like a magical unicorn flying over a rainbow, i managed to snag the elusive crew rest seat. i’ve always seen them curtained off on long flights (so the crew can rest, duh) and when they opened up a couple days before my flight this morning from SFO to EWR, i nabbed one right away before even knowing what it entailed. i originally just wanted to see what they’re like, but then i saw rumors on flyertalk about the magical economy plus plus seating and partial business class service (including the meal!) — and i was hooked! if you see the seat available on united.com before the online check-in window opens, grab it, and even though it won’t show you in that seat, chances are, you are. that was the case for me, although i did call to verify.
a sign this might not last, though: while waiting for the flight to take off, several flight attendants were arguing about whether or not crew rest seats, which are sold as economy (and available as economy plus, i.e., free for united elite and purchase for others) but physically located in the business class section, should indeed get served a meal. one FA: “well, last time, we just did it as a courtesy” and “they do load 30 meals” (i.e., enough to cover everyone). the other: “well, i’m not doing it. i’m not doing it!” they called several others into their discussion and i’m not sure exactly how it ended, but as you can see below, we did get served!
the crew rest seats look like regular economy plus seats, but with more legroom and a footrest. there were international business class blankets (the quilted ones) and large pillows (but they ran out of pillows by the time they got to 14B, i guess, so all i got was a first class pillowcase lol) waiting on the seat, and we were offered water or orange juice before takeoff. i’m not sure if we could have gotten free booze or not since i don’t drink, but we did not get a printed menu or a bread roll with meal service. unlike what seatguru says, i couldn’t find a power outlet.
hopefully this “courtesy” continues, and if you are on a domestic flight in a three-class 767-300, watch united.com like a hawk starting maybe 3 days before departure to try and nab one of these seats in rows 13 and 14!
ok, gotta run. flight to hamburg starts boarding in 10 minutes.