Prologue:I commence my first YTR for this year by wishing everyone a healthy 2021. Let's hope that this year we can get closer to normality after the life changing events of the past year and indulge in our passions with a new confidence and zest.
I begin 2021 with a trip that was never intended to be. I was supposed to take a trip to NY in Dec. but due to the worsening of the health crisis there I decided to cancel it and use the credit for a later flight. Then by chance I found a fare from LAX-MIA round trip for about $165 (EUR 137) and since Florida never imposed a travel restriction I exchanged my NY trip for this one instead.
But since I live in SFO that meant that I had to purchase a positioning flight to get down to LAX. Therefore I bought a separate ticket on UA for the previous day before my flight and stayed overnight at the Hilton LAX. I will not report on this short hop except for one change at the UA Club since last year that you will see at the beginning of the report.
United @ SFO - I'm happy to report that you no longer have to ask the bartender for snacks (only drinks). A big improvement was the restoration of self serve snacks and this time UA introduced a hot item.
Vegetarian burritos to satisfy the craving for hot food. These are also accompanied by packets of hot sauce and ketchup.
A new item - mozzarella sticks rolled in salami. 100% natural and without preservatives. People grabbed them like hot cakes.
Orange juice in small cartons like those served at school cafeterias.
I don't have to worry about dinner when I arrive in LAX. :P
Now let's move to LAX. I couldn't check in online due to a glitch with my ticket so I had to go to the counter. The agent was courteous and told me that my ticket was not properly exchanged because it still showed the NY segment in the fare calculation. A few tabs and it was fixed. I even received a USD 7 voucher for the fare difference.
Check in was pleasant and I was reminded to wear the mask at all times except when eating or drinking.
Took the elevator to the second floor and was greeted by an agent who personally escorted me to my seat.
Entrance to the lounge.
Flagship lounge used as an extension of the AA Club. Seeing that empty room with no food is a sad sight.
Once you were seated an attendant asks for your drink and brings a bag of snacks.
Enough sweets to kill a diabetic. No offer of savory or low carbohydrate alternatives.
View from the AA Club.
My flight departed from the Tom Bradley Intl. terminal so I used the walkway that connected from T4.
Empty terminal with closed stores.
Except for Starbucks.
I made a left turn to the mini-cabin located before the galley. J class on the 773-ER has two sections. The forward area has 8 seats in an intimate environment and the rear with 44 seats.
Forward J cabin.
Pillow and blanket.
F amenity kit on today's flight along with headset and a bottle of water.
Looking from the back of my seat.
Sit back and relax. ;) I follow crew's instructions.
I ordered tomato juice to start my breakfast.
Broccoli and red pepper strata for me this morning.
Nice to see proper salt/pepper shakers.
I grabbed a few packets of hot sauce and ketchup from UA Club. :P
Only 1 roll?
Flight was pretty uneventful. No snack buffet set up in the galley. Instead FA passed with a tray of cookies and nuts. I was wondering if this was a cost cutting move.
I was treated to a beautiful descent into MIA.
Arrival at the gate.
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========== American Airlines Admirals Club T4 ==========
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Summary:The club experience is disappointing with the lack of food but it's understandable considering that LAX is now one of the worst affected areas for Covid19. I appreciate the friendliness and attitude of the ground crew in doing their best out of a very difficult and challenging situation.
Once aboard I really enjoyed my flight. The crew was friendly and efficient. I was lucky to find a seat in the forward cabin which provided a more private feeling compared to the huge J section in the back. Again I applaud AA for providing a product that mirrors closely to what was offered before the health crisis. It's been said that JetBlue and AA are now considered the best premium cabin transcon products within the US and as far as AA I would agree with that statement.