Review: Alaska Airlines Premium Class A320, Seattle – Los Angeles

This post is one chapter on our trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne with The Great Ocean Road, exploring The Yarra Valley and the beaches of The Gold Coast via Qantas First Class. This trip was booked using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Alaska Airlines Premium Class, Airbus 320, Seattle – Los Angeles

We had a brisk walk over to the D7 gate; straight through the main terminal and past Sub Pop records over to the near end of this finger.

Boarding had already started on arrival but we were able to sneak on through the priority lane thanks to MrsWT73’s MVP Gold Status.

Alaska Airlines
AS 1778 – Premium Class (Q)
SEA-LAX (Seattle Tacoma International Airport – Los Angeles Terminal 6)
July 6, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:29 PM
Booked: Airbus 320
Flown: Airbus 320

Today’s plane was an old Virgin America bird; an Airbus A320. I actually like their set up much better than Alaska’s planes with TV monitors in each seat and plenty of leg room in the premium class seats. We were in the bulkhead today thanks to a free premium class upgrade confirmed at the time of booking, courtesy again of MVP Gold status. We missed out on the first class upgrades as there are only 2 rows of first class on these aircraft, meaning that all the seats were well spoken for by the time we arrived to the scene.

There was an interesting disclaimer on the television screens about mature content.

There was No streaming on the personal devices today as the seat back screen was the only entertainment option available. We had a nice departure along with the usual great mountain views leaving Seattle heading southwards.

There was offer for a double Gin and Tonic on the way down with the complimentary drink service that comes with Premium Class. I should have taken her up on the double on it as MrsWT73 tried to set a second drink about 1 hour prior to landing and was told “no” – there was no time left. This certainly didn’t make her happy; especially when they brought out the usual gourmet chocolate bar after the fact to thank her for being an MVP Gold member (laughing).

We arrived into LAX at dusk. We passed by our Qantas flight that we’d be on the next day as we headed over to LAX Terminal 6. Thank fully our bags made it; on the belt in Los Angeles within the 20 minute guarantee.

Alaska Airlines Premium Class Overall:

The Alaska Airlines Premium Class is a slightly better experience. As time goes on, there seems to be less and less to differentiate the Alaska cabin from other economy plus / main cabin extra services. Extra room is always appreciated and this flight was no exception.

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