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Flight Review: United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 Rome to Chicago

Flight Review: United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 Rome to Chicago

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Our honeymoon series:

Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airport
Part 3: Andaz Hotel Tokyo
Part 4: Tokyo Itinerary
Part 5: How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
Part 6: Hyatt Regency – Kyoto
Part 7: Kyoto Itinerary
Part 8: Shinkansen Kyoto to Tokyo
Part 9: Conrad – Tokyo Part 1
Part 10: Conrad – Tokyo Part 2
Part 11: Singapore Business Class Tokyo to Singapore
Part 12: Conrad – Singapore
Part 13: Silk Air Business Class Singapore to Danang
Part 14: Intercontinental Danang Part 1
Part 15: Intercontinental Danang Part 2
Part 16: Turkish Business Class Hanoi to Istanbul
Part 17: Turkish Business Class Istanbul to Rome
Part 18: United First Class Rome to Chicago

How much did this cost? 

  • This flight cost 80,000 United miles x 2 tickets = 160,000 UR Points transferred to United
  • Using a Chase Ink Business card to accumulate UR points, this amounted to $999.51 plus $147.12 in taxes and fees for a total of $1,146.63, or $573.32 per ticket from HAN to ORD.

How much would it have cost had we paid cash? 

  • This leg in United Airlines First Class would have cost $8,039.00 x 2 = $16,078.00.
  • This was part of a trip from HAN > IST > ROM > ORD. In total, this trip would have cost $10,907.00 x 2 = $21,814.00
  • Combined with the starting legs of our trip, ORD > SFO > NRT > HAN > SIN > DAD > HAN, we went around the world for our honeymoon!



The Lounge

After a short flight from Istanbul, we had a three hour layover in Rome before our last leg to Chicago. Upon landing, we were surprised by how plain looking the airport was. It was very underwhelming and dull.

We made our way to the Le Anfore VIP Lounge. It is located downstairs in the G Concourse and adjacent to the Alitalia Lounge, which looked newer and nicer.

This way to the lounges – you need to go downstairs!

 

Lounge Entrance

Here is a closer look at the list of airlines/partners that may use the lounge. As the restrictions decrease for lounge access, the quality of the lounge does as well.

Close up of who can access



The lounge is decently sized with lots of seating. It was ~1/3 full when we arrived. It lacked natural light since there were no windows (that you could see out of). As you enter, on your left is the check in area, and on your right is a buffet line for food, as well as a bar area where you can order espresso drinks and alcohol.

Le Anfore Lounge Seating

 

Le Anfore Lounge – Bar View

 

Le Anfore Lounge – Bar



Le Anfore Lounge – More Seating

The food wasn’t very good, but we tried a few things while we waited.

Le Anfore Lounge – Pastries

 

Le Anfore Lounge – Vegetarian Sandwiches



Le Anfore Lounge – Pastas

 

Le Anfore Lounge – Salad

On the bar counter, there were a couple dessert options.

Le Anfore Lounge – Desserts



Le Anfore Lounge – Desserts

We found the bathrooms to be small and dirty. QL reported that there was water all over the floor in the women’s bathroom.

Le Anfore Lounge – Bathroom

 

Le Anfore Lounge – Bathroom



Needless to say, we looked forward to boarding the flight and left a little early to do so.

 

The Flight

We took one of the last Boeing 747 United Airlines First Class flights home. It was a beautiful plane but clearly showed its age.

  • The seats were spacious and comfortable. We had seats 4C and 4H.
United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 Seat Map

On each seat was a blanket, mattress pad, and pillow.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Amenities

 

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Amenities

We each got a nice new Polaris amenity kit, although they gave us Business Class ones for a First Class flight.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Amenities



United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Amenities

I snapped an image of the dining options, but unfortunately I forgot to get images of the wine selection.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Menu

I started off with some champagne and some chocolate.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Champagne



Once we were airborne, I had more champagne with the warmed nuts.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Champagne

There was a snack served with the drinks.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Apertif

The appetizer was a caprese salad.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Tomato and Mozzarella



A very good soup then followed.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Soup

A nice salad came after.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Salad

And for the entree, I had the roasted halibut. The presentation looked terrible, and it tasted ok.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Fish Dish



After dinner, I had some cognac while I waited for dessert.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Cognac

Unfortunately, they didn’t have ice cream sundae service. Instead they had several desserts to choose from. We had some ginger ice cream, macaroons, and cheesecake bites.

United Airlines First Class Boeing 747-400 – Dessert

Shortly before landing, we were served a good grilled chicken salad, which we didn’t get a photo. We were pretty tired after traveling for a couple weeks and a long haul home.

If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t fly through Istanbul for the sake of it again. It was nice to experience Turkish Airlines once, but nothing too phenomenal about it to warrant a long trek home. We’ll stick to flying across the Pacific Ocean for Asian trips.



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