My First “First Class” Flight

Okay, it might not have been out of the golden age of air travel, but I have to say that being upgraded to Premium at Westjet was a significantly different experience on the way to Toronto today. It started when I accumulated enough Rewards Points to get to the Silver level at Westjet. Flying in and out of Victoria and Calgary over the last 15 years has always meant better routes with Westjet than Air Canada, so I’ve been slowly racking them up. Then, when I went to check in on Monday morning, I found that my seats for YYC-YYZ and YYZ to YHZ were 1-C and 1-F, respectively. At first, I thought I’d screwed up when I booked the flight and gotten a business-class ticket by mistake. But I ruled that out and then later found the emails from Westjet in my inbox informing me of the upgrades.

I was psyched to get the elbow and legroom, but the benefits were numerous:

  • First on and first off the plane (literally the first off),
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast (a cheddar and bacon wrap)
  • Banana bread
  • OJ (full tin, served in an actual glass
  • Hot towel (offered, but not taken)
  • The guy across the aisle was having Bailey’s and coffee, so there was more I could have enjoyed, apparently.

In other news, I managed to finally watch the last 15 minutes of Tag, and then I watched The Meg and then the first half of Ready Player One. I expect to be able to watch the second half on my flight to Halifax. I also had plenty of room to have my iPad/Brydge keyboard on my lap, and got an important document and message off to Jacob before my fight left.

I hope I get upgraded on the way home, but I won’t hold my breath.

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