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Last year, I had an opportunity to fly United’s 747-400 within the US, including the outbound flight on the upper deck in business class and the return in first class in the nose. At the time, the airline was operating the plane on a regular basis between Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO), but the final 747 flight departed O’Hare back in January of this year — or so we thought.

Well, I just got word that the 747 will be making an unexpected return to Chicago, with a one-time flight from ORD to SFO this Friday. The flight, 2704, will depart Chicago at 6:30pm and arrive in San Francisco at 8:51pm, making it a great option for business travelers returning home, or leisure flyers looking for a weekend getaway.

Premium fares are reasonable as well — you’ll pay $458 for business class (seats are wide open on the upper deck) or $712 for first class (the purple seats in the nose below). Economy can be had for $259, and if you’re a Premier 1K elite booking right now, there’s a good chance your Complimentary Premier Upgrade will clear into business class sometime tonight — unless TPG readers grab scoop these premium seats up, which is entirely possible given the novelty of flying United’s soon-to-be-retired Queen of the Skies at such a reasonable rate.

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Award space is currently wide open in business and first class, too, so you can book both premium cabins using your miles, at the rates below:

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Note that since the flight departs this Friday (within 21 days), non-elites will be subject to a $75 close-in booking fee — which is $50 for Silver members, $25 for Golds and waived for Platinum and above.

This is a fantastic opportunity for one last flight in the “pointy end” of United’s 747.

I had a blast on my domestic 747 round-trip last year — I ran into several enthusiasts, and the flight attendants seemed pretty excited to be operating ORD-SFO and back with a 747-400, too. If you can make this flight work for your schedule, and you have the cash or miles to burn, I wouldn’t hesitate to book what could very well end up being the airline’s final 747 domestic flight.

Did you book a seat on United’s domestic 747 flight?

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