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United Airines 737-800 premium Economy Plus Seat 7D

Jake Redman July 2, 2012 7

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Boeing 737-800

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On July 2, 2012
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Airline: United
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Row: 7  (Exit Row)
Class: Economy Plus


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United Airlines "Classic" Snack Box
Easier than filling sandwich baggies with your own snacks…but a lot more expensive. United Airlines “Classic” Snack Box.

The Seat(s): That Boeing 737 aircraft are a tiny bit narrower than it’s direct Airbus competitor makes it hard for the bigger hipped of us to want to squeeze into it’s narrow, bulkhead premium economy seats. Luckily your wall-mounted TV means that there’s no fold-up screen built into the seat competing for the same space. Otherwise You’re pretty well off here. A good amount of legroom and a cut-out means your knees are free and your feet can creep into the luxurious floor space of first class.

Service/Food: Our previous flight had been out of certain snack boxes so I kindly asked the flight attendant which were available on this one. Her response was a snotty and annoyed “Same ones we ALWAYS have!”.  She hastily grabbed the “Hemispheres” magazine and started flipping through pages to show me what they offered.  As she did I fearfully let her know “Um..I’ll have the classic box.” After giving me the expected “then why the hell are you asking” face, she took my money and gave me the blue box of carbs. Service: boo. Snack box: meh.

Summary: There’s a good amount of legroom here but beware the slightly reduced seat width of an already slim seat. I hate making service a big part of a seat rating but recent hops on United are starting to influence my overall opinions. Paired with friendlier flight attendants this might be worth the extra cash or effort.

Rating: 3 hops (of 5)

Strategy:  If you had passed up purchasing one of these seats or choosing them as an elite member in advance, try a friendly exchange with the gate agent. Chances are likely better if you arrive early.

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Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. Justin Hall on July 2, 2012

    First class is easy enough to obtain on United. Why did you fly in Economy?

    • Jake Redman on July 2, 2012

      Hi Justin. We often fly in “premium” economy seats (bulkhead, exit and seats with more legroom) for the purpose of showing those who might be interested whether or not they’ll be worth the extra money or effort. In this case, it had more to do with our last minute change from a different airline to get a more direct route back to our home base. Do you normally upgrade using miles or are you upper-tier elite with United or Star Alliance? We’d love to hear your upgrade strategy!

  2. Justin Hall on July 2, 2012

    Well, I am an executive platinum on American so they are usually my airline; however, since I live in CT and often travel to ORD, which American uses American Eagle, I gave United a try. When I do use United, 24 hours prior to departure, first class upgrades are available usually from $100-$150. You need to work for them sometimes, but they’re well worth it for the price. My wife flies United from LGA to Houston from time to time, and again, I never have a problem upgrading her.

    • Jake Redman on November 25, 2012

      Hi Andras,

      We’re having trouble replicating the problem but would like to look into why it’s happening. Can you tell us what operating system and browser you’re using? Are you getting the standard modhop 404 page? Or does it lead to just a blank page?


  3. Kimo Eric on August 26, 2013

    Jake, I just wanted to let you know that your comment on the sevice/food on this flight has always been a favorite of mine. I admit, I get tickled every time I read it. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has had the fear knocked into me by a snotty flight attendant lol 🙂

    • modhop on September 9, 2013

      Haha. What the flight attendant didn’t know was that the last flight I had been on didn’t have all the snack box choices. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have asked. Still, this woman made sure I’d never ask again…The snackbox itself made sure I’d never order one again.

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