A few weeks back I went to Alaska for two weeks. It was probably one of the most exciting and inspirational trips I’ve ever been on and have therefore found it pretty overwhelming to write up posts about it. However, all that has now changed and this week I am dubbing ‘Alaska Week’ (although it might be two weeks as I have a lot of stuff to show you). Kicking off this Alaska week is an airline review of Alaska Air. They are the main airline for the state of Alaska but also fly all over North America. You might recognise them as they have their ‘trademark’ Eskimo face on the tails of their planes. I have flown once with them before years ago but couldn’t really remember the experience. This time I tried to make better notes and here’s what I found out!
Booking my ticket online was super easy. The website is minimal and easy to follow along. I later ended up calling them to change it and the person was friendly and seemed happy to help. In fact all the employees I encountered, whether on the phone or in person at the airport, were welcoming and joyous (is that a weird adjective to use? they all just seemed to really enjoy their jobs which was nice to witness).
If you are going to different areas of Alaska the best method of transport is probably plane and above you can see all the locations that AA go. If you do however want a different option there are smaller airlines like Ravn but they tend to be a little more expensive (flying does give amazing views though). Cruises and ferries transport a lot of Alaskans around the country but that involves some research if you’re up for it. You can also take the train to major cities, otherwise renting a car and driving is probably your best bet.
Amenities wise – complimentary drink service with the usual options. They give out a crunchy snack mix which was a welcomed change from the usual peanuts or pretzels. There is also a food menu you can order from that features sandwiches, salads, treats etc. Entertainment wise on this plane there were no seatback systems (it was a small 737-400) but there was wifi. If you have your own device you can connect to it and online they have a library of different films, movies etc. I’m noticing that a lot of airlines are starting to do this now and building these online databases. I guess the benefit is it’s all on the cloud but a drawback is you need to remember to charge your device fully and bring back up chargers.
I enjoyed flying Alaska Air because it got me in the mind set that I was in Alaska. I believe the journey helps get you excited for the trip and so wherever possible I try to travel with the respective company for that destination. I think you get a better sense of the place you’re going to and sometimes little tidbits that get you all excited. It’s like flying Iceland Air to Iceland or Hawaiian to Hawaii.
Alaska Air was very prompt, easy to get along with and friendly. Overall a really positive experience and I would consider flying with them again if I go to the NW of the states. The reason I wouldn’t fly with them elsewhere is because their mile program doesn’t connect with any of my regular ones – British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Coming up next the Alaska trip begins!