Last weekend, I flew down to Chicago to get some rest and relaxation under my belt, and of course, eat mountains of food while I was there.
One of the best decisions I had made was to fly with Porter Airlines. Now, I had never flown with Porter before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been told that they flew with prop jets and that they had great customer service.
Understatement of the year.
They had sent me an email the night before my flight to remind me of my flight and any steps I would be able to take to save time at the airport, as well as a warning to try to arrive 60 minutes prior to my flight in case of any customs snafus.
I left work at about 3:00pm, got to the Porter building at about 3:15pm and waited for the ferry. Had to correct something on my boarding pass, went through inspections, and I was sitting down in the lounge at about 3:45pm. Wait what? I got from the front door to waiting for my flight in 30 minutes? Keep in mind my flight was at 5:30pm, so I had plenty of time to hang out. When I looked around, I realized I really had no problems with that.
The Porter Lounge is amazing. It’s a huge space with a cafeteria area, seating area, and a business area full of iMacs in case you need a computer for something else. I went and got myself a coffee (or four), a couple of snacks, and a bottle of water, sat down and enjoyed the free wifi that they provided for everyone.
I thought the pleasantries had ended there, but when I boarded the rather small prop jet, I felt really odd… my legs weren’t squished up against the seat in front of me and I could comfortably sit down.
To top it off, every flight also gets you a free drink (wine, beer, coffee, juice) and a snack box.
We touched down in Chicago, and I spent another 15 minutes going through customs, and I went on my merry way.
In all honesty, that had to be the best flight experience I have ever had. To break it down, here’s what you get when you fly with Porter:
- Speedy check-in procedure.
- Great lounge with free wifi, drinks and snacks.
- Ample leg room and relaxed atmosphere.
- Snack box and free drink.
Cannot wait to take another flight with them. Going to fly with them when possible. Thanks Porter!