Review: United Airlines, Washington – Los Angeles – Vancouver
While I don’t usually combine flight posts, it seems to make sense in this case since these flights blended into each other. Economy flights aren’t that exciting to write about, but they do form an important part of any trip.
This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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Read more from this trip:
- Trip Introduction: The Empty Quarter of the United Arab Emirates, Doha Qatar and Huvadhoo Atoll Maldives via United Airlines and Etihad Airways.
- United Airlines: Vancouver – San Franciso – Washington Dulles
- United Airlines: Washington Dulles – Dubai
- United Airlines: Dubai – Doha
- Oryx Lounge, Doha International Airport, Doha, Qatar
- Etihad Business Class: Doha – Abu Dhabi
- The Grosvenor House, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Qsar Al Sarab, The Empty Quarter, United Arab Emirates
- Qsar Al Sarab, Activities (Camels and Dune Dashing), The Empty Quarter, United Arab Emirates
- Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Getting into the Emirates Palace Hotel & Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi – Malé
- Sheraton Full Moon Resort and Spa, Maldives
- Maldivian Air, Malé – Kadhdhoo – Kooddoo
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Park Villa
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Water Villa
- Visiting an Inhabited Island, Gemanafushi Island, Maldives
- Maldivian Air, Kooddoo – Malé
- Etihad Airways, Malé – Abu Dhabi
- Etihad Airways Pearl Business Lounge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi – Doha
- Marriott Doha Hotel, Doha, Qatar
- Doha, Qatar
- United Airlines, Doha – Dubai
- Marhaba Lounge, Dubai Terminal 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- United Airlines, Dubai – Washington Dulles
- United Airlines, Washington Dulles – Los Angeles – Vancouver
Review: United Airlines, Washington Dulles – Los Angeles – Vancouver
After the longest concourse walk from one end of Dulles Terminal C to Terminal D with some noticeably absent moving sidewalks, we boarded onto a full plane.
IAD-LAX (Washington Dulles – Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 7)
UA 431 – Economy Class ( W )
9:38 AM – 12:00 PM
Oct 22, 2012
Booked: Boeing 757-200
Flown: Boeing 757-200
Aside from an entertaining incident with some older senior citizens not finding any overhead bin space for their bags (because they were in boarding group six) this was another pretty uneventful flight. We pretty much slept this whole flight back to the West Coast.
By this time, my tail was getting seriously sore from being seated amid all the economy travel. It had been probably about 21 out of the last 36 hours that I had been crammed into an economy seat- after taking into account all the ground delays in DOH and all the ramp time.
Stopping by the United Club – Los Angeles:
On arrival at LAX Terminal 7, we wandered over to the familiar United Club. It wasn’t super busy during our visit. We stocked up on some of the usual Copper Ridge wine and I grabbed some Angeleno magazines to read for the plane ride home.
LAX-YVR (Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 7 – Vancouver International Airport)
UA 976 – Economy Class (L)
2:31 PM – 5:14 PM
Oct 22, 2012
Booked: Canadair CRJ – 700
Flown: Canadair CRJ – 700
Heading over to Terminal 8, we headed for the usual gate 80 where the Vancouver flights usually depart from. We mananged to volunteer for a seat substitution when they needed to move a family from the emergency exit row.
At only two and a half hours, the flight went pretty quickly. Before we knew it, we were arriving back at our home airport, some 25,869 miles after we started.
Our First Trip to Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the Maldives summarized:
Overall, the trip was a wonderful experience in exploring a region of the world which I hadn’t made it to yet. The experiences at the Park Hyatt Maldives and the Qsar al Sarab desert resort were fabulous stay experiences that we won’t forget for a very long time.
Concluding this report, the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates were complete jewels of areas that really resembled buried treasure. The discovery of resorts in the middle of nowhere, gradually sinking atolls on prisine islands, and the wonders of the underwater world in the Maldives, found our fair share of truly awesome experiences. Although it wasn’t the full Sex in the City movie Experience, it was pretty close. I can’t wait until it’s out next time to visit the Maldives. It’s a fantastic place and well worth the time it takes to get there.