I've always believed that travel is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination. The ride to the airport, the anticipation of checking in, dropping bags, moving through security, and the process of boarding. All of this is inevitably a part of the process, somewhere between departure and arrival.
One of my first memories around travel was a trip back to France with my parents. We were headed for an extended time to visit my mother's family. To this day, I still vividly remember the process of flying. I remember getting the wings when I boarded the plane, taking a seat by the window, and gazing out in amazement as the plane accelerated and whisked us into the clouds. Today, traveling still feels just as magical. United Airlines has been one of my go-to airlines for years, and has been a part of many fond memories I have of traveling as a kid.
This past month, I was humbled to experience flying with United aboard their Premium Service flight in United BusinessFirst.
Running from Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX), this Premium Service provides an elevated experience throughout the cabin. It takes the best of the long-haul flights, and gives passengers the ultimate transcontinental flight. On board the modern plane, every seat has power outlets and personal entertainment systems.
The United BusinessFirst Premium Service starts before you even get on the plane — something I appreciated about the process. It gives you access to the United Club in SFO/EWR/LAX, as well as priority check-in and security lines. Having access to the express security line was perfectly timed as there was a bit of a morning rush when I arrived to the airport.
As I boarded the plane, I was greeted with a pre-departure drink service. I settled into my seat in United BusinessFirst, and prepared for the flight from SFO to EWR. Making myself at home, the plane ascended smoothly over San Francisco. The modern interior and clean lines was equally comforting to the eye as it was relaxing. If you've ever been in an older plane, a newer, polished interior is much appreciated.
I had heard many good things about the food on board, and had high expectations of the coursed meal. Between SFO and EWR, I had the opportunity to try the breakfast and lunch menu. The food was everything I thought it would be. The well-crafted menu provided options for most tastes. It is one of the best in-flight meals I've had to date. A highlight had to be the freshly baked cookie before arrival — it was a friendly closure to a peaceful flight. In between meals, the in-flight entertainment provided endless on-demand movie and series options. I took advantage and watched a few movies I'd had on my list for a while.
The highlight? The outstanding service on board. I was incredibly impressed by the level of service provided to myself and my fellow passengers. Each interaction left you feeling cared for, and part of an exciting experience.
If you're looking for comfort and service in transcontinental flights, United's BusinessFirst Premium Service is certainly the way to do it.
*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of United Airlines. As always, my opinions is my own.