Forgive me for the lack of details as I took this trip last year in June.
I was able to find a round-trip from Honolulu to Los Angeles for 2 in first class on Delta with the help of a travel agent. After checking Seatguru website, I quickly changed the seats assigned to us by the travel agent. After browsing FlyerTalk forums, I learned that seats 7EF have a greater legroom because they are used by the pilots/crew for longer flights. Since this flight is only 5 hours long, they were available (lucky me!). Unfortunately, they were not available for the return flight, so I took 3AB in front of the bulkhead.
We were booked on Delta flight 1852 leaving Honolulu at 9:00 pm and arriving in Los Angeles around 5:30 am. We arrived at the airport 2 hours before the flight and there was already a long line at the check-in counter. As customary, we took our suitcases thru the Agriculture inspection: you just put our luggage on the x-ray machine and they put a sticker on it. Check-in took forever as there were only 3 open counters. Was worse at the electronic check-in with only one person helping. Got our boarding passes and went thru security. Long lines again as all the red eye flights leave at the same time. Also, thanks to FlyerTalk forums, I learned that flying first class domestic doesn't grant you access to the first class lounge on Delta so we went straight to the gate.
Boarding started on time and by the look of the waiting area, the flight looked to be completely full in coach. Upon entering the jetway, there was a cart full of bags. I later learned that those were the dinner/snack bags for the coach class. Lucky we were not flying coach or we would have been starving not knowing we had to grab those bags! First class was almost full except for 2 seats. Seat was comfortable, pitch was incredible, and service was OK
. We were given pre-departure drinks and some pretzels. The flight attendant kept scolding the first class people who took those snack bags saying that it was for the coach people but hey, nobody told us anything and there was no sign saying what those were.
We left the gate on time and taxied all the way to the reef runway. Since it was nighttime and I was on the right side, there was nothing to see. As soon as we reached the cruising altitude, the flight attendants started the snack service (no dinner after 7:00 pm on Delta). Snack consisted of a cucumber/tomato salad, some cake, and a turkey wrap. Tasted good but was still hungry since I missed dinner. After the trays were cleared, the flight attendants disappeared until we started the descent. Movie selection was not too good so we tried to catch some zzzzs. As always in an airplane, I slept on and off and halfway thru the flight decided to just play with the games on the little TV
. Those games sure help pass the time. Next thing I know, we were starting our descent to Los Angeles. Of course, no breakfast was served. Seems like we flew over Long Beach, made a left turn, and landed on 25L. The whole LA
basin was under a blanket a cloud (the marine layer as they call it) and only a few minutes before landing was I finally able to see the city lights.
We spent a wonderful week in LA
but unfortunately it was time to come back home. The rent-a-car shuttle dropped us off at the curb and we went inside the terminal. Unlike Honolulu, there was no line at all. We went to the counter, got our boarding passes, and went to drop our bags to the TSA
station. Lines were short at security and then we went all the way to the end of the terminal to wait for our flight. This time, there was no bags waiting at the jetway since we were leaving around 6:00pm. Inside the aircraft, I tried to look to see who got seats 7EF and saw that the mayor of Honolulu was there (no wonder I didn't get them).
While at the gate, the power kept going on and off. Captain said the APU was not working and they will use an external power generator to start the engines. The doors closed, the jetway left, but we were still not moving. Apparently, everyone was leaving at the same time and we had to give way to an American Airlines plane. While waiting to taxi, the flight attendant came to ask what everyone wanted for dinner. Since they don't give paper menu anymore, I cannot remember what the choices were or what I ate. Flight was uneventful until an hour before landing when we hit some turbulence. We climbed higher but to no avail. We started descent around Maui and landed on runway 4R.
While in LA
, I was able to go to the park next to the In-and-Out Burger by the airport, and WOW that was an incredible place to spot. The planes pass right above you. I also went to the other spot place by Imperial Hwy.
Unfortunately, there will be no trips this year as we are going to welcome a new addition to the family pretty soon.