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, so dass die Gangway nicht heran kam. Wir wurden dann nochmal mit dem Schlepper gezogen. Aber besser zu früh als zu spät stehen.

Mietwagen-Preisvergleich für San Francisco

Mit dem Airtrain fuhren wir anschließend zum Car Rental Terminal. Our landlord Alamo had, unfortunately, is the longest snake. But after a half hour of waiting, was also done with the paperwork and we went to the Park house. Alamo operates in San Francisco, a so-called “Choice Line”. We were able to choose from the cars in the Fullsize range just one. The selection was unfortunately limited, in addition to a couple of Toyota Camry's in different colors, I noticed a VW Beetle in the eye. But the trunk is in the car a joke. Since we didn't get a case reasonably clean. As I had already accepted internally with a Toyota that just came in the Minute a white Chrysler 200 around the corner. We stormed the same over, before a Chinese Couple was able to get the Chrysler. The trunk was nice and big, and the car is fairly new. It was only 4000km driven. Great Feature, what is required, however, some getting used to time, was the built-in 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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