Breakfast and a Massage in Dallas – Introduction


After spending a wonderful ~2 hours in the AMEX Centurion Lounge, it was time to return to Terminal E and fly back to Houston. It was a gorgeous day in both Dallas and Houston and that made it for some beautiful views from the aircraft flying DFW-IAH. The flight was operated by a United Express E170, the total flight time was 35 minutes from wheels up to wheels down.

The sky link train at DFW is super fast and you can move from any terminal to another one in about 7 to 10 minutes, it’s awesome that the terminals are connected airside because this makes it super simple for transferring from terminal to terminal and visiting lounges.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

United is a minority at DFW, with a bunch of other plAAnes around the airport. United mostly operates flights to hubs from DFW, with a few additional destinations. Most flights to Houston are operated by United Express due to the short duration of the flight.

Thankfully my two flights (IAH-DFW and DFW-IAH) were on a E170 and not a CRJ… which isn’t very spacious in First Class (or in Economy, either).

 

United Airlines 3560
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Houston (IAH)
Embraer 170
23 January 2016

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

Despite it being ~5 degrees C (!!) because of the cold air from the east coast snowstorm, it was still a very beautiful, cloudless day in Texas. For the entire 35 minutes of the flight, I simply looked out the window and enjoyed the views.

Flying DFW-IAH

Flying DFW-IAH

Flying DFW-IAH

Flying DFW-IAH

View

View

Most of the flight was spent ascending and we were at our cruising altitude for all of 5 minutes before beginning the short descend into Houston.

Houston Airport

Houston Airport

Houston Airport

Houston Airport

We landed a few minutes ahead of schedule at Terminal A, which meant I would have to take yet another train to Terminal C. My connection time was about 1hr and 30min, most of which I spent at the United Club, Terminal C (South) eating lunch. Like I mentioned before, the United Club food is much, much better at hub airports. My lunch consisted of a delicious tomato soup, vegetables, salad, hummus, and some pita bread. I decided to drink some tea along with my meal.

United Club Lunch

United Club Lunch

United Club Lunch

United Club Lunch

Houston Airport

Houston Airport

United Club View

United Club View

United Club Drink

United Club Drink

I headed to the gate about ten minutes before boarding was scheduled to begin and found out that they were needing one volunteer to give up their seat for a $200 USD voucher and a seat on the next flight in two hours (a bump).

Naturally, I offered to give up my First Class seat and they decided to upgrade someone from Economy to my seat so that someone could be accommodated. So the flight was oversold by 1. United booked me on the next flight in First Class and along with the $200 USD voucher, I also received a $20 USD food voucher.

I had a more “substantial” meal and headed back to the United Club for another hour or so before heading to another gate for my new flight to Seattle.