I posted this in FlyerTalk a while back concerning a flight I took last year. It sums up my feellings about WN
TWO, I took your advise a while back and tried WN
just after HP
changed their elite bonuses. The flight was a PHX
evening flight around 8pm, I believe.
I still find that I don't like flying WN
, and I will try to convey why I don't.
Before I go on, I think I should explain why I am the way I am. You could say I come from the "Old School" of flying. My grandmother who was a long time TWA res agent took me overseas(often in F) quite frequently as a young boy. I remember how the FA
's were extra nice to me, how people dressed properly, and how she would strike up conversations with people while I watched the planes go by. As you can imagine, that left an impression.
Fast forward 29 years.
The bad feelings I had before about WN
came rushing back as soon as I stood in line for 25 minutes all the while looking over at the very short HP
F/elite line that I would normally be in.
The gate area was no picnic either as everyone was talking loudly. Why? This is where I began to miss access to a lounge.
Then came the infamous cattle call and with it the usual people displaying their lack of tact by trying to cut in line.
As I made my way onboard, I was really shocked to find a very dirty plane. I know WN
likes to turn planes around quickly, but this was absolutely inexcusable.
Personally, this was the dirtiest plane I've ever been on. I have yet to see an AA
, or UA
plane in the same condition. The plane was littered with crumbs, candy mushed into the carpet, cups. To top it all off, my seat was broken.
Of course being a Vegas bound flight, you can forget about it being quiet. The loudmouth who decided he had to entertain the whole plane with his opinions on everything just had to sit behind me.
I sat there debating whether it would be worth me building credits with WN
. I came to the conclusion that WN
doesn't fit me as a traveller. For me it's more that getting from point A to B. I savour everything in between. The F checkin, lounges, assigned seats, upgrades, and spotting all contribute to the kind of flying experience I've come to appreciate.
I know some will say "WN likes to treat everyone the same". So why would I invest in a program that treats me the same as someone who flies once a year?
Rapid Rewards, which fails to present any value to me, is the nail in the coffin. The credits can't get me out of the country, or to any place I haven't been to already. So that means any flying on WN
would be a waste of my time and a loss of mileage earning towards intl travel. FlightFund can at least get me to many places on BA
, and HA
The fact that WN
is profitable isnt enough to lure me onto their planes. The whole "WN experience" runs counter to the way I like to travel.
That RT flight was five months ago, and I haven't flown WN
since. Truthfully, I can't see myself on a WN
If I want a fine meal, I'll go to a restaurant. If I wan't to watch TV, I'll head to the sofa in the den and tune in. If I want a movie, I'll go to the multiplex cinema.
We're not talking about restaurants, your den, or cinemas. We're talking about being stuck in a confining tube, and in close proximity to strangers for up to five hours.
The 747: The hands who designed it were guided by god.