Bags VIP Baggage Delivery Service

Bags VIP baggage delivery service allows you to check in your luggage and not pick it up again until you reach your hotel.
Bags VIP baggage delivery service allows you to check in your luggage and not pick it up again until you reach your hotel.

I don’t do a great job of packing my luggage. Usually, I am gone for 3-4 nights. That means that I usually have a little bit too much stuff for a carry on. However, I *hate* waiting at the baggage carousel for my stuff to come out. American and United offer baggage delivery service with Bags VIP. I tried it recently on two flights– one with each airline. The service is good, but not great. Whether I use it again will depend a lot on the circumstances.

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United first class lunch

My United first class lunch from Houston to Las Vegas was an excellent beef soba salad.
My United first class lunch from Houston to Las Vegas was an excellent beef soba salad.

I have a confession to make. I… and I don’t know how to say this, but I… I actually like airplane food. I know this makes me guilty of some great culinary sin. I simply don’t care. Boarding a flight to Vegas, getting a drink, and having a meal is a nice way to spend several hours. I am writing this in the air to tell you about United first class lunch. This was a great meal.

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United vs. American domestic first class dining

Woodford Reserve bourbon and a ramekin of warm nuts on American Airlines
Flights are always better with refreshments. Happily, both American and United domestic first class dining includes warm nuts and a free drink.

I wrote earlier this month about domestic first class dining on United and on American. To be honest, they are very similar services. While the guidelines change every few month, lunch and dinner flights that aren’t premium transcontinental routes will typically have two choices. One of those options, particularly at lunch, is often cold. Both airlines start with a free drink and some warm nuts. So what is the difference between them?

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United domestic first class meal experience

Nuts and a drink start United first class meals.
Nuts and a drink start United first class meals.

I normally fly American, and I have previously reviewed their mid-con first class meal service. However, last week I took United on my way home from San Diego. What are United first class meals like? On a mid-con, the food and service are both pretty good. The challenge is that they don’t offer some of the options that American does.

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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”