We flew to Portland from Omaha for a family event. Our itinerary took us via Phoenix to San Jose, where we changed planes for Portland. Somehow my daughters and I were able to score exit row seats on both flights, so we were able to stretch out and survive the 7 or 8 hours flying. Why the fares were best for that route I have no idea, but flying Southwest sometimes involves interesting connections.
We returned through Denver, which geographically made a lot more sense. For New Year's Eve the flight was pretty calm. We were in the front row for this one, which isn't as roomy as the exit row but made deplaning and getting to the parking garage quick, which was nice.