Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: Hawaiian Airlines Makes Trip to Sacramento More Bearable

Hawaiian Airlines Makes Trip to Sacramento More Bearable

This photo is of the newly remodeled A330 First Class section on Hawaiian Airlines. Surprised me because I wasn't expecting it. Generally, it's one of the older models I hop aboard in Honolulu. The new remodel places pods, in groups of 2, three across. I probably would have noticed it on the seating chart if I had made my own reservation but I did not. Instead, because I called Hawaiian to extend my stay for another month, the customer service rep selected the seat.

Really loving this new set up. See that guy's toes next to me? He is resting on a foot stool that helps to support the seat when it's turned into a flatbed. Much easier to squeeze out into the aisle from the window seat without disturbing the person next to you as well. A lot more room.

And the iPads are 13-inch, not the tiny 9-inch screens, plus there is a mechanical arm that comes down in back of your tray so you can secure the iPad to it. An invention whose time was past due. We traveled at faster speeds, too, because you could watch the mileage, and that plane was soaring over 600 MPH. Took 4 hours to get to Sacramento from Honolulu.

For the first time, I heard the clerks make a pre-boarding announcement by offering to sell a first class upgrade for an additional $350 and they did not fill up first class. It was a very pleasant experience, much nicer than usual. I watched a movie and skipped dessert, opting for a nap instead.

Too bad I will be flying on Alaska Air from now on instead. Because Alaska flies direct to Kona from Sacramento, and Hawaiian does not. You can read more in my personal blog at this link: The Long Trip to Sacramento from Big Island.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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so glad that you had a good time on Hawaiian air - it looks like a nice airplane

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 3 months ago

Elizabeth, life is good for you, husband slaving away in Sacramento, he probably flew coach:) and you extended your Vacation and come back 1st class:)) LOL seriously I have flown to Hungry from Paris and from Frankfurt the only difference between 1st class and coach was a curtain separating the seats:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 3 months ago

That sounds like quite a nice trip! 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 3 months ago

Good morning Elizabeth. Looks really nice. Shorter flight than I thought.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 3 months ago

Lise Howe I was not expecting to find a remodeled plane. My first thought was this is an alternate universe. I think I watch too much Syfy.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

Ha! Endre Barath, Jr. He did fly home in coach. You are right. He won't spend the extra money to fly first class.

You have to research when you fly. All first class is not the same. For example, first class to Paris out of San Francisco on Air France is simply delightful! They even give you pajamas.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

Kat Palmiotti Unfortunately, with Alaska in the mix now, I will probably not fly Hawaiian again. Although, I haven't booked tickets to New Zealand yet . . .

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

Sheila Anderson Yes, I was surprised how short this flight was.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 2 months ago

That kind of flying is so much more delightful than your standard "Let's load 'em like cattle," flights of recent years.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 2 months ago

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - I actually like Alaska Airlines in the coach section, if you can believe that. They seem to have more "frontier"/younger people flying with them. Very helpful when I need to get my carry-ons into the overhead compartment. Attendants are nice. But then, I fit into the seats and sleep most of the time. 

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea 2 months ago

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