I do not fly Alaska Airlines that often. Living in Atlanta, I’m a bit of a widget-head. Although I can’t deny that the idea of toying with Mileage Plan™ has appealed to me from time to time. I had an expiring first class one-way award ticket on American that I used for my return from BAcon with a route of flight like this: LAS – SEA – DFW – ATL, with the Vegas – Seattle leg being on Alaska. I’ve always heard Alaska’s IT worked well, so I checked on with their iPhone app. It worked like a charm, even checking me in for my AA connections. I was able to pick up the AA boarding passes using their iPhone app. Good times.

We boarded right on time, and I turned right into what must’ve been a newish 737-800. The first class chairs were standard blue leather with decent legroom and power outlets! I love power outlets so much I took a blurry photo. 🙂

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The seats offered generous legroom, but be advised that the window seat has a pretty large box underneath which I can only assume is related to the in-seat power source.

The Service

Our flight attendant, J, was either on his second career or had been with Alaska a very long time, and he was great. Pre-departure beverages were offered, and he greeted every customer by name. He even introduced himself with a little welcome speech to the whole cabin as we were preparing to pushback. After takeoff, beverage orders were served. We also enjoyed an interesting hot breakfast.

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The meal was comprised of a breakfast quiche, baked tomato, and sweet potato fries. The quiche was egg, sausage and cheese. The quiche itself was quite tasty. The baked tomato was pretty good too. The fries were a little soggy, but tasted OK. While I’m not quite sure this combination of items would stand up in a 5-star restaurant, the meal did the trick on a relatively short flight.

What are your experiences with Alaska Airlines?

-MJ, September 26, 2014