Flight Review: Delta First Class Los Angeles-Hawaii (HNL)

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Delta offers several daily departures from Los Angeles to Honolulu, meaning on my recent trip to the islands, it was time to burn some SkyMiles for a coach award and hope for an upgrade!

Delta historically used to fly old 757’s to Honolulu, but recently has switched to their 737-900’s and during the busy season 757-300’s, meaning that if you’re headed to HNL, you’re most likely gonna get a plane that has seat back entertainment which is a nice feature, consider there isn’t Gogo wifi on these flights (yet).

Delta does offer complimentary Medallion upgrades on their west coast flights to Hawaii, and I’ve found that the upgrade lists haven’t been too long on these leisure routes, so as a Platinum Medallion, I was #1 on the list and cleared at the gate.

When it comes to food and beverage service, its identical to domestic First Class, with the exception of being offered a pre-departure Mai Tai.

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Delta Pre-departure Mai Tai (served on all their flights in the premium cabin to/from Hawaii)

For lunch, there were two choices either a chicken dish or a vegetarian pasta. I opted for the chicken.

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Lunch consisted of the chicken tikka served with coconut rice, garlic spinach, grilled naan bread. In addition there was a side salad as well as chocolate ice cream. The other option was a rigatoni bolognese served with a red wine mushroom sauce.
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Once we took off, I switched over to some Heinekens. Overall the flight was a good one with the seat-back entertainment on the 737-900 as well as the attentive flight attendants in the First Class cabin, meaning drinks always stayed full and there were constant passes of the snack basket.

If you’re looking to head to Hawaii on Delta, and you’re a Medallion member you’ll want to fly from the west coast as these are upgrade eligible flights. Delta does fly non-stop from Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York (JFK) to Honolulu, those none of those routes offer upgrades.

If you are looking for a way to earn even more miles, consider The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit CardThe Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card or The Delta Reserve® Credit Card.

Have you flown Delta First Class to Hawaii recently? What was your experience on your flight?

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  1. Flew Seattle to Honolulu in Delta first class a couple of weeks ago. It was a 757 with seat back entertainment. The service was good. It was an early morning departure on the outbound flight, so we were offered preflight mimosas rather than mai tais.

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