Hello Flight Report Community!! My name is Shawn and this will be my first flight report and full segment trip report. It is also my first time traveling in first class so please excuse me if I missed out on collecting and writing further details such as the aircraft registration numbers and in flight maps and more pictures. It is an overwhelming experience having been sitting in coach all my life so I just had to let the euphoria settle down! My goal is to share my travel experience with all of you and to really just share my enthusiasm. I am currently on this trip as we speak and will update more trip reports as I fly the routes.
Flight: AA 10 Aircraft: Airbus A 321T Seat no.: 5F Estimated departure time: 9:55PM PST Actual departure time: 10:05PM Estimated arrival time: 6:23AM EST Actual arrival time: 6:05AM
This trip is the first segment of my around the world ticket routing made possible through the amazingly flexible and ridiculously easy routing rules that the now extinct Dividends Miles Program had. I booked this trip in March 2015, about a month or two before the merging of the AAdvantage program with the Dividend Miles program. That day was such a sad day indeed for award flyers because trips like mine would no longer be possible under the AAdvantage program.
My segments are as follows: AA 10 LAX-JFK A321 in F [YOU ARE HERE] AA 106 JFK-LHR B 777-300ER in F [Coming Soon] BA 306 LHR-CDG A 321 in J [Coming Soon] MH 21 CDG-KUL A 380 in F [Coming Soon] MH 72 KUL-HKG B 777 in J [Coming Soon] CX 645 HKG-DOH A 330 in J [Coming Soon] QR 777 DOH-MIA B 777-300 IN J [Coming Soon] AA 1352 MIA-LAX B 777-200 in J [Coming Soon]
This trip is 28,000 flight miles and I am extremely excited to fly it and share with all of you some premium offerings of the carriers. I booked the above trip using 115,000 Dividend Miles and $238 in taxes which was a steal considering US airways had a high sign up bonus of 50,000 miles if you applied for their credit card.
After flying in on a short Southwest flight from San Francisco, I made my way from Terminal 1, the southwest dominated terminal to Terminal 4 where AA flys out of. All flyers in F for transcon flights (LAX-JFK or SFO-JFK or returning flights) get access to Flagship check in which is a more exclusive way to checking in and makes you feel like you are away from society. I purposefully did not do my research on LAX's flagship check in because I wanted to experience it for myself and it was very difficult to find the flagship check in room due to the lack of signs. An AA employee directed me to two white sliding doors but it was actually the exit to the check in room. After entering, the AA representative rudely told me that coach check in was upstairs. After explaining that I was seated in first class, she changed her attitude and checked me in. Then, she pointed to where I needed to go to for security. Flagship check in does not include escorting or fast track security screening for passengers in F or flagship which I find very odd as I do not see a point in having a separate Flagship check in without these perks. Nonetheless I went through security and was cleared after about 20 minutes.
After security, I went directly to the Flagship lounge which is located inside the admiral's club.
Unfortunately, I am 20 and look much younger so after giving me a key to enter the lounge, they checked my age and told me that I was not allowed inside the flagship lounge, even though I was a confirmed passenger flying in F. Apparently the lounge is for people 21 years and up and I was greatly disappointed and offended. It was like being offered a golden ticket and then having it stripped away!
The agent sternly told me to stay in the admiral's club and offered me two drink coupons. She made it a point that I was not allowed to get alcoholic beverages.
Nonetheless, the admirals lounge was large and adequate and had some decent snacks.
They were serving a nice chicken curry soup that I made sure to sample.
You are given 2 free drink coupons and I got the sparkling water AA Astrojet livery B 737-800
After resting for a bit, my red eye flight to JFK was called and I proceeded to boarding.
The cabin looks so much better in person and I was ecstatic to finally sleep in a bed in first class. It was a full fight and the cabin and seats smelled new and everything was in pristine condition.
First class seat
There was a single flight attendant working this red eye and she looked extremely stressed out. There was no attention to detail and she seemed a loof most of the time. For example, she would skip the entire back row of first class when giving drinks, handing out headphones, and taking orders. I would have to get her attention every time.
An amenity kit was placed on my seat. In my opinion, the new amenity kits look a little bit tacky, especially for first class. First class amenity kit
I was then served a pre departure drink as well as a ramekin of warm nuts Pre departure Ginger Ale with Lime
After, we departed on time.
After take off, we were given noise canceling headphones as well as menus for the red eye dinner/supper. The menu:
What is interesting to note is that the menu is the exact same as what is given to business class. Its unfortunate how many airlines, particularly American has virtually identical food in the first and business cabins.
I chose the only hot option: the pumpkinseed breast of chicken with chowder. All of the items were given on a single tray. No ice cream sundae on this flight!
The chicken was rather dry and the flavors were quite odd. Nonetheless since it was my first first class meal, I ate it.
After dinner, I went to the bathroom to take the obligatory bathroom shot
I slept immediately after that and was awoken naturally about an hour before landing in JFK. My how time flies when you are in a lie flat seat! The breakfast was extremely disappointing as it was three scones and a smoothie in a bottle. It reminded me of a elementary school breakfast than a first class meal.
After the lackluster breakfast, we began our descent into JFK.
American Airlines Admirals Club
Los Angeles - LAX
New York - JFK
Overall, this flight was rather lackluster and everything did not meet my expectations of riding in first class. This experience does not merit the $1,300+ price tag for this route and the only redeeming thing about the flight was the actual hard product seat. Perhaps it was just this flight where the service was absent but I am looking forward to sampling future AA products and services!
Thank You everyone for reading my report! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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