I actually paid for my first “Even More Legroom” seat upgrade as part of the AYCJ pass this morning. I had neglected to reserve a seat in advance for my flight from JFK to San Diego (big mistake, I know) and I was faced with the option of paying for the EML seat or being stuck in 17E for the flight. Given my strong aversion towards sitting in the middle seat I coughed up the cash and selected 4A a window seat.
At the boarding gate the agent was waiting for me. Apparently she had to change my seat to accommodate a family traveling together. When informed of this I immediately asked if it was still an “A” seat. It was, though she also offered me an “F” window seat. My response, “But we’re flying into San Diego; I need the A seat,” threw her for a loop. But it is true. Flying into San Diego is an event where you really want to be on the left side of the plane.
The final approach is unlike any other airport. First you get to see the navy ship yards and the iconic Coronado Island bridge.
Then you’re right next to a whole slew of high-rise office buildings and right over the top of a parking garage that makes you wonder if the pilot is looking to park the plane or land it.
The views on departure out the left side of the plane aren’t half bad either, looking down on Mirimar (I think) and Coronado Island).
And, just for fun, here’s one last shot of the inbound flight, with the fog sitting in the hills of Southern California or Mexico (I’m not exactly sure where we were at this point in the flight).
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