Review: Alaska Airlines B737-9, Seattle – Los Angeles


Alaska Airlines operates a large hub of activity from it’s home in the lower states from Seattle Tacoma International Airport. As Canadian travellers who fly Alaska Airlines, we frequently find ourselves connecting through busy Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Today’s connection experience had us departing from the old North Satellite Terminal, which at the time was a pretty utilitarian experience.

This post is one chapter on our trip to Fiji, New Zealand and French Polynesia. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan and AAdvantage frequent flier programs and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. 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 B737-9, Seattle Tacoma International Airport – Los Angeles

We were supposed to fly Alaska Airlines First Class Seattle – Los Angeles on an earlier flight on AS 424 but as a result of a flight delay on our Alaska Airlines First Class Vancouver – Seattle, we were downgraded to economy on the later AS 410 flight.

We departed the Alaska Airlines Lounge North Satellite Seattle Tacoma International Airport and headed to the gate N6 to get ready for boarding. I find the North Satellite terminal at Seattle to be among the most drab and dark airport facilities out there. This is despite the fact that there are windows almost all around the entire building. The low ceilings seem to make this a darker than necessary place.

Boarding at SEA-TAC North Satellite Gate N6

We were in group 2 to board as Alaska MVP’s and we found our way onto the plane behind all the kids that were boarded first along with paid First Class and MVP Golds.

Away We Go: Boarding Sequence on Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines
Economy Class
SEA-LAX (SeaTac Airport – Los Angeles International)
AS 410
June 2, 2017
Booked: Boeing 737-900
Flown: Boeing 737-900
Departure: 3:50 PM
Arrival: 4:28 PM

On Board Alaska Airlines:

After all was said and done with our downgrade, we ended up in row 17 B and 17 E, which were emergency exit rows in the middles. Alaska Airlines offers seating in 3 – 3 economy class configuration. We settled into the emergency exit row seats. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t first class by any means. At least we had a little extra leg room.

Boarding our Alaska Airlines B737-9
Emergency Exit Row Seat Assignments
Emergency Exit Row Seat Assignments

Food and Beverage:

We had a straight forward flight down with pleasant crews. Once we were underway, drink service was provided twice, along with a buy on board offering. It was Pringles snack time with some Seagrams Ginger Ale as we flew down to Los Angeles. The airline provided the usual Biscoff cookies on a complimentary basis.

Alaska Buy on Board Menu

Entertainment for the flight was provided with some movies through the Alaska App on the iPhone.

Light Snacks for the Flight Down

There was free chat available on the wired plane – the perfect thing for those separated families! 

Free Chat via the Alaska Airlines App

We landed on the North runway of Los Angeles International Airport and had a quick taxi over to LAX Terminal 6 without any stops or waits for other aircraft. Before we knew it, we were in the terminal. Alaska Airlines uses Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport and operates the nearby Alaska Lounge Los Angeles from this terminal.

Arriving to Los Angeles Terminal Six

Our checked bags were put out without any issue and thankfully arrived despite the mis connects. We decided to pick up our bags as it was suspected MrsWT73 had her bags rifled through on a previous long layover at LAX.

Los Angeles Baggage Claim

My Thoughts on Connecting through Sea Tac:

All in, a few mess ups this morning; a one hour delay, a downgrade to economy. It wasn’t the greatest start to our trip. At least everyone was pleasant about it. . . When I got back home, I wrote into Alaska Mileage Plan and they offered some generous Alaska Mileage Plan compensation for the downgrade. This more than made up for the downgrade. With that, our connecting flight onto Fiji Airways awaited!!

If you’ve connected through Seattle Tacoma International Airport, have you ever been delayed or mis-connected?

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