I spent a day flying with USAirways last weekend, from Las Vegas to Philadelphia, and then on to San Juan.
Las Vegas to Philadelphia
US is based in the old terminal at LAS – Terminal A. The First Class line was busy and it took probably 20 minutes to get through security, even when using the nudeoscope. Worryingly, having seen a lot about the iPad thefts by TSA employees, the x-ray operator was adjusting the contents of bins as they came out of the machine without apparent reason – they were not rescanned. My complaint to the three-striper generated a complaint card.
No lounge available in LAS.
The departure was on time, with First Class being boarded first. After Uniformed Military of course, but without the Global Services nonsense you get with United.
The A320 felt roomy and the seats were comfortable. I had 2E and when it came time for food selection, there was still a choice left. Eggs or Cereal.
The Eggs were excellent and there were plenty of refills of juice and coffee. We were offered a snack mix before the meals arrived, which I thought a little odd.
The other slightly strange this is that there was no entertainment. None! And no WiFi.
We arrived at PHL early and so I had time to visit the Envoy Lounge in the new terminal there before the flight on to SJU.
The lounge is located about mid-way down the International (A) terminal at PHL, and either a short lift ride or up a huge escalator. When I arrived my UA United Club Lifetime Membership got me in without incident.
There are two halves to the lounge – one packed and the other empty – I suppose as most people turn right after Reception and not left. I found somewhere and inspected the food selection. Better than United’s there was however, the same awful cheese and biscuits. In addition there was soup, olives, cookies and a wide range of drinks all self-service.
I left the lounge in plenty of time to get to the gate and was there in plenty of time for boarding.
PHL to San Juan, PR.
This plane was a 757 and I was surprised, and impressed that it had cradle seats – only 3 rows plus one row of coach in the front cabin of a 757 where United packs in 6 rows of First Class. So LOTS of legroom.
The food was pretty nice and there was a choice available by the time they got to me in Row 2. The picture shows the Cheese Ravioli. The seat had a massage function and extendable leg rest so it was very comfortable for the flight. However, again, no entertainment and no WiFi.
The crew were helpful and attentive with plenty of drinks available.
We arrived in SJU early and were quickly in to the terminal.
Good flights with good crews but no entertainment on two long flights seems odd!