You see, it’s no secret, we have become a loyal, loyal, loyal Virgin America family. They’ve satisfied our soul, filled our bellies, seated us near Chris Cornell. It’s a tough act to follow. I can easily think of different times we’ve paid few more dollars, and even flew into an out-of-the-way airport when necessary just so we can fly in familiar comfort. So when I found out AMEX Travel arranged our recent trip to Hawaii was on United I was apprehensive. Lately, I’ve heard some unpleasant stories about service, delays, confusions and let’s just say I grabbed my boarding pass at LAX with quite a few preconceived notions.
Flying does not make me nervous, but the thought of sitting in one confined spot for more than two hours does give me anxiety. So I’ve always enjoyed the in-flight entertainment systems carriers like Virgin and Jet-Blue offered their passengers to pass the time quicker. That was another huge reason I thought I was going to dread this United flight. It automatically made me remember all of those legs from Newark to Orlando trips we’d take on Eastern Airlines as a kid to see the Mouse at his other house in Orlando. Well, yes, the flight was long, and having Wi-Fi or Direct TV would’ve made the six hours ‘fly’ (ha! see what I did there) by, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Nicole Standley a.k.a. Jet-Set Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The Trend Tribe. Contributor for CBS LA, Lucky Magazine, Burke Williams Spa & Moonfrye.com, follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.