American Airlines Boeing 772 on a domestic route

American Airlines Boeing 772 (777-200) seat 4A in Business/First Class. This plane is configured for long-haul travel, and this seat is business class internationally and first class domestically. This particular flight was from DFW to MIA.
American Airlines Boeing 772 (777-200) seat 4A in Business/First Class. This plane is configured for long-haul travel, and this seat is business class internationally and first class domestically. This particular flight was from DFW to MIA.

In December 2016, I was able to fly the American Airlines Boeing 772 (777-200). On that flight, it was configured in long-haul business class for a flight from DFW to NRT. If you get very lucky, however, you can also catch this plane in first class on domestic flights. I had that opportunity flying DFW to MIA this Summer, and it was amazing. While the service was the standard service for a domestic flight, the seat was exactly the same. Here, I want to talk about the hard product of the seat. Continue reading “American Airlines Boeing 772 on a domestic route”

American Airlines Hindu meal

American Airlines Hindu Meal in first class from DFW to MIA. It featured a paneer (cheese curry) and some slightly curried vegetables with rice. There was also a salad, some unusual pickles inside a bell pepper, and a dessert.
American Airlines Hindu Meal in first class from DFW to MIA. It featured a paneer (cheese curry) and some slightly curried vegetables with rice. There was also a salad, some unusual pickles inside a bell pepper, and a dessert.

Several months ago, American Airlines expanded their special meal offerings. If you are flying in first class and pre-order, AA domestic flights now offer many of the same choices as were previously available only on international flights. I pre-ordered the American Airlines Hindu meal when I flew from DFW to MIA on June 30, 2018. It wasn’t fantastic, but it was much better than many of the domestic offerings I have had recently. Continue reading “American Airlines Hindu meal”

United First Class Meal and Service Between Houston and San Juan

United First Class Meal from Houston To San Juan.
United First Class Meal from Houston To San Juan.

Ok, as promised, here is a review of our United first class meal and flights to and from San Juan.  When we booked our cruise about a month from our sailing date, we immediately booked flights to San Juan.  Thankfully, the best deal for a flight, after some online searching, was through United. (At some point in the future I will discuss my trials and tribulations with the other major carrier out of my hometown, American Airlines, but I am still suffering from flashbacks).  We booked 2 coach class seats.  The route consisted of 2 flights each way, a Embraer EMB 175 regional jet between Midland and Houston and a Boeing 737-900 for the Houston to San Juan leg. Continue reading “United First Class Meal and Service Between Houston and San Juan”

Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite Southern Caribbean Cruise Experience – Planning the Cruise

Mr. and Mrs. John Brawley Tophat in United first class on their flight to San Juan.
Mr. and Mrs. John Brawley Tophat in United first class on their flight to San Juan.

Hello all.  Mrs. Tophat and I just got back from an excellent Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite cruise adventure to the Southern Caribbean.  Over the next few weeks we are going to share with you our entire cruise experience.  We sailed on May 20th from San Juan to St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Marteen.  This cruise was about the ports of call.  We are gold cruisers with Carnival, having sailed with them many times out of New Orleans and Miami, so we were familiar with the Carnival experience.  We booked this cruise online via Carnival about a month before the sail date, so we had few options of cabins, and thus we ended up booking an extended grand suite on deck 6.  But, a few weeks before we sailed, the upgrade fairy called and offered us a Owners Penthouse Suite on deck 12. Continue reading “Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite Southern Caribbean Cruise Experience – Planning the Cruise”

Expanded American Airlines Special Meals on Domestic Flights

American Airlines special meals on domestic flights. If you book a first class seat, you can pre-order a wider selection of special meals in advance.
American Airlines special meals on domestic flights. If you book a first class seat, you can pre-order a wider selection of special meals in advance.

Dine Drink Travel previously reported that if you book a first class seat on American, you can pre-order your meal. This is true on both domestic and international flights. The service open up 30 days (to the minute) before the flight, and it stays open until 24 hours before takeoff. It is a great option to have. Domestic flights have typically had two entree options, and American recently added a cheese plate option. However, American Airlines special meals- options for folks with religious or dietary needs- have not been available on domestic flights until now. Continue reading “Expanded American Airlines Special Meals on Domestic Flights”