If you’re going to fly, do it in style. It might not seem like air travel is an integral part of your getaway experience, and a cheaper flight can deceptively seem like a great deal, but when you realize flights both kick off and end your getaway, it’s harder to justify saving at the expense of style and comfort. When I boarded America Airlines for a flight to Wichita, Kansas earlier this morning, I was quickly reminded that not all airlines are created equal.
Virgin America is our favorite domestic airline here in the US. We’re frequent flyers and have their Virgin America Signature Visa card. Since we fly with Virgin so often, I often forget what the other airlines are like. Virgin’s purple mood lights, modern in-flight entertainment systems, cheery attendants, environmentally friendly disposition (they taxi on one engine to reduce emissions, how cool is that!), and flawless service delivery truly set it apart from other airlines.
I was reminded of this earlier today as I traveled from Silicon Valley (San Jose, SJC) to the middle of America (Wichita, ITC). I knew American Airlines would not be the same as Virgin America but when I boarded the plan and saw that the in-flight entertainment system consisted of only a handful of 8-inch displays placed every four or five rows apart, the reality hit me. I felt like I was boarding a bus for a grade-school field trip. And then there was the service. It was acceptable (the attendants were pleasant) but I sorely missed the cheeriness of Virgin America attendants.
And that’s what makes flying with Virgin America (and other airlines of similar quality) worth the added expense. Not only does Virgin America ensure the getaway gets started right but it also gets you home without tarnishing your freshly minted getaway memories with poor flight experiences. Next time you fly, think before you buy your tickets. It really is worth the extra money.