7 Reasons Why I Fly Alaska | The Best [Luxe] Budget Airline13 March 2016
1 | THE CHEESE AND FRUIT PLATTER
I'm not gonna lie about it. My very favorite part about flying with Alaska Airlines is that cheese and fruit platter. At $7.50 a pop, it's like being spoiled in the sky. Really, there's no turbulence I can't handle when I'm stuffing my face with three kinds of cheese.
Not only does Alaska Airlines recycle in flight (something I find to be rare for airlines, despite the overwhelming need for it), they also package most of their meals and drinks in compostable or recyclable packaging. I'll support that.
A $121 companion pass. Every year. Anywhere they fly. ...Need I say more?
This card may give you one mile for every dollar spent, but truly best perks come from travel-related expenses, like Alaska Airlines flights that give you 3 miles per $1 spent. In addition to the companion pass, you also get your first checked bag free of charge, there's no mileage cap, and your miles never expire. And once you reach 75K miles, you up your status and uncover a whole new basket of great benefits. (I'm so close, I can't even wait!)
I know there are many airlines that claim they have low-cost flights. And maybe they do. But the airline that keeps me coming back, because they're always within my budget, is Alaska Airlines. From Seattle, I've flown nonstop, roundtrip to Cabo for under $350; nonstop, roundtrip to Kauai for less than $300; nonstop, roundtrip to Milwaukee for under $250; and nonstop, roundtrip to Vegas for just $130. It's a steal of a deal, people.
And now I've got more money for cheese platters. Amen.
6 | THEY GIVE YOU OUTLETS, PEOPLE. OUTLETS.
This is how you really know that an airline gets you. On most Alaska Airlines flights, even coach passengers get an outlet, including a USB outlet, on the seat-back in front of them. No more dead tablets, laptops, phones, or whatever you travel with. And with inflight WiFi at $9.99/flight, I admit that I sometimes treat myself. A girl's gotta blog, you know?
From canceling a flight less than 24 hours after booking to requesting a price adjustment on a flight price that dropped, and from in-flight service to Alaska Airlines credit card calls, I've had nothing but top-notch care from the folks at Alaska Airlines. They are a group of great people.
Honestly, all of their incredible perks make me enjoy boarding my flight each time I fly with them. And for an anxious flyer like me, it really makes a difference.
But, really, that cheese platter...