I booked a flight from Santa Ana to San Jose to visit some friends in the Bay Area. Alaska had the cheapest flight and I really enjoy flying on the E175 so it was essentially a no brainer!
Then, the most interesting thing happened:
I was doing online check-in, ready to just get my boarding pass then BAM.
“Upgrades Available. First Class Starting at $31.18”
Shook. What do I do? 31 bucks is pretty cheap to upgrade from the Main Cabin to First! I know what you’re thinking, that flight is only like an hour! Believe me, there was a point where I was just going to press decline and keep my Main Cabin seat. But…I was flying alone and the 1-2 configuration in First was just too tempting to pass up versus the 2-2 configuration in the Main Cabin. A seat in 4A was available which is on the “1” side of the plane so I was sold!
Additionally, I was on the fence whether or not I wanted to check in my bag or not so I wouldn’t have to roll it across the terminal. With the upgrade to First you get 2 checked bags for free. Bags normally cost $30, so I checked in my bag to get my money’s worth!
Unfortunately, boarding was delayed about 15 minutes as the inbound plane was late. But not to worry! We ended up making up some of the lost time in the air and still arrived on time! 🙂
In Flight Service:
Overall, it’s nice to have a direct aisle access seat and a window all in one on Alaska Airlines First Class! While the E175 First Class on Alaska is cool to have, it’s honestly not quite necessary for such a short one hour hop.
Would you have taken the $31.18 upgrade for Alaska Airlines First Class on the E175? Comment below!