Recent experiences on Delta and Virgin America make you wonder if First Class is worth the splurge
Scene from Delta from Vancouver to Seattle
What a difference an airline can make. We flew Delta First Class (scene from window of Washington) to Maui and Virgin America First Class back to Los Angeles. Both flights were thankfully uneventful and not to thankfully fair for the fare. Delta served breakfast, an omelette that was edible and great bread, one miserly glass of Champagne. The stew said hey only brought on bottle aboard. "In First Class," I countered slightly irate but toned down because I didn't want to show any air rage. The seats were okay but hardly reclined. There was good leg room though. Our bags were out fast in Maui, too. Oh yeah and the earphones in First were those awful ear buds I hate.
Flying from Maui on Virgin America was a huge disappointment for us Elevate members. The food wasn't edible, the service fair, the entertainment/WiFi system down,the wine undrinkable but the seats really comfy. It wasn't up to Virgin America muster at all. And to make matters worse we flew on June 19, 2016 and still don't have our Elevate points posted to our account. Although the airline did give us some travel dollars credit for our discomfort.
Now we just did flights from LAX to Anchorage via Seattle and back from Vancouver BC on Delta that was much more worth the First Class fare. The food was tasty, the seats comfy and the flight crew were just so happy and accommodating especially on return leg from Vancouver.
Flying First Class comes with benefits--two free checked bags, free food and drink, more leg room, usually better eats than in coach -- but not so much it seems on our recent routes. In all fairness Virgin America just launched its Los Angeles-Maui run in June so maybe it needs to get the kinks out.