This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Who wants to go to Hawaii? To…morrow. As TPG reader Peter H. discovered, United’s flying its brand-new 777-300ER from Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL) and back, giving passengers an opportunity to experience the new plane on a long domestic flight.

At 9 hours on the westbound leg, ORD-HNL is roughly the length of Tokyo (NRT)-San Francisco (SFO), but since this is a flight from the mainland to Hawaii, you’ll need to redeem just 40,000 MileagePlus miles for the Polaris cabin, vs. 65,000 miles for the Tokyo flight — note that you’ll get regular domestic first-class service, though, rather than the full Polaris experience.

United 777-300ER 77W Polaris Business Class Preview

You can use your miles to fly in both directions — ORD-HNL and HNL-ORD later in the day — but you’ll definitely want to spend the extra 17,500 for the “first class” cabin in this case, since economy is arranged in a dense 3-4-3 configuration on this plane.

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 11.56.19 AM

Availability is “wide open” on both flights, which means there are 9 or more seats available for sale and awards in both Polaris and economy class. You can also book coach and redeem a Regional Premier Upgrade to instantly confirm first class, if that’s what you’d prefer.

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 11.57.50 AM

If you can’t make this flight, there should be other opportunities to catch the 777-300ER on a “random” route — United now has 12 copies in its fleet, and with other 77W flights yet to launch, the airline’s flying this new aircraft on a variety of domestic and international routes, instead.

For example, here’s where the plane operating tomorrow’s ORD-HNL-ORD round-trip has been over the past few days:

Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 12.37.02 PM

Of course, tracking down these planes on irregular routes is easier said than done — if your seat map has been swapped for one with the configuration seen above, there’s a good chance you’ve lucked out with the 777-300ER, though. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to book, you can track United’s 12 777-300ERs using the links below (I’m also including an “interesting” route each plane recently flew):

  • N2331U — (San Francisco-Honolulu)
  • N2332U — (Newark-San Juan)
  • N2333U — (Chicago-San Francisco)
  • N59034 — (Newark-Beijing)
  • N2135U — (Scheduled service only)
  • N2136U — (Washington, D.C.-London)
  • N2737U — (San Francisco-Washington, D.C.)
  • N2138U — (Recent delivery)
  • N2639U — (Chicago-Brussels)
  • N2140U — (Denver-San Francisco)
  • N2341U — (Boston-San Francisco)
  • N2142U — (Recent delivery)

Have you unexpectedly scored a 777-300ER on your recent United flight?

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.