After leaving the lounge, we headed to the gate which was a total mess. Even though only Zone 1 was boarding, passengers blocked the boarding line, so we had to push our way through.
The economy cabin is in a 2-4-2 layout. We were seated in seats 31A and 31B, which were in the rear economy cabin.
Our seats came with a pillow, blanket, and headphones.
So the seat is extremely cramped and I immediately regretted our decision to fly economy on this trip. I’m 5’7″ and I barely fit.
The flight was completely booked and once everyone was boarded, takeoff announcements were made in both Portuguese and English. We ended up taking off at 11:45pm.
Since this was a red-eye flight, I was ready to sleep and wake up in Portugal. So I was extremely crabby when the lights turned on at 12:30am for a dinner service.
I didn’t eat the dinner since I ate in the terminal. My strict adherence to my nighttime routine worked (!) and I was able to sleep (rather uncomfortably given the amount of legroom) for the rest of the flight.
I woke up at around 9am because the lights were on, but at that point I had slept through breakfast service (which was a small sandwich wrap).
We landed early, at around 11am, and parked at a gate.
The line for customs and immigration was only about a 15 minute wait. Once we were in the arrivals area, we picked up a wifi hotspot, sim card, and our driver took us to our Airbnb.
I cannot recommend this experience. If I were to do this again, I’d fly from SFO to AMS/LON/CDG and fly Intra-Europe to Portugal.
I’d fly economy again, but not this economy. Especially not a red-eye.