This is TPOL’s first Flight Review of a United flight. I’ve done a great job of avoiding the airline and will continue to do so. Here’s what happened:
What I saved in money I lost in time. That’s the theme of this trip. (see Frontier MSO-NYC, see airport shuttles 1 & 2.) I booked a basic economy ticket and, per the terms, could not check in ahead of time. I arrived at DEN airport to the longest check in line. There were no check in kiosks. I tried to put in my information but received an error– ask agent for assistance.
The agent came over and scanned his card. I asked what the problem was and he said that he had to make sure that I didn’t have an oversized bag. “You’d be surprised that people buy these basic economy tickets and show up to the gate with more bags.”
Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised because I’d try to do the same thing. In this case, my companion had a normal ticket so there was no need for trickeration.
The idea of not checking bags is supposed to save time. The idea of basic economy is to save money. In this case, the marginal dollar I saved was lost by the time I spent in line.
Oh, and for some reason my TSA precheck didn’t come up. Joy to me.