We are always excited to fly. It may be the adventure of take-off, the views from the sky, or just the fact that you are soaring in a giant metal machine. Regardless, flying is our favorite. Lately, however, we have been having our share of flight delays, bad airport food, and really long security lines. If you’re a frequent traveler, you know how frustrating and utterly exhausting this can be.
Well frequent flyer friends, we’re here to share about an incredible airline that cuts out the bad parts of flying and will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. We’d like to compare it to the first time we flew Business Class… it ruined us. We loved it so much and now we struggle to fly anything but Business Class. That being said, meet Surf Air. Surf Air is the nation’s first all-you-can-fly private air travel club. Surf Air provides their members with a comfortable, efficient, and luxurious travel experience that saves valuable time in every trip. Surf Air currently serves 12 destinations in California, and they will be adding more locations in the near future!
We decided to try out Surf Air for our 2-year anniversary weekend in Napa. (Yes we’ll probably always be the Traveling Newlyweds. It’s a mentality!) We arrived at a private terminal at the Hawthorne Airport, to a complimentary valet service that took care of our car for the weekend and helped us bring our bags into the terminal. Yes. A complimentary valet service at the airport. The “spoil factor” is immediately very strong.
A friendly Surf Air concierge checked us in, which means greeted us with a smile and offered us a drink and snacks. No hassle with tickets or baggage, no security, no waiting! You sit in a comfortable lounge (with complimentary WiFi and refreshments), and when it’s time to go you walk outside and straight onto the plane. We arrived a little over an hour early, since Bobby is the person that likes to be at the airport extra early to be cautious. Well, with Surf Air, we were the only ones in the lounge for probably 45 minutes, because you don’t need to be there until 20 minutes before departure! What a dream!
When it was time to go, our pilots met us and walked us over to the plane. The Surf Air fleet is gorgeous. Their planes definitely stand out at the airport with their sleek paint jobs and beautiful branding. Once aboard, your seat is both an aisle and a window seat! The seat is a comfortable, black leather chair that we may have had a few naps in. Our pilots went through a quick introduction, showed us where the refreshments were located (very important), how to use the emergency bathroom (and by emergency we mean EMERGENCY.), and we were off!
Bobby was concerned he would get motion sickness from such a small plane, but this was not a problem at all. We couldn’t believe how smooth the take-off, flight, and landing was. And he was so fascinated by watching the pilots, he was pretty distracted the whole time!
The flight to Napa took about an hour and a half, and the views from our plane were incredible. We were legitimately bummed when we started our descent into Napa - we didn’t want our ride to end! We walked off the plane to see our rental car waiting for us, right there, on the runway. What!? Are you picking up how immensely spoiling and EASY this mode of transportation is? It took a total of 10 minutes from touch down to having our bags in our car! Oh, the joys of private jet travel!
Another wonderful Surf Air concierge was there to great us when we landed, and help us with our belongings. She even gave us winery recommendations and directions to our hotel. We can’t say enough about the Surf Air service! It really is five stars.
What really sealed the deal for us was on the day we were catching our flight home, since we now knew that we didn’t have to be at the airport until 20 minutes before our departure. This gave us another FULL DAY to explore Napa. We’re SO used to arriving at the airport 2 hours before a flight, this was a luxury we simply could not get over. A Surf Air highlight was when we were sitting at Gott’s Roadside at 2:30 eating an amazing burger and enjoying some wine with our flight taking off at 3:15 PM. If Bobby was honest, he would probably say he was sweating on the inside. But we made it with ease! Our TOTAL travel time to get home to Orange County from Napa took us less than 3 hours!
Surf Air is an incredible travel experience. Maybe it should be called “Spoil Air”? We are excited to fly with them again soon, and eager to hear when they expand to international travel… :)