This is not really anything to be proud of, I suppose, but it was a first for me: I slept through a transcon redeye on United last night, consuming no food or drink onboard.
While this might be trivial to some road warriors, the whole reason I got involved in the frequent flyer game in the first place was because I hated getting no food in economy class while first class passengers received full meals. It was those delectable sandpaper omletes and rubbery steak dinners that I really must credit with making me loyal to United nearly seven years ago.
For years, even when tired on a redeye, I have made it a point to always eat what is offered, believing that I wouldn’t be getting my money’s worth if I skipped the meal. I’ve finally matured a bit from that mindset.
I was still prepared to eat last night—I even ordered a Hindu meal was looking forward to it. But a delicious home-cooked dinner with family just a few hours early left my stomach full and me tired—so tired that I was out almost immediately after rollback and did not awaken until the double chime 10 minutes before landing.
Next time, I will still look forward to eating onboard, but it just got a little easier to pass up on that meal and still feel like I didn’t end up with the short straw. After all, I got 4.5 hours of nearly uninterrupted sleep.