Flying To Your Mexico Vacation Home Holiday —A Retrospective Opinion. Or, A Long Gripe About Alaska Airlines

For almost twenty years I’ve flown Alaska to get to my beachside hotel/ B&B / Mexico vacation rental villa the  Casa Delfin Sonriente  from central California.  Usually but not always on Alaska Airlines. I’ve also flown Aeromexico, Mexicana, United  and Continental airlines.  After over 100 trips now –easy—I Have some opinions I’d like to share. Mainly about the two airlines I’ve had the most experience with: Alaska and Mexicana airlines.

To begin with Alaska has the best safety record – an important fact for sure;  although,  if that was everyone’s first criteria we’d all just fly Quantus if we could where ever we went( no reported air difficulties or crashes to date ever) and this record is  the same for Alaska air with  exclusion of the media reported hefty fines that were levied on Alaska for ignoring FAA  maintenance and hazards  removal  recommendations  a year or two ago. These are relevant issues but again if crash data were” the factor “ as opposed to prices, itinerary, comfort, food, etc. then we would have to eliminate America, United, Continental, Delta, and every other lesser known airline that has been in the news over the last thirty years because of crashes.

Like many  people I can relax more on a flight with  Good food, liberal drinking, and friendly service to  help out. So one thing  I haven’t been good at ignoring had been years of Alaska air food services terrible food: as in ” would you like a cold dry sandwich or a cold dry hamburger for six dollars credit card only sir?( Long time Alaska flyers will remember although this has improved greatly  in the last year or two.) Then this was  followed by  the  removal of my san Francisco connection to Zihautanejo, followed  by the removal of Blankets against cold cabin temps on  flights, the tight seating,  the removal of magazines, the overpriced( recent options) for foot room, the never-ending marketing of credit cards, the credit cards only attitude,  and never once a movie. I am still flying Alaska, but only because there are almost no alternatives from where I live in the states anymore.

I used to fly Mexicana a lot but  a) they went out of business and b.) there was always a stopover in Mexico city that most people would not prefer.  But boy oh boy On Mexicana and Aeromexico  the tequila often flowed freely and for free ,the food was really good, the beer complementary, and the willingness to take pesos or dollars friendly.  Gee I wish they would return again or someone would make a run at Alaska air  to force better food, prices, and a movie.

The new yoga deck addition for yoga retreats at our Troncones villa

Yoga retreats are more and more popular and as a result I have come up with an interesting design to double the size of the yoga deck at our beachfront Bed and breakfast / rental villa on Troncones Beach. When Your Mexico surfing trip has worn down your muscles yoga and stretching combined with a very reasonably priced massage are a great way to keep an older guy like me surfing day after day and many of our surfing guests benefit. So along with the massage table on site we built a pool front beach view yoga deck extending out from the pools edge. But trying to accommodate twelve people doing yoga all at once was taking this to another level and so I had to come up with a plan for our first bigger yoga retreat that also includes added shade. I am installing the new addition  at the end of January and I am pretty happy about what I think is an ingenious plan. Since there was no easy way to extend the  deck out ward over the wall without redesigning the land scape and taking out the sea wall I decided to add wood deck that could be inserted over the infinity table  end of the pool  for when more space was needed and taken off in just a few moments by two people. It will sit  on  waterproofed joists and extend over the infinity table to add another 10’ x8’ feet of deck when needed. It looks good on paper and I will post pictures in February after the retreat. By the way we have space available Contact Casa Delfin Sonriente if you want to know more. 

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