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As soon as I saw the tweet by Frequently Flying about the United Dreamliner availability now being available for booking on the United website, I quickly jumped online to see what I could find myself. So far what I see is certainly some of the flights are loaded, but either their plans changed some from what was announced, or isn’t yet all loaded. For example, I see days later this year on the IAH-EWR route where there is no Dreamliner, when it was announced to be daily service. I’m sure that will all be worked out in the coming hours/days, but the main point is that some availability is now live for flights beginning November 4th.
I really want to be on one of the first flights as I think it is a big step forward for a US-based airline, but so far the fares I have seen for the routes that begin on November 4th have been a bit absurd (not just for Dreamliner flights, but for any of those flights that day), so I’m sitting on the sideline for a while. I may pay a premium if I knew I could get on the actual first UA commercial 787 flight, but I’m not quite ready yet to pull the trigger on an expensive November 4th flight that won’t likely be the actual first flight. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to, just can’t quite justify it yet. If you find an economical way to do it for a same day trip, feel free to share. 😉
If you really want to get on a November 4th 787 flight using miles instead of dollars, then check out this post over at Milevalue. He has some tips to really maximize your miles for these flights if you want to enjoy the airplane for as long as possible! If you want to learn more about what routes should be available, then check out this post.
Oh and Mom and Dad, if you are reading, your flight to Newark later this year is on the Dreamliner!