Sunday, April 1, 2018

Polaris Opposites - Lounge report - United Polaris Lounge, Chicago-O'Hare

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United opened its Polaris lounge at O'Hare in December 2016 as part of its rebranding of United Business into United Polaris.  The opening was a smash success, with bloggers proclaiming it "easily the best US carrier-operated lounge in the world" and a "fantastic lounge, clearly a step or three above the United Clubs."


United Polaris Lounge - O'Hare

With that hype, I arrived at O'Hare a bit earlier than issue to get breakfast at the Polaris lounge.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Polaris Opposites - Introduction

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Last year, I learned that United was considering severely cutting back its Polaris First (i.e., three-cabin international first) product.

United retired the 747-400 from service in November 2017, one of the last aircraft offering international first class, leaving just some 767-300 and 777-200 with the Polaris First product.

United 777-200 seat map
(source:  united.com)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sakura-ficing Miles - Japan Airlines First Class, Tokyo-Narita > Chicago O'Hare (777-300ER)

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Seven of the eight seats in First Class were occupied, so I found the attention on the return leg a bit less polished than the outbound (where only three of eight seats were taken).  But the flight was still outstanding.

Japan Airlines 010, Tokyo-Narita > Chicago O'Hare
First Class, Seat 2A

Seat 2A, reclined