United Economy Plus / 737-900 / San Antonio-Denver

 
 

AIRLINE: United Airlines »

ROUTE: San Antonio to Denver

FLIGHT TIME: 2h 5m

DATE: February 9, 2019

AIRCRAFT TYPE: Boeing 737-900 »

CLASS OF SERVICE: Economy Plus »

SEAT: 8A

About the Plane: United’s Boeing 737-900s are medium size, single-aisle mainline jets used on a variety of short, medium, and long-haul segments in the domestic and North American markets. There are two different configurations of the 737-900, one with 39 seats in Economy Plus and one with 42 seats.

Seats are arranged in a 3x3 configuration. The 737-900 does not have seat-back IFE. However, streaming content is complimentary to your personal devices. All seats in Economy Plus feature 110V power outlets, and adjustable headrests.

About Economy Plus: Economy Plus is not considered a separate class of service. Instead, it is just seats with additional legroom. Economy Plus seats come at an additional cost. Seats are available for purchase during ticketing, anytime you select your seats, at check-in, or at an airport kiosk.

MileagePlus Premier Platinum members (and up to 8 travel companions) and higher receive complimentary access at any time. Premier Gold members (and 1 travel companion) receive complimentary access at any time. Premier Silver (and 1 travel companion) members receive space-available upgrades at check-in. Annual Economy Plus subscriptions are available starting at $599.

Overall Impression: The seat was comfortable and the service was friendly. A lot of people don’t like the bulkhead seat, but I felt there was ample legroom. One drawback is that there is no under-seat stowage in Row 8 due to the position of the mid-cabin lavatory. However, the bulkhead seats in Row 7 have under-seat stowage. The bulkhead seats allow window and middle-seat passengers to sneak by the other passenger without making them get out of their seat.

United Economy Plus is just okay. There is nothing terribly special about it aside from the extra legroom. It doesn’t include premium snacks or complimentary alcoholic beverages.

The 737-900 is a comfortable ride. But, with 179 seats and a single aisle, it takes a long time to board and deplane. United has configured both of its 737-900 variants with a mid-cabin lavatory, which is very convenient.

Recommendation: I don’t recommend spending extra for Economy Plus on flights under 3 hours. The extra legroom might be worth the cost for longer flights, but there is no extra service (I.E. premium snacks and complimentary alcoholic beverages). The 737-900 is a comfortable plane, but as I said, it takes a long time to board and deplane, especially if you are in the rear of Economy. Because of this, I would suggest trying to find a smaller aircraft, like the 737-800, A319, or A320.

 
My flight at the gate in San Antonio.

My flight at the gate in San Antonio.

The staff did an excellent job trying to streamline the boarding process. Though, as is the case on pretty much every domestic flight (regardless of the airline), passengers rushed the gate when the boarding process began. I had to sneak my way through several people when my group was called.

The staff did an excellent job trying to streamline the boarding process. Though, as is the case on pretty much every domestic flight (regardless of the airline), passengers rushed the gate when the boarding process began. I had to sneak my way through several people when my group was called.

United’s App makes it easy to select your seat. Seats in both United First and Economy Plus were available for purchase.

United’s App makes it easy to select your seat. Seats in both United First and Economy Plus were available for purchase.

Row 8 is a bulkhead row situated directly behind the mid-cabin lavatory.

Row 8 is a bulkhead row situated directly behind the mid-cabin lavatory.

The 737-900 seats 179 people and takes a long time to board and deplane.

The 737-900 seats 179 people and takes a long time to board and deplane.

The safety card on the 737-900.

The safety card on the 737-900.

Seats in Row 7 have under-seat stowage.

Seats in Row 7 have under-seat stowage.

Seats in Row 8 do not have under-seat stowage.

Seats in Row 8 do not have under-seat stowage.

Despite the position of the bulkhead, there was ample legroom. More than any other row in Economy Plus.

Despite the position of the bulkhead, there was ample legroom. More than any other row in Economy Plus.

I couldn't stretch my legs as much as in other Economy Plus rows, but there was more space overall.

I couldn't stretch my legs as much as in other Economy Plus rows, but there was more space overall.

The best legroom on the plane.

The best legroom on the plane.

Each seat in Economy Plus features a 110V power outlet.

Each seat in Economy Plus features a 110V power outlet.

Climbing out of San Antonio. The United tag on the seat is a nice touch.

Climbing out of San Antonio. The United tag on the seat is a nice touch.

The tray table in Row 7 (seats D, E, and F) and Row 8 (seats A, B, and C) folds out of the the armrest, making the armrest immovable.

The tray table in Row 7 (seats D, E, and F) and Row 8 (seats A, B, and C) folds out of the the armrest, making the armrest immovable.

United serves illy coffee in all classes of service.

United serves illy coffee in all classes of service.

The passenger in the row behind me took it upon themself to close  my  window.

The passenger in the row behind me took it upon themself to close my window.

The mid-cabin lavatory was clean, but very tight.

The mid-cabin lavatory was clean, but very tight.

Nice LED lighting in the mid-cabin lavatory.

Nice LED lighting in the mid-cabin lavatory.

Arriving in a snowy Denver.

Arriving in a snowy Denver.

Passing over one of Denver’s runways on final approach.

Passing over one of Denver’s runways on final approach.

United offers inflight wifi, with complimentary entertainment, complimentary access to certain websites, and complimentary access to united.com.

United offers inflight wifi, with complimentary entertainment, complimentary access to certain websites, and complimentary access to united.com.

There is no seat-back IFE with a moving map, but you can access it on United’s website or in the United App.

There is no seat-back IFE with a moving map, but you can access it on United’s website or in the United App.

Information about my flight.

Information about my flight.

Internet connectivity was available for purchase or with miles.

Internet connectivity was available for purchase or with miles.

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