Alaska Airlines 608
Seattle (SEA) – Las Vegas (LAS)
19 September 2014
Originally I was going to book a revenue flight to get to the BoardingArea conference in Las Vegas this year. After doing research, United had some crazy fares to Vegas that were well over $400 in Economy and $600 in First. I thought there is no way I’m paying that for a two hour flight, then I remembered I have some Alaska miles from the credit card (not just one card 🙂 ) and I decided to use those for the roundtrip flights since I do not value Alaska miles highly.
I spent around half an hour in Seattle’s Board Room and it left me very unimpressed, you’d think Alaska would have a nice lounge at its home airport… The lounge is in very shabby condition and the food isn’t better than your average domestic lounge, they do have a pancake machine which is awesome! I left ten minutes before boarding and took the train to the N gates and by the time I arrived, the gate area was empty and I was among the last to board.
Within a couple of minutes, I was offered water as a pre-departure beverage.
Legroom was standard for domestic First class.
We pushed back on time and departed ahead of schedule.
It wasn’t a particularly beautiful day in Seattle, but once we got past the clouds, the sun was shining brightly.
I tried using the lavatory once we reached our cruising altitude (and the seatbelt sign was off), as soon as I got up, an FA yelled at me ‘we’re still climbing. sit down. now’. Well then… ok, and ten minutes later I really had to go and I got up and this time she said nothing. We were still at the same altitude during the ten minutes so I don’t know what her deal was.
I ordered some tea with lemon but they told me they didn’t have any lemons so I had some sugar and they passed out a packaged snack mix.
They were serving a breakfast option which was some sort of sweet sausage and ham pie… what? I declined and am glad I did because I watched my seat mate literally take one bite and give the tray right back to the FA.
The House of Miles sent us WiFi codes, so we were able to stay connected throughout the flight. We soon began flying over a mountain range, which meant we were getting closer to Vegas.
I never got Alaska’s cabin design…
Once we made it out of the mountain range, Vegas was instantly revealed and I could clearly see the strip and the Luxor (which is where I was staying at).
We were on the ground ahead of schedule and the whole flight took maybe two hours.
Overall I would rate Alaska Airlines low, just based on that one flight. The crew wasn’t friendly at all and their cabin isn’t the nicest in the world, not to mention there was no IFE and the ‘breakfast’ was less than edible.
After landing, I met up with Jen from Jetsetter’s Homestead in the AmEx Centurion Lounge and we later took a taxi to our hotels.