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I’ve been to Florida countless times already but the fact is that I haven’t ever left the airport for more than four hours… And this mileage run was no exception! Basically I’ve mentioned before that United has great fares to Florida from Seattle and the catch is that they require a same-day turn, so they’re perfect for mileage runs.

Basically I found a really cheap fare about 5 hours before departure (how that happened, don’t ask me!), and booked it since I had nothing to do on a Friday night anyway! I left work a little earlier, came home, showered, and was off to the airport just in time for boarding. SeaTac has a daily rate of $28 USD for parking, which isn’t bad, and most definitely cheaper than Uber or a taxi.

I made it to the airport around 16:30 for the 17:59 departure, with boarding beginning at 17:20.

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

I cleared security within a matter of minutes (I know… minutes, not seconds, there was a line this time!), and went to the United Club to grab a snack and relax a little before my flight. I’ve reviewed this lounge extensively, including here, and here, and here, and here!

United Club Seattle

United Club Seattle

Sadly the new United snacks haven’t made their way to Seattle.. yet.

United Club Snack

United Club Snack

I left the lounge after scheduled boarding time and was among the last people to board via Premier Access lane 1.

SeaTac Airport Concourse A

SeaTac Airport Concourse A

United A319

United A319

United Airlines 508
Seattle (SEA) – San Francisco (SFO)
Airbus A319
13 March 2015

United’s Airbus A319 aircraft feature just eight seats in First Class – two rows with four seats each. Since I booked the mileage run literally five hours before departure, the only seat available was 1A. I know most frequent flyers LOVE 1A, but I really don’t… Why? Well for one, there isn’t plenty of legroom and there is no place to stow your personal item for take-off and landing, so in my opinion, 1A isn’t really that great.. on most aircraft.

Row 1 UA A319 Legroom

Row 1 UA A319 Legroom

This A319 featured United’s WiFi with free IFE through the United app.

Bulkhead

Bulkhead

Instead of asking what we would like for the pre-departure beverage, the lead FA just brought everyone water with a lime.

Pre-Departure Water

Pre-Departure Water

We pushed back ten minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time, it was a warm, cloudy day in Seattle.

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

Icelandair B757

Icelandair B757

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

Delta B767

Delta B767

We made it to runway 16C ten minutes after pushback and departed shortly thereafter, behind a Delta B767.

Runway 16C at SEA

Runway 16C at SEA

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

Airports generally look really cool from the sky:

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

SeaTac Airport

Once in the sky, we were presented with a beautiful view of Washington and Mount Rainier.

View

View

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Once we levelled off, the FA working First Class took drink orders. I ordered my usual tea with lemon and this time he brought me a plastic cup full of hot water and a tea bag along with lemons in the normal cup. I found that quite odd since wouldn’t he just make the tea for me like each flight attendant? Even if he wanted me to do it myself, why was the hot water in the plastic cup and not the normal one?

Tea with Lemon

Tea with Lemon

Then after everyone had drinks, he just showed the snack basket to everyone and didn’t say a word. Some of the items included apples, bananas, cookies, chips, chocolate, etc.

Snack

Snack

The WiFi for the entire flight cost $6.99 USD, which I thought was way too overpriced, I mean for a one and a half hour flight? Really? We began descending into San Francisco about thirty minutes before the scheduled arrival time. I LOVE flying into San Francisco, especially at night, the view is awesome.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

We were on the ground ahead of scheduled arrival time and made it to the gate shortly thereafter. I had a three hour layover and of course I went to the Centurion Lounge to have dinner and to relax.

AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

The agent at the Member Services desk actually recognised me… I found that odd since I’ve only been to this lounge twice and yet she welcomed me by name before I even handed her my card or ID. Another reason why American Express has the best customer service out of every other company.

For dinner, I had meat along with salad, rice, tomatoes, and some other yam-ish salad. All in all, it was tasty and I ate a nice meal.

Dinner at the AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

Dinner at the AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

After dinner, I had some coffee and decided to relax in one of the ‘lounging’ areas.

Coffee at the AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

Coffee at the AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

It was Friday night, but the lounge wasn’t that full. I’ve seen way more people in the lounge during the morning times rather than evening.

AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

I spent about three hours total in the lounge and later headed to gate 88 where the flight to Fort Lauderdale was already delayed due to a late inbound crew.

United Airlines 1568
San Francisco (SFO) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Boeing 737-900
13 March 2015

Boarding began about twenty minutes behind schedule after the crew finally showed up. The flight was operated by a United B737 with the Sky Interior ‘design’, which I love. Although the seats don’t have IFE, I still find them more comfortable than the regular B737 First Class seats.

United B737 First Class

United B737 First Class

There was a blanket waiting for me at my seat. I usually hate redeye flights that don’t have flatbeds, but as such is life. I actually slept well for the majority of the flight.

United B737 First Class

United B737 First Class

United B737 First Class Cabin

United B737 First Class Cabin

Legroom

Legroom

My pre-departure beverage was water since I didn’t feel like drinking soda for a night flight.

Pre-Departure Drink

Pre-Departure Drink

Legroom

Legroom

Legroom

Legroom

Sky Interior B737

Sky Interior B737

Another beautiful nighttime departure from San Francisco.

San Francisco

San Francisco

I slept for most of the flight and woke up about thirty minutes before we began descending and was presented with a beautiful sunrise over Florida.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise & Clouds

Sunrise & Clouds

Sunrise & Clouds

Sunrise & Clouds

Sunrise & Clouds

Sunrise & Clouds

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

We were on the ground in Fort Lauderdale about twenty minutes behind schedule due to the fact boarding was delayed. I had about three hours to kill, so I went to the United Club which was conveniently located right next to my gate, C1.


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