Flying Back Home

I avoid the topic of air travel on my blog most of the time because it has been such a controversial topic in the past.  It’s on my mind today because I’ve been on various airplanes and in various airports, and it was so nice to travel without anxiety.

I started my new year with friends, then I quickly left to help a friend move to Oklahoma and to visit Dad there. I got to spend some time with Aunt Janice, and I met a guy that I enjoyed spending time with too.

When I left New Orleans, I drove up with a friend who is a neurologist. She took a new job in Oklahoma and wanted to have a friend along to support her during the move, which worked great for both of us since I lived in Oklahoma City for years.  I love the drive between New Orleans and Oklahoma City, but I flew home because my friend wasn’t returning with me. I already miss her, but we’re planning to take a trip somewhere in the spring or summer.

My flight home was booked on Delta, and I’ve been happy with them since I started flying first class. After opting out of a coach flight in July, the last several flights that I’ve taken with them have been stress-free and painless, and I’ve learned that paying the upgrade fee to first class is worth the cost (at least for me.)

I like the endless mixed drinks, but more than that, I like knowing that I don’t have to worry about whether or not the person next to me will feel crowded or not. It’s not always fun or possible to spend the extra cash to upgrade, but sometimes it doesn’t cost much more than economy.  It is definitely worth the added cost to feel zero anxiety before flying, and it costs significantly less than buying two seats most of the time too.

I gave myself the opportunity to find happiness, contentment and joy last year, and I did. Losing weight wasn’t my priority, and I have gained about 35 pounds as a result. It’s tough to feel insecure about my size when flying in coach, but that’s something that will change when my body does.

Delta doesn’t require larger passengers to purchase an additional seat in coach; they accommodate all passengers, but it’s better for me this way (at least for now.) I still fly JetBlue when I head back to the east coast, but Delta goes everywhere I go so they’re #1 in my book these days (even with connections and delays.)

Do you have a favorite airline? If so, which one Is it?

19 thoughts on “Flying Back Home

  1. That’s so good to know about Delta! I don’t fly because of a brain/air pressure issue and my doctor telling me my brain could kinda go “boom” at high elevations …. but I have friends & family who fly quite frequently and are always complaining about the additional seat fee. This will make whole lotsa people whole lotsa happy!

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  2. I like Jetblue because of their first free checked bag policy but sadly, they don’t go everywhere. I don’t really have an airline preference but internationally, I prefer the Asian airlines versus the US ones.

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    • When flying first class on Delta, you get 3 free bags. It’s nice, but I love that about JetBlue too…and that they’re customer service is usually so wonderful.

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  3. I am in Canada and have only flown twice to the US. Both times I ended up flying at least part of the way with Alaskan Airlines and both times I didn’t like it. I prefer to fly Westjet. It is a Canadian Airline but they fly to many place in the US. They like to joke around when they do the in flight announcements and I have never had issues with them. Than there is also this video that just seals the deal http://youtu.be/zIEIvi2MuEk

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  4. I love Delta. When the whole fiasco with Southwest started Delta said they would treat all their clients the same way, regardless of size. I also love a regional airline, Alaska Airlines. They’ve always been great too.

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    • I get nervous too when flying. my last trip was especially not fun. I woke up the morning of my flight to colorado with the virus that my coworkers all had and that I thought I’d escaped. so I was miserable on the flight out AND needed a seatbelt extender *sigh* (barely needed one)

      then during my stay, the cold expanded into acute bronchitis with an ear infection. my flight home was miserable for me AND for everyone around me in the airport waiting area and on the plan – for they had to hear me cough. and I had to ask for a seatbelt extender with my ear all clogged so I pretty much shouted my request. I apologized to the woman next to me but I still felt bad.

      thinking seriously that I should just save up extra and get first class when I can.

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      • It makes life easier when it works out that way, but it sounds like your trip would have still been rough. My ears killed me on a flight I took a couple of months ago because I had a head cold, and the pressure was awful.

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  5. I just looked for flights to Spokane from the Midwest and the economy one was $321 but first class was $717 – more than double the cost of economy. Is there a trick to finding affordable First Class seats on Delta? :)

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  6. Flights are always a source of anxiety for me, too. Other than my 2013 Spring trip back to Maine, I’ve been flying that devil of an airline, Southwest. I get nervous getting on, worried that they’ll take me aside about my seat. When I’m traveling with my husband it’s been fine. He’s A list and boards early, saves me a window seat. The few times I’ve flown 1 way solo have been pretty worrisome, but everything has worked out okay. I’m definitely feeling more confident now that I don’t need an extender and I have seat belt slack. But I think, until I feel that I’ve lost more weight, I’ll always have that fear.

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  7. I like Delta and Frontier best. Just FYI for everyone – you can buy your own seatbelt extender on Amazon for under $40. I got one and it was well worth the peace of mind. Don’t have to ask a flight attendant or anything. I was sooooo happy I had it, and had no issues using it!

    The one I got will work with most airlines, but not Southwest. BOOOOO Southwest.

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    • I don’t fly SW, of course, but that’s cool to know. I don’t mind asking, but I like taking flights when I don’t need them. :)

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  8. I totally get this! When I fly back to see my family, it’s usually on American, they started offering a $60 upgrade to first class on the second leg of the flight I take. It is the best thing ever! It’s so nice to have a seat that is roomy and my legs not all crunched up – and the people divider between seats! I CAN FIT in the little seats on the 50-seat commuter planes (smallest of the small IMHO, with set armrests!) and I like that they usually have a single-seat row – as to not have people fear that I will sit next to them etc. – but it is the legroom that kills me, not the seat! Every time I fly a little plane I think I am going to lose my knee-cap! What I think is sad is why we don’t just make bigger seats on planes in general … freakin’ buses have bigger seats and everyone looks miserable on a plane these days. Also, different planes have different seats … so really it’s a complete gamble in coach as to what you will get. I still think this industry needs reform …

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  9. I fear flying every single time I do. I have major anxiety every time that I have to go and nearly make myself sick getting so worked up. I just last week flew to NJ via United from Nashville and was just fine. I did flying United express and those seats are small. I do require an extender and lucky for me I didn’t have anyone next to me on the plane going and coming home I was on the side with only one seat. I’m flying Southwest next week to Chicago and I’m scared to death after reading more of this. I had to take SW because of my work. *deep sigh* I just pray it will be ok. The last thing I want to happen is to be called out in front of coworkers.
    I do have the seat belt extender I bought mentioned above but yes, it doesn’t fit southwest.
    Thanks for being so honest and open about this. I just found you via google when searching about seat belt extenders and southwest and am so glad I came upon your blog. I’ll be following!

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