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A pleasant flight with a nice crew.
I recently took a trip to DC to meet up with my folks for Mother’s Day, and cleared for an upgrade the night before my flight. It’s worth noting that you can’t tell the difference anymore between planes that once were Virgin, and the planes that have always been utilized by Alaska. UNLESS – you use this trick – here’s a hint, boeing vs airbus. I was booked on one of their old planes, and realized I’d never reviewed it in first class.
- When: May 2018
- Where: LAX to DCA
- Cabin: First
- Seat: 4C
Boarding was swift, and since I was in First Class, as soon as those needing assistance and active duty had boarded, I was on the plane. I was pleasantly greeted and offered a bottle of water.
I was seated in the last row of the cabin, in 4C. If you’ve ever flown first class in the last 15 years, this is a pretty standard seat. No built in IFE, etc. But, there was power, and the WIFI was pretty good – amazingly better than what I experience on an Airbus on the ride home. For whatever that’s worth.
Speaking of IFE…
Each passenger receives a small iPad like device. The selection is very limited. I stand by my claim that American has probably the best library in the sky.
I had a ginger ale and selected the veggie option. It was….ok. Honestly, I prefer the way that the food is still distributed in economy on the the old Virgin planes to this.
However, the big highlight was the Nancy’s Fancy Gelato. OMG – it was seriously incredible. Big, delicious chunks of cherry. Uh-mazing.
A very pleasant flight, with a nice crew. The planes are showing their age, but honestly, I don’t really mind it. Being top tier in the airline I can clear far easier than if I were flying on say American. I’d never clear on this route, nor one to NYC because I don’t spend nearly enough money. My roundtrip was roughly $350 over mother’s day weekend when schools had graduation. I would have cleared on the flight back, but I had a pet with me, and animals can’t fly in First on Alaska’s airbus fleet.
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