We recently had an amazing opportunity to travel to Kauai, Hawaii. As native East Coasters, both Karli and I had never been to Hawaii (the length of the trip there from the east coast is BRUTAL)! We were really excited to check out the island that Jurassic Park was filmed on, hike the canyon, swim in the blue waters and just have a good ol' time.
The morning we left, we took a quick uber from our apartment to San Jose Airport - living so close to the airport is seriously an awesome perk. Once there, we blew through the security line (I've made it a traveling rule that we only have carry on luggage), grabbed a coffee and tea and headed to our gate. We hung out, had a snack, took lots of selfies, and chatted about all the things we wanted to do on Kauai.
Known as one of the most progressive airlines, and a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, we we're super excited to have the opportunity to partner with Alaska Air for our trip to and from the island. When were initially searching for a company to partner with, we we're instantly drawn to Alaska from the start. On their website, they even have a page designated for Gay Travel that includes scheduled trips for Pride celebrations. Alaska even received an award from the Human Rights Campaign for being recognized as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality - LOL @ United.
Another important factor was flight time, and finding a direct flight. Alaska is one of the very few airlines that actually has direct flights to and from Kauai. For most airlines you have to fly to one of the other islands and then catch a connecting flight back to the mainland. Super annoying to do, so we're so excited when we saw Alaska is direct both ways.
Flight to Kauai
We were able to board among the first few, since we were in Premium seating (more leg room PLUS free adult beverages - Karli had mine and I had tea). Thankfully, it was a very quick boarding process. We got settled in and before we knew it, we were en route to The Garden Isle 🌺
For this particular trip, Alaska had portable TV streaming devices that were handed out at the beginning of the trip. When Karli travels, she's never able to sleep, so having some sort of entertainment is always important. When she doesn't have it .. let's just say she's not the happiest camper.
When we were scrolling through the list of movies to watch, we were so excited to see that Love, Simon was on the list. If you haven't seen it (if you haven't, are you even human?), you MUST. It's so powerful. Safe to say we were both crying our hearts out from the start.
We touched down in the land of the dinosaurs just 5 hours after takeoff and began a week filled with amazing adventures - you'll have to wait for another post to find out what we did on the Island!
Flight back to San Jose
We were equally as pleased with our flight back. After making it through security, we were able to hang out in Alaska's air conditioned waiting area for the gates - which is a big deal considering the Lihue Airport in Kauai is an open air building.
We truly enjoyed our experience flying with Alaska and appreciate their outspoken stance on equality.
Seriously, standing ovation.
Until we fly again,
K & E