Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Delta Air Lines # 4690
Operated by: OPERATED BY SKY WEST AIRLINES
Los Angeles International (LAX) to Salt Lake City International (SLC)
Departure (LAX): June 14, 7:38 AM PDT
Arrival (SLC): June 14, 10:30 AM MDT
Delta Air Lines # 1211
Salt Lake City International (SLC) to Los Angeles International (LAX)
Departure (SLC): June 14, 8:10 PM MDT
Arrival (LAX): June 14, 9:17 PM PDT
A few weeks back I had a little mishap at LAX where I purchased a flight with United Airlines, but should have gone to the Continental Airlines terminal at LAX to check-in. The Orbitz itinerary noted “Operated by Continental Airlines” and “Please check in with the operating carrier.” I missed that part and went to check in at the United Airlines terminal only to have to walk to the Continental Airlines terminal. I found it quite annoying. Today, I had a Delta flight, but Orbitz noted it was operated by Sky West Airlines and to check in with the operating carrier. Not wanting to make the same mistake, I researched online to find which terminal Sky West flies out of… terminal 8. I was a little confused at first because I don’t remember ever seeing a terminal 8 at LAX, but I went with it. Well, there is no terminal 8 at LAX and there were no signs at LAX for Sky West Airlines. I asked the United representative at terminal 7 and was told to check in with Delta at terminal 5. Again, I had to walk, this time from terminal 7 to terminal 5. I literally got to the gate 35 minutes before departure time. Not my preference, but luckily had no luggage to worry about or it might have been a little bit more hectic.
All this after I made the mistake last Friday of getting on an earlier Southwest flight at my connecting location (Vegas) only to realize later that luggage doesn’t actually follow me when I change flights. I didn’t get my luggage until Sunday and had to pay to have it delivered. This took me totally by surprise. I’ve changed flights at the airport before and never had this problem. Apparently I was the only one thinking luggage would follow me as everyone I talked to says this isn’t the case. So, I’m now confused about how this works sometimes, but not all the time. Anyway, I had the option today when checking in to get on an earlier flight that would have left much earlier for an additional $50 fee. Not wanting to spend other people’s money and bitten from what happened on Friday – even though I had no luggage with me today – I passed. I’m regretting that move now. Although, it did provide me the time to get this post in while at the airport.
Anyway, a few comments about the airport here in Salt Lake City. The one thing I notice the most is it’s pretty clean with plenty of food options after going through security, but very limited options outside of the security check point. I also like how the whole city is surrounded by mountains, which you can see from the airport… some still have snow on them. It reminds me of Denver in that respect. Makes me want to venture out to Colorado and spend some time in Keystone sometime before the end of the summer. It might just happen the week after Labor Day, but that’s still preliminary. Let’s get though my next vacation to the Grand Canyon first.
Anyway, I’m about half an hour from boarding the flight back home. This time I really do mean it, this is my last scheduled flight for a few months.