United Airlines Posts

Thoughts on Making a Change

On a side note, are you Carrie Underwood fans really going to let Jenn Brown's people kick your ass?  Seriously?
So it shouldn't be a shock that I've been thinking about making some changes to my carrier choices for some time now.  I've got Delta Platinum (soon to be Diamond), ...
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Comparing My United First Class Meal with My US Airways $7 Salad


A few weeks ago I was flying in United First from SFO to ORD, and I ordered the steak salad for dinner. I was pretty disappointed when my salad  only had three tiny pieces of steak in it.As I was eating the salad, I was thinking to myself that the offerings on United’s Choice Menu ...
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The Problem With a Certain Arabic Poem

Today I present a story that should indulge those who continue to bash me.  You should revel in the excellence I am about to present.
If you haven't read Layla and Majnun, I highly encourage doing so.  The problem, though, is that Majnun let that bitch Layla drive him into a state of ...

Yeah, This S*#t Just Happened -- #epicfail

So, on the 7th of December, I will be in San Francisco and I need to see a client in San Diego for a day.  Let me be clear from the outset: what I just did is not about me be disgruntled with Delta (even though I am).  It's about only being in San Francisco and only needing to be San Diego ...
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Giving Thanks for United Airlines

I had a mediocre day of cross-country travel yesterday that included a run-in and heated exchange with a UA Service Director at SFO. I am going to save the details for a post next week, but UA has some power-tripping, vindictive, and downright vicious employees both on the ground and in the ...
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I've heard of airline bumps, but this is ridiculous

Jason Reitman, director of the "Up In The Air" movie, got bumped back to coach by some turkey. Errr...I mean...by a turkey.
Today, on "Turkey 1" a United Airlines flight from IAD to LAX, first class was occupied by the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate who had ...
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Upgrd 46: 425k Club

In this week's frequent flyer podcast we are joined by Gene Gibbs, a pension actuary and very frequent flyer. Any by very, we mean 425,000 miles per year. Listen in as we discuss:
Matthew's recent airline bumps and compensation Josh's comprehensive post on American Airlines laptop ...

Cloud Surfing with United on my way from SFO to ORD!


This is a pretty cool video I was able to snap with my iPhone 3GS, flying from SFO to ORD on United a few weeks ago. Beautiful sunset with a perfect layer of clouds. Even cooler was seeing other planes in the distance surfing right along the tops of clouds like us! I didn’t catch that ...

United Airlines to Order Up to 150 New Jets Including A350s or 787s

The Chicago Tribune reports that United is close to finalizing a deal with either Airbus or Boeing to augment its long-haul fleet. UA plans to place a firm order for 25 jets with an option for up to 75 more. The decision between the 787 and A350 may come down to which company offers the deepest ...
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United Pulls $550 Ontario-Tampa First Class Fare

I sadly announce this evening that United has pulled the "fare of fares" between Ontario and Tampa.
For over a year, travelers have been able to book a round trip First Class (A) fare between these cities for only $550 r/t. Ordinarily, that would only be a reasonable fare, but due to ...

Almost Another $600 Bump on United Airlines from San Francisco to Chicago

Yesterday evening I flew from Burbank to Philadelphia via San Francisco and Chicago and almost got another $600 bump at SFO. I got to the gate in San Francisco and peered up at United’s EasyInfo screen in the gate area. First, I saw that First Class had checked in full with 46 people on the ...

Denied Exit Row on Avianca Airlines

Ironically, Avianca really impressed me yesterday when they refused to seat me in the exit row on my flight from Lima to Bogota. During check-in with Latin airlines, I can usually use my *very* limited Spanish to state my name, where I am traveling to, and that I am not checking ...

Musings on the Role of the Pilot as Symbolic Exemplar

Recently, I've been asking myself, "What kind of professional behavior should we expect from pilots?"

My wife, who is in her sixth-and-thank-God-last year of rabbinical school, is writing her thesis on the role of the rabbi. One of her big questions relates to the degree to ...

Drinking and Flying on Both Sides of the Flight Deck

With another arrest of a "drunk" pilot, this time a United Captain on a flight from LHR bound for ORD, should passengers be worried about their safety in the skies? The LA Times featured an interesting discussion of pilot sobriety yesterday which highlighted-
3 arrests ex-LHR of ...

Riding in the "Non-Rev" (First Class) Cabin on UA 947


After getting some work done at TPA, I boarded my flight back to IAD, this time a 757. First Class was only about 80% full and although the purser said this was a "completely full" (don't you love the redundancy?) flight, there were plenty of middle seats open in the back.
The ...
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