Must be nice
As it if weren't nice enough for United's top customers to board first, get all that extra legroom and a real meal on most flights, now there's another really cool perk.
The airline recently began a pilot program at Bush Intercontinental Airport to escort Global Services members (the top United frequent fliers) and select United Global First class customers into a waiting silver Mercedes-Benz SUV or sedan on the tarmac, where they are chauffeur-driven to their connecting flight.
There are few caveats (besides the fact you have to fly a zillion miles to be eligible for this service): It's available only when the incoming flight is delayed for a VIP who might otherwise miss a connection and it can't be requested or reserved. "It is designed to surprise and delight our top customers who may be anxious about missing a connecting flight," the airline said in a news release.
Plus, there are only two Mercedes vehicles, although the program will be expanded if it proves to be popular.
United recently inked a deal with Mercedes to offer incentives of up to $5,000 and bonus mile while purchasing or leasing a new vehicle, in addition to offering the tarmac service.
United is not the first airline to offer such service. Delta began tarmac transfers via Porsche in Atlanta on November 2011.