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User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

I recently returned from a weekend in Seattle. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Emerald City, this trip also served as something of a mileage run.

Alaska and American are currently conducting a promotion in which six flight segments (three on each carrier) earns 6,000 bonus miles with either company's mileage program. If one flies 18 segments (must be 9 with each airline), 27,000 bonus miles will be awarded. As the promotion ends April 15, I will not come anywhere near achieving the top bonus-level. However, I have flown three Alaska segments plus one AA segment. Early next month, I'll fly a round-trip to LA on American, making me eligible for the 6K.

AA 2781 MD-80 SJC-LAX

(Scd) Departure: 4:21 PM Arrival: 5:41 PM
(Act) Departure: 4:26 PM Arrival: 5:37 PM

Directly after school, my mom whisked me out to the airport. The evening traffic on Highway 101 was certainly no worse than average, and we arrived about 45 minutes before my flight's scheduled departure. Still, I was grateful that I had no luggage to check, as the AA check-in line could have easily taken 1/2 an hour to negotiate. I proceeded directly to gate A14, where I was quickly assisted by an agent. The flight was very full, but boarding proceeded expeditiously. Incidentally, the aircraft had the 14F/115Y configuration (with new seats), as opposed to the layout of the ex-QQ planes.

The 50-minute ride to LAX was uneventful. The F/As provided the full can of soda along with the ubiquitous Rold Gold snack-mix.

After landing at LAX, we taxied quickly to gate 37A. We disembarked in an orderly fashion, and I covered the short distance to the Alaska gates.

AS 295 737-400 LAX-SEA

(Scd) Departure: 6:29 PM Arrival: 9:05 PM
(Act) Departure: 6:32 PM Arrival: 10:07 PM

The kiosk check-in worked perfectly as usual, and some seats had opened up on this flight, so I moved to an aisle. Alaska has a plethora of LAX-SEA flights during the evening hours, due to all the aircraft returning from Mexico. If you miss the 6:19 PM flight to Seattle, you just might have to wait a whole ten minutes for the next flight  Big grin

As the evening ran its course, LAX became congested. By our departure time, the takeoff line was quite long. It was nearly 7:15 PM before we headed down the runway. Once aloft, our progress was further hampered by strong headwinds. Fortunately, I had no trouble passing the time. The seats were comfortable, and the aft magazine rack well stocked. Furthermore, we were actually served a genuinely decent meal.

The entree was a shrimp and chicken dish with tomatoes and onions. It was actually very filling and tasty. It was accompanied by a small salad topped with crisp vegetables, a wheat roll, and a dessert that bore some resemblance to a "devil's food cake." However, I suspect Alaska has a different name for it.  Big grin
Drinks were provided twice during the flight. Overall, I was pretty impressed, considering this is normally a two-hour journey.

We only encountered a little light chop on our way in to Seattle, and for once, the tarmac was not wet. The weather held up nicely during my two days in Seattle. Among other things, I returned to the EMP music museum. I'm not going to go into to detail on my two days in Seattle, but if anyone has questions, let me know.

Horizon 2161 Dash-8 SEA-PDX

(Scd) Departure: 4:00 PM Arrival: 4:50 PM
(Act) Departure: 4:00 PM Arrival: 4:41 PM

I did see one of QX's new Dash-8 Q400s at SEA, but there were no Q400 SEA-PDX flights that would have met my schedule.

As usual, QX's stylish but tiny boarding areas were overwhelmed, and only standing-room was to be found. Normally, they station coffee and newspapers in their boarding areas, but no such features were visible today.

The flight itself was great. I enjoy the unique noises and vibrations associated with riding on a turboprop, and it's cool to actually see the landing gear come up and down. There was only a little light chop, and we were treated to great views of the Cascades. Despite the full load, our F/A provided each of us with a beverage plus a refill. Not surprisingly, many people took advantage of the complimentary beer/wine. Upon parking at PDX, we were offered candy-cane mints, and the pilot personally thanked each of us for flying.

After arriving in PDX, I made my way from Concourse A to the far-end of Concourse C for my Alaska flight back to San José.

Alaska 316 737-400 PDX-SJC

(Scd) Departure: 5:59 PM Arrival: 7:43 PM
(Act) Departure: 6:01 PM Arrival: 7:37 PM

Again, an uneventful, on-time flight. The flight was pretty full, although a few people still had empty middle seats. There was no wait to takeoff on 28L, and the flight didn't last a second longer than the pilot's estimate of 1hr 23 minutes. Our in-flight snack consisted of a roast beef sandwich with grapes and a chocolate chip cookie. At, San José, we only used the forward door to deplane. In the past, we have always used both doors, but frankly, I think it just makes the process more confusing.

OK...that's it!

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User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Great Report! Big grin

Well...my dad and I are going to go to SEA over spring break. I want to go to EMP and Boeing. After that, we are heading out to the east coast for a few days.

Happy Flying,

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

Great trip report !!!!! It sounds like Alaska is a great airline . Good meals and comfortable seating in coach . Which flight would you consider better the AA leg or the Alaska leg ?????
Puerto Rico

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

I don't think comparing the AA and AS leg would be fair, as the AA flight was so much shorter. However, I would say I find the seats on Alaska to be slightly more comfortable, and both have the adjustable headrests. However, there is a little more legroom on American. AA's seat pitch is generally 33-34 (it runs to 35 on the 737-800s), while Alaska's is 32-33.

Alaska's catering has generally been very good in my experience. The LAX-SEA meal service was recently upgraded, and hopefully they have no intention of changing their standards. I don't know if other West Coast routes have seen the same improvement or not.

User currently offlineScaredflyer21 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3790 times:

Great report! I look forward to your next one!

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