Alaska Air Trip Report+ new Mobile site

In Adventure, Alaska Travelgram, Consumer, Technology by scott

Oh, there’s plenty going on at Alaska Air. Check out the new “mobile site” on your phone/iPad . It’s got a few more bells and whistles than the “app” for my phone–which I like to check in, track flights and such. Oh, and I just signed up for the “Jet Text Mobile Club” to get text messages on air fare sales and such.

But yesterday, I flew from Anchorage to Seattle on flight #82. Check out the photos here.

Our flight left at 10am, which meant an 8am check-in. I always leave a little extra time so the TSA folks can stick their fingers in my pants and such. Lovely. Irradiate-or-violate.

That up-close “welcome” makes the Anchorage Board Room even more welcoming. It costs extra to lounge-in-luxury while watching the planes take off (that’s me…below, left). But it offers me a little extra time to get some work done in advance of the flight. And the staff is delightful. And the Silverhook espresso is delicious.

There was good news and bad news on the plane today. The good news is it left on time. The bad news is I was #1 on the First Class standby list. So, I , uh, took my seat in back. Missed it. HAHA. So there I am in the middle: 10E. But we all made the best of it.

Our plane, a 737-400, didn’t have the wi-fi connectivity that I’ve come to love on Alaska. Be sure and double-check when you’re making reservations. Look for a 737-800 or -900. Alaska sometimes does a “swap” at the last minute, but these newer aircraft are more likely to have the working wi-fi connection.

Ours was a full flight–but the staff was friendly and efficient (above). I opted for the cheese plate. As an MVP Gold, the staff always offers to buy me a drink. But it was a little early–so I just doubled-up on my usual Club Soda. HA.

One of the advantages of Alaska’s schedule is frequent service to smaller metro-area airports like Oakland. It’s more convenient for our meeting in Napa than SFO. In fact, our 737 simply changed flight numbers in Seattle and we got back on the same bird for the final leg (Alaska #344) into OAK.

If you’re headed to Sonoma, consider flying into Santa Rosa (STS) on Horizon. It’s much more convenient than driving north from San Francisco. Plus, you can check a case of wine at no additional charge!

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