14 Apr I am Booking United Flights
UPDATE: I BOOKED United flights
United Airlines is NOT having a good run here recently. It started with that whole leggings debacle… and then of course the much talked, posted, tweeted, reported story about Dr. Dao and his violent removal/dragging from United Flight 3411…
Oh ya, and then there was that weird scorpion thing?
There has been an overwhelming amount of coverage on each of these incidents and I don’t have the time or patience to dive in into all the detail (but if it is details you want – head to Live and Let’s Fly, who has been doing the best job of covering all things United).
In summary, United is on America’s sh*t list (for good reason)… but that won’t stop me from flying United
While I do not like or support any of United’s actions that led to their recent demise, what I do like is non-stop flights at reasonable prices. Unfortunately for me, I am, stuck between that current dislike for United and the opportunity to fly the one and only non-stop Tampa – San Francisco flight on… you guessed it, United!
I tried to find other flights… I really did!
Seriously! I did! Here is a snippet of the email I sent my wife laying out some flight options!
We have 3 Flight options for our Napa Trip.. and I need your input!Option #1:Non-stop United TPA-SFO 8:38AM – 11:33AMNon-stop United SFO-TPA 4:15PM – 12:31AMCost: $0, using Merrill Lynch RewardsPros: Free flights, non-stop flights both ways, not rushed on Sunday morning to get from Napa to SFO airportCons: It’s United lol, no lounge access anywhere, no preferred seats (though may be worth paying up to preferred seats since its free and its a 6 hour flight…), and the biggest con – arrive home LATE past midnight on Sunday and have to work Monday…(Option #2 deleted for this post as it was also United)Option #3:Delta TPA-LAX-SFO 7:00AM-11:30AMjetBlue Mint Class SFO-FLL 8:00AM-4:40PM, then SW FLL 7:25PM-8:30PMCost: Free on points… Using Merrill Lynch Rewards & Amex Membership RewardsPros: Free flights, Delta lounge access, get to fly MINT!!! Arrive home at a reasonable time on Sunday.Cons: Connections both ways, including one into Ft Lauderdale in which we will have to exit and re-enter security, and the biggest con – we will have to get to the airport before 7:00AM – thats early if we are coming from Napa, though we could change the trip a bit and do Saturday afternoon in San Fran so we can be closer to the airport…
My mind is telling me United, but my heart is telling me I NEED jetBlue MINT CLASS!!
The non-United flights just won’t do. Bad timing, risky connections, and hefty ticket prices on competing airlines leave me with an unfortunate “best available flight” – United it is folks. I’m not happy about it.At the end of the day I will be flying United because it presents me the best possible itinerary – the price is right, the routing is right, and the timing is mostly right.
Some of you may be protesting United – and if you are, good for you! The fact that you have the money and flexibility necessary to take a moral stand and avoid flying one of the largest US airlines, offering arguably the best route network, is impressive.
But me, and it sucks to say, I’ll be flying United.
How many of you out there are taking a stand?
And how many are currently looking at/booking United flights regardless of the recent blunders?