Hi and welcome to my second series to GIG in my quest to achieve EXP with AA. After my first trip last month, I already became PLT so thanks to my status with access to lounges, this trip which is mainly in Y was made more bearable. My schedule is as follows:
The day before I tried to check-in online and there was a glitch in the AA site, so when I arrived at the airport I also encountered a slight problem when I tried to use the check-in kiosks and an agent escorted me to the desk. The priority line at security was not bad and in a blink of an eye I was on the other side.
Time to visit the Admirals Club to take a shower. I have covered the lounge extensively on my previous report so I will jump to the shower part here since this is a new feature for me. The SFO Admirals Club is a very nice lounge and its shower reflects that impression with its spaciousness.
The handles for the shower could be better marked.
Lounge was getting crowded.
At about 10:45A I headed to the gate and once there I learned that the flight will be delayed and was now showing a dept. of 11:45A instead of 11:13A due to weather. I decided to return to the gate and this time I was welcomed by a very nice agent who issued me some drink coupons which the first lounge agent failed to do. When I said to her that I was not planning to drink she said that I could exchange it for a bottle of water instead. In the meantime she checked for my connecting flight and reassured me that I would be fine.
Plane at the gate.
I surfed the computer for a few minute and gave some positive feedback to AA. Then it was time to board again and now the flight has been further delayed to depart at 12:00P instead. I was starting to get anxious but thankfully the gate agent started boarding.
I boarded the plane and there was no FA at the door. When you turned to the aisle she was standing in the bulkhead greeting.
I settled into my seat and my neighbor appeared shortly afterwards. This was going to be a full flight.
From the across.
Earphone and entertainment are for sale in Y, even on a transcon.
I ordered a Chicken Cobb salad that was decent. A bit expensive at USD 9.49 but I received a 25% discount for using the AA Citibank card to pay.
Service by the crew in Y was friendly and they made water runs and a beverage service before arrival.
Once the plane landed I had less than an hour to connect which was doable but I still had to go to Duty Free to buy a few things for some friends. I said thanks to the purser at the door on my way out and she just smiled. As a matter of fact I did not heard any good byes from her and there were no messages about connecting gates upon landing. I ran to Duty Free and luckily a clerk helped me find all the things that I needed and on top of that gave me an extra 10% discount.
American Airlines Admirals Club
San Francisco - SFO
New York - JFK
An average flight on AA, but I object to the idea of charging for entertainment on a transcon route like this.
The crew in Y was pretty good, but I found that the lack of connecting gate announcements by the purser disconcerting and indifferent.
The flight was delayed by 45 min. by weather.
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