I just returned from two back-to-back trips. The first was a mileage run to Tokyo that started in Seattle and the second was a quick trip to San Francisco and back.
My itinerary was:
- EWR-DTW-SEA on Northwest
- SEA-IAH-NRT-IAH-SEA on Continental
- SEA-JFK on Delta
- JFK-SFO-EWR on United
Total mileage: 27.033 miles. Total time: 4 days. All of the legs were upgraded except for the last leg, SFO-EWR.
Obviously as I reached the end of this trip I was getting a bit tired and longing for a real bed. The trip was a lot of fun and I had an amazing time, until I got on my Delta flight to JFK. For whatever reason, Delta opted not to process any upgrades prior to departure and thus everyone was vying for a battlefield upgrade. Fortunately for me, I got one. Unfortunately for me, it was not in the bulk head and in the last row of first, row 4.
Normally I have no issues falling asleep on planes but I just couldn't get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Aside from the fact that it seemed very cramped, Delta's seats are the few seats that don't have the little adjustable winglets. Over time i've found those to be very important to help me sleep as it prevents my head from falling off the edge and gives it a spot to rest.
So I suffer until I get to JFK and attempt to take a shower at the Skyclub. I must say, of all the club showers I've used over the years, this was the worst. First, there was very little water pressure and second the water wasn't even hot, it was lukewarm at best. This just further reinforces my belief that Delta needs to demolish Terminals 2 and 3 at JFK and start from scratch.
Fastfoward to the following night when I'm supposed to fly SFO-JFK. Sadly, my upgrade wasn't going to clear and I asked if they could put me on the EWR flight instead as that is where my car was. The gate agents were awesome and had no issue. Furthermore, the agent working the EWR flight told me she was going to wait to clear my to make sure I got a good seat and thus landing me in 9D in Economy Plus.
As I sat there in 9D I couldn't help but notice that I didn't feel cramped and the seat in front of me wasn't in my lap. I was able to get a nice nap in and landed in a much better state then the previous day.
So, the morale of the story? United's Economy Plus is far superior than Delta's domestic first.