My partner & I did a MR of sorts to SEA, as we found a fantastic fare out of CLT. Short & sweet trip, so my report will proabably be that as well (well, maybe not THAT short...)
DL 6160 CLT-CVG
Sched Dep: 12:52p Sched Arr: 2:30p E145
The a/c for this flight was in the new DL color scheme, and the only one of this trip that was. Looks nice on this bird! We didn't get exit row on this flight, but it was relatively short (over an hour, though), so it wasn't too bad. Surprisingly, this was considered a "no service" flight due to its length, but I would have thought anything over an hour would at least warrant a quick pass-thru with beverages. Anyway, the view was nice over the Appalachian Mountains (had never seen them "snow capped" before), and soon we were descending for CVG. We flew right over downtown Cincinnati, but the angle was such that I didn't get a great picture. Upon landing, we taxied what seemed like forever, to the Comair midfield terminal. It's amazing that for such a relatively new facility, you have to be bussed from there to the main terminal. We ate a quick bite at Max & Erma's in the DL terminal. I love their French(?) onion soup, and my partner loves their Long Island Iced Teas! We used to have a Max & Erma's in our area until a few years ago. Soon it was time for the next flights.
DL 747 CVG-SEA
Sched Dep: 4:45p Sched Arr: 6:44p 738
As my partner is Platinum Medallion w/DL, and he booked the flights, we were again always in Zone 2 or 3 for boarding, so we at least got the pick of overhead space. We were in the 2nd exit row (25?), window & aisle (neither of us wanted the dreaded 738 middle exit row seat), with good leg room, but again, the bottom cushions on the 738 exit row seats are hard as concrete!! Next time, I'll take a row close to the front and forego the extra legroom. Anyhow, the flight was pleasant. We had 2 snack services on the flight - the 1st was a snack "pack" with cheese spread, crackers, a small box of raisins and 2 Oreo cookies. I had one of the Signature Cocktails (starts with a "C") with this service. The 2nd was the standard choice of cheese & crackers, Biscoff or peanuts closer to arrival. In between the movie was "The Jane Austen Book Club". Some would call this a "chick flick", but I enjoyed it. Sunset was magnificent, and we must not have had much headwind, because we arrived in SEA quite a bit early.
We stayed at the Doubletree Seattle Airport, directly across the road from the airport. It's a 14-story hotel that used to be the Red Lion Hotel, until they moved a few doors down the street. I love how they give you warm cookies at checkin, but I wish they were just plain old fashioned, honest-to-goodness chocolate chip, without all the nuts and other foreign muck in them. We were on the 9th floor with a view of departing flights, and parts of the A, B and S concourses. I got quite a few good photos from the room! We ventured into town Saturday, went to the Pike St Public Market (I never get tired of that place!), and our other Seattle favorite, the Asian superstore, Uwajimaya. I could eat myself into a stupor in that place!! We usually buy some Hong Kong buns at their Yummy House bakery, and I had some Tom Ka Gai from the Thai place there as well. They had some great visual presentations for Chinese New Year in the retail area! We drove over to W. Seattle and walked along the waterfront, viewing the city across Elliott Bay. Magical! On the way back out, we swung by the Museum of Flight, so I could peruse the store there for any new goodies. 6am Sunday would be coming soon, so we called it an early day and retired to our room.
DL 1007 SEA-ATL
Sched Dep: 6am Sched Arr: 1:36p 763
Got up at 3:30a Sunday morning. Had to return the rental car, and physically check in this time, mainly because we decided to check one bag going home (We had bought a couple books at the Museum of Flight store). We boarded on time, but had to have the wings de-iced due to frost overnight. The return flight was comfortable. Again, we weren't able to snag exit row on this flight, but we were the 2nd row of coach. I've never sat in the middle section of a 2-aisle a/c before. But, since I've flown to/from SEA so many times, it wasn't like I was miserable not being near the window. Legroom and overall comfort were perfectly fine. I must have been really sleepy, because I can't remember the sequence of events on this flight. I know the movie shown was "Balls of Fury". Yes, it's cheap, sophomoric humor, but I did get a couple good belly-laughs out of it. Christopher Walken was in his element with this movie!! This was an EATS flight, and we both had the roast beef sandwich. It was huge, and kind of bland, even with the blue cheese sauce added to it. I know there was a separate snack service (cheese & crackers, Biscoff or peanuts again), but don't remember if it was before or after the main food service. It seemed like the descent took forever on this flight, but we arrived pretty much on time. Our gate was smack in the middle of the B concourse - very convenient for connecting!
We had an over-3-hour layover at ATL, so we went out the the Crown Room Club on Concourse E (I had heard good things about it) and bought single-visit passes. This was only the 2nd CRC I'd been in (I used to be a member of NW's Worldclubs and LOVED those). This one was very modern, but SO crowded!! I'm glad they have complimentary bar service, but I thought the snack offerings could be better. All I saw was Biscoff or a large container of crunchy pretzels.
We each had a couple cocktails, and a few Biscoff, and looked at the pics we had taken on the trip, and soon it was time to make our way to the last flight of the weekend.
DL 1537 ATL-CLT
Sched Dep: 5:15p Sched Arr: 6:33p MD-88
We got exit row on this a/c and (as I've noted on a previous TR) the difference in comfort in the exit row between this a/c and the 738 is like night and day. Completely comfortable on this a/c. But, this truly is a short flight, so of course there was no service. Like last weekend, we flew over Lake Hartwell and our home area (GSP), but due to the time of day, there wasn't much light left down below. IIRC, we departed and arrived pretty much on time. We made our way to baggage claim, and lo & behold, the luggage from our flight was coming out, and our bag was among the 1st! We were out in no time, which is very unusual for DL at CLT.
Well, this will be it for a while. We have an award trip in Biz Elite to SCL in April, so that will have to be my next report. I'm hoping to get my pics from last week's ORD trip and this one posted on shutterfly.com this week. Will update when that is done. Cheers!!