At first it took me a while to find new flights, especially with all the changes going on at United right now. It also didn't help that I was searching the wrong month when trying to recreate my journey (if you read the milepoint thread you'll get a better idea of what an idiot it am!). Anyway, once I got that straightened out, I came up with SMF-IAH-ORD-DSM-ORD-LAX-SMF, which is only about 400 miles shorter than the original. Not bad. Also not bad, the IAH-ORD segment was scheduled to be on the new Dreamliner 787. A quick phone call to my dad who agreed to donate a systemwide upgrade to the cause and I scored myself a BusinessFirst seat on United's newest and greatest aircraft! I was pretty excited...for like a day.
|Haha. Just kidding!|
The bad news- it turns out that delivery of 2 of the new 787 Dreamliners is being delayed so they won't be ready for this trip coming up in just a few short weeks. United made the announcement via Unitedhub.com (United 787 Dreamliner to temporarily fly domestic routes), milepoint, Facebook, and I assume FlyerTalk as well. The good news- I'm now flying on a 767-200! And yes, I'm being sarcastic. The real good news is they are allowing people to rebook, which I think is pretty cool. They also said they'd be contacting affected customers shortly and giving out a special 1-800 number. I'm still waiting on that one.
I was never even supposed to fly on the new United 787 Dreamliner, then I was, and now I'm not. So what do I do now? If I settle for Platinum status this year, which is looking like a definite possibility unless I want to spend every weekend between now and the end of the year on a plane, I don't actually need those miles right now. Do I dare call the dissappointed-Dreamliner-avgeek hotline and try to postpone this trip until January? You know I would! Unfortunately, it's not that simple. It turns out there are more schedule changes at United other than those affecting the 787 meaning and I would need to come up with a whole new mileage run, again. In other news there's a hurricane on the east coast so trying to call any airline at the moment seems like a really not-fun and altogether bad idea. It looks like if I want a ride on a brand new Boeing jet I'm might be out of luck this time. Maybe I'll just take the 767 flight and we can all pretend it's 1982.
|My trip on the new 787 Dreamliner didn't even last long enough to get a screenshot.|