This was an out-and-back, same-day mileage run starting at my home airport CLT.  The MR began with an early morning departure from CLT.  I stopped in the Admiral’s club on the B concourse before boarding.  The AA club on the C concourse at CLT is far superior.  The B club was closer to my gate.

My departing flight was on USAir.  Being an AA elite I’m eligible for upgrades on US but only on the day of departure.   My upgrade did not clear, but I had a good window seat in coach with plenty of legroom.20150901_113706

I purchased a breakfast sandwich from the menu.

Coach breakfast -- Egg salad sandwich and a screwdriver
Coach breakfast — Egg salad sandwich and a screwdriver

Having the AA Executive credit card gets 25% off purchased items on AA and US.

The captain flew just south of the Grand Canyon.  Great views out the window on my right.20150901_11281620150901_11350320150901_112753 20150901_112645 20150901_112724

We landed at the US gates at LAX terminal 6.  My return flight was on AA departing from terminal 4.   I have access to the Alaska Air Boardroom in T6 but headed to T4.

To get to T4 I used the tunnel that connects T5 and T4 from T6.  There is also a shuttle bus that connects T6 and T4 that leaves every 15 minutes or so.  Exiting T6 and walking to T4 outside would require going through TSA security screening in T4.

Tunnel from T5 to T4
Tunnel from T5 to T4

The tunnel from T6 to T5 usually has a number of passengers making the journey as DL has flights from T5 and T6 plus connections to Alaska Air.  There is not much traffic going from the AA gates in T4 to T5 or T6.

On the way to T4 I decided to checkout the recently remodeled delta skyclub in terminal 5 before heading to the AA club at T4.  As a DL Diamond medallion I have access to the DL skyclubs even if I’m not flying DL.  The LAX skyclub was notoriously overcrowded, ugly and lacked a sufficient supply of electrical outlets.  Prior to the remodeling, if I had time, I would go from T5 to T6 to use the Alaska Air Boardroom rather than stay in the T5 skyclub.  While the skyclub remodeling is incomplete, I can see that there will now be no need to go to T6 to find a decent lounge.

The food area has been expanded as well.

I recharged my Phone, used the free wifi, and had a quick bloody Mary and muffin before heading to the AA club in T4.

The LAX AA club was quite large.  There were four or five different areas for sitting plus a bar, eating area, business area and TV lounges.

The return flight s were on AA, and I was upgraded to first on the flight to DFW and the connecting flight to CLT.  LAX-DFW was a 767-300.  First-class seating is 2-2-2.   I had one of the middle seats between the two aisles with direct aisle access.  The person sitting next to me also had direct aisle access: so no climbing over anyone to get up.  No window view, but I already had a great look at the Grand canyon that morning.

The seats were roomy but were not fully lie flat, which was not an issue on this LAX-DFW daytime flight.

Not long after takeoff the FAs offered beverages and the traditional AA warm mixed nuts.

The appetizer was followed by lunch.  I had the pasta.  Desert was a warm chocolate-chip cookie.

I was also upgraded on the DFW-CLT flight on a 737-800.  The nice thing about AA domestic first class compared to DL is AA has bigger seats with more legroom, seat pitch and personal space.  Pre-departure beverage (PDB) service, however, is hit or miss on AA whereas DL flights almost always include this service in first class.

This was a dinner flight.  The dinner service began with a beverage and warm nuts followed by the entree.  I selected the filet with lobster mac & cheese.  I had this entree before on a flight to BOG.  It is a new entree in AA’s improved meal offerings.  It was as delicious as I remembered although the steak was much smaller

The entree was accompanied by salad and warm bread plus a warm cookie for desert.