Review: Delta BusinessElite Los Angeles to Atlanta

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This review will cover my return trip from San Jose (SJC) to Baltimore (BWI) with emphasis on Delta's BusinessElite product on my flight segment from Los Angeles (LAX) to Atlanta (ATL). I booked my Delta return ticket SJC-LAX-ATL-BWI in First Class (A) with a three hour layover in LAX and an hour layover in ATL. There is no direct flight to get me to my final destination so I didn't mind the multiple connections since I have the flexibility of time. Connecting to multiple hubs is my friend because I could earn more redeemable miles and also Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) towards elite status. #mileagerun

SJC-LAX-ATL-BWI = 4,533 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM)

What is included in a domestic First Class?

Sky Priority - This exclusive benefit is available to all Delta Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. If you do not have elite status yet, you can experience Sky Priority by booking a BusinessElite, First Class or Business Class ticket. Basically you get faster check-in to avoid long lines at busy airports, more free checked bags, highest priority boarding so you can be first on and first off the plane, expedited baggage service so you don't have to wait longer at the baggage claim, among other things. 
Complimentary alcoholic drinks & snacks - on longer flights, a full meal with a menu selection in addition to snacks, such as fresh fruit, peanuts, pretzels and my favorite Biscoff cookies!
More legroom - seats vary depending on the aircraft but either way you get a pillow and a blanket.
In-flight entertainment - some newer aircrafts offer this on Economy Comfort, and Economy seating as well so you can listen to music, watch movies or TV shows from your seat or charge mobile devices using USB or 110 volt power outlet.
Bonus miles - for flights prior to January 1, 2015, a 50% bonus in redeemable miles plus 200% bonus MQM in First class (F) or 150% bonus MQM in discounted First class (P, A, G). For flights on or after January 1, 2015, the MQM bonuses are still the same but there is no more bonus for redeemable miles because of Delta's change from a distance-based to a revenue-based frequent flyer program for Skymiles 2015

Flat-bed Seating 
I chose seat 7A on the Boeing 777-200 4-hour flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta because it offers maximum privacy and proximity to the exit so I can deplane first before everyone else. 

I always choose the seat closest to the exit whenever I have very tight connections because you never know just how far you will need to run when your gate changes every so often which is likely to happen in major hubs. 

For this particular aircraft seat 7A was comfortable with a truly flat 180 degree recline and the best part: it's a window seat with direct aisle access! 

Bon Appétit
The flight attendant was friendly and very attentive. Immediately after I settled in my seat she asked me what I wanted to drink. I did not like the wine selection so I opted for tomato juice instead while waiting for takeoff. The entrée was a choice of chicken and goat cheese pizza, or a grilled steak with potato salad. I chose the latter. The food was great by airline standards and the fruit serving was a nice touch in addition to the chocolate cookie. After lunch I had a few glasses of Baileys Irish Cream while dozing off to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Overall, Delta's BusinessElite product is solid on a long-haul flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and that is not even a Transcontinental BusinessElite category (flights between JFK-LAX, SFO, SEA). The flat-bed seating is impressive and the customer service is top-notch. Would I recommend it to anyone? Absolutely! 

And as always, safe travels!

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Review: Delta BusinessElite Los Angeles to Atlanta

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