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Alaska Airlines First Class San Diego to San Jose Del Cabo – Boeing 737-400

2nd February 2014
Alaskan Airlines Flight 240
Depart : San Diego (SAN)
Arrive : San Jose Del Cabo (SJD)
Departure time : 11:00AM (Actual 11:02AM)
Arrival Time : 2:04PM (Actual 1:43PM)
Boeing 737-400
Seat Unknown 2A
Flight Time 1h 41m
Meal Service : Light Lunch

Take Off from San Diego

Route Map

Route Map

I was awarded Alaska MVP status at the end of 2013 and had wanted to book a flight with them to see if i would get upgraded with ease and to sample the first class service Alaska has to offer.

We decided to book a short vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to soak up the sun for a few days.
The day before our departure both of our upgrades cleared to first, so that really got me looking forward to our departing flight.

We arrived at the airport with around two hours to spare as this was an international flight and we wanted to have a celebratory corona before we departed.

We arrived at the airport and checked in, there was no one in the check in line so we checked in and headed to the security line. I guess the fact that it was Sunday morning no one wanted to fly home that early so the security line was clear. From arriving at the airport to checking in and clearing security the whole thing took less than 10 minutes, thats probably one of the quickest times i’ve ever had.

Boarding Pass

Boarding Pass

After we cleared security we headed for the airport bar to have a Corona before take off, I checked the departure board and the flight was running on time.

Running on time

Running on time

Alaska Boeing 737-800, sadly not ours

Alaska Boeing 737-800, sadly not ours

Before we knew it the flight was called for boarding and first class was called. I’ve never experience first class on an older generation Boeing 737 so i did not know what to expect. First class on the older 737-400’s have 12 first class seats in a 2 – 2 configuration.

We boarded the plane and I arrived at my rather old and worn first class seat, don’t get me wrong I would never complain about a free upgrade to first or business class, but I was disappointed on the space we had compared to newer aircraft.

I took a few pictures of the cabin before I settled into my seat.

Smaller than normal first class seat

Smaller than normal first class seat

Onboard

Onboard

View Looking forward

View Looking forward

Once I settled in I was sadly only offered a glass of water before take off ! What no beer, wine or spirits.
I’m guessing this was because it was a pretty short flight down to Mexico.

Small on leg room for first

Small on leg room for first

Safety Card

Safety Card

Onboard Magazine

Onboard Magazine

The captain came on and announced it would be a very smooth ride down the coast to Mexico as it was very sunny the entire way down.

Take off was very smooth and we got a nice view of downtown San Diego as we turned left after departure to head down the coast. Shortly after the drink service started.

Leaving San Diego

Leaving San Diego

alaskan_airlines_first_class_trip_report14

We were asked what we would like to drink on the flight down and I picked a Corona as I saw in the Menu that Alaska only offered this on select flights to Mexico. I was expecting my drink to come in a Can as it was on an airplane and all, but to my utter delight we got served Coronas in the bottle.

Nice Touch Alaskan

Nice Touch Alaska

After our drink we were offered lunch, sadly there was no choice on this flight, it was simply a yes or no response to the question, “would you like the salad”
I accepted and what arrived was a couscous salad, not bad really considering it was a 1 hour 40 minute flight.

Pretty Tasty

Pretty Tasty

The salad tasted pretty good and went down a treat. Before the flight was over i managed to have a few more beers and kicked back and relaxed on the journey south

During the last 30 minutes of the flight the crew came around and gave everyone immigration cards for Mexico.

Mexican Immigration Card

Mexican Immigration Card

The landing in Mexico was nice and smooth and we headed to customs and this was a really quick process, after the customs area we passed through the timeshare vultures at the arrivals hall and made our way outside to where the real shuttles are. A note to anyone travelling to Cabo San Lucas, before you exit the glass doors anyone who offers you a free ride is working for a timeshare company and will take you to the timeshare before your hotel and make you endure a 3 hour presentation and some pretty abusive selling, just say no and head outside to the real shuttles and taxis.

You know you have made it outside when you see the Corona bar.

A bar outside waiting

A bar outside waiting

This was a really enjoyable experience for such a short flight, my only complaint would be the leg room in first was pretty small on this older Boeing 737, so anyone over 6ft might struggle a bit. The crews were very friendly and the flight was smooth. I was already starting to look forward to our return flight.

Landing in Cabo San Lucas

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  1. Trip Report – Alaska Airlines First Class : San Jose Del Cabo – San Diego – Boeing 737-800 | When I Travel The World - February 14, 2014

    […] I had checked the day before and our upgrade on Alaska had cleared again. I really enjoyed the trip down and was really looking forward to our return flight as it would be the newer Boeing 737-800 First […]

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