Sunday, 21 November 2004
|1302 - Home again, by myself|
The trip to LA wasn't bad, although Friday was a long day. I taped not one, but two, appearances. The main one will probably run the week after Thanksgiving (the week of the 29th, for those of you not in the US), and the other won't run till just before Christmas. They do count separately for getting paid, though. Whee.
The appearance next week will be a departure in one respect from usual. It'll be interesting to see what kind of reactions it gets.
I did score first class upgrades on both flights. This is becoming disgustingly easy to get used to. They ran short of meals in first class on the flight back - seems the caterer shorted them one meal cart's worth - but I got one. Guess I wasn't quite far enough down the list to miss out.
I'll make at least one more trip to LA before the end of the year. That will put me at 49,886 elite qualifying miles on Northwest in 2004...or a mere 114 short of Gold Elite qualification. That would make me more likely to get first class upgrades and save me some extra money on my WorldClub membership. If they don't bring me out there twice, I might have to take a little trip just to get me over the hump. I've done it before.
vakkotaur should get home very late tonight, probably after I've gone to bed. The house seems empty. We will have a couple of days at home before driving down to see my parents in Blue Eye, AR (southwest of Branson, MO) for Thanksgiving.
current mood: calm
What's the first class service like? How does it differ from the other services?
With special emphasis on the food if you please. =o)
Let's see...I've only flown first class on Northwest lately, so this may apply only partially to other alrlines (in particular, I wasn't impressed with the food the last time I flew United in first class).
1) You get to board first, or nearly so.
2) You get alcoholic drinks for free.
3) You get a drink before departure, if you want one.
4) There are 4 seats across, instead of 6, in most aircraft. They're wider, too.
5) Your checked baggage is supposedly handled on a priority basis. (This one tends to be spotty, though.)
6) The food is generally hot, served on real plates or bowls, and includes a salad and dessert (or fruit and a bagel or muffin, for breakfast). You also get a choice of two entrees, usually.
7) There's a lavatory reserved for first class passengers.
8) Even the bagged snacks are higher quality: instead of peanuts, for example, Northwest has mxed nuts with no peanuts in the bag.
9) If you're flying first class or business class internationally, you get access to the VIP lounge at the airport. (This one doesn't affect me, since I'm a WorldClub member anyway.)
10) It's very rare to have screaming kids in first class.
Oh, awesome. I think I'm one of the few people who has always really enjoyed airline food. Especially when I flew from Scotland to Canada and they served biscuits with clotted cream. That was the only time I've ever had clotted cream and it was delicious.
Point # 10 seems especially nice. As is the food served on actual plates. I suppose with fewer people and wider seats it makes it easy to do.
Blue Eye? Wow... that's not very far at all from Bentonville, where I was born.
Damn. It's even more rare to find someone who knows where Blue Eye is than it is to find someone who knows where Fairmont is.