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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

Hey all,

I'm about to purchase a ticket on AS from OAK-KOA-OAK for January. I haven't flown AS before (only Horizon). I haven't found a great deal of information on the airline via trip reports or otherwise. I'm curious how they stack up to say AA.

At this point we'll be in Coach, but I am crossing my fingers that the load will be light and that we can maybe purchase an upgrade at the checkin counter (we are leaving on a Wednesday-an off day).

Any thoughts or tid bits?

Thanks.

EDIT: I also haven't flown a 738 over a major body of water. Last time I went to Hawaii (OGG) was on a DL1011 so suffice to say it's been a while  Smile

[Edited 2010-10-22 14:08:54]


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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 hour ago) and read 3585 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
Any thoughts or tid bits?

Your seat cushion may be used as a floatation device.   

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
Last time I went to Hawaii (OGG) was on a DL1011

Nice! Nothing will equal that flight.

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
I also haven't flown a 738 over a major body of water.

No worries. The 738 is an excellent aircraft. Smooth, quiet and comfortable. Only the TriStar you flew last trip could be safer. IMHO, Alaska does have better in flight meals than most.



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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 1):
No worries. The 738 is an excellent aircraft. Smooth, quiet and comfortable. Only the TriStar you flew last trip could be safer. IMHO, Alaska does have better in flight meals than most.

Good to know about the meals. I'm not at all worried about the 738 over the water, just more of a fyi. Thanks!



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User currently offlineflybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 637 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

They also have the Digi Players which are nice to have on a long flight. The beer is good, too as they serve Alaskan Amber (oh how I miss it). The seats are comfortable, and the crews are nice.


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User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3497 times:

AS has some of the most affordable upgrade rates I know of, but if you bought the least-expensive fare you have to wait until day-of, and hope one is available. Given the prices I would not pass it up, though.

User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Here is my trip report that I did of AS service to Hawaii earlier this year. Flying The Eskimo To Hawaii Part 1 (by coopdogyo Jul 9 2010 in Trip Reports)?threadid=171593&searchid=171840&s=Flying+the+Eskimo+to+Hawaii#ID171840
One thing I will have to say is that there will probably be a fair number of MVP Golds so they might grab all the upgrades before you can. The food is pretty good but the portions are pretty small. I was fortunate enough to have an exit row so the flight was very nice. However having flown trans-con many times and the normal seats are not that bad. All and all it should be a pretty pleasant trip.


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3432 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3378 times:
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I have flown with them on two occasions now and must say that I thoroughly enjoyed their First Class product. I really can't think of anything negative to say about AS.

Enjoy your flights!  

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User currently offlinerwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3068 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

AS is at least the same as AA, but much better in my experience. The crews can be hit or miss, but tend to be more "hit" where the AA crews are almost always a "miss" for me. I agree that AS has better catering (still food for purchase) than AA.

User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Thanks for the info guys. I'll probably write a TR when I finish the trip in January.


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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2797 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
I'm about to purchase a ticket on AS from OAK-KOA-OAK for January.

I don't know what you should be more excited for, flying AS for the first time or experiencing the beautiful KOA airport!

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
I haven't flown AS before (only Horizon).

Very similar experience, just on different sized planes  .

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
I'm curious how they stack up to say AA.

Haha, they don't stack up to AA, they blow them out of the water! AS is IMO far nicer and friendlier than any of the big legacies.

Quoting aa61hvy (Thread starter):
I also haven't flown a 738 over a major body of water. Last time I went to Hawaii (OGG) was on a DL1011 so suffice to say it's been a while

Rest assured the 737 travels safely between the mainland and the Aloha state countless times per day. I'm sure the L1011 was a great way to go to Hawaii, though! Too bad I never got to fly on one .



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9378 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3279 times:

Enjoy the free Mai Tai on the way to the islands! I think AS/QX are the only airlines ever to serve free alcohol on domestic flights. QX is unlimited, but at least AS does give out a Mai Tai as a welcome to the islands.


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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1837 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3232 times:

Having lived in Washington and Idaho since 1999, Alaska/Horizon have become my airlines of choice. Great service, comfortable aircraft, and outside of Horizon flights in the Northwest during winter, they are reliable and typically on-time.

You'll enjoy it.


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