I’m traveling on April 3 to Omaha and driving to Council Bluffs, Iowa for the Vex IQ Crossover National Competition, I’m excited because this flight is what will put me over the Gold Challenge requirements. If you want to check the status of the tournament, here is the link: https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-16-2074.html. My team is 3815 G, Harambe IQ. I’m traveling with my dad so there is no need for the Unaccompanied Minor service. I paid about $317 for the way there on American Airlines including MCE and Preferred seats.
And about $333 on the way back on United.
I’m expecting to be upgraded on the Chicago flight on the outbound. I checked on ExpertFlyer and 12 out of the 16 or 3/4 seats in First Class are available so I’m expecting a upgrade 24 hours before the flight departs.
Great News! I was upgraded about 12 hours before the flight left, So this would be the second time in the American Airlines 737-800 First Class in a week!
I got to the airport fairly late so I went to the lounge only for about 5 minutes to request an upgrade for my Dad using my 500 mile upgrades. This time there were very short lines in security because it was earlier in the morning. When we got to the gate my Dad was next to clear on the upgrade list and there were plenty seats left in First so we went up to the desk and asked if he could clear. The lady looked at the seating map and printed out a new boarding pass for him. It never hurts to ask! Since I already reviewed the American Airlines 737-800 First Class there was no need for me to do it again so I settled into Seat 4E the same one as my first flight on the 737-800 and undoubtedly my favorite seat on the whole plane, watched some movies and before I knew it we were on approach to Chicago O’Hare.
We had a very smooth landing into O’Hare where after we deplaned we went to the Admirals Club which was a 7 minute walk from the gate. The interior of the Admirals Club was very nice as I would expect for one of their Hubs. So My Dad and I enjoyed the lounge for 30 minute until it was time to go to the gate.
So, our second flight was from Chicago O’Hare to Omaha Eppley Airfield also on American Airlines. This plane is a one class cabin but if it had a First Class I would’ve enjoyed a Complimentary Upgrade because the flight was under 500 Miles. I did however pick one of the best seats on the plane which is categorized as Preferred so I could select it for free since I had Gold Status. The seat was kind of like it’s own First Class since there was no seat to my right or ahead of me and I was about 2 feet away from the cockpit!