Sunday, November 16, 2008

Trip Report: United SFO - Seattle "first" Class

I scored an upgrade on United's often busy San Francisco-SFO route. Granted, it was the first flight on a very light Saturday morning. This was the second day of the "new" boarding where Premier Executives are to line up on the economy section BEFORE group 1. As on my flight from Seattle to SFO the day earlier, that didnt happen too well.

Most Group 1 folks mobbed the Economy section before the special Premier Exec boarding was called. The Seattle and SFO boarding agents did make announcements, but its clear regular folks just dont listen to these annoucements.

This was a regular United 757 (new paint, but same interior and seats). Each seat did have a pillow and blanket awaying eash passenger in first class.

Price Assurance Math (180x150)

The semi-cherful flight attendant came by with "juice" (OJ) and water. I asked for OJ but she only had water when she got to me, however she did remember me and come back with it.

I was in seat 4B which is about mid-cabin in First Class on United. The seat is a regular 757 United First Class seat with the uncomfortable head rest. Not sure why they made it this way -- it digs into your shoulders when its in the default setting. Luckily, mine still held up when I adjusted it after takeoff.

My only gripe about United's First Class is your personal space disappears if the person in front of you reclines fully. This happens on other carriers, but its seems extreme on United for some reason.

Unlike Alaska Airlines on this route, United offers NO meals -- even at breakfest time. Its just a drink and one of those hard, brown biscuits/cookie things. Once the one drink service was completed, the flight attendants hurried into the galley and stayed there. Even my seatmate had to ring his Call Button to get another drink.

Very typical United airlines inflight service -- "here is your drink - I am going to chat with my co-workers for the rest of the flight"

I really dont fly United much on this route since flights are normally full and its hard to go standby if you want to catch an earlier flight. Plus paying $150 to change flights is often more than my ticket price in the first place. To change flights is only $75 on Alaska -- or sometimes free if done the same day online. So its just "easier" to fly Alaska on multiple levels.

Alaska still has an edge on United on this route