After my slightly disappointing time spent at The Club at SEA it was time to head over to the gate for flight Delta flight 1884 to San Francisco.
When I booked this both Delta and United were running sales on flights from Seattle to San Francisco. The cheapest round trip that was being offered at the time was $112, due to my time restrictions I ended up paying slightly more. For this leg of the trip I chose to fly in Delta’s basic economy for $63.20 one way. Delta’s basic economy is less restrictive than most; with Delta you are allowed to bring the standard two carry on items, but you do not get advance seat selection and you board last. The difference between basic economy and economy for this flight was $30 and given that seat selection is the only drawback of basic, it didn’t seem worth spending the money. You are allowed to select your seat the second check-in opens 24 hours before boarding and thus far I have been successful getting a window seat every time. I also never have to board last despite being in basic economy; one of the ways to defeat this restriction is to be a Delta Credit Card holder, this card allows you a free checked bag as well as priority boarding.
While sitting in the lounge I received a push notification from the Delta App telling me that my flight was delayed thirty minutes and was now leaving at 10:08 rather than 9:38, this was disappointing as I had a two hour drive to Monterey upon landing and I was hoping for an early arrival so I can get a decent night’s sleep. I headed to the gate around 9:30 and by the time I got there they were already calling boarding for the first class seats, priority boarding for credit card holders is shortly after so I got on the plane very quickly and boarding went smoothly.
For this route delta was flying a Boeing 717-200, this plane is a narrowbody jet that fits 110 people. The standard economy seats seats that Delta installed on their 717’s are in a 3-2 layout and have 31 inches of pitch (meaning space between the back of one seat to the back of the one in front of it) and 18.1 inches of width. What I found really interesting about this is 31 inches of pitch is how much they also have in the Embraer-175 I reviewed on the Boise trip, but on the 717 it felt much tighter. At 5′ 8″ (on a good day) I am not a tall guy but my knees were almost right up against the seat in front of me. That being said the seats themselves were in fantastic shape and were pretty comfortable for a short 2 hour flight.
This plane also has WiFi onboard and as a T-Mobile customer I am able to get an hour of free gogo inflight wifi. The speed was sufficient for me to browse without issue. As it had wifi you had access to Delta Studio allows you to stream a wide range of movies to your own devices.
As far as US-based airlines go, Delta is one of my favorites (if not my favorite). Personally, I have never had a bad experience on a Delta plane, and this one was no exception. The flight took off a little less than 30 minutes late because of the short delay, but the ride was extremely smooth and went off without a hitch. Shortly into the flight they started their drink service and offered either biscoff cookies or a snack mix. Much to my delight. we landed on time despite the late departure. Overall it was another great flight on delta.