:

Seasonal Fruit Appetizer followed by one of the three:

Three Cheese Omelet
Enhanced by a Poblano Cream Sauce served with Basil Pesto Potatoes and fire roasted Turkey Sausage, garnished with roasted Tomatoes.

Breakfast Quesadilla
A flour Tortilla filled with Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Cheese garnished with Queso Blanco and offered with a Black Bean and Corn Salad accented by a Salsa Verde

Cereal and Fruit with Yogurt
Served with a Banana and fresh seasonal Berries



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I opted for the Quesadilla as I have had the Omelet before and no way was I taking the healthy option  Smile. Elizabeth first came around with hot towels. Usually on my pervious transcons they put a table cloth down first and used no tray, but this time they just put the tray on the table. Anyway after the food was served the cart came around with breads, biscuits, coffee etc. I took the biscuit as it is one of the greatest things served on the plane. It’s that good. During breakfast I watched an episode of NCIS and NUMBE3S before passing out for a good 2 and a half hours  zzz  . When I woke up it was to the smell of chocolate chip cookies being baked  yummy  . Not a bad way to wake up. Cookies and milk were soon handed out and I was in heaven. They came around with seconds on the cookies and there was no way I was passing that up.

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A half hour later we began our descent into the LA area on the CIVET5 arrival. Elizabeth handed out the jackets while another flight attendant came around with Sparkling Water with lime inside - Nothing special, but it’s a nice touch.

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We landed about 25 mins early (as did everyone else) and soon found ourselves in a congo line for a gate. However after a brief 10 minute wait we had a gate - not too bad! The seats in F on the 762 are old but they still get the job done and they are very very comfortable.

I had about an hour and a half in LA before boarding begun for the LAX-MIA flight. I just opted to go to Gate 41 and veg out and listen to my iPod. One thing that always amuses me is the variety of people that you will see in the LAX airport – it’s quite the mixed bag!  eyepopping  I knew that the flight to MIA would be a full one and not before long the gate area became quite full.

AA 1520 12:15pm
LAX-MIA
777-200
Seat: 2D
Meal: Lunch
LF: 100% (Minus one empty seat in Y)
Flight Time: 4:42



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The agent who was working the flight came on the PA and announced that it would indeed be a full flight and if you were standing by to please have a seat and she would process us after boarding had finished.

Around 1140am boarding started with First Class followed by Business Class then all the frequent fliers and finally the main cabin. Boarding was a swift process and by 1215 everyone was onboard and the standby games had begun. The agent began calling names and soon enough my name was called and I received 2D – not a window, but I can’t really complain.

Boarding was from 2L today so I knew that I would be making the famous “left turn.” Once onboard I was greeted by two flight attendants and one of them directed me to my seat. Another flight attendant quickly came by and asked if I wanted a pre departure beverage. I opted for a glass of OJ that was quickly brought over to my seat.

We left the gate about 10 minutes late due to some crew legality issues, but the captain said that we would hopefully be on the ground at MIA at the same time. This was important to me as I only had 30 minutes to connect.

The taxi out was short and we were number one for takeoff when we reached the end. After take off we made the left 180 and we were soon on our way to MIA. Menus were again handed out by the flight attendants as well as a card with selections of movies that we could choose from.



The choices for lunch were as follows:



To Start
Warm mixed nuts
Or
Marinated Cheese Antipasto

The Salad Cart
Seasonal mixed Greens and an assortment of fresh Vegetables offered with your choice of Sour Cream and Herb Dressing or Castello Monte Vibiano Olive Oil Vinaigrette

Bread Basket
Assorted Gourmet Breads

Entrees

Soup Du Jour
Navy Bean with Portobello Mushrooms to accompany your entrée selection

Miso Chicken
A grilled Miso Chicken breast served cold and accompanied by a Tomato Basil Potato Salad
May we suggest a glass of Wente VS Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore Valley to complement this entrée

Roast Beef Sandwich
Warm Roast Beef Sandwich topped with roasted Tomatoes, sautéed onions and Provolone Cheese.

The Dessert Cart

Ice Cream Sundae
Vanilla Ice Cream with a choice of Hot Fudge, Butterscotch or seasonal fruit toppings with Whipped Cream and Pecans

Fruit and Cheese
A selection of seasonal Fruit and fine Cheeses

Before Landing
Assorted Lindt Chocolates
Freshly baked on board Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies
Chilled Sparkling water with a fresh Citrus Garnish

The choices for lunch were pretty weak on a 3 class transcon, but there wasn’t much to do about it at 37,000 feet. The flight attendants came around and took our choices for food and drink. I opted for the Roast Beef, as at least it was a hot dish, with a coke. The drinks with nuts and or antipasto were soon handed out. Next the flight attendants came around with table cloths for the tray table. At least this would be a no tray service. Another flight attendant came around with the dishes and silverware. The people who opted to have the soup received that first and a few minutes later the salad cart came around. The soup did not really sound like something I would normally eat, but it ended up being quite good. This is one of the nice things left on AA – the ability to see what is available and just about make the salad yourself. The salad cart really didn’t appeal to me today, but I figured I would give it a shot anyway. I just had some lettuce and tomatoes with the Sour Cream dressing. The dressing was not the greatest by any means so I did not eat much of the salad at all.





As people finished their salads the flight attendants would bring out your main course. The Roast Beef Sandwich was pretty lame for a 4.5 hour flight in first class. It wasn’t bad, but in my opinion it should come with something more than a pickle!  twocents 



After the plates were removed the dessert cart came around. This is by far the best thing AA has going in F class besides Flagship Suites. Almost embarrassing that Ice Cream is the best part, but it is what it is. The toppings today were Butterscotch, Blackberry, whipped cream and nuts. I don’t like Butterscotch, Blackberries or nuts so I just got vanilla and whipped cream – yes I know I’m plain.



During the meal service I watched the movie Blades of Glory which was pretty stupid, but funny at the same time. By this point we were over (ironically) Dallas and we still had around 2 hours left. I was still pretty tired from the night before so I reclined the seat, put the iPod on and fell asleep for about an hour and a half. When I woke up it was again to the smell of cookies. After enjoying another chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk  yummy  , I just sat with the seat reclined listening to some tunes.



The captain came on and said that we would be beginning our descent soon, but ATC was slowing us down due to weather in the Miami area and he expected us to be on the ground at 8:37. Not good for me as my LGA flight was to leave at 8:50. Hopefully everything would be late and I could still connect. We landed around 8:35 and as soon as I turned my phone on I had a message that said my LGA flight was cancelled and a hotel reservation was made for me at the Marriott Courtyard Doral. At this point I figured that I would be spending the night in MIA and I’d have to find my way home the next day. Thankfully I packed a suitcase with clothes and my laptop just in case. Our arrival gate tonight was E8 which ends up being a tow in gate so we had to wait a few minutes to be hooked up etc.

As I waked off the jet bridge and into the terminal I saw that the last Kennedy flight was at the gate next to us so I figured that I might as well try  crossfingers  . It was supposed to be a 9:05 departure, but due to every flight being late into MIA they kept delaying it trying to fill the plane up. This was good news for me because they were missing a LOT of people. I was the 3rd nonrev on the list, but below 40 revenue standby. Finally at 10:05 the captain came out and said he did not want to wait any longer. The agent called my name and I got seat 30F. At first thought I actually thought I scored a window, but then I remembered this was a wide body and I would be in the center section!  crowded  Its pretty amazing 40 something people misconnected after holding the flight an extra hour – but it worked out well.

AA 588 10:10pm
MIA-JFK
A300
Seat: 30F
Meal: Drinks, Food for Sale
LF: 100%
Flight Time: ~2:20

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There is not much to report on this flight besides the fact I was happy to be on. On the taxi out the Captain came on to explain that a lot of bags that were international connections would not be on the flight due to the TSA screening. He said that we could either wait all night and get our bags or just get home and the bags would follow tomorrow. He had made the decision to leave without the bags which was fine with me as I never check a thing unless I have my golf clubs with me.

After takeoff one of the flight attendants came on and said that the beverage service would begin soon and they also had chips, cookies, candy bars and trail mix available for purchase at the price of 3 dollars each. Alcoholic beverages were also available for 5 dollars each. When the cart came around I just got a Pepsi (no coke left) and tried to sleep with my iPod on. The flight was fairly bumpy, but I managed to get a few Z’s in  zzz . Our touchdown at JFK was money – the best of the day. As with most arrivals from SJU/MIA we had a huge applause. The nicest part of the flight came as we taxied in. The Purser came on the PA and, I believe, made a genuine attempt to apologize for our tardiness today and that he hoped we would give American Airlines, as well as the Federal Government (TSA) another chance.

By the time my ride showed up and I got to bed it was almost 2:45am!  yawn  Indeed it was a long day, but I’d do it over again in a heartbeat!

Hope you all enjoyed and thanks for reading!
-Matt
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:15 am

Wow, that's certainly a day trip! Glad you had fun!
Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:40 am

Nice trip, must have been exhausting though.

On a sidenote: i see you're 16-20 and a student, how the hell can you afford such a trip in F? I mean okey, i could too if i saved up for half a year. Did you just spend all of your money for that or did your parents pay?
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:57 am

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 2):
how the hell can you afford such a trip in F?

::ahem::  Wink

Quoting AA 777 (Thread starter):
I was the 3rd nonrev on the list
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:31 am

Nice TR how comfortable was the 762?
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:54 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):

oh, how could i miss that  rotfl 

How come you guys over there can nonrev in F? I can't. Well not on LH nor LX anyway, merely in J and Y.
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:27 am

Great trip report . I'll be doing TUL-DFW-NRT-JFK-EZE-MIA-DFW-TUL in Sept. That should be fun as well
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:30 am

Nice report. I see from the 777 cabin pic that you were in the non-Flagship Suite F class. Oh well...
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:26 am

I'd kill to have a day like that! Great trip report with awesome pics.
The approximate flight time today will be 6 hours in First Class and 12 hours in Economy.
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:44 am

Nice report Matt    We don't see many AFS trip reports on here and nice to see you being objective, it must be pretty easy given the situation to say how wonderful it all is, I love my employer etc  Wink. Good job on getting F on the most important flights    Without asking too many pertinent questions how does the staff getting into F thing work? I'd have thought getting F on a 3 class transcon would have been tough going, do you just have to pay a supplement as a non-rev to travel in F as opposed to J or Y?

Much like yourself I thought the hard product on JFK-LAX is pretty good. Whilst I found the seat old it is very comfortable. The food on the other hand seemed pretty crap on your flight, in fact it seemed to be not much different to my breakfast BOS-SFO flight a few months ago. For the premium the AFS flights charge over 2 class F that is very poor     

As for LAX-MIA, again I believe this is sold as a 3 class route in F with similar prices to the 762 transcons in F. That food seemed near identical to the JFK-LAX flight I had last year. $2300 oneway in F commands much more than a sandwich    It is nice to see these international aircraft getting a run on the domestic legs, just such a shame they can't share more of the international soft product. IMO, the 3 class F flights should be catered at least to the standard of international business class, the persons in F are bound to be high revenue customers and I'm sure the higher prices would be easily swallowed if they catered the flight well. In 2 class F and 3 class J you are going to get a fair number of upgrading EXPs/PLTs and the ilk but 3 class F is rather a different story. It isn't quite as accessible on cheap Y fares. From what I've seen UA p.s. F has a much better soft product. I'm going to to try and sample that at some point later in the year or early next year (I keep putting it off!) so I'll let you know my findings!

[Edited 2007-07-30 05:14:33]
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:20 pm

Great report buddy, a worthy read and fine pictures as always. And I agree about the poor meal selections, such is life in the US these days.
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:55 pm

I also cant believe you US people get to non rev in F or J! How does this work?! hehe!

My best friends dad is a pilot for SAA and they usually dont get F or J class when they non rev. Most of the time they get Y class .....

lucky buggers!
 
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:08 pm

What a fun trip. I've got to try that some time! I nearly did something like this last year but chickened out at the last minute. You were lucky getting F on the heavies though. I've had a run of back luck on first class lately.

Quoting Ansett767 (Reply 11):
I also cant believe you US people get to non rev in F or J! How does this work?! hehe!

If it's open, any employee can get it if they list for it (and are dressed for it)
See, I knew American Eagle was first class all along!
 
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Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:30 am

Great trip report by the way....

Your so lucky to be non-revving on AA. They're one of the few airlines that actually fill their aircraft from the front when it comes to staff non-revving.
I work for BA and I must have non-revved about 15 to 20 times and have only ever been allocated a seat in Club once.

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Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:42 pm

Matt,
Thanks for the great TR!, Like FBGDavidson said it's great you were able to be objective in regards to the inflight service!
For what F/J costs on a premium transcon, LAX-JFK costs AA's premium cabin catering is unacceptable! In fact I think I had the same form of quesadilla a few years back when I flew AA the last time to DFW-LGA. I won't even mention the catering to MIA in F. Pathetic. It looks like they took a BOB warm sandwich some airlines do and gently place it on a breakfast pastry plate.
Do you know what happened to the upgraded meal options they are suppossed to offer on the LAX/SFO-JFK flights?
Thanks again, Matt! Nice pics too.

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Wed Aug 01, 2007 12:20 am

Thank you for your trip report. What do you do for SA)">AA? I am retired SA)">AA living in Japan as a missionary. I recently completed a similar trip to your report...NRT-JFK-LAX-MIA-DFW. All segments were on 777's except the JFK-LAX which was on a 767-200. I read your report, looked at the route map for the LAX-MIA flight, and then realized I WAS ON THAT SAME FLIGHT YOU WERE! I was also travelling as a non rev and I sat in 2J. I remember seeing you in 2D. For this trip I used D1, because as you remember the flights were very full. I got first for all flights except MIA-DFW which was OK. The place you really want to get first is on the international flights because that is where it is really very nice.
I used a D1 but there were D2's and D3's who were on our flight. Still, I didn't want to take any chances.
I enjoyed your report and the pics.
The only difference between my trip and your was I overnighted in JFK, LAX and MIA. After a 12 1/2 hour flight from NRT I don't think I could do the same thing you did in one day.
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Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:13 am

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 14):
Do you know what happened to the upgraded meal options they are suppossed to offer on the LAX/SFO-JFK flights?

It is there...in the form of marinated cheese antipasto.

Lame really. On the AAdvantage forum on Flyertalk many say they prefer to fly the three class transcons in the evening if they have the option since the meal offerings are much better. I don't always have that luxury, and if I'm heading to the west coast I'm doing it earlier in the day, and if I'm flying eastbound I'd rather take a dayflight than attempt a crappy nights sleep on a domestic configured aircraft....
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Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:53 pm

The $3 snack box you were offered from Miami to JFK is very generously offered from London to New York for free and is the most repulsive snack I have ever been offered on any airline. Interesting pictures; thanks for sharing.

A friend told me they flew in Business Class on AA from LA to JFK in the evening flight and they were offered "no food". The attendant told them it was because everyone "wants to sleep." Unbelievable.

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Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:15 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 17):
A friend told me they flew in Business Class on AA from LA to JFK in the evening flight and they were offered "no food". The attendant told them it was because everyone "wants to sleep." Unbelievable.

The odds of that being true are slim to none and slim just left....
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Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:01 am

Quoting AA 777 (Thread starter):
We landed around 8:35 and as soon as I turned my phone on I had a message that said my LGA flight was cancelled and a hotel reservation was made for me at the Marriott Courtyard Doral.

I'm a little confused, you were a non-rev, right?

Did someone book the hotel for you? If it was AA, and you were a non-rev passenger, that's against procedures. Non-revs are on their own.

Just curious...
 
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Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:13 am

Quoting AA 777 (Reply 18):
The odds of that being true are slim to none and slim just left....

 biggrin  The thing with the red eye flights is that you have to stay up for the food to be served. I was on a 10.30pm SFO-BOS redeye a few months back and no food was served. I tried to sleep but well, on a 757 that's hard and an hour or so into the flight food was served in the form of a chateaubriand salad with chocolate truffles! Yes chateaubriand! I was really surprised too, and it wasn't half bad  thumbsup 

I'm sure the LAX-JFK, as 'Flagship service' flights got something, it was just they fell asleep, or decided to try and sleep before the meal service got going.
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:04 am

how much did the non revving cost you on AA? do they do the flat rate thing or charge you by class? or is it completely free?
 
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:24 am

It looks like AA has upgraded the Transcon Flagship First Class Menus. They were pathetic at one point and reminded me of what you woudl get on a MD-80 in F flying from LGA-ORD back in the 1990s
 
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:25 am

Thanks for the report. What a great routing! I'll have to agree with others that the meal service for a First Class product is pretty poor. For the JFK-LAX segement, I am amazed that there is nothing more served before arrival than cookies and sparkling water. And a cold chicken breast or roast beef sandwhich on the LAX-MIA segment is also pretty sketchy. It is amazing to me how far service levels in the US have fallen in premium cabins.
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:11 pm

Quoting AIR757200 (Reply 19):
I'm a little confused, you were a non-rev, right?

Did someone book the hotel for you? If it was AA, and you were a non-rev passenger, that's against procedures. Non-revs are on their own.

Just curious...

I know nonrevs are on their own and someone else booked the hotel for me - not AA. Besides, AA would not be paying for hotels for people when all delays and irregular ops were caused by weather...
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Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:55 am

Great report! I like the 'wooly mammoth' seats too. Not modern by any means but they are still good enough for 4-5 hours (which is all you get). Aren't AA redoing the 762 interiors soon?

All that flying and you got a Pacific config though. UGH! Nothing chaps my ass more than checking in and seeing that my BP has morphed from a choice 1J into 2J (bulkhead window, it blows). Invariably when that happens, all the aisles are gone. I'll be thrilled when they finally finish converting the 772 fleet. Definitely beats Y tho'.  

Quoting Semsem (Reply 17):
A friend told me they flew in Business Class on AA from LA to JFK in the evening flight and they were offered "no food". The attendant told them it was because everyone "wants to sleep." Unbelievable.

Your friend either didn't listen or didn't stay awake very long. They advise that they offer a late night meal on the transcons. If he was sleeping shortly after takeoff, he missed the FA coming around to ask. There's zero chance he was awake throughout the flight and wasn't offered anything.

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 22):
It looks like AA has upgraded the Transcon Flagship First Class Menus. They were pathetic at one point and reminded me of what you woudl get on a MD-80 in F flying from LGA-ORD back in the 1990s

The menus, yes. The rest? Not so much. Even internationally AA lags in a bad way. Entrees have improved a bit but the marinated foodstuff-formerly-known-as-cheese appetizer is just awful. Also, even after all this time they're STILL using two napkins instead of a real table cloth in int'l first. C'mon, to get into F I had to at least have bought a J ticket. 16 tablecloths is that big an expense against a $5k ticket at minimum?? At least the metal flatware is back and they started using duvets... the new amenity kit/shoebag is horrid though.

Sad that in 2002 I had much better in-flight meals on LAX-DFW in F than I do now on FRA-DFW. Salad cart, fresh dressings, good quality entrees... and their IFS was MUCH better.

[Edited 2007-08-07 00:59:19]
 
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:12 am

Quoting AA 777 (Thread starter):
The Roast Beef Sandwich was pretty lame for a 4.5 hour flight in first class. It wasn’t bad, but in my opinion it should come with something more than a pickle!

Wasn't it also served with an appetizer, salad, bread, soup, dessert, and fruit & cheese?  Wink
 
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:14 pm

I simply envy you! ONE DAY! ONE DAY! It's amazing you have not yet died of jet lag stress!!! I love the photos you took! It brings back great memories of my non-rev flight on AA 117 from JFK-LAX in Sep. 2005. By accident, I got onto First. No business class that day. I refused to be downgraded because I saved up the mileage for a long time for that! And the gate agent at JFK put me on First. I was supposed to be on a later flight, but got there early to JFK, so i asked for a earlier flight. I was supposed to be on a night flight, but arrived in the afternoon from a inter-airport transfer thinking traffic was going to be real bad. Thanks for the memories!!! Great shots you took!
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:24 pm

Heh, wow thats what non-revin'g is all about! Did you use a D1?


For those not familiar with AA non-rev policies: AA allows you to travel if F J and Y unlimited for employees and their beneficiaries, however the NRSA charges differ. The pricing is of course route depenent. Just to take AA 777's route LAX-MIA for example: F and J both cost $39.32 each, while Y is $18.26.
 
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:00 pm

Great report Matt. Glad you had a good time. Who works for AA?


Regards.
 
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:52 pm

Quoting AA 777 (Reply 18):

That's called Sheer laziness!!!!!!!!
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:08 am

Quoting Kanebear (Reply 25):
the marinated foodstuff-formerly-known-as-cheese appetizer

lol I quite like it when it's made using mozzarella, when it's made using feta it's not so good...

Matt
 
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:39 am

You Inspire Me! It is amazing! I will do a transcon on AA 85 JFK-SFO in First (using a 763),and then a return on AA 18. Actually, after I read your TR, i actually tried to book a flight like yours, but to no avail. They couldn't figure out the logic why i would do that. I'll try again today. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:10 am

It was actually only $26.95 for F & J and $0 for Y thanks to the 25 years I fly under.

Fxramper I sent you an email.

[Edited 2007-08-25 22:12:57]
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:12 am

Well, I did it! Next year, I am doing the following route, non-rev on my miles.
YYZ-LGA (S80), Business
JFK-SFO (763), First
SFO-LAX (S80), First
LAX-MIA (777), Business
MIA-JFK (AB6), First
LGA-YYZ (S80), Business

You're the Man!! Thanks for the inspiration. I will really enjoy this!!! I don't mind the jet lag really! Especially coming off a Transpacific from HKG!!!! hahaha!
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:48 pm

Hahaha! Welcome to the 21st century... only in this day in age could we go to LA, Miami, and back to New york in ONE day.  Silly Imagine telling someone from 1907 that??!! They'd look at you as if you were nutz! How we have advanced!
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RE: AA: JFK-LAX-MIA-JFK First Class In One Day

Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:00 pm

Quoting HowSwedeitis (Reply 35):


True true! And I will enjoy every moment of my transcon delight!!!!
I'm really happy about what I did.

Also, here's a side note.
Go back to his meal: The quesadilla
Just before i forget to remark about it. It reminds me of turkey and gravy!!
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