Friday, August 7, 2009

BLI - Friendly Flying out of Bellingham WA

Our early August flight to Las Vegas marked the first time Kathy and Brian have flown out of BLI (Bellingham International Airport) together. Surprising for two frequent flyers based in Birch Bay?

The explanation is simple. Our airline of choice for collecting miles is United. United stopped flying out of BLI years ago. The major carrier using this small and friendly terminal is Alaska / Horizon, although they're currently facing some stiff competition from Allegiant, leading to the $200 non-stop flight to LAS that we snagged.

BLI is housed in a modern Northwest-style building.

The employees are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed throughout.

Once through security we walk outside a few feet and into a fairly new "waiting-room" annex. We received a text message from Alaska advising us of a gate change for our flight - Gate One to Gate Two. It turned out not to be a big deal!

It provides a great view of the final approach of our incoming flight. From the ground, even a 737 looks kinda big.


Once up in the air, a clear day affords us a fine view of Mt. St. Helens.

Parking was free years ago, but even $9 is a bargain compared to Seattle (SEA) or Vancouver (YVR). For us the 20-minute drive home from the airport is quite a bonus, but the Victoria couple we spoke to who claimed a thousand-dollar saving over flying out of Canada were probably happy enough to take the ferry home.

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