The wife and I took advantage of some of those super low fares to Asia that were advertised last fall. I had always wanted to bring her to experience Songkran, the Thai New Years celebration, and got round trip IAD-BKK tickets on United for less than $600 each. The main reason for these super cheap tickets was almost free flights on ANA out of NRT. The PQD for the flight BKK-NRT was only $69!
We endured the 13 hour flight on UA IAD-NRT. Fortunately, the flight was half empty so the wife and I each got a row of three seats to rack out on. We then had a couple of hours in the United Club and went to get on our ANA flight to BKK. We were surprised when they called our names at the boarding area. Upgraded to Business Class!
I assume it was because the wife and I are both UA Golds due to my Million Miler status. Pretty good to get an upgrade on $69 fare just for being a Gold.
The seats were nice. Not quite lie-flat, but pretty close. Enough to get some rest on this 6.5 hour flight.
The seat came with its own instruction manual which was a first for me. I liked the power ports since they had 110v and USB in spots where the plug wouldn’t fall out – a problem I have on UA planes.
Slippers were provided at the seat, but no amenity kit? The FA then came by with a basket of stuff for you to pick from.
The food started out nice with a glass of wine and the world’s tiniest shrimp cocktail.
Then the first course came with a small sandwich and a weird green and white “pudding”. I ate it, but not much flavor. Not sure why the bread was served with this course, but I never turn down bread since I always know I can eat that if everything else turns our inedible.
Then the main course, I had chosen the beef. It was advertised as a hamburger steak, but came as this weird ground beef heavily mixed with onion with cubes of something else all wrapped in some type of wrapper. It came with a boiled onion in case you didn’t get enough onion taste with the beef. At least I had the bread…
For comparison, my wife chose the Japanese meal and was really happy with it. She is Asian so this was food she was used to
Dessert? Well, whoever had a bad dessert? It was a nice truffle. I could have used two.
A short nap and then we are there in Bangkok. Pretty good deal. Didn’t get the upgrade on the return, but they did give us their version of Premium Economy which was pretty nice too, but I will take business anytime.