For our final jump home, Mrs. Island Miler and I took a more traditional Alaska flight aboard Alaska Airlines 893 SEA-HNL in Premium Class. It was also our first encounter with Alaska’s post-merger catering.
To get home from San Francisco, we needed to take two flights. The first flight, Alaska Airlines 1837 was our final Virgin America flight. Well, sort of. Technically it’s already an Alaska flight, but the service was still Virgin.
With Southwest’s entry into the Hawaii market, all eyes turned to Hawaiian Airlines as far as competitive pressure is concerned. But here’s a question I didn’t consider; can Alaska Air continue to find success in Hawaii too?
To get from Honolulu to Northern California, naturally, I chose to fly Alaska Airlines 710 HNL-SFO. It was an easy choice because of my Companion Certificate that got better when I scored a free upgrade!
The Partial Government Shutdown’s effects are spreading. And, now, Alaska Air delays the start of Paine Field service because of it.
And another one bites the dust. Following JetBlue and the US Big 3, Alaska Airlines increases checked bag fees too. That leaves Hawaiian Airlines as the last one not to raise fees. I mean, there’s Southwest too, but they won’t charge fees. And airlines like Sun Country don’t count, right?