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.
Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: Fiji, New Zealand & French Polynesia via Fiji Airways and Air Tahiti Nui Business Class
- Alaska Airlines First Class: Vancouver – Seattle
- Alaska Airlines Board Room – North Satellite – Seattle – Tacoma, USA
- Alaska Airlines: Seattle – Los Angeles
- The Los Angeles International Lounge, Tom Bradley International Terminal, USA
- Fiji Airways Business Class: Los Angeles – Nadi
- The Sheraton Resort and Spa Tokoriki Island, Fiji
- The Westin Denaru Island Resort and Spa, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge, Nadi International Airport, Fiji
- Fiji Airways Business Class: Nadi – Auckland
- Air New Zealand – Auckland Domestic Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand – Auckland Regional Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand: Auckland – Blenheim
- The Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim, New Zealand
- Four Sauvingon Blanc Wineries and One Lunch, Blenheim, New Zealand
- Four Pinot Noir Wineries and One Lunch, Blenheim, New Zealand
- A Circle Driving Day: Blenheim – Nelson – Picton – Blenheim, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand Blenheim – Auckland
- Air New Zealand – Auckland International Lounge, New Zealand
- Air New Zealand Economy Sky Couch: Auckland – Papeete
- Le Meridien Tahiti, Papeete, French Polynesia
- Visiting the Papeete Market and Taking the Ferry: Papeete – Moorea, French Polynesia
- The Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort, French Polynesia
- Cycling in Teavaro and Snorkelling in Moorea, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti: Moorea – Bora Bora
- Le Meridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti: Bora Bora – Papeete
- Air Tahiti Nui Salon Manuhiri Business Lounge, Papeete, French Polynesia
- Air Tahiti Nui Poerava Business Class: Papeete – Los Angeles
- The United Club, Los Angeles Terminal Seven
- American Airlines First Class: Los Angeles – Vancouver
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.
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.
SEA-LAX (SeaTac Airport – Los Angeles International)
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.
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.
Entertainment for the flight was provided with some movies through the Alaska App on the iPhone.
There was free chat available on the wired plane – the perfect thing for those separated families!
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.
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.
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!!