United to Offer All Lie-Flat Premium Seats Between Boston and San Francisco
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Update 3/7/17: Just kidding! United has now updated its schedule, replacing many 757-200 flights with 737s. There are still two 777 flights on most days, however, so if a flat bed is what you’re after, be sure to book one of those.
United Airlines is upping its game in the lie-flat transcontinental market. As of June 8, 2017, the carrier will offer all lie-flat seats in its first-class cabin on flights between Boston (BOS) and San Francisco (SFO).
Currently, the carrier uses a mix of Boeing 757-300, 777-200 and 737-900 aircraft on the route, with only the 777 offering a lie-flat option in first. However, beginning June 8, each of the seven daily nonstop flights between BOS and SFO will offer lie-flat seats on either the carrier’s 757-200 or 777-200 aircraft.
One-way first-class tickets on the nonstop route with lie-flat seats are going for $649 on the first day the lie-flat seats are offered. Or, you can redeem 25,000 miles for a one-way saver ticket (if you can find availability at the saver level), or 50,000 miles at the standard level. Note that while you’ll have a comfortable lie-flat seat, the onboard experience will be that of a typical domestic United flight — the carrier only operates its p.s. flights with upgraded amenities, service, food and more on flights between Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).
It appears that this lie-flat service may only be offered during the peak summer travel season. As of now, it looks like the airline will use its 737-800s with recliner seats in first on the route beginning September 6, but it’s possible that it could swap in lie-flat aircraft later in the year.
Overall, this is great news for United flyers, or anyone that wants to fly across the country in style and comfort. It seems as though this is United’s way of competing with JetBlue’s Mint product, which already operates on the BOS-SFO route. JetBlue also flies Mint-equipped aircraft from Boston to Barbados (BGI), Aruba (AUA), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), with plans to launch to Seattle (SEA) and San Diego (SAN) in the future. It’ll be interesting to see if United matches JetBlue with lie-flat service on any of these routes in the coming months.
H/T: Live and Let’s Fly