I have flown a lot, I honestly have no clue the number of flights I have been on, and I am grateful for that. I have flown Spirit ( yuck), Southwest, Frontier (back when they were good and even now when they are not so good), United, American Airlines, Delta, U.S. Airways, Alitalia (an Italian airline) and we have even flown Aeroflot (a Russian airline). I know we still have a bunch of airlines we need to try, but we have made quite a dent in the list. I especially want to experience those high end flights like Emirates Airline or Cathay Pacific Airways that basically have the amenities of a personal hotel room. Wow would that be a crazy experience!! Another airline I had always wanted to try... VIRGIN! I was always intrigued and wanted to take a Virgin flight because of its modern and fun reputation. Richard Branson has done a phenomenal job at branding the company.
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One of my best friends and I got the chance to flew Virgin on our way to San Francisco for our girls trip. We were both so excited. We just had such a strong image in our head of the airline being different than other airlines. We pictured it being cleaner, nicer, a more fun environment and overall a more enjoyable experience. I'm so happy to say it met our expectations!
From the moment we checked in our experience Virgin America was already leaps and bounds different and more pleasurable! When you walk up to check-in, there is fun music playing at the ticket counters. NO where else have I ever seen that. It truly gets you in the mood for a fun trip or vacation! It also takes your mind from the stresses of traveling to thinking about your destination and focusing on relaxing and having a good time. I'm sure every airport is going to be a bit different, but I can speak for the Denver and San Francisco airports when I say the Virgin America employees were incredibly friendly! For example, my friend and I booked our tickets at separate times, and if you have traveled often then you know that our chances of sitting together were slim to none. We went up to the ticket counter (for both flights) and they changed our seats so we could sit together, no problem. They were so kind about it too, didn't make us feel like we were some huge nuisance. They even gave us a few options and asked if we prefer window, middle or aisle.
Our experience on the plane was really good. It seems like so often now airlines nickel and dime you for anything and everything they can. Sometimes with other airlines (yes Spirit & Frontier I am talking about you) it feels like they care more about their pocket books than the passenger's experience and quality customer service. Not Virgin though... The main difference was the entertainment. You had a ton of free options which was so fun and made the time pass by fast! There was a screen in front of every seat, that you could order your drinks/food from, play games on, or watch movies/TV. The free features that we noticed and enjoyed were the games and TV. I played Pac-Man for half the flight!
One other thing I noticed was the first class seats... wow. Sometimes I pass by first class and wonder why anyone would pay for it, because it doesn't "appear" much different. Well, with Virgin America the first class seats looked AMAZING! The chairs looked so comfortable and the amount of physical space they had was legit. Made me want to upgrade asap!
I have put together a video to show you a bit of our experience on our very first Virgin America flight. It will not be our last, we loved it. In the video you'll see a glance at first class, and all the entertainment I was telling you about! Enjoy the video:
Thanks for reading! Comment below and share with me your favorite airline and why!