A smooth, uneventful flight but not worth the upgrade
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Okay, it was a smooth flight from Los Angeles to Maui on Delta Airlines. The aircraft was clean and sanitary. And, the crew was accommodating. But, shelling out 70,000 miles plus around $700 cash for two First Class tickets wasn’t worth it. We are normally happy with Delta but not this time.
It did say ‘snacks’ on our tickets. But I never expected that to mean boxes filled with nuts, chips, crackers and stuff. Blame it on Covid over-caution. Or, perhaps a cost-saving device. Anyhow, the wines were pure plunk, and came in plastic glasses.
However Hawaiian Airlines serves hot meals in First and uses real glasses on this route so why can’t Delta.
A stop in the Sky Lounge was a wise move
The best part of trip was a visit to Delta’s Sky Lounge at LAX. It’s a large, attractive room with a bar with a helpful, friendly staff. They offer grab and go food to take on the plane. But of course you must be a member or buy passes for around $30 (which is going up, I think).
For now, during coronavirus restriction, there’s a greeter to seat guests apart from each other (unless traveling together). The staff is great and helpful. But the food and wine needs to improve.
Delta doing major renovations
The airline is in the process of redoing its Terminal 2 and lounge at LAX. It is pouring plenty of money into and hopefully things will improve. Delta also says it plans to upgrade its First Class in flight food service by the middle of April. But that’s up in the air. Which makes me glad we’re flying back to LAX on Hawaiian at the end of this month.
We go back and forth to Maui twice yearly and usually fly Delta out and Hawaiian back. Hawaiian has comfy lie-seats in First Class which helps you return refreshed. Plus the food and wine are much better).
I mention wine often because I don’t drink hard liquor and do enjoy the grape while flying.
If scrimp you must lower the fare
The bottom line is if Delta is unable to offer quality First Class service, they should lower the fare. But they don’t. In fact while checking fares for our recent flight I saw some steep prices for front of the bus seats on line. For instance $814 to $1,267 for one person in First.
Before flying to Hawaii everyone needs valid proof of a negative Covid19 test plus they must fill out questions at Safe Hawaii Travels. This could change if the state accepts proof of vaccinations. But as of this writing they are not.
Do contact a helpful, friendly Pavlus agent for any future tour, travel and cruise bookings.