Alaska Airlines 616
Seattle (SEA) – Las Vegas (LAS)
26 April 2016
Alaska Airlines has been having some fantastic deals out of Seattle recently whereby I was able to book some fantastic tickets, like New York roundtrip for just $200. Well, I didn’t just stop at one fantastic deal.. I booked a few more. One of which was Las Vegas in the middle of the week for just $115 roundtrip.. again, fantastic! I invited my friend along on the quick journey since she hadn’t yet been to Las Vegas. For the one night stay, I booked the SLS Las Vegas (review tomorrow).
When I was checking in for our flights, Alaska was offering an upgrade to First Class for $50 + tax per person… So while if I were travelling alone I probably wouldn’t have purchased this offer, I did since we were travelling together and she wanted to experience First Class. Now, it is just domestic First Class.. but we figured it would be worth $50.
We spent about two hours before the flight at my favourite lounge in Seattle, the AMEX Centurion Studio. Eventually we left the lounge about ten minutes before boarding and took the train to the North Satellite, from which our flight was departing. I was tempted to visit the Alaska Airlines Board Room, however I remembered that guests are $27 with my Priority Pass card.. so we figured it wouldn’t be worth it.
We were among the first to board the Boeing 737-800 and took our seats in row 2. Initially we had seats separately in First Class, however a nice woman was willing to switch. Once boarding was complete, the captain introduced himself and announced our flight time would be about two hours; we pushed back shortly thereafter.
Alaska Airlines offers pre-departure beverages in the form of bottled water on shorter flights and if I remember correctly, actually has a normal pre-departure beverage service on longer flights.
I was happy to be back in First Class finally after ~2 months flying in Economy. It sure made me appreciate frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and my elite status more! I will limit myself to Economy Class if the flight is three hours or shorter, but anything more, I’m in First. Alaska doesn’t have a ton of legroom in First Class (United has more), but still significantly more than in Economy.
We departed Seattle right on time and were instantly presented with some gorgeous views of the Pacific Northwest… I’m starting to like Seattle more and more as of recently… and that’s after living here for more than five years already…
Once the seatbelt sign was turned off, the flight attendant working First Class took drink orders from each passenger and also asked if we’d like to enjoy some dinner. We agreed and I ordered some wild sweet orange tea while my friend ordered some red wine, both of which were presented along with some packaged pretzels (the Economy snack).
There was one choice for dinner and it was excellent – Fettuccine Primavera. Along with it came a salad with delicious vinaigrette and warm bread. The pasta was excellent and the salad tasted fresh (though I still think United has the best salads). A caramel brownie was included for dessert. Overall a very nice meal for a two hour flight.
We spent the majority of the flight just talking about miles and points as my friend is really interested in how this whole “world” works with miles and so I got super excited in setting up her frequent flyer accounts and recommending the best credit cards.
All in all, we enjoyed our quick flight to Las Vegas while being comfortably seated in First Class. I’d say the paid upgrade is generally not worth it and I wouldn’t have purchased it if I were flying alone, but again, since we were together, I figured it would be worth it to show my friend what domestic First Class is like.
Alaska, I’m starting to like you more and more despite still not trusting you…