With my upgrade confirmed for a flight that technically didn’t exist, I was left wondering what to do and where to go.
The gate agent was kind enough to tell us all that we could wait in the Red Carpet Club; the airport hangout for elite customers of United Airlines. Each airline has this type of club. It’s a place for customers who have amassed a lot of miles, or have purchased business or first class tickets. The facility is a place where you can, theoretically, grab a mixed drink, soda or some munchies and read any of a variety of newspapers or magazines. Or maybe even watch some television, all in comfortable surroundings
This looked like the first good news of the trip and if we had to wait, what better place than the elite Red Carpet Club.
We arrived to find the staff cleaning up. Apparently it was near closing time, and everyone was anxious to get home, or at least to where they needed to be. I knew exactly how they felt. I should point out that it wasn’t actually closing time, just getting near, to closing time. But I won’t bore you with semantics unless, of course, I already have.
Much to our surprise, the loudspeaker announced that our flight was scheduled to depart after all, with what had been only a slight one-hour delay.
This really was good news and we all ran to the gate.
I’ve flown business class before, not often, but I’ve had the pleasure in the past. And I have to say it’s nice to have extra wide seats that recline. And the extra attention from the flight staff is pretty cool too. But the last time I flew business was on Air New Zealand…and let me tell you, that's the way to fly!
The trip to London was uneventful. And I guess when you’re traveling over the Atlantic Ocean or, it could be argued, when you’re traveling pretty much anywhere, an uneventful flight is a perfect flight.