Another weekend, another Floridian mileage run! I’ve mentioned plenty of times before that United has great fares out of Seattle to select cities in the United States and some of those happen to be Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, which are very far from Seattle… and that makes it perfect for a mileage run. Most of the time the connections are either in San Francisco or Newark and that earns about 3.5k miles one way for 7k total. Once all of the class of service bonuses and elite bonus act, it turns out to be much more than 7k miles.
I arrived at the airport about four hours before departure since I wanted to extensively review three lounges at the airport – the Alaska Airlines Board Room, The Club at SEA S Gates, and The Club at SEA A Gates, I enjoyed all three lounges and I’m very glad that Seattle Airport has a unique selection of lounges. With the Centurion Studio coming later this year, there will be plenty of lounges in Seattle.
I printed all of my four boarding passes and then continued to security by the D gates to have direct access to the Alaska Board Room, from there I took the train to the S gates and then later to the A gates after all of the lounges had been visited.
By the time I ended up in the United lounge, I was so tired from running around at the airport and ‘exploring’ all of the lounges. I had about ten minutes before boarding time and therefore I decided to take a look at the United lounge, which I’ve reviewed before plenty of times.
The flight to San Francisco was operated by an A320 with three rows in First Class and a generous amount of legroom.
I really like United’s new napkins – very clean and no more advertising.
As we were taking off, I was able to capture some nice pictures and a video of the airport and the surrounding areas.
Once at 38k feet, the FAs took drink orders and passed out snacks. You gotta love the United snacks on short-haul flights.. either pretzels or a small piece of chocolate. And yes, I did enjoy my “office” for the day…
As we began descending into San Francisco, we were presented with a beautiful sunset.
Here’s a video I recorded of the landing:
Upon landing, I headed to the Centurion Lounge to have dinner and later relaxed in the lounge since I had a two hour connection.
The overnight flight to Fort Lauderdale was operated by a B737 and I was in seat 1A, so I wasn’t really able to stretch out my legs as much as I wanted to due to the position of the bulkhead.
We landed in Fort Lauderdale ahead of schedule and I bought some coffee and was back on the same plane to take me back to San Francisco.. at least the crew was different so there were no strange looks 😉