Since the holidays are just around the corner, and we’re planning our yearly trip up to Whidbey Island to visit family, it seemed like a good time to finish up this trip report from earlier in the year. We always enjoy going up north, and American’s new non-stop flights have made it even easier for us lately. Thanks for reading!
Last weekend we took a last minute trip to Whidbey Island to visit family. Whidbey is a beautiful and mostly quiet island north of Seattle. We try to go a few times a year to visit, CET’s Mom, and Madeline’s 96 year old Great Grandmother.
It took us longer than we expected to get to LAX, so we ended up taking the bus to the satellite terminal where our flight was leaving out of and going to the smaller Admirals Club instead of going to the main club in Terminal 4. The satellite club is small but has the same food offerings as the main club. A variety of trail mixes, cheese and crackers, hummus, fresh vegetables, olives, angel hair pasta with capers and tomatoes, and mini brownies and a couple kinds of cookies. It gave Baby Flyer a place to push around her Trunki before our flight.
We were on a regional jet to Seattle. Before boarding we found out we were upgraded thanks to CET’s Executive Platinum status. Using Expert Flyer, we knew it looked good for both of us to get moved up, so we linked our tickets so our upgrade was based on her status and I used two of her 500-mile upgrade vouchers (about a $60 value if you don’t have enough available). We opted to sit together in the bulkhead and were pleasantly surprised with how much leg room there was. It felt quite spacious. Baby Flyer stood and welcomed our fellow passengers onto the plane. She loved it!
Much to our surprise, we were served a full meal. This regional jet didn’t have any way to heat entrees so we had the choice between a cobb chicken salad (with the chicken on the side, perfect for vegetarians!) or a curry chicken wrap. We were served a small slice of caramel cheesecake for dessert. Neither of us were expecting a meal, so we probably didn’t need to eat so much for lunch in the Admirals Club beforehand. Live and learn. Neither of us finished our entrees but we enjoyed a few bites. I’m a vegetarian and I had the salad and CET had the wrap.
Since Baby Flyer hadn’t napped yet, and she usually starts her nap between 12 and 12:45, she slept most of our flight up, which gave us time to kick back and relax ourselves.
We flew out of LAX around 2pm on Friday and flew back on the around 8pm on Monday. Leaving LAX at 2pm meant we arrived in Seattle in time for rush hour. Instead of sitting on the freeway in traffic, we opted to visit the Centurion Lounge in the Seattle airport and have some dinner before heading to the rental car center.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Centurion Lounges, they are an airport lounge provided by American Express for cardholders. The lounges offer regionally inspired food, drink, and comfortable seating. Some of the bigger clubs even offer spa services (15 minute massages, manicures, and facials) and have a kids’ play room. Currently, they are in Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), New York (LGA), Miami (MIA), Seattle (SEA), and San Francisco(SFO). It seems like they are constantly working on expanding the network, and we’ve heard talk that in the near future there will be one in LAX. We have the American Express Platinum Card and try and take advantage of all of its benefits. At some point we will put together a post outlining the card’s benefits for any who’re curious.
The Centurion in Seattle just opened a new area with lots of additional tables and chairs as well as a full bar. Prior to this, they served beer and wine and it was served by the waitstaff. Baby Flyer appreciated the new expansion and spent time against, pushing her Trunki throughout the club. She made friends with all the waitstaff and loved the attention.
We left the club around 7 and headed to the rental car center. By the time we were on the road, traffic was still slow in some areas but was basically moving. We made the 8:30 ferry to Whidbey and soon after we were settling in for the day.
Up next- Some island time.