Looking for some sun and a tan this winter, and want to get there in
relative style (at least for domestic American standards)? Then this might be a flight for you. It’s also really good news for Star Alliance fliers in the US.
From December 18, United is to begin 6x weekly flights from their Newark (EWR) hub to San Juan (SJU). The flight will be operated only for a limited time through the winter schedule and will be using an ex Continental 777 that has been pulled from their premium service offering between Newark and LAX and San Francisco.
So for those Star elites looking for that upgrade, then luck is on your side – and for those who are paying for First Class, this is a massive upgrade from the normal 38-40 inch pitch recliners on the A320 and B757s that currently ply the route – to a flat bed with an impressive entertainment system. Even on a 3 hour flight this is always a massive plus.
Operationally for United, they are cramming this 777 in between their international flight responsibilities (it has a very short turnaround in SJU) so its a good utilization of an asset that would otherwise just be sitting on the ground at EWR taking ramp space and making no money – it also offers UA the ability to massively increase their cargo capacity on the route, which as we understand is quite strong between Puerto Rico and the New York City area. Rumors are that UA has already struck a deal with DHL on this new flight as well.
Expect award space for redemptions in any class of service to spike massively with hundreds of seats being added 6x weekly – this is especially pertinent during the busy Christmas schedule, especially for relatives and friends going back home to San Juan and for those looking out for deals to warm destinations in the depths of the freezing NYC winter.
So it’s a win-win, really. A nice (if not rare) thing to say about United these days!