This week I’m “liveblogging” my trip to Ukraine. Unlike traditional reports, these posts will be shorter and more frequent.
I’m starting my trip to Kyiv with breakfast at the United Polaris Lounge at Los Angles International Airport.
Polaris Lounge LAX Breakfast – Surprisingly Excellent
United offers cheap one-way fares from Los Angeles to Warsaw ($449 for basic economy), which I upfared to W-class for $200 more so that I could be upgraded. My upgrades from Los Angeles to Chicago cleared instantly and I used 40 PlusPoints to upgrade my Chicago to Zurich flight (upon reaching Zurich, I’ll travel in economy class on SWISS to Warsaw).
When traveling same-day in Polaris Business Class on United, you have Polaris Lounge access (United’s premium lounge) at all points of travel.
I got a bit of a late start when I realized 10 minutes into my drive to the airport that I had left my AirPods at home. With a lot of travel time ahead, I returned home and picked them up. Even that 20-minute diversion meant a lot more traffic, so by the time I parked at Mark’s place and walked to LAX it was already after 7:00 am.
Reaching the LAX Polaris Lounge, I ran into Bruce, who gave me a warm greeting. He’s such a treasure to United and his colleagues were excellent as well…the LAX ground team is superb and the Polars Lounge agents are gems.
With onbaord dining questionable these days, I figured I’d eat in the lounge ahead of my flight to Chicago. No matter what is served onboard, this was a smart move and the current menu is quite appetizing.
I began with a cappuccino and a smoothie (kale, avocado, apple pineapple), then enjoyed a bowl of Greek yogurt with blueberries and an egg-white omelet with vegetables. Delicious.
Then I decided to try something new on the menu, which is “Turkish eggs” (poached eggs, garlic yogurt, Aleppo butter, dill).
Wow, wow, wow! This dish was a winner. United should consider serving this onboard. This is a delicious dish I would make at home or order at a restaurant.
Boarding time: next stop Chicago.