Alaska Airlines 457
Los Angeles (LAX) – Seattle (SEA)
31 October 2015
Perhaps this post can be also titled as “Why Economy Class isn’t bad on short flights”. But no, seriously, flying in Economy again made me think about a few things and how truly lucky we are to be able to fly in the premium cabins for little to none. As with the outbound flight from Seattle to Los Angeles, the return was booked using British Airways Avios (7500 per person, each way), so redeeming Avios was a fantastic way to travel for cheap.
After spending a nice time at the LAX Board Room, it was time for us to leave beautiful California to go back to rainy and gloomy Seattle. During boarding, I walked through First Class and didn’t even care that we weren’t sitting up front, because honestly: 1. It is Alaska Airlines First Class (meaning nothing special) and 2. It is just a two hour flight and 3. We just ate in the lounge and aren’t hungry or thirsty.
We were seated in row 22, I sat by the window and my mum by the aisle and the middle seat remained empty since the flight wasn’t that full… it was almost like Intra-European Business Class, except we weren’t at the front and we didn’t get a meal. Sitting in Economy again made me realise that on short flights it really isn’t that bad.. I had my laptop, power, WiFi, coffee, and was able to comfortably get some work done and chat with my mum for two hours and the time seriously went by quickly and I literally had no “regrets” (or whatever) that we weren’t up front.
Yes, the middle seat was empty – but on the outbound flight it wasn’t and I was still able to comfortably sit, work, and chat. So.. economy isn’t that bad on short flights. Yes, First Class will always be better than Economy but seriously if you can pay much less for Economy on a short flight and the airline provides amenities in Economy (such as Power, WiFi, etc.), then there really isn’t a reason to be paying for First Class.
Either way, the flight was excellent and I was able to take some fantastic photos during the sunset that I wanted to share with all of you. The flight was excellent, the FAs were super friendly and constantly looked after us. I had a look at Alaska’s food menu for Economy and the food quality and prices actually seem reasonable so I think that Alaska has an overall great Economy experience.
We landed in Seattle ahead of schedule and were a bit sad that our awesome weekend in Los Angeles was over. The overall thought here is that Economy is perfectly acceptable on short flights, especially if you have all of the First Class ground benefits (such as priority everything and lounge access). Redeeming Avios is a wonderful way to significantly bring down the cost of short-haul domestic travel on Alaska and American Airlines.