Believe it or not, I actually had a good experience on UA two weeks ago. Flew one-way EWR-PIT and managed to snag a 10K mile saver award seat on the day of travel. It was a Friday night, and except for the hour delay (which was ATC at DTW where our plane was inbound from) it was great. Used a United Club pass to chill in the lounge and they notified me via the app that my flight was delayed so I just hung out there longer. The plane was an ERJ-175 that was only a little over a year old. The seats were fine, the WiFi actually worked well, and the climate control worked great. The flight was comfortable and uneventful even with some light snow in PIT during landing. I don't fly all that often but these are the types of flights that seem to work well for me on UA. It's the transcon UA flights and SFO ones that always seem to go awry.
Good news for sure. Now you just need to try your transcon on the new B77W that will be flying SFO-EWR-SFO a few days a week from 2/16 until something like 5/4. It has the new Polaris Business Class and I've tried about 30 different dates to try and find a way to justify spending a bunch of miles and/or dollars to get on it, so far at least better judgement has taken hold.
That's awesome. I hope you can swing it. I forgot to mention in the previous post, that while I was able to book the saver award on the day of travel, I managed to avoid the bologna UA $75 "close in award booking fee". Nothing like an extra few clicks and knowing how the system works to avoid lining their pockets for simply wanting to use your miles that you earned.
I probably won't get to do it unless I simply stumble upon a really low FC fare to ride in those seats. There is a routing that works and has me overnight at EWR then out on a 7 something flight the next morning with a 2 hour connect on a B789 back to IAH. The price to EWR and on to SFO the next day is pretty good, it's the SFO-IAH leg that is stupid.
Thanks for posting that most interesting article regarding the A321-NEO's cancel, IAHFLYR. On the one hand, they're looking to see how they perform, on the other hand, they want to cancel and think they're not a good fit on many routes. Well, they said they were going to take their time and execute the merge with great thought, so we will just wait and see how things unfold. They also have to keep their VX customers satisfied too. (Maybe they'll start outfitting their Boeing interiors with Virgin's neon-lit night club'esque cabin decor ). Alaska Air Group is a sharp, business savvy organization. I have no doubt they'll get it right (54 Boeings on order ).
"As you know, we love our Boeings."
- AS President Ben Minicucci
Love the sound of those motors when they throttle up, yes I do.
WOW, page 232 is a long time back and we've grown to a +10 now.
Hope this is the right place to post this, but since all of us are aviation geeks and likely frequent flyer's - I wanted to share this post from Mobiata the company behind Flight Track Pro - which is the app many of us use and I've loved it for years and relied on it to track all my flights. The other day I realized it wasn't working properly (The app said no direct flights from DEN-ORD - that's a bad sign! LOL) and here is why:
There is never an easy way to share disappointing news. So it is with great appreciation and respect for your many years of loyalty that we share the difficult decision we’ve made to sunset our FlightTrack 5 and FlightBoard apps.
For many of you, this isn’t surprising news. We haven’t provided much maintenance or improvements to either app over the past year. Regardless, you haven’t faltered in letting us know how much you love the apps. Although this is sad news, our hope is that over the past eight years the apps have served you well during your many travels.
So why are we doing this? The travel market is a rapidly changing place and companies, big and small, must constantly be able to innovate in real-time and predict market trends. Recently, Expedia’s mobile team conducted a critical assessment of the growing market demand for travel app products that offer one-stop shopping, itinerary management, and unique, customizable experiences.
Expedia, our parent company, is dedicated - as are we - to delivering this kind of mobile experience. To this end, we are bringing Mobiata’s passion for combining beauty with technical excellence to the Expedia app. Our goal is to contribute to creating the most visually stunning and useful travel app in the world. Don’t be surprised if you see a little bit of our FlightTrack and FlightBoard ingenuity appearing in the Expedia app down the road.
Going forward, what does this mean for you? While the Mobiata apps are still functional, they aren’t working in top form. You will want to consider selecting another flight tracking app soon. We have set forth a timeline of events. Here are two important dates you need to know:
We do want to honor your recent investments in our apps. From February 22 to March 21, 2017, we are offering users who purchased FlightTrack 5 or FlightBoard after August 1, 2016, a $10 iTunes App Store or Google Play voucher per app (within 5-7 business days). However, you can submit your request now. Please send an email to email@example.com and include the following:
Mobiata has come a long way since 2010 when we joined the Expedia family to build their first app. We look forward to the coming years and the innovation that we will continue to bring to the Expedia Mobile team. We have a commitment to technology and travel that is unsurpassed.
We can’t express how much we have appreciated your love of and loyalty to Mobiata. Thank you for all your encouragement and the passion that you have shared with us. You gave a small team of dedicated people from QA to engineers to technical support the chance to delight you and help you travel the skies with ease. We are grateful.
Wishing you safe and happy travels always,
So now I'm curious to know. What does everyone else use to keep track of all their flights?