If you’re wondering how little I regard elite status these days, this should make it clear: I just booked a ticket on Sun Country Airlines.
Sun Country Airlines is “The Hometown Airline” of Minneapolis (MSP). With no partner carriers, its UFly loyalty program is only valuable if you fly Sun County.
Later this week I’ll travel to MSP for Frequent Traveler University. Both Delta and United fly non-stop between Los Angeles and Minneapolis, but I figured this was a perfect itinerary to try something new.
Why? Sun Country fares are cheap: my first class ticket was not much more than the price of a coach ticket on Delta or United (about $98 more). Two, I love flying new airlines and after this trip Allegiant will be the only domestic airlines I have yet to fly. Third, if the experience is good, perhaps my report will be helpful in choosing Sun County (or not).
Sun Country describes its first class benefits in the following way—
- Check their first two bags for free (bags also receive priority delivery to baggage claim)
- Experience faster check-in lines, shorter security lines, and priority boarding
- Enjoy personalized and exceptional onboard service
- Relax with spacious First Class seating and added leg room
- Savor freshly prepared hot meals or a filling snack
- Toast to a great trip with a selection of complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Relax with a movie, TV show, and more with complimentary use of a Sun Country Digital Entertainment Device
It will be annoying not to have wi-fi, but I look forward to giving Sun Country a chance. I’ll fly United in the other direction.