American carrier Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle Washington, code-shares with Oneworld Alliance partners including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, and Japan Airlines. In addition to the Main Cabin and First Class, Alaska Airlines offer a Premium Class experience. This Alaska Airlines Premium Class review outlines what you can expect at the airport and onboard.
At the Airport
Premium Cabin passengers are eligible for early boarding. This enables travelers to find a convenient spot for carry-on luggage and get settled before general boarding.
Inflight Food and Drinks
Alaska Airlines Premium Class passengers receive one complimentary lite bites snack pack, as well as a selection of liquor, beer, and wine by the glass. Spirits, beer, and wine cost $6-$7 dollars in the Main Cabin. Additional snacks and meals are available for purchase.
Alaska Airlines Premium Class Cabin and Seats
Located between First Class and the Main Cabin, the Premium Cabin consists of up to five rows of seats depending on the aircraft type. A power outlet is available at every Premium Class seat. Alaska Airlines Premium Cabin seats, covered in Recaro leather, offer four inches more legroom than the Main Cabin seats. The Premium Cabin and Main Cabin seats are the same widths (17″). Passengers looking for more space may want to consider the First Class seats (21″ wide).
Alaska Airlines Onboard Entertainment
Alaska Airlines offers a streaming entertainment system – Alaska Beyond™ Entertainment – with over 200 free movies & TV available on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Download the Gogo® Entertainment App before you fly to access the Alaska Airlines streaming entertainment.
Inflight entertainment tablets with movies, TV shows, games, and more are available for rent on flights over 3.5 hours.
Alaska Airlines Lounge
Traveling in Alaska Airlines Premium Cabin does not provide access to Alaska Airlines Lounges, but passengers can purchase a day pass for $45.
Alaska Airlines opened a new light-filled lounge in Concourse C at SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma).
Alaska Airlines Premium Class Review – Travel Tips
- Premium Class is available on over 90% of Alaska’s 737 fleet. It should be available on all 737-900s by spring 2018.
- The Alaska Airlines website states that upgrades from Main Cabin to Premium Class begin at $15. The price depends on the length of the flight. I recently paid $99 one-way to upgrade to Alaska Airlines Premium Cabin on a flight from Seattle to Hawaii.
- Book Alaska Airlines Premium Class when you purchase your flights or while checking in online, at a kiosk, or with an Alaska customer service agent. MVP®, MVP® Gold, and Gold 75K Mileage Plan members may be eligible for a free upgrade to Premium Class, depending on the fare purchased.
Have you flown with Alaska Airlines? After reading this Alaska Airlines Premium Class review, are you interested in trying this new class of service?
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