United 787-10’s have three rows of deluxe seats at no additional charge, for now

Since I’m so fucking verbose, I’m gonna start something new on my blog: bullet point summaries to lead off. Then the addled among you who choose not to luxuriate in my bountiful prose stylings can still get the goods. Here goes:

  • If you’re in Economy Plus on a United 787-10 aircraft, sit in rows 20-22 for a much nicer seat. And, if you’re traveling as a couple and choose a window, you’ll have no seatmate.

Ok here’s my million word version of same: Continue reading

United’s new web site makes me want to projectile vomit, ideally on its designers

What the fuck is it with the current web development trend in which everything has to be in GIGANTIC fonts to waste as much space as possible and require you to scroll forever to find what little information is available? Why has Delta done this to their site? Why has United done this to their site? What was wrong with the old site that had the cool sliding boxes? WHY DO YOU NOW HAVE TO SCROLL TO SEE ALL OF YOUR TRIPS RATHER THAN JUST SEE THEM IN A LIST?? The new site has no more functionality. It’s just huge and ugly. I hate it. That is all.

Fortunately, the old site is still partially visible in Firefox, though I don’t expect that to last.

OMFG Delta just gave me $1,200 in near-cash for volunteering to be three hours late

Greetings from 30,000 feet! I’m using the hour of free Gogo WiFi that being a T-Mobile customer gets me. It’s a nice perk.

Anyway, holy shit, check this out: my friend Anthony and I were to be on a flight from LGA to MCI (that’s Kansas City, in case you aren’t up on your midwestern airport codes). Continue reading

Itinerary Splitting: Getting free Economy Plus for someone flying solo

I’m United Premier Gold, and one excellent thing that gets me is free Economy Plus seats at booking for myself and a single companion. (You can also get this awesome power without being Gold by buying the Economy Plus subscription, which is what made me a United whore in the first place.)

Caroline needed to fly to San Francisco to pick up our six year old nephew and bring him back for a week with his grandparents, who were then going to fly him back. The GP’s are in New Jersey, so we were definitely talking about United, who own both SFO and EWR. It was my job to figure out how to how to get everyone’s asses into Economy Plus seats for free, when I wasn’t even flying. Continue reading