Review: UA SFO-TPE Economy

Date: Saturday March 25
Flight: UA871
Aircraft: B747-400
Origin: SFO
Destination: TPE
Seat: Economy
Scheduled Push Back: 1:50 PM
Actual Push Back: 1:50 PM

As a casual flyer with no Star Alliance status I normally spend my flying time hidden among the unwashed masses in economy class. This time was no different as I embarked on a flight to TPE with my girlfriend for a week long vacation.

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Review: UA SFO-HKG PolarisFirst

Date: Monday January 23
Flight: UA869
Aircraft: B747-400
Origin: SFO
Destination: HKG
Seat: 1K PolarisFirst
Scheduled Push Back: 1:30 PM
Actual Push Back: 1:47 PM

I previously flew United GlobalFirst on a 747 on a trip to Manila (via Tokyo). However, this is my first flight with the new United Polaris soft product. This flight is bitter sweet as the new Polaris seats are set to debut in March 2017 on this exact route. However, this may be my last opportunity to fly on a United 747. Originally the plan was to retire the 747 from the fleet in 2018, but that has now been accelerated to 2017.

I contemplated re-booking this flight from ORD just to experience the first Polaris Lounge, but figured I’d wait until the kinks were worked out and additional lounges were built. The SFO lounge is rumored to be larger as well.

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Review: UA SFO GlobalFirst Lounge

This was my second time in the United SFO GlobalFirst (read: PolarisFirst) lounge. You can read my initial write up here. While the GlobalFirst lounges are much nicer compared to domestic United Clubs, I would say they are just on par with the American Express Centurion lounges. While the American Express Centurion lounges have slightly better food, they tend to be very crowded at times. This is where the GlobalFirst lounges really shine. These lounges are only available to international first class customers on United or Star Alliance flights. While the new Polaris lounge in ORD seems to have much better amenities, they are open to all business class customers and also have reports of being crowded as well.

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Review: UA SFO-PHL DomesticFirst

Date: Sunday January 8
Flight: 267
Aircraft: A319
Origin: SFO
Destination: PHL
Seat: 1A DomesticFirst
Scheduled Push Back: 10:55 AM
Actual Push Back: 12:34 PM

I’ve been doing a lot of flying, but nothing different than what has been previously posted on this blog. Since I’m not doing this for website traffic, just for sharing new experiences, I decided not to discuss the same flights over and over (you’re welcome).

With that said, let’s start this post off with something interesting.

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Review: UA SFO-NRT GlobalFirst

Date: Friday September 23
Flight: 837
Aircraft: B747-400
Origin: SFO
Destination: NRT
Seat: 2K GlobalFirst
Scheduled Push Back: 11:20 AM
Actual Push Back: 11:20 AM

This is my first time in international first class so I was pretty excited. After reading so many blogs say how first class on US Airlines is a joke, my expectations were lowered which let United surpass them! Continue reading “Review: UA SFO-NRT GlobalFirst”

Review: UA SFO-EWR BusinessFirst

Date: Saturday August 6
Flight: 213
Aircraft: B757-200
Origin: SFO
Destination: EWR
Seat: 1E BusinessFirst
Scheduled Push Back: 3:50 PM
Actual Push Back: 3:51 PM

After two nights in my own bed I figure it’s time to fly out again. Unlike my inbound flight which was on a internationally configured 777, I’m on the traditional PS 757. I booked seat 1E as I’ve read the foot well is one of the larger ones. I’ve noticed some seats have narrow footwells which don’t even fit both my feet side-by-side.  Continue reading “Review: UA SFO-EWR BusinessFirst”

Review: UA EWR-SFO BusinessFirst

Date: Thursday August 4
Flight: 1885
Aircraft: B777-200
Origin: EWR
Destination: SFO
Seat: 9J BusinessFirst
Scheduled Push Back: 3:59 PM
Actual Push Back: 4:38 PM

As a corporate traveler you’re pretty much guaranteed to be flying the same routes consistently for a set period of time. Not only are the routes the same but even the departure time, and flight numbers are the same. Pretty exciting, right? Continue reading “Review: UA EWR-SFO BusinessFirst”