Alaska Airlines has a sweet deal. For $75 a year, their co-branded bank credit card offers a 2-for-1 companion fare every year, among other perks. We used the offer to fly from Sacramento to the Kohala Coast on the Big Island (a favorite spot) this afternoon for some R&R (we’re celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary in May).
We upgraded to first class with miles and loved our flight. The menu was imaginative. The starters were a green salad, and a cup of gingered carrot bisque. One entree was Korean rice bowl (steamed rice topped with fresh shiitake mushrooms and spinach sauteed with sesame oil and garlic. Topped with homemade pickled vegetables and served with a spicy-sweet gochujang —Korean red pepper — sauce and scallions). Desert was Salt & Straw’s artisan ice cream. We watched The Post on the airline’s pre-loaded entertainment tablets.
Southwest is preparing to begin flights from the West Coast to Hawaii, and it has led to some steep price cuts on Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United and others. It also has prompted the carriers with first-class service such as Alaska to up their game. (Southwest will feature peanuts).
Our room tonight has great ocean view, and we can see whales offshore. (It is the whale watching season). We’re going to read books, swim in the ocean and enjoy some fresh fish. Thanks to Jackie and Mitchell for holding down the fort. Here’s to the New Year!