Hello and welcome to my latest flight report. I flew from LAX to Nashville (BNA) by way of Washington Dulles (IAD). This is my first time flying United with Star Alliance Gold Status. This is thanks to Asiana Airlines. I know there are much shorter ways to Nashville than flying all the way to IAD, but it did give me a chance to check out four lounges, three Star Alliance Lounges at LAX, and one at IAD, Lufthansa Senator Lounge. I will only cover the flight to IAD today.
I received Premier Access as I used my Asiana Club number with *A Gold. I get to board in group one. I also could've checked two bags for free, each 50 lbs (23kg) each. It also allowed for Priority baggage. I was also able to choose a preferred seat for free at check in. And of course, I had lounge access at any of the three Star Alliance Lounges between TBIT and T7.
I really wanted to take advantage of the lounge access so I arrived around 7am. This was because I didn't want my ride, my father, to drive in heavy traffic back home to Long Beach. As I was there in the morning, the lounges served breakfast. Star Alliance had the most food available and was quietest at the time. Air Canada was the smallest lounge but had the best views for plane spotting. United Club also had good views and ok food. The woman at the front desk checking me into the lounge was friendly. If you wonder how long it takes to get from T7 to TBIT, it took me 25 minutes from the United Club at T7 entrance to the Star Alliance Lounge entrance at TBIT. Check out the video below if you want to see me go through the maze.
At the Gate
The flight departed gate 71B. It was about a 5 minute walk from United Club to the gate. I arrived about 15 minutes before boarding began. There was already a line at Lane 1 and 2. Oh United. Preboarding took a few minutes then we boarded. Everything was orderly from my view.
Once On Board
I'm in 15A. The passenger in 15 C was already seated. She and I had the same thought. "Please let there not be a passenger in the middle seat." I commented I saw the seat map and it was empty. I also commented I saw one name on the standby list at the gate. We both had a chuckle about that. In the end, there was no passenger middle seat and that made for a much more comfortable flight. There was no seat back screen. We could access streaming service on the United App for free. The problem was, my Samsung S9 didn't have the correct plugin so I couldn't watch. Oh United. You could pay for the internet either with Credit Card, or with United Miles. This is why I'm a JetBlue fanboy. All these things are included.
There are plugs between the seats. But they are in a really awkward position. I had to feel for it, and it was basically next to my right calf. The legroom was fine and I felt like I had enough space. Again, it helped there was no one seated in the middle.
Cool Pictures During the Flight.
We pushed back about 10 minutes early. However, we were number 12 for take off once we got to the taxiway. We didn't actually take off until closer to 11 am for the four hour 23 minute flight. Oh LAX. If not car traffic, plane traffic. It was cool as we had a female captain for our flight. I can only think of maybe one other time that happened. A storm was over LA. There were lots of cool clouds during takeoff. It looked like thunderstorms would happen later in the day. Our takeoff was uneventful thankfully.
I generally have low expectations when I fly United. The crews are usually nice when I fly them, but don't seem to go out of their way to make our flight comfortable, like say at JetBlue or Southwest. They just do their job. So in that sense, it's definitely better than what it was like last year or the previous years. Anyway, there were two beverage services. You could buy food on board. Though I ate quite a lot in the lounge and took a few small items, like a couple muffins and one apple. That's good since we were only served mini pretzels.
Our flight was equipped with the Boeing Sky Interior. I like this a lot as the colors change during the flight to help you adjust to the changing time. I think it works. It's a lot better than having a dark cabin with the lights suddenly coming on. The bathroom was tiny. The sink was tiny. Oh United…
Landing at Dulles.
It was a pretty smooth flight across the country on the first day of spring. We landed about 7 minutes early and parked out at the D concourse. I decided since I had three hours until my next flight, I would check out the Lufthansa Senator Lounge. But boy was that a long walk to catch the airport train. At least it was empty in the D and C concourse. And the train was kind of trippy sitting in the front arriving at a station. It was basically empty all the way to the B Concourse.
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Lufthansa Senator Lounge
Having Star Alliance Gold has its benefits. Even though I was on a domestic flight, I had access to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge. As the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt had just departed, the lounge was almost completely empty. This was the case until about 9pm when the next Lufthansa flight would depart. I had a nice quiet dinner. I even joked with some friends I was heading from LA to Nashville via Frankfurt. I liked the lounge and was lucky to have it almost all to myself for a couple of hours. Next time I plan to visit the Turkish Air Lounge.
Star Alliance Lounge Business Class Section
Los Angeles - LAX
Washington - IAD
Overall, it is only because of this report that I will have any memories of the flight. I thought United would soon offer DirecTV for free, so I was confused there was none on our flight. The streaming service still has a ways to go. I basically played around the United App looking up flights I wanted to take. I arrived in DC on time, and Nashville as well. The lounges were nice and it was nice to have a good meal since you basically get nothing on United, unless you pay up. It really helps having status in an alliance and I want to milk that for all it's worth. Thanks for reading.
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