…the only thing that could make this day any better is ice cream!
Yes, it has been a good day so far. The Tampa ground crew were quite excited this morning about the aircraft swap from a regular 757 to a Premium Service 757. As I was checking in my favorite service director in Tampa asked whether I wanted anyone else upgraded, because they’d just be upgrading non-status passengers otherwise. Sadly I didn’t have a traveling companion for once! As I mentioned yesterday, I had the same plane from Tampa to Washington to San Francisco (both flights were supposed to be a regular 757, but both became a Premium Service 757 — meaning 72 fewer seats!). I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had placed me in business class proactively on the connecting flight.
I asked the agent to place me on the bump list for the second flight, and he literally laughed out loud when he saw how badly the flight was oversold — “happy I’m not working that flight!”
The flight to Washington was fairly uneventful. Sitting across the aisle from me was a FlyerTalker, and being in first class on a Premium Service 757 wasn’t half bad. We’ve come a long way from Ted!
I get to Washington, where my connection was leaving from the same gate. At the counter is a line 20 people deep, and I constantly hear the agent saying “you’ll need to sign here,” meaning she was already voluntarily denying people boarding. I went online to look at “My Itineraries,” and noticed that I had already been rebooked in first class on a later flight.
I went to the Red Carpet Club, where the cheery agent gladly processed my bump.
While I don’t get Premium Service business class, I was originally booked in coach (and probably wouldn’t have cleared my upgrade), so I’m a happy camper being in first class a couple of hours later $400 richer.
My next flight is zeroed out as well, so crossing my paws that I’ll get lucky again… and also crossing my paws that I don’t overdose on pretzels here in the Senator Lounge…