Plane spotting everything from legacy carriers to LCCs isn't all that difficult outside of San Diego International Airport with the hilly terrain, but there's one specific spot that lines up so well with the end of one of the runways that we simply must tell you about it. It's a parking garage.
Specifically, it's Aladdin's Parking Garage, at Kettner Boulevard and West Laurel Street, and it's a multi-level airport parking structure situated so perfectly for watching the activity on the runways at the airport. That said, the parking garage doesn't particularly like their reputation as a prime plane spotting location, and there are signs warning of "no loitering." But until they put up signs that warn "no making out," we'll keep coming back for a little literal Kiss-and-Fly.
So make it quick; time your arrival with some big jets, or just enjoy the cute little Frontier, Southwest, and more LCCs that jet in.
The key is to park on the top level of the garage, out in the open air where the above video was filmed. On top of that, all of the terminals at San Diego airport offer free WiFi, so if the wind is blowing in the right direction (ok, we're kidding about the wind), you might be able to leech a few bars of signal. If you're actually flying out of the airport, the garage provides a free shuttle service to the terminals to make it easy on you. Still, we say to enjoy the view before it's you up there, flying overhead.