Delta vs Virgin America

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.