Trip Report | Delta SkyClub + First Class | Reagan National (DCA) to Atlanta (ATL)


In my various travels, I’ve never been to the Washington, DC area…which is why I ended up selecting this for a points run. I’ve been to the British capital twice, and never once to our own. Not that I really count this as a trip to Washington, DC. For me, it won’t count until I leave the airport, which didn’t happen on this trip.

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Which gives me an idea for a new page: maps of cities and airports I’ve been to. I’ve been to Singapore Changi while in transit (very cool airport, couple of airport videos here and here), but I don’t claim a visit to Singapore.

But I digress, today’s YouTube Vlog is the return from DCA heading back to Atlanta. Couple of more segments and close to 2000 miles, not bad for a couple of hours in the air.

Today’s DCA visit includes a quick visit to the Delta SkyClub; there were several gluten free options to be had: kale, quinoa, and potato hash and oven roasted root vegetables. I had just finished my flyby of the food, grabbed a drink, when I received a notice on my Delta app that the flight was boarding! A bit of a bummer that I didn’t get to try anything.

But, thankfully, DCA is not a large airport and I was quickly at the gate, onboard and enjoying my pre-departure orange juice in the comfy domestic first class seat. Since I was late to board, I wasn’t able to get a good shot of the first class seat on this Airbus A321, but this seat did have the adjustable headrest with fold in wings. Those fold in wings are nice on a long haul flight, but I didn’t need them for this short 1h+ flight.

All the seats on my recent Delta flights provide power, something I didn’t require on this flight, but nice to have available.

With my first visit to the DC area, I was hoping to catch some of the skyline, but the low cloud deck and left turn at departure prevented me from seeing anything from the plane. The picture of the Capital dome beyond the Potomac River was about it for skyline. I’m assuming all of Washington, DC is a no-fly zone which results in the left turn right after takeoff when departing to the north.

Snack time today included two gluten-free options: Perfection Snacks Snack Mix, and a Kind bar – dark chocolate chunk. Not a bad substitute for lunch missed at the SkyClub.

Parallel traffic

The final highlight, and my favorite, was watching a parallel aircraft landing in Atlanta. I’ve put a picture above and circled the parallel airplane. The look of it sliding through the clouds with us was cool. I hope you’ll check it out on the full video!

Stay tuned for next week’s entry, either a review of my travel camera & lens (Sony A7iii + 24-240mm zoom) or the flight to Salt Lake City with the domestic Delta One flat-bed seat!

Happy Travels!

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