Carrier: United Air Lines
|My assigned BF forward
facing seat (on the right)
On this trip I was traveling with my messenger bag and my 21″ Roller Suitcase. I didn’t realize that a 21″ carry on wouldn’t fit in the center overhead bins on this 767. I struggled putting my bag in the bin — then I finally gave up and moved the bag to the exterior bins – where there was no issue stowing my bag.
with legs extended.
Once I put my bag away, the Stew was immediately upon me, offering water or champagne. Is there really a question as to what I selected?
|Bad Champagne in
a plastic “glass”
Once the champagne was delivered another Stew handed out the menus and shortly thereafter tossed us the amenity kits. He brought these kits around on a tray but just threw them at us – not even handing them to us. I tossed mine onto the small shelf in front of my seat.
|BF Menu – To Begin|
|BF Menu – Main Course|
I immediately check the menu to see what we are queued up for — I also snapped a picture and send it to MS. I was in hog heaven at this time. I was so excited, my first flight in Business I couldn’t wait to experience everything coming my way.
|Warm nuts and a Côtes du Rhône|
Honestly, I was torn on the dinner options. Do I want the beef or the chicken. Both sounded very good to me. I decided to go with the chicken as it has a Latin Flair. It was so freaking dry and really lacked any flavor. I really had unreasonable expectations with this meal. I was having such a great time so far on the flight and really let myself forget where I was.
There were two options for dessert, a cheese plate and a sundae. When the Stew stopped by to ask what I wanted I said both sounded good and asked for her recommendation. She smile, winked and said, try both. This really was my plan from the beginning, but I wasn’t sure if that would fly or not. I know on international carriers you can do both, but sometimes domestic carriers (even on international service) can get a bit up tight. I started with the cheese plate and a glass of port. Once I devoured the cheese, I saw the sundae cart wheel down the opposite aisle. It looked pretty damn good. The other Stew serving BF took my plate, refilled my port and walked away. The first Stew who suggested I try both came back by — looked at me and kept on walking. I asked her about the sundae and she said “oh, you’ve already had the cheese, right”. After I confirmed, she walked straight back to the galley and dumped the two ice cream sundaes on her cart, right into the trash. How tragic. If I had known I would have gotten only one dessert, I would have gone for the ice cream.
After dinner, the Stews distributed a bottle of water and headed back to the galley to sit and relax. I put my seat into the bed position and started watching a film. During dinner I watched the new Sherlock Holmes sequel. It was pretty decent. Once dinner was over, I put on a film that I had already watched — The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (which I really liked). I watched this film and slept. I slept off and on for about 4.5 hours. I woke up about 20 minutes before breakfast was served. I watched a couple TV shows (Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory and some British show that was tolerable) during breakfast. Breakfast was a simple croissant and some meats, cheeses and fruit. Pretty standard.
I took this quick picture outside as we were approaching Heathrow. I love London so much – it is an amazing City and has several really dear friends of mine. Heathrow is full of opportunity — you can fly anywhere in the world from Heathrow, it is just so exciting for me. I know, I’m a nerd.
The flight to London is pretty short from Chicago and this flight was quite empty. I am pretty sure a flight in coach would have been perfectly comfortable. I’ve done it several times before, but the whole BusinessFirst upgrade was a fun little treat for me. Would I fly BF every time I fly internationally? Yes, if I could afford to do so — which I really can’t.
Have you flown United’s BusinessFirst before? Do you fly BF if on flights that are less than 8 hours? What is your magic time frame where coach just won’t work? Do you think the cash and miles option is a good value? Where is your favorite BF seat on United? Are you an Aisle or a Window Seat person?