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Alaska Airlines 3494
Seattle (SEA) – Colorado Springs (COS)
13 November 2015
The House of Miles is located in Colorado Springs, CO and Alaska Airlines has a once-a-day flight to COS operated by SkyWest with a CRJ7. The AS SkyWest CRJ7s are only a one-cabin aircraft and therefore it made sense to redeem 7500 BA Avios for the short flight + $5.60 USD. The awesome thing about the flight is that the outbound departs in the morning and arrives just before 12:00 in COS and my meetings began at 12:30. The thing that sucks is that the aircraft does a direct turn back to Seattle and departs around 13:00 and therefore I wouldn’t be able to take the same aircraft back since my meetings ended around 15:45, so I just booked a United flight for the return which left COS at 17:00.
Seattle Airport’s Concourse C is an interesting concourse because it mainly serves Alaska Airlines flights of all different types of aircraft – CRJs, Dash-8s, B737s, etc. At the beginning of Concourse C is an area for the turboprops and near the end of the concourse, there is an area for the “bigger” regional aircraft such as CRJs. There are also normal gates for regular aircraft.
There were a few Alaska CRJs parked around the area and you have to walk to the aircraft outside, which is a rare thing to do at the U.S. airport (it is very normal in Europe). Some people were genuinely confused they had to walk to the aircraft, outside, in the rain…
The flight’s duration was about two hours during which I was able to do some off-line work on my laptop and look outside at the beautiful scenery and mountains. We landed in Colorado Springs at around 12:20, and I immediately headed over to the House of Miles, which is located about a fifteen minute drive from the airport.
The views were absolutely breathtaking, just stunning and gorgeous. I absolutely love flying, mainly for the views (and the occasional First Class seat)!
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