First Class United: Boston to Seoul, Korea $1,721!!

There’s an amazing deal on United Airlines between Boston and Seoul, Korea (ICN) in FIRST CLASS!

Normally flights from USA to ICN can run from $900-$1,200 in Economy so by paying just a bit more you will fly in First Class lie-flat seats. Not only that, you will earn about 30,000 United Airlines miles which will get you free flights (depends on where you are going, but at least 3 one-way domestic tickets).

Availability: Mon-Thur departures, 14 day advanced booking. Wide availability until May of 2015!!

Even if you don’t live in Boston to take advantage of this, I would fly into Boston just to fly First Class, especially if you are in the East Coast.


United: New York (EWR) to Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago) $289 ai rt

Posting this from my bed so forgive me for lack of extra info.

Flights on United Airlines from EWR-POS for $289 non-stop direct flight.
If you want to go the long way (as I like to do to earn more miles), route thru IAH for about 2x the miles earned (Possibly more if you have status).

Sample date: Oct 2-5

Visa is not required.

Search at: You can search these on OTAs or at UA.

Great Business class fare to Europe for less than $1,500

There was a huge Business class airfare war to Europe going on recently and it’s back again. The cost is less than $1,500 for summer time, which is about half what it normally cost for Business class.

Search for cities that aren’t United’s hub or co-terminals.

Allentown, PA
Westchester, NY
Fort Lauderdale
Las Vegas
San Jose
Orange County

Destinations like Rome, Milan, Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Nice, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Barcelona, and Madrid.

Book on Orbitz, or at
Must purchase at least 60 days in advance
Outbound travel has to be between June 27 and August 30; return travel must be between June 29 and September 4.

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Part 2: Budapest, Thailand, & Hong Kong trip report

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Flying Washington Dulles – Frankfurt on United First Class
Part 3: Underground caving in Budapest and Gun shooting
Part 4: Buda Castle & Szechenyi Thermal Spa
Part 5: Flying Munich – Bangkok on Thai Airways First Class
Part 6: Flying Bangkok – Phuket on Thair Airways Business Class
Part 7: Na Kran Beach, Elephant Trekking, Banthai Phuket Resort,
Part 8: Hong Kong
Part 9: Flying Hong Kong – Bangkok in Cathay Pacific Business
Part 10: My days in Bangkok
Part 11: Phuket Airport & Lounge
Part 12: Flying Phuket – Bangkok on Thai Airways First Class
Part 13: Thai First Class Lounge & Spa in Bangkok
Part 14: Flying Bangkok – Munich on Thair Airways First
Part 15: Flying Munich – Washington Dulles on Lufthansa First

Part 2: Flying Washington Dulles – Frankfurt on United First Class

United Airlines 932

Washington Dulles (IAD) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Wednesday, November 20
Depart: 9:52PM
Arrive: 12:00PM (+1 day)
Duration: 8h 8min
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Seat: 2C

I was pretty excited to start this trip because it was the first time my bestfriend and I took a multi-country trip and I was excited for him since it was his first time in a First Class flight.
I’m not sure who was more excited for him!

As soon as we boarded we grabbed our seats and started to relax. 1 of our crew was originally from The Netherlands and he loved to smile A LOT! Very friendly guy. At one point he and my friend had a brief dance off. ha! The cabin in First is a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats looked very nice. Reminded me of a spaceship cockpit.


The crew brought us a hot wet towel to freshen up and asked what we would like for our pre-departure drink. We ordered a mini-bottle of Delapierre Brut.

The seat had the typical bells and whistles, many different compartments, chair controls to make put it in relaxation mode, take-off and landing mode, and lie-flat sleep mode. It did not however have a massage option. In upright seat mode there was more than enough leg room.


As all international First Class flights goes, once we were in cruising altitude we were served drinks and warm nuts. I ordered diet coke with lemon for my drink. Then came out some breads with butter.


Followed by a very delicious appetizer, Vegetable-filled pastry and shrimp tempura with Asian barbeque sauce. At first, my friend and I thought it would only taste just ok but after tasting it we were both blown away. I think I could have ate 2 or 3 more of this dish. Also, the Mushroom Brie Bisque was equally amazing! My mouth is getting watery just thinking about them.

Next, was Fresh Seasonal Greens salad with Tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons with Caesar dressing.
For the main dish I ordered a grilled Pork Chop made with green peppercorn sauce, shitake mushroom bread pudding, white asparagus and broccolini. Looking back I don’t know why I ordered this because I NEVER EVER like Pork Chops. I guess I felt adventurous that day. After tasting it, I still don’t like Pork Chops.


By now I was stuffed but I knew what was coming next and I had to make room for one more and that was the desert! I always get the vanilla ice cream with all different nuts, hot fudge, whip cream, caramel, and cherry on top. There was one more ingredient but I can’t remember right now what it was. It was similar to strawberry jam. Anyways, once the very friendly crew came to me with the desert cart, I told him that I want the works.

Once the meal was over, I changed in to my American Airlines PJ. Yes, I know… this is an United flight. But they didn’t offer any PJ on United and only gave out First Class Amenity Kit (which was very impressive!). I set my chair to relaxation mode and watched a movie. Feeling sleepy half way through the movie, I asked the crew for the turndown service then past out.

Before landing, breakfast was served. Typical, European breakfast consisting of slices of different meats, cheese, fruits and yogurt.

As mentioned above, the United First Class Amenity Kit is very impressive. Totally blows American Airlines First Kit away. It contained glasses cleaning cloth, mouthwash, toothpaste, lotions, eyemask, comb, mints, hand sanitizer, earplugs, facial tissue, socks, shoe-in, and a pen. The bag itself is very useful because it’s a 2-part fold out. I can definitely reuse this.
United Global First (1)United Global First (2)

Damaged luggage bag

What to do in case of damaged luggage?

I recently came back from a great 3 weeks vacation to Budapest, Bangkok. Phuket, and Hong Kong. When I got my luggage when returning home, the leg stand was completely broken of.

I knew that I needed to go to an United baggage claims office (I flew United). I asked an United help desk where the office was and was told they don’t do claims anymore and it’s all done online now. I thought she was wrong but I took her word. That was my mistake. I went home, called the number and they made a claim but told me I need to go to their baggage claims office at the airport! This is what I get for trusting untrained employees. So as you might have guessed, I went back and they gave me a cheap replacement luggage that was new. I was fine with that. So don’t do what I did,
#1. Think what the agents tell you are correct.
#2. Look for a baggage claim office before you go home.

An extra tip, some credit cards like American Express Platinum gives you help if your luggage is lost.

“In the event that your checked baggage is lost by a commercial carrier, Platinum Assistance will make every effort to track down your missing luggage and keep you posted on their progress. Should Platinum Assistance not be able to recover your luggage, you will be reimbursed up to a maximum of USD $1,200 per trip.”

Happy holidays!!