aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 58 Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3540 times:
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?
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
aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3522 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!
RamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3440 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.
coopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3411 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.
rwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3061 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3277 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.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9350 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3222 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.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
USAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1831 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3175 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.