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February 20, 2009

No More Mai-Tais to Hawaii; United PS Upgrades and Downgrades

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris @ 1:34 am

maitai>Goodbye Mai-Tai. On a recent trip to Honolulu I was bummed to discover that United stopped offering Mai-Tais about 5 months ago. Remember when FA’s would bring out the big trays of them, topped with pineapple and cherries? From Trader Vic’s no less! (See old photo) Those were the days. Oh, well. Our flight attendant, who seemed as depressed about this as we were, offered to concoct a fake one out of orange juice, rum, a little coke and a few other items from the bar. We stuck with the bloodies… and the “fake” Baileys— something new and creamy from Starbucks. (I suppose you get what you pay for…our fares were about $350 round trip and we used miles to upgrade…)

>Speaking of United cuts, on a recent flight to SFO from NYC-Kennedy, I was thrilled to score an upgrade to PS Business. (It was on a Saturday, probably the easiest day of the week to get one…) On the upside, I noticed that the portable in-flight entertainment systems United offers have been upgraded from the older DVD players to newer units where everything is stored on a hard drive which contains a much wider selection of movies and TV shows. Easier to watch. Good job. On the downside, the cabin interior was downright haggard and dirty. The interior wall panel next to me was held together with duct tape. (See photo.) Makes me wonder what else might be held together with duct tape. Interesting: If I paid to fly United PS Business next week, the fare would be $2336 round trip. Coach? $295. Quite a markup!


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1 Comment »

  1. Mai Tai cocktails return to United’s Hawaii routes in March. They received a large number of complaints about this and are rescinding their decision to stop carrying the mix.

    Comment by Mark — February 20, 2009 @ 8:03 am | Reply

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