First Class Posts

UNITED Merger - Metal Change - Loss of Upgrade - CO agent saves the day

I must say I did not think I would be posting a positive thing about this situation but I’m happy that it worked out. Back in December I booked a r/t flight from EWR-SEA on Continental.com, I booked at a contract Y fare, and got the instant Platinum upgrade on all the flights. EWR-IAH-SEA and ...
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Food from First Class

After reading a blog over on Gadling.com: Cockpit Chronicles, "Food in the Cockpit, How it's Prepared", it got me thinking of my travels and some of the great food selections I have enjoyed when traveling in First Class as a passenger.
I believe I got the idea of taking a few pics of my food ...
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So far impressed with US Airways today.

Hello from US 191 PHL-PHX, today is my first trip on US Airways in many years. I got a real good fare for R/T Business class from Manchester, UK to Seattle back in July for this weekend. A full review is coming but as I sit onboard this US Airways A321 with WiFi and so far very good service, ...
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A True Continental Breakfast

Being primarily a short haul flyer, even when the upgrades clear, a meal is not something to expect.  Usually if there is anything offered, it is an item from a snack basket, and that is it.  Anything more substantial is a surprise.  Especially since my flights are always labeled as ...
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United/Continental Merger Update - $550M to Improve On-board Product

It was a pretty quiet morning, until I received the latest merger update email from United. While I was hoping to hear more about the potential changes to MileagePlus, I was still pleasantly surprised to see that United will begin to improve the on-board product, by investing a substantial amount of ...

Economy Plus and First Class coming to Q400 Turboprops

In the latest earning call, United announced that they are bringing Economy Plus and First Class to Bombardier Q400 planes.
While one may wonder why they are putting first class on a prop plane, it does actually make sense.   Currently, the Q400s fly for Continental and a large number ...
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The Lufthansa First Class Terminal Experience


For the all times it has been mentioned on Live and Let's Fly and on the UPGRD Network, I realized that I have never written a post describing the First Class Terminal experience in Frankfurt. After a rather amusing incident that happened to me in "the Terminal" yesterday, I want to set up ...
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Seoul Incheon to Tokyo Narita in Asiana First Class

Just two blocks away from the Park Hyatt in Seoul was a bus station with coaches going to either Incheon or Gimpo Airports. The wait for a bus was only two minutes and we were soon our way to the Incheon International Airport—one of the classiest airports I have ever flown out of. Even with no ...
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Lunch and Dinner on the Amtrak Coast Starlight

Amtrak Lunch After touring the Amtrak Coast Starlight I had worked up an appetite. Around 2pm I was called for lunch, although the reservation was for 1:30. I didn't mind, but I assume they generally run a little late with a full train like today. I was seated with two teenagers whose family was at ...
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Amtrak Coast Starlight: Los Angeles Union Station

After booking my Coast Starlight train ticket I flew to Los Angeles for my event. At the end of my trip I made my way from the LAX car rental counter to the train via the FlyAway bus service from LAX to Union Station. When taking the FlyAway you enter Union Station in the back then proceed past all ...
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Malaysian Airlines Rocks!

In a recent memo sent to travel agents, Malaysian Airlines has dictated that infants are not permitted in First Class cabins of 747-400s.   I, for one, applaud this decision and can only hope other carriers follow.
Before anyone starts, it's not that I have an issue with children in ...
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Dreaded call from UNITED EZ-Update Guy

A quick hello from LAX. I’m back state side for a week or so and had time to squeeze in a quick mileage run. Wednesday I did IAD-DEN-LAX in UNITED first and the return was the same routing for the next day. I booked this trip back in March and put some regional upgrade certs on the booking ...
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United International First Class Lounge at Washington Dulles


As I mentioned a few days ago, I somehow wound up in first class on my Washington, DC to Frankfurt United flight last week. An international first class boarding pass granted me access to UA's International First Class Lounge, located near the end of the C-Concourse at ...
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Breakfast in F, BOS-LAX

Dear flight attendant,

It's called a "mixed drink" because it's supposed to be served mixed. If I wanted bloody mary mix with a vodka floater, I would have ordered it that way.

Sincerely,

- josh

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