Review: United Economy SFO-HKG

Trip Report: A Week in Hong Kong

TL;DR: 15 hours in economy is tolerable for daytime flights. Bring extra food with you, and pray for an empty middle seat.

  • United 869
  • SFO – HKG
  • Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
  • Seat: 35J (Economy)
  • Depart: 1:15pm Mar 2, 2018
  • Arrive: 8:30pm Mar 3, 2018

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Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX

  1. Introduction
  2. Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX

We arrived at SFO around 8:45 for our 11:15am flight to Osaka. Though our business class tickets granted us access to the United Club, we went to the Centurion lounge instead. After a quick breakfast and some lounging, we headed to gate 102 for our flight.

  • United 35
  • SFO -> KIX
  • Depart: Sep 28, 2016 11:15am
  • Arrive: Sep 29, 2016 3pm
  • Seats: 2K, 2L (BusinessFirst)

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Japan: Introduction

  1. Introduction

“Why Japan?”

We were asked this question by many Japanese people on this trip, and to be honest we didn’t have a great answer. We’ve been wanting to go to Japan for a while – but why? Well, a lot of our other friends have been to Japan and really enjoyed it. We were interested in observing a culture that’s so different from our own. And we were ready to eat our way through the Japan. We had a great trip and I’m excited to share reviews and highlights in this trip report! Read More

Award Ch-ch-changes

I recently blogged about booking business class award flights for my upcoming trip to Japan. A few months after booking, we have to change our travel dates – so I had to do the whole process all over again.


Except we had less flexibility since we had already transferred points from Chase to both United and Korean Air. So we had to keep one leg of the trip on Korean Air, and the other leg on United or another Star Alliance airline. Read More

Extra 2+ United Miles when Shopping on Amazon

TL,DR: Use the United MileagePlus X app (iOS, Android) to earn an extra 2 miles (2.25 if you’re a MileagePlus cardholder) when shopping on Amazon. 

How it works

First, you’ll need to download the United MileagePlus X app (iOSAndroid). Setup the app by logging in to your United MileagePlus account. If you don’t have a United MileagePlus number, sign up here

Shop around on Amazon, and when you’re ready to checkout, take note of the total cost.


In the app, select Amazon. Enter the total purchase price to purchase an electronic gift card for that amount, then enter the gift code as your payment method. (Because you are purchasing these items with a gift card, the purchase is subject to the merchant’s policies and credit card benefits are not applicable.) After pressing “Pay now”, you’ll receive a gift code which you can then use as your payment method on Amazon.


Apply the gift code under “Payment Method”:


When you complete your order, mark your gift card as redeemed. Once redeemed, you’ll see how many United miles you earned for your purchase.


You’ll get an extra 25% bonus miles if you’re a MileagePlus cardholder. Note: You don’t have to pay with your United MileagePlus card in order to receive this bonus. I used my Chase Sapphire Preferred in this transaction. When logging into Chase, I can see the transaction:


The transaction is categorized as:


Which means I’ll earn 1 Chase Ultimate Reward point per dollar spent. If I had the new Chase Freedom Unlimited card, I’d earn 1.5 UR points / dollar.

Bottom Line

I think the few extra steps are worth it for the bonus miles. The only downside is that the purchases will no longer be covered by your credit card’s benefits. What do you think? Will you use the app to get extra United miles?