The Dash for Platinum: First Leg – MSP to SLC

by Anthony Losanno
Delta MSP to SLC

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I arrived in MSP about 30 minutes early (you can see the details of my positioning flight here). I had a good amount of time before my connection to SLC since I had booked the trip with about 90 minutes between flights. We became delayed after our inbound crew was late. This meant that we left around an hour late at 11:44 AM versus our scheduled time of 10:45 AM. The connection was now tight and I was left with around 35 minutes before boarding the next flight to SEA.

Delta Sky Club MSP

While waiting for my flight to Salt Lake City (SLC), I spent some time in the Delta Sky Club® between the F and G gates at MSP.

Flight Route MSP to SLC

The route was another straight shot from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Salt Lake City.

Delta SLC Board

The flight boarded at 12:07 PM through Gate G17. It was a fairly quick process, but we were still late. I had bought a seat in First Class (for this leg and all of them on this trip) and I’m glad I did because the flight was oversold. An upgrade would never have happened. The gate agent needed three volunteers and was offering a $600 gift card for each passenger that took a later flight.

Starbucks MSP

There was a Starbucks® next to Gate G17 that also allows mobile preorders. I ordered my iced latte and brought it on board with me. With the flights I had coming up, I needed as much caffeine as possible. As I said in my last post, I like that I earn Delta SkyMiles with each purchase at Starbucks®. You can earn them by linking to your SkyMiles account. If you haven’t already, connect your accounts here.

Lunch Delta MSP to SLC

Service was okay on the flight. Flight attendants were mostly indifferent to passengers and it felt like they were just going through the motions. Lunch was served shortly after takeoff. I had chosen the Chicken Poke Bowl in advance. It was also just okay. The rice was too crunchy and the butternut squash was undercooked. It was served with fruit salad and a packaged cookie.

SLC Christmas Tree

I attempted to go to the Sky Club®, but the line was really long. I would not have had time to enjoy it or even get through in the short time I was in SLC. Instead, I sat by the giant Christmas tree, worked, and enjoyed the gorgeous views.

SLC Views

These views are truly magnificent.

DL0723 Flight Status

The flight arrived late, but in enough time for me to make my connection to Seattle (SEA).

Anthony’s Take: The second flight was okay. We had a delay and the service and food were kind of meh. Looking forward to the next seven flights.

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