The AMEX Centurion Studio closes at 22:00, which is a bit unfortunate since plenty of flights still depart between 22:00 and 23:59. Thankfully, the United Club is open really late, and I was able to relax there for a bit before boarding began at 23:24.
United’s recent United Club food improvements are really lacking in Seattle. They only have about half of the new food in Seattle, and it really isn’t as good as it is in other United Clubs. However, I was able to eat a very nice supper in the Centurion Studio, therefore I wasn’t very hungry at all for the remainder of the night.
United Airlines 516
Seattle (SEA) – Houston (IAH)
22 January 2016
Boarding began right on time and all of the passengers boarded quickly. We pushed back a few minutes ahead of schedule and took-off from the centre runway about seven minutes after leaving the gate. The night flight to Houston was operated by a Boeing 737-900 which featured IFE (though ancient overhead bins).
I slept for 80% of the flight and woke up right as we were descending into Houston. The night flight to Houston from Seattle is very convenient because it means you can virtually fly anywhere from Houston the next day as the flight lands really early. Because it is a really late flight, no meal service is provided… just the really disappointing snack basket which has really unhealthy snacks and some fruit (a post on this in the future). All I had was some tea and then decided to sleep for the whole flight.
We landed in Houston early and I went to the United Club – Terminal C, South, to eat some breakfast before continuing my journey to Dallas. Because Houston is United’s hub, the United Club food is much better and the breakfast consisted of many delicious items such as fruit, cereal, muffins, oatmeal, bread, yoghurt, etc. As you can see, the United Club food is much, much better at United hubs.
United Airlines 3960
Houston (IAH) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
23 January 2016
The Dallas flight was operated by a United Express E175, meaning it was leaving from Terminal B. I decided to stay in the United Club until about an hour before departure and eventually took the sky train (or whatever they call it in Houston) and arrived at Terminal B and still had a few minutes before boarding was scheduled to begin. I decided to visit the United Club in Terminal B and was a bit disappointed to find not as many food options as in the “mainline” United Club.
I generally don’t like flying United Express because, well… who does? The planes are small and First Class is virtually non-existent on United Express routes… even though they sell the service as “First Class”. Surprisingly, the E175 was very comfortable and had WiFi and power ports! I mean it isn’t like I needed it for the ~35 minute flight to Dallas, but still – it’s nice to have them for convenience on longer flights (though I can’t imagine a long flight on a regional jet).
While the temperature was about ~2 degrees C in Houston, it was a gorgeous overall day in Texas.
We landed ~20 minutes early in Dallas and both flights, Seattle – Houston and Houston – Dallas, were uneventful and simply boring.. so I figured I would write about both United First Class experiences in one post… because as you can see, there isn’t really anything major to talk about.
The AMEX Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal D at DFW and all terminals are linked by a “sky train” airside, so I was in the Centurion Lounge about fifteen minutes after we had arrived at our gate in Terminal E.