aa61hvy
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How Is AS?

Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:39 pm

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

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RE: How Is AS?

Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

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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RE: How Is AS?

Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

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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RE: How Is AS?

Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:55 pm

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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RE: How Is AS?

Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Is AS?

Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:59 am

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.
 
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RE: How Is AS?

Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:16 pm

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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RE: How Is AS?

Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:00 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Is AS?

Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:04 pm

Thanks for the info guys. I'll probably write a TR when I finish the trip in January.
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RE: How Is AS?

Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:12 am

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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RE: How Is AS?

Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:24 pm

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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RE: How Is AS?

Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:18 pm

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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