Trip report introduction: yes, even Eskimos go to Florida

01. Introduction: yes, even Eskimos go to Florida
02. Alaska Airlines 737-900/ER first class San Diego to Orlando
03. Alaska Airlines 737-900/ER first class Orlando to San Diego

It occurred to me as I sat down to write this introduction that there probably isn’t even a need for me to do it considering how thin the content for this trip report series is going to be. You see, I recently went to Florida and back to visit my family. Like most of my trips to Florida, it wasn’t all that exciting due to the fact that once I was on the ground, I did nothing but sit on my butt and relax with my family for a week. Sorry, I have no epic tales to tell about wrestling alligators or spending weeks in the hospital recovering from a deadly case of heat stroke. It was a slow and boring vacation (though very awesome and a great way to decompress from the stresses of work), but it makes for lousy blog content. I’m even struggling to write this introduction! Seriously, it took me 20 minutes to write this introductory paragraph and I’m terrified thinking about how I’m going to come up with the words for the rest of this post.

*30 minute break while I think of stuff to say*

OK, I got it! Talking about how I chose Alaska Airlines for this trip over Delta or any other airline might be a good idea. Yeah, that’s it! So let’s see: Well…I chose Alaska airlines over Delta or any other airline for this trip because…

*Another 30 minute break to think of more things to say*

Dang it, this isn’t going so well. I’ve spent an hour and 20 minutes on this post so far with nothing to show for it other than about 220 words of absolute drivel. No offense to Alaska Airlines at all, but domestic first class on any US airline isn’t all that much to get excited about and there really isn’t much that goes into the thought process of choosing one airline over another. As best I can recall, I’m pretty sure that I chose Alaska for the simple fact that they offer nonstop flights between San Diego and Orlando. My parents live in Port St. Lucie, which is about an hour and 20 minutes or so south of MCO. Convenience wins.

Astute AvGeeks are likely to retort with a question such as, “but what about JetBlue with their non-stop flights between Fort Lauderdale and San Diego? Do you hate JetBlue or something?” My reply to that would be no, I do not hate JetBlue or something. Hardly! It just so happens that the Fort Lauderdale airport is a bit farther away from Port St. Lucie than Orlando is. Additionally, Alaska Airlines has a first class product whereas JetBlue does not (nope, they do not offer their Mint business class product between SAN and FLL). That alone made the decision easier considering that I was feeling spendy and willing to spring for a big front seat on this trip.

Here’s the full itinerary:

03/24/18 AS760 737-900/ER first class San Diego to Orlando
03/29/18 AS339 737-900/ER first class Orlando to San Diego
(sorry, that’s it)

So there you have it – I realize that this is probably one of the least exciting introductions I have written in a very long time, but I feel like it’s a mandatory part of my process now since I’ve been doing it for so long. The good news is that since this entire trip report series consists of only two flights and nothing else, it’s going to go by in a flash. That’s a good thing, because the trip after this one is a doozy and I think you’re going to like it. Especially those of you who live here in San Diego…

But I mustn’t get too far ahead of myself here. We’ve got to get this trip to Florida over with first, so sit down and strap yourself in for flight 760 from SAN to MCO!

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