AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8575 times:
DEN-SEA-DEN on Frontier.
This is my third trip report here on A.net. Since we do not see very many Frontier trip reports, I have decided to do one. This one, the non-rev rules apply so the long pants must be worn with nice and clean shoes per our policy which does not really bother me.....
I had a friend who I went to high school with come visit me for the day here in DEN. We basically hung out at my house before heading to the airport. He flew on one of my passes to SFO, while I was non-revving to SEA. I had not flown into SEA on Frontier for a quite awhile. Since the flight loads on the outbound and return were reasonable, I decided to give it a go. The other purpose was to see the Hard Rock Café in Seattle, which I thought opened the day before, however, I was a day early! Rats! Oh, well!
I booked my hotel for a 1 night stay at the Days Inn through Hotwire.com which usually has the cheap deals. I would never recommend any airline employee to use their airline ID for discounts. Go through Hotwire.com.
So basically, again, this was a real quick trip, not even 24 hours was spent in SEA.
Frontier Airlines 387
February 9, 2010
N924FR – A319 (Klondike and Snow)
Seat 3F S T R E T C H Seating.
My friend, from high school, and I arrived at the Jeppensen Terminal a tad bit later than I wanted to in order to catch the terminal bus that we missed. Since my flight was to leave at around 5:30pm or so, his flight was to leave 20 minutes later, I opt to park at Pikes Peak which had more bus frequency opposed to every 30 minutes than what I normally take nowadays. But I was so wrong, the bus at Pikes Peak took forever to get to the Terminal! The driver must have had A.D.D. or something…. We got fed up with the driver and got off at the very first stop at the terminal.
Once at the Jeppensen Terminal, I needed to print out my boarding pass at the kiosks at the SA)">F9 ticket counter upstairs. Normally, there won’t be an assigned seat yet, but to my amazement there was a seat assigned to me after printing out my boarding pass. 4B is what I was assigned to. I was like “Huh?!” and then I asked a man who worked at the ticket counter to change my seat to a window. I have oftentimes wondered why in the world it takes our agents forever to search for our reservation (non-rev or paid fare) on Sabre. It seems like a waste of time. Anyway, I was told that he is unable to change my seat and that the gate agent at the podium would have to change it for me. What irritates me is that why do ticket counter agents wait until then to mention that after searching for my reservation, etc etc?? I think he guy didn’t want to change my seat out of laziness. To me, that is a turn-off and I wished that would change.
My friend and I then went through the A bridge security to get to our gates. Ironically, our gates were right across from each other. The guy at the podium at my gate changed my seat from 4B to 3F. So I scored a STRETCH seat! My friend also scored STRETCH seating on his flight as well, sitting in 1F to SFO. So all was good, life was good. We had 45 minutes to kill before heading to our respective gates, only to find out my gate had been changed to A40. So I said my goodbyes to him and went to my gate. The aircraft had Klondike and Snow, N924FR. This was my first time flying on 924. I also did a c-check on the aircraft last year as well.
N924FR at Gate A40.
Here is the famous green CFM56-5b engine at Frontier!
After I boarded the aircraft and took my seat, I looked out the window again and saw one of the guys I knew catering the aircraft, he saw me and looked surprised to see me. We did not chat but he serviced the airplane quickly. Kudos!
After take-off, the aircraft encountered a little bit of turbulence. My apologies for the blurry picture, but now you know why.
The flight was smooth after the turbulent take-off. Since it was dark out, there were really no pictures to show except for these two pictures. This was the two only night pictures I took.
Entry into SEA when the landing lights came on....
Once in SEA, I arrived at Days Inn, checked in and then I went to Downtown Seattle via the Sound Transit Light Rail from Sea-Tac Station to Westlake Center Station. It was a smooth ride, no problems throughout. But boy, I was tired and hungry! I was excited to go see Hard Rock Café! Unfortunately, they were closed. I was told that they had a private party for friends and family of the employees and that the restaurant would be open the next day. I was extremely disappointed as my flight was to leave at 8:10am. But I did score a HRC Seattle tee-shirt! Awesome!
After my very short visit at HRC, I went to the Pike Brewery Restaurant for a quick bite. Upon leaving the Pike Brewery Restaurant, I found this funny shirt…..
I hopped back onto the Light Rail to go back to Sea-Tac Airport where my hotel was located. Then went to sleep…..
Here is N566AS, a 738 at gate D11.
This is the Sea-Tac light rail station.
Frontier Airlines 844
February 10, 2010
N924FR – A319 (Klondike and Snow)
I woke up at 6am to a thick and foggy Sea-Tac morning for my flight back to DEN. The one good thing I really like about Days Inn Sea-Tac Airport is their free breakfast offering. I was happy to have free breakfast rather than having to spend money at the airport for food. Again, life was definitely good! I recommend this place to anyone! I checked online our website for my boarding pass after breakfast and I’m off…..
I got on the 7:30am hotel shuttle to the airport. I went through the central terminal security checkpoint to go to the Pacific MarketPlace to do a little browsing around. I wanted to look for a nice Boeing tee-shirt at one of the stores, but I didn’t find what I wanted. Oh, well. I forgot to stop by the B concourse and visit the Olympic Games store to grab a Vancouver 2010 shirt (dammit!) again….oh well! I did not spend a whole lot of time in the MarketPlace anyway. I did not take any SA)">QX pics, which I should have, I thought they wouldn't come out well because of the fog. I did see the Boise State Q400 and the Huskies Q400 as well.
It was about time to go to my gate to board for my flight. I checked in with the gate agent to receive another boarding pass with a seat assignment. The woman working the podium gave me a middle seat (what’s with the middle seating assignments these days without asking the pax what they desire?!) and I kindly asked if there were any windows available and the lady said there was one window left and gave me that one, 12F, right over the wing. After getting my boarding pass, I went to take a picture of the aircraft I would fly on….again it was Klondike and Snow with the SAME crew! I think this crew was well rested, although a bit tired looking, on an 11+ hour layover.
NW is now DL at the South Satellite…
Upon boarding, I sat in my assigned seat, hoping that the middle seat would remain open. It wasn’t but then the nightmare started…. The pax that sat in the middle seat was a woman who looked a lot like Cruella DeVil from 101 Dalmations. The worst part was that she smelled bad…. I mean…. To the point to where she may have not have been taking a shower, to put it mildly. The make-up on her face made it seem worse…need I say more?? I wanted off this airplane right away. However, I couldn’t because the last 2 flights on Frontier and RW were full the last time I checked. So I had to put up with the stink! Some people, I tell ya!!!
So, off we went after the three DL aircraft taxied to the runway, one was a 753, another was a 752 and the last one was a 738. I wonder where they were going, especially the 753.
After take-off, I finally got some pictures….
Mt. Rainier after the first turn…
One of the many turns after take-off…
Klondike and Snow over Wyoming!
Beautiful, I tell ya!
LiveTV GPS map over Wyoming-Colorado border….
Our green CFM!
Flaps and Canoe Fairings….and the snow….
The flight was pretty smooth throughout. But a bit bright outside since I sat on the right side of the airplane (a no-no in the mornings…).
Landed at DEN! Beautiful spoilers up and the infamous circus tent of the terminal! I also spotted a RW E190 aircraft taxing to the gate.
All in all, I rate the trip a 9 out of a 10. Flying on Frontier is a great experience for all, the LiveTV helps pass the time, of course. We can do better with the overall check-in experience, as a non-rev and revenue pax with seating assignments at the ticket counter. I would like to see less and less of the non-revs being assigned a middle seat. (Wishful thinking....) The FA’s were great both ways and I would be happy to see them on my future flights. I would recommend flying Frontier Airlines any day! FLY FRONTIER!!
Thanks for reading… Hope you liked my trip report.
fxramper From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 7073 posts, RR: 89 Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7529 times:
Quoting AirframeAS (Thread starter): I have oftentimes wondered why in the world it takes our agents forever to search for our reservation (non-rev or paid fare) on Sabre. It seems like a waste of time. Anyway, I was told that he is unable to change my seat and that the gate agent at the podium would have to change it for me. What irritates me is that why do ticket counter agents wait until then to mention that after searching for my reservation, etc etc?? I think he guy didn’t want to change my seat out of laziness.
You said your non-reving and your irritated about a seat assignment?
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7247 times:
Quoting fxramper (Reply 4): You said your non-reving and your irritated about a seat assignment?
Normally, when I check-in as a non-rev online or at the ticket counter, there is never a seat assignment. However, on this trip, the kiosk at the DEN ticket counter gave me a seat assignment. That was the first time it ever did that to me.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6723 times:
Quoting nkops (Reply 8): Aren't a lot of airlines allowing this now for non-revs??
I know AS, NW (then), HP (then) and WN allows it. I know that FL and DL does not. I am avoiding non-revving on FL because of that, I hear they are aggressive on the dress code more than DL is.
Quoting nkops (Reply 8): Nice pics, but I was hoping to see one of Cruella to see if you were exaggerating...
Oh, you wouldn't want to see that pic and I did not want to get the evil side of her to happen if I did take a pic of her! That would be the end of my life (and my employment) if I did that! Sorry, man.... heh! I wouldn't do that to people anyway.
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 5775 times:
I forgot to point out: The lighted HRC sign that is outside, the guitar. That is Kurt Cobain's guitar that he played in the music video "It Smells Like Teen Spirit". Its not the actual guitar, you know what I mean.....
I don't know why it took me this long to point that out. I found out about it through HRC Seattle's Facebook page.
A Safe Flight Begins With Quality Maintenance On The Ground.