United Airlines Airbus A320-200 economy class, Seattle to San Francisco

The return of our rental car at Budget, in the newly constructed rental car Center SeaTec went simply and easily. It was not busy on this Saturday morning.

Journey time: 19 hours, 681.3 miles, twice tanked for a total of 75 USD.

Journey time: 19 hours, 681.3 miles, twice tanked for a total of 75 USD.

At Check In there were the first problems. The Computer of United seem to have problems with both of our similar first names. They differ only a letter. :) We were then able to get the Tickets and the Luggage was also, even for free, checked-in.

United Club Seattle

Thanks to Prime Access with my Star Alliance Gold Status quickly went through the FastTrack Security Scan. After that was done, we ran in the direction of the Gate A14. On the way we stopped in the United club. A really beautifully designed Lounge, unfortunately without a view on the apron. There was a Bar available, where you must typically pay for United for alcoholic beverages (except beer and wine). For alcohol, it was even for me too early, even if the holiday is. We were looking for something at the Breakfast buffet. Normally, the United Lounges are a “carrots and crackers”-Paradise, but here there were even Muffins, Bagels and fruit. Super!

United club in SeaTec

United club in SeaTec

Flug UA 696 nach San Francisco

After 20 minutes we were already on the way to the Gate. The Boarding for our group, 1 was already completed, but we scurried still fast in front of the Boarding group 4 and 5. Our Airbus A320-200 (UA 698) was almost fully booked, so full of, the Luggage compartments were.

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The A320 was equipped with Inflight Wifi. For the Internet we would have had to pay, but Entertainment and flight information via the Browser for free. For the majority of the movies you need, however, for the iPad is a separate App from United. This one should get before doing so. The Service there is not on the two hours flight is a lot to say: a drinks round!

United Inflight Wifi

United Inflight Wifi

The most grandiose of the flight, the view was, without a doubt. We had the best weather and, of course, seats at the window on the “right” side (A & B). A highlight of the clouds was lots of views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Downtown.

Angekommen in San Francisco stellten wir fest, dass der Pilot das Einparken am Gate noch ein wenig übern sollte. Nachdem er das Flugzeug zum Stehen gebracht hatte, stand er leider einen Yard zu weit hinten, sodass die Gangway nicht herankam. Wir wurden dann nochmal mit dem Schlepper gezogen. Aber besser zu früh als zu spät stehen.

Rental cars-compare prices for San Francisco

Mit dem Airtrain fuhren wir anschließend zum Car Rental Terminal. Unser Vermieter Alamo hatte unglücklicherweise die längste Schlange. Aber nach einer halben Stunde Wartezeit war auch der Papierkram erledigt und wir gingen ins Parkhaus. Alamo betreibt in San Francisco eine sogenannte “Choice Line”. Wir konnten uns also aus den Autos in der Fullsize Reihe einfach eins aussuchen. Die Auswahl war aber leider begrenzt, neben ein paar Toyota Camry`s in verschiedenen Farben, fiel mir noch ein VW Beetle ins Auge. Aber der Kofferraum ist bei dem Auto ja ein Witz. Da hätten wir ja nicht mal einen Koffer vernünftig reinbekommen. Als ich mich schon innerlich mit einem Toyota abgefunden hatte, kam gerade in der Minute ein weißer Chrysler 200 um die Ecke. Wir stürmten gleich hinüber, bevor ein chinesisches Paar sich den Chrysler schnappen konnte. Der Kofferraum war schön groß und das Auto recht neu. Es war erst 4000 km gefahren. Tolles Feature, was allerdings etwas Gewöhnungszeit benötigte, war das verbaute Keyless Go.

unser Mietwagen - Chrysler 200

unser Mietwagen – Chrysler 200


My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2012 I live with my wife Christin in Halle (Saale). When travelling I love flying, discovering good food and drink and spending the night in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always looking for the next adventure. I have been reporting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

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