Early January 2017, Alaska Airlines is expected to finally introduce their Economy Plus product, Alaska Airlines Premium Class. While select Alaska Airlines Boeing 737s have already been flying with the new Premium Class seats for a few months now, the service hasn’t been official and anyone has been able to select the Premium Class seats at check-in.
Alaska Airlines Premium Class is rolling out early next year on select Boeing 737-800s and -900s, with upgrades to Premium Class beginning at just $15 USD. Mileage Plan Elite Members are eligible for complimentary upgrades to Premium Class.
Alaska Airlines Premium Class seats include:
- 4 inches more legroom than the Main Cabin (Economy Class)
- Priority Boarding
- Complimentary snack box
- Complimentary alcohol
I’ve had the opportunity to fly a few of Alaska’s Boeing 737-800s with the new Premium Class seats in the past few months and the new seats are for sure an upgrade over Alaska’s Main Cabin seats.. which feel tight.
Besides the extra legroom and a differently-coloured headrest, the seat is exactly the same as in the rest of Economy Class.. it just comes with more amenities. I was, however, a bit skeptical about the seat when I first “sat” in it.. that is until I went back to the Main Cabin and noticed how truly tight it is compared to Premium Class.
I have a flight upcoming with an Alaska Boeing 737-800 which features Premium Class, so if I’m upgraded (and I think I will be), I can report back on the actual service and amenities that come with the seat. While the free snack box and alcohol is a plus, obviously the biggest benefit is the extra legroom, which is a step-up from Main Cabin. Either way, Alaska has been really trying to be better and different in the past few months!