Elizabeth and I both opted for the coffee. First I went to two … I won’t be reviewing the OMA to MSP segment since it was only long enough for Elizabeth and I to share a glass of orange juice. My general advice for domestic US flights is to purchase an Economy ticket and save your points for trips outside the US. between the West and East Coasts, then you’ll probably get a lie-flat seat (called Delta One) in a 2-2 configuration on a single-aisle aircraft like the 757: or, if you are lucky, a (preferred) staggered 1-2-1 setup on a widebody jet like the 767: The standard is a 2-2 configuration, like on most of Qantas and Virgin Australia‘s domestic flights: but on smaller planes there may be a narrower 1-2 configuration, which is better for solo travellers: The minimum amount of rows in First Class will be three and can extend to five on longer aircraft. You’ll have room to stretch out, an outlet to stay powered up and, of course, the signature service of a Delta flight attendant for the First Class cabin. Service: First Class (Domestic) Aircraft: Boeing 757-200. Overall, it was a pretty standard Delta First configuration for a short or medium-haul flight. The review of Delta First Class showed the overall average performance. After breakfast was served I continued to watch the rest of my Allen Iverson documentary. Of the “big three” US carriers, Delta is my favorite airline to fly with. Elizabeth and I were seated in 1A & 1B for our flight to Los Angeles. The seats are also 21 inches wide, compared to the 17-inch seats in economy. Since our flight departed at 9:00 AM we were scheduled to be served breakfast. If you are as lucky as I was, you’ll get mushy vegetables on stale white bread: In terms of the customer service, my two flights could not have been more different. Supplementary images courtesy Delta Air Lines. About an hour out of Los Angeles we were offed a selection from the snack basket. free checked bags in your ticket. However, when my boarding pass was scanned at the gate, there was no seat change. In between I had three hours to get acquainted with the seat. ), the experience could be drastically different. I went with a banana and a granola bar. I ordered a vodka-cranberry, just for a change. Baggage size must not exceed 62 inches (157 cm) when you total LENGTH + WIDTH + HEIGHT; Visit Carry-On Baggage to find sizing and requirements for carry-on baggage; For Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members and Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Members, your first standard checked bag flies free; Checked baggage allowance each way price varies by route and fare class Normally I don’t fly domestic first class due to the outrageous prices and pretty lackluster products. Depart: New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Terminal C, Gate 24, 12:21, on-time The first flight departed late with no delay announcement, the purser served me straight vodka instead of the sparkling water I requested, the cabin crew picked up customers’ empty cups whilst simultaneously performing the safety demonstration (definitely a feat) and, speaking of feet, literally had them up on the galley counter for the entire flight from Detroit to Toronto whilst using their mobile phones. It can be really hard to find award availability and, given that you usually will not be given lounge access prior to your flight or between connecting ones (and the US has a lot more connecting flights than we do in Australia), I think it best to save your points for a higher-value redemption. I found the touchscreen inflight entertainment system on the 757 to above-average in terms of responsiveness and clarity, with a wide selection of options: You can also download the Gogo Entertainment app before your flight to stream content. Having lived in the US for the best part of the past three years, and given recent negative customer service episodes, I can say that anecdotally Delta seems to have the best reputation of the three legacy carriers (the others are American Airlines and United.). Delta operates over 20 types of aircraft, from the Boeing 717 carrying just 110 passengers for short domestic hops right up to the larger Airbus A350 and Boeing 747 aircraft on international routes. We touched down at LAX just a tad bit ahead of schedule. I was growing up around the same time AI was reaching the height of his popularity so a lot of his antics went unnoticed in my early years. Shortly after settling in, I was offered some headphones. Originally from Sydney, he won the Diversity Visa Lottery and now bases himself in Austin, Texas. You can check the wifi access prices on the Delta website. Searches and bookings can be done online on the Velocity Frequent Flyer website. I have found good value in redeeming points in US domestic economy, when going to non hub airports. Deric "Passenger" Poldberg is the Midwest's leading expert in credit cards, miles & points. I was looking forward to this experience as I’d never flown with Delta before and didn’t know what to expect when flying domestic first class. Normally I don’t fly domestic first class due to the … Delta Airlines 757-200 first class Atlanta to San Diego. Velocity points can also be used for Virgin America First Class redemptions and the airline generally releases a lot more award space to both its own Elevate members and its partners, but do note that under Velocity’s partner changes announced in July 2017, one can no longer redeem their Velocity points on Virgin America from 30 September 2017 and all travel must be completed by 15 January 2018. Your email address will not be published. I chose the omelet and Elizabeth chose the oatmeal. Staggered priority boarding is where Australia is headed I think. As to be expected, regardless of status, you will get access to Sky Priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling. As such, I arrived at the airport over two hours before the 8AM departure. Delta Airlines MD-88 first class West Palm Beach to Atlanta 05. At the early morning hour, there were not many people in the non-priority line, and as such being in the Sky Priority lane made no difference. These Billboard headphones weren’t Bose quality by any means, but they served their purpose on this flight. Departure: Minneapolis, Minnesota (MSP) 9:00 AM, Arrival: Los Angeles, California (LAX) 11:00 AM. Delta Airlines first class San Diego to Minneapolis 03. The booking was made two weeks before the flight with a corporate American Express card, for a relatively standard one-way economy fare of $86.92 (£70). Thirty-eight inches of pitch provided sufficient legroom. This inaugural flight of Delta’s new international… Read More. However, it seems that Velocity charges between $9 and $13 AUD in taxes per segment. Booking closer to the departure date would have been considerably more expensive. While waiting for the boarding to finish, a little child clogged the aisle bringing the boarding to a halt for a minute. Since this was the only ticket I was paying for out of pocket I decided to splurge. Enter your email below to receive the weekly Passenger Poldberg newsletter. 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Like most frequent flyers would agree, there’s something special about being in seat 1A. In keeping with other US carrier policies, First Class passengers on domestic flights in the US generally do not get lounge access prior to their flight. For this post, we’ll look at the benefits of Delta’s domestic first class product, though benefits largely remain the same for international flights. It’s often not THAT much more expensive, includes free baggage (which with 2 bags each was sometimes $60 US per person) and my preference is for connections that mean you have two legs over 750 miles at least. Being based in Miami, I always struggle with the prospect of completely switching my loyalty to them, though. Airline: Delta. The most common hubs Australia-based travellers will pass through are: but other important hubs include Seattle-Tacoma, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and Boston, as well as overseas ones like Tokyo Narita and Amsterdam.

01. On flights under 900 miles, e.g. On… Delta A220 First Class Delta Airbus A220 First Class Row 3. Introduction: San Diego to Minneapolis on Delta Airlines 02. Delta’s brand-new A220 is the best model representation of a first class … Delta now has meal pre-ordering on flights that serve meals, and I chose the beef and mustard sandwich on rye. Deric "Passenger" Poldberg is the Midwest's leading expert in credit cards, miles and points. His favourite destinations so far have been Japan, Iran, Colombia, Israel and South Africa, and his top flight experiences in Cathay Pacific First, Emirates Business and Singapore Airlines Economy Class. The omelet was a little too buttery/salty for my liking but I still ate it for experimental purposes. One-way fares from Omaha were relatively cheap if we connected in Minneapolis. 8. A modest recline, combined with a pillow and blanket, were enough to enable a quick power nap. Flight attendants then passed out headphones for the flight. Here are some more pictures of the seat. Expect friendly customer service and standard seat comfort but difficulty in finding award availability. We were greeted by our flight attendant and offered a pre-departure beverage. Boarding started with premium cabin customers and Diamond Medallion members. Delta, JetBlue, and Spirit, all fly nonstop from Boston to Tampa. My favorite part was taxiing past the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Upon boarding first and stowing my backpack in the overhead bins as 1A is a bulkhead, I sat down in my window seat. Delta A319-100/ N322NB MSP-SNA Airbus A319-100. Chicago to New York, you’ll get a snack and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage: On longer flights, e.g. There were 3 rows of first class in a 2-2 configuration. One-way first class bought outright, not upgraded, would have cost about double on the same route in cash. Platinums first, then gold and the rest. Note that JetBlue usually offers the most legroom in Economy and Southwest is the only airline that includes two (or any!) Los Angeles/San Francisco to New York/Boston. Even though there is a separate Sky Priority lane, it merges with the non-priority line fairly early. - For financial reasons, I don't normally fly first class as it always seems out of reach or just not worth it. Was this flight enough to convince me to purchase it more often, probably not, but if you can find a cheap fare I don’t see why not. In "Reviews" in this trip report, we review our flight in a Delta One Business Class Suite on their A350, Detroit To Tokyo. Delta First Class Benefits in Detail. No amenity kits were available. Delta Air Lines: Forget domestic first class on Delta. They also have some of the newest and nicest lounges right now (though the others are trying to catch up it seems) and Virgin FF’s with the right Tier can enjoy these. Review, photos and rating of Delta Air Lines DL1283 Los Angeles (LAX) → Honolulu (HNL) by Esteban . A lot of people book domestic first class seats on United but don’t really know what to expect. Review: Delta First Class (Domestic) 757 Minneapolis to Los Angeles, I’d already booked my award ticket from Los Anglese (LAX) to Sydney (SYD). Wifi has been progressively rolled out to the majority of Delta’s fleet: I clocked download speeds of 0.4-1.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 0.2-0.4 Mbps on my two flights, which is poor. Here is how my seat looked after the incoming flight had landed and the aircraft been ‘cleaned’: On the second flight from Toronto to Denver, the crew deserves more praise for being friendly, attentive and professional, especially in comparison to the SkyWest crew. What can I say about starting yet another trip on Delta … Elizabeth had some pretzels and a bag of popcorn, I’ll let her photo speak for itself. What are your thoughts on domestic first class? Departure: Minneapolis, Minnesota (MSP) 9:00 AM. I thought the oatmeal was the better of the two options. Copyright © 2016 Passenger Poldberg, All rights reserved. In this case I’d already booked my award ticket from Los Anglese (LAX) to Sydney (SYD), but I still needed one more positioning flight to get from Omaha (OMA) to LA. The Delta Airbus 320 is one of my lesser favored aircraft as I find the plane to be a little noisy and seating is also a little tight with the 36” pitch. Recently I tried Delta Connections CRJ 900 & 700 to experience their Domestic First Class and Comfort Plus product. Service began with a hot towel. No, the iPhone wasn't a part of the snack basket. Depending on the type of aircraft that you are flying on (737, 787, 777, etc. These seats are actually better than the first class seats, which are typically flown on shorter routes. The only reason I booked this flight was that I had $300 USD worth of Delta vouchers to use, otherwise I would have just flown Economy (and you’ll see why soon.). A premium experience that puts Delta customers’ needs first. It can be very difficult to find Saver award availability in premium cabins on most US airlines, including Delta, especially on lucrative transcontinental flights, which is when you want the extra comfort. This was my first time experiencing Delta’s short haul domestic first class product. Booking Delta first class. Matt is a Senior Content Producer for Point Hacks, joining the team in 2016. Arrival: Los Angeles, California (LAX) 11:00 AM. Beyond that, I fly Virgin main cabin Waiting at my seat 1D was a standard domestic First Class pillow and blanket. I have flown American Airlines domestic first about 3 years ago and it was a pleasant experience. Westin Heavenly blanket & cheap domestic pillow, Coffee & airplane flights, one of my all time favorite combos. I took the first shuttle from my hotelat 5AM. Being domestic first, the seat was comfortable but nothing to write home about. Once through the security, I enjoyed some lounge hopping. After boarding, we turned right into the first class cabin. As such, I headed down to my Economy Comfort seat which has increased leg room over standard economy, and sat down. Despite this, the first class cabin is better than coach, and Delta’s soft product for domestic first is consistency good. Yes, in general the US domestic experience, even for ‘elite’ FF members, is underwhelming. Distance: 1,535 miles. Delta operates a business class seat known as Delta One. Follow his journey here! Delta falls into the cheaper Table 1, with example redemptions in First Class being: Taxes for each segment in the US, regardless of airline, are usually $5.60 USD each, as fuel surcharges are not applied by US airlines on domestic flights. I was pleasantly surprised not to see those cheap over the ear headphones. Available on domestic flights, you’ll find the things you want to help make the hours fly by in First Class. The price of this first class experience was $410, which makes Delta Airlines one of the most preferable U.S airliners. After checking in at the nearly empty Sky Priority lane, I went through the security. We watched the safety video as we began our pushback from the gate. Delta Airlines 757-200 first class San Diego to Atlanta 03. Since she can’t eat almonds due to a nut allergy I had to take one for the team and eat both dishes…. 4. Thanks Matt, worthwhile review of an underwhelming experience. Follow his journey here! Flight in Domestic First Boeing 767-300/ER. It can be really hard to find award availability and, given that you usually will not be given lounge access prior to your flight or between connecting ones (and the US has a lot more connecting flights than we do in Australia), I think it best to save your points for a higher-value redemption. They didn't distribute menus, but asked us whether we wanted the omelet or the oatmeal. Your email address will not be published. I tried to board as one of the last, hoping that the first two people on the list rejected the upgrade. In June 2016, I had the chance to try out Delta’s premium domestic product for the first time, flying a tiny Bombardier CRJ-900 for the very short half-hour hop from Toronto Pearson to Detroit on SkyWest (a Delta affiliate) and onto Denver on a more common Boeing 757 operated by the mainline Delta fleet and crew. As for the entertainment selection, almost all Delta flights offer the same selection of movies and TV shows whether you're in first or economy. Flight Review: Delta One Business Class Suite A350 Detroit To Tokyo. Elizabeth didn’t realize it at the time, but the oatmeal does come with sliced almonds on top. In my opinion, redeeming for Delta domestic First Class flights is not one of the best uses of Velocity points. As you can see the leg room was abundant in the bulkhead. Power plugs were fitted in an inconvenient location under the seat, making it hard to reach. I was flying from Atlanta to Toronto, and was upgraded when I checked in as the demand for upgrades on this flight was obviously low. We ended up flying Delta, given their reasonable first class fares. - See 58,483 traveler reviews, 6,957 candid photos, and great deals for Delta Air Lines, at Tripadvisor. Chances are that if you are flying domestically within the US, you’ll be on an aircraft like the Boeing 737 or 757 with recliner seats in a 2-2 configuration: If you are flying on a transcontinental route, i.e. Delta seem to do it better then the others, as you’ve noted, and they tend to look after Virgin FF’s (especially Gold and above) well, which is welcome. I’m a big fan of documentaries so I decided to watch the Allen Iverson one. The best guides, deals and tips for more frequent flyer points in Australia. In domestic first class, a meal is provided on longer flights, along with drinks.

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