I recently had the opportunity to fly four segments in United Airlines Domestic First Class in my quest to obtain Star Alliance Gold Status via Aegean Airlines.
Currently, this status can be achieved in one round trip flight, but that will change after November 1, 2014 due to the recent changes in the Aegean Miles & Bonus program.
The flights I took were Seattle to Houston; Houston to LaGuardia, New York; LaGuardia to Chicago O’Hare; and Chicago O’Hare to Seattle.
This post will only focus on the food served in first class.
Service on flights began with pre-flight beverage service. I usually order a Diet Coke and water.
The Seattle to Houston flight was a morning flight which included breakfast service.
There was a Greek style yogurt, bowl of fruit, a cinnamon roll and I chose the “cheese” omelet with sausage.
The yogurt was good, the fruit fresh although some of the cantaloupe pieces were under ripe and crunchy. The omelet did not taste like cheese, the “sausage” patty tasted like Jimmy Dean microwave sausage, the side dish was a mystery to me. It contained vegetables, cheese and something gummy and barely edible held the whole thing together. The cinnamon roll was warm but tasted undercooked and somewhat raw.
|Warm Mixed Nuts|
On the Houston to LaGuardia flight, which was an afternoon flight and arrived at night, service started with a small ramekin of warm mixed nuts which was very good.
Lunch came with a salad which was fresh, very wilted canned green beans, a roll, chicken which wasn’t bone dry but severely lacking in flavor, and ratatouille that was akin to chunky tomato soup.
Dessert included a warm oatmeal raisin cookie which was very good.
On the LaGuardia to Chicago O’Hare flight, this was another morning flight that included breakfast.
Once again, there was a cup of Greek yogurt and a bowl of fruit. There was an Egg McMuffin type sandwich whose cheese had congealed into a small ball on the side of the sandwich. Needless to say the sandwich was barely edibile.
The Chicago O’Hare to Seattle flight was an afternoon flight that included lunch.
There was a mushroom bisque which was somewhat lacking in flavor, a roll, a steak sandwich which was tolerable, and a white chocolate cranberry chip cookie.
The food served in domestic first class is pretty poor in general. I would rate the main courses slightly worse than what you would get at a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s, Burger King or Carl’s Jr.
At least alcohol is complimentary and drinks were refilled fairly often.