A tale of First Class flights on two very different airlines
As members of both Delta and Virgin America‘s frequent flyer programs we decided to spread the miles for a June trip to Maui by flying Delta over and Virgin back. . Wealso flew Delta later that month from Los Angeles to Alaska to catch the Seven Seas Mariner for a magical week-long cruise.
Scene from Delta from Vancouver to Seattle
We flew in First Class on all three flights and what a difference an airline can make. We flew Delta First Class (scene from window of Washington) to Maui and Virgin America First Class back to Los Angeles. Both flights were thankfully uneventful and not to thankfully fair for the fare. Delta served breakfast, an omelette that was edible and great bread, one miserly glass of Champagne. The stew said hey only brought on bottle aboard. “In First Class,” I countered slightly irate but toned down because I didn’t want to show any air rage. The seats were okay but hardly reclined. There was good leg room though. Our bags were out fast in Maui, too. Oh yeah and the earphones in First were those awful ear buds I hate.
Flying from Maui on Virgin America was a huge disappointment for us Elevate members. The food wasn’t edible, the service fair, the entertainment/WiFi system down,the wine undrinkable but the seats really comfy. It wasn’t up to Virgin America muster at all. And to make matters worse we flew on June 19, 2016 and still don’t have our Elevate points posted to our account. Although the airline did give us some travel dollars credit for our discomfort.
Now we just did flights from LAX to Anchorage via Seattle and back from Vancouver BC on Delta that was much more worth the First Class fare. The food was tasty, the seats comfy and the flight crew were just so happy and accommodating especially on return leg from Vancouver.
Flying First Class has its privileges such as two free checked bags, free food (which is usually better on Virgin America than we got on the Maui run) and drink, more leg room, wider, more comfy seats than in coach some that even drop into flat beds, priority boarding and baggage arrival. In all fairness Virgin America is new to the Los Angeles-Maui schedule having just launched in June so maybe it needs to get the kinks out. I hope so because I love that quirky airline that reminds me so much of the old PSA Airlines which was the outrageously fun to fly with.