As the CEO of Caribbean Airlines tries to steer the airline towards profitability, Garvin Medera has been instrumental in implementing a number of changes to uplift the airline’s traveling experience.
The airline now offers wireless content streaming on some of its longer haul flights and a buy-on-board snack and alcoholic drink service (besides the complimentary meals offered on select routes). They also launched “Caribbean Plus”, which basically offers passengers earlier boarding and extra legroom.
“Caribbean Plus” seats are offered from rows 4 – 10, behind Business Class (rows 1 – 3). According to their website, Caribbean Plus seats offer 5 extra inches of legroom with additional recline.
In reality, the 5 inches are noticeable at 36 to 37 inches of seat pitch compared to 31-32 in economy. For comparison, business class seats offer 38 inches of pitch. There is also additional recline versus regular economy seats.
Prices vary from US $10 – $35 (plus taxes) per sector depending on where you fly to and from.
|Short Haul||US $10.00||(excluding flights to/from Jamaica & Nassau) All Intra-Caribbean and South American Flights flights|
|Medium Haul||US $25.00||All flights to/from Ft Lauderdale and Orlando – Jamaica / Nassau and Intra-Caribbean & South American flights to/from Jamaica.|
|Long Haul||US $35.00||All flights to /from North America/Caribbean (except flights to/from Ft Lauderdale and Orlando /Jamaica and Nassau).|
Besides the extra legroom and early boarding and exit, there are no additional perks whatsoever. The ticket comes with no premium drinks or snacks, no additional point bumps to your earned miles or status, no dedicated cabin service, no charging outlets, and no streaming content benefits.
The seats are exactly the same as those in economy, except they are covered in a purple fabric with the “Caribbean Plus” logo on the seats.
Row 4 – This is a bulkhead row. Legroom is limited as the divider does not curve at the bottom to accommodate your legs. The tray tables are also stored in the seat’s arm rests, which mean they are much closer to you versus being attached to the seat in front of you in other rows.
Row 10 – While row 10 does have the advertised additional legroom, the seat does not recline as it is in front of an emergency exit.
Have you tried Caribbean Plus? Let’s hear about your experience in the comments below.
[Featured Photo: Bradley Wint/Gate Checked]