Favorite Airline/Premium Seats?

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Nov 03, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    Which airline is your favorite? When you travel do you spend extra money to either upgrade to First or Business Class or pay extra for more roomy seats in the front of the coach cabin or for exit rows?

    My airline of choice is American. On 2 recent trips I paid to upgrade to First Class in one direction.
    I just flew back to Chicago from L.A. yesterday and on the way out I payed extra for a "premium" seat with more leg room toward the front of the coach cabin. On the way back I just took a regular seat further back. I know now I will ALWAYS pay for at least a premium coach seat. I'm only 5'8" but even I felt squeezed in a regular seat on the return flight. Also, has anyone else taken advantage of an over sale situation on your flight? Yesterday I was booked on a 920am nonstop to ORD from LAX, when I got to the gate the agent was asking for volunteers to give up their seats and take the next flight and get a travel voucher in return. I decided to do that, ended up getting back to Chicago only an hour later and walked away with a $300 American Airlines travel voucher for future use. Not bad!
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    Nov 03, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    I don't have a favorite line and the choice to upgrade to first or business class depends on the length of the trip. If the flight is more than 6 hours, I will inquire on an upgrade.
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    Nov 03, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    Well I have only used (in order of how much I like them):

    British Airways
    Air France (about equal with BA, their female cabin crew are very attractive not that that matters much to me)
    TAM
    KLM (I heard they have a free Haagen Dazs buffet but never saw it...)
    Iberia (some hot male cabin crew icon_biggrin.gif )
    Easyjet
    Germanwings (they announced boarding has finished before it has actually started icon_confused.gif )
    Ryanair (no explanation required)


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    Nov 03, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    Ohno saidWell I have only used (in order of how much I like them):

    British Airways
    Air France (about equal with BA, their female cabin crew are very attractive not that that matters much to me)
    TAM
    KLM (I heard they have a free Haagen Dazs buffet but never saw it...)
    Iberia (some hot male cabin crew icon_biggrin.gif )
    Easyjet
    Germanwings (they announced boarding has finished before it has actually started icon_confused.gif )
    Ryanair (no explanation required)



    Is it really true that Ryanair charges you to use the bathroom on the airplane? I have read that and that seems crazy!
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    Nov 04, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    I avoid all the North American carriers if I can. They offer variations of a Megabus ride with a no frills service.Nothing beats the likes of Singapore airlines, Cathay and Emirates.
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    Nov 04, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidAlso, has anyone else taken advantage of an over sale situation on your flight? Yesterday I was booked on a 920am nonstop to ORD from LAX, when I got to the gate the agent was asking for volunteers to give up their seats and take the next flight and get a travel voucher in return. I decided to do that, ended up getting back to Chicago only an hour later and walked away with a $300 American Airlines travel voucher for future use. Not bad!

    A few years ago Christmas was Friday I think or maybe Thursday. I went to my brother's for Christmas, he lives in a suburb outside of Las Vegas. I was flying back on Sunday and booked a flight in the afternoon. My flight back to Oakland was overbooked so I let them bump me and got a voucher. Then the next flight out they booked me on was also oversold so I let them bump me again.

    Coming in to Vegas I was the last one on and some hugely fat lady was overflowing into the only available seat and I couldn't sit next to her so I got a flight attendant and she agreed and I got a voucher and took the next flight. I think I had about $900 in vouchers for that weekend.
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    Nov 04, 2013 9:40 AM GMT
    United used to be my preferred airline until the merger with Continental when they completely dropped the ball. For my trip to Hawaii last year they changed my flight schedule 5 times for no apparent reason! I had to keep calling them up and changing it back. I tried to use them to book flights for my trip last month to South beach & Key West. I'd book a flight, 3 weeks later they'd cancel it. After this happened a few times(with phone calls in between) they figured that they couldn't get me to Miami on 10/19 before 1:00pm, and that they couldn't get me to Syracuse from Key West on 10/26 at all! They refunded most of my money- they still owe me $79.00, which I'll probably never see.

    Unfortunately, out of SYR there is a limited amount of airlines/flights to choose from.

    Now I fly Delta. Last months trip was no sweat with them.

    I always like to upgrade to E+(economy plus on UA, economy comfort on DL). I have long legs and the few extra $$ is worth it to me. If the opportunity presents itself sometimes I'll try to upgrade to F- I did last month on the leg from ATL to SYR on a DL MD88 for $75- nice.

    I got hooked. This Thanksgiving's trip to Vegas is first all the way! Which, the way the fares were running, turned out to be not that much more expensive by the time I added in upgrades to E+ and baggage fees.
  • TBird

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    Nov 05, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    For domestic I like Delta as my first choice because of their service out of JFK and LGA. Their terminals at LGA and JFK are pretty decent and their inflight service is good as well. I'm Gold Medallion with them so upgrades generally are pretty good to come by. If I don't score and upgrade I generally do Eco Comfort.

    Second choice is jetBlue, good fares, great terminal at JFK, and their inflight services, comfort, and route network work well for me.

    Intl- Turkish Airlines for Europe, Their Comfort Class is amazing and the price can't be beat. Then Cathy for the Pacific rim. Amazing service all around from Cathy.
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 05, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    I like Air France, Qantas, All Nippon, KLM was good too. Ive only used Emirates and Turkish once each, but enjoyed them. Hawaiian air has been good, just their check in at the Honolulu airport is always a mess.

    Easyjet is good for Europe.

    I avoid American carriers as much as possible. The only one I've had good experiences on was United. Delta was the worst.

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    Nov 07, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    I upgrade to the "more leg room" seat when available. United used to be the only game in town for such seats (and were free to all frequent flyers). Since the merger with Continental, one has to be either a high mileage frequent flyer on United to get the "Ecomony+" seats, or has to pay for them. Now that other airlines also have seats with more legroom ("comfort class?") there is no longer any reason to fly with United. Also, on United, one cannot upgrade to United's business class (First class seems to have disappeared) with frequent flyer miles unless you have purchased a Y fare (much more expensive)to begin with. For International, Singapore and Emirates seem to be the best, if you are going where they fly. Since the merger, I have only been able successfully to upgrade a single time on an international flight (for a price). I am not yet ready to pay the additional $4,000 - $5,000 to purchase a transatlantic business class ticket on United. Maybe when I am retired.
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    Nov 07, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    I'm from an airline family (our grandfather co-founded United Air Transport, which emerged as United Air Lines) so I've got my favorites (aside from UAL) and they would include: Varney, Pacific Air Transport & Capital - which all became the nucleus of UAT. I've also had other carriers I like and respected, including: Pan Am; Hughes Airwest; Braniff; TWA; Continental; Eastern; BOAC; Air France & Alaskan (in no particular order).
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    Nov 08, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI'm from an airline family (our grandfather co-founded United Air Transport, which emerged as United Air Lines) so I've got my favorites (aside from UAL) and they would include: Varney, Pacific Air Transport & Capital - which all became the nucleus of UAT. I've also had other carriers I like and respected, including: Pan Am; Hughes Airwest; Braniff; TWA; Continental; Eastern; BOAC; Air France & Alaskan (in no particular order).


    Grampa retired from Eastern Airlines with 30+ years, so I feel the same way. I have quite a bit of memorabilia from his career- shot glasses, blankets, t-shirts, etc. One of my prize possessions is his 10 years anniversary tie-tack, which is a 10k white gold top hat & shooting star- Eddie Rickenbacker's sigil.

    I came across this poster in Miami Beach last month and had to have it.

    $T2eC16dHJGkE9no8iPUfBQVyej4b3w~~60_57.G
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    Nov 09, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    As long as i have an aisle seat I'm good, and the middle seat is empty. haha.
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    Nov 09, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    I like British Airways, last time I flew with them was from San Francisco to London Heathrow 2010 - direct flight. Decent leg room, decent size and good flight attendants.

    I also like Lufthansa, that was a direct flight from Munich Germany to Los Angeles in 2006.

    As far as domestic airlines, I like Jetblue for my Vegas trips and trips to the East Coast. I haven't fly in a while though.



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    Nov 09, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    Sungod17 saidGrampa retired from Eastern Airlines with 30+ years, so I feel the same way. ...
    I came across this poster in Miami Beach last month and had to have it.

    Chronicle Books used to do these great books on period graphic design. The did one titled En Route by Lynn Johnson and Michael O'Leary, published in 1993. It's chock full of images like that poster.

    http://goo.gl/N7bKB4
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    Nov 09, 2013 8:58 AM GMT
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    Sungod17 saidGrampa retired from Eastern Airlines with 30+ years, so I feel the same way. ...
    I came across this poster in Miami Beach last month and had to have it.

    Chronicle Books used to do these great books on period graphic design. The did one titled En Route by Lynn Johnson and Michael O'Leary, published in 1993. It's chock full of images like that poster.

    http://goo.gl/N7bKB4


    Thanks Lumpy! Next time I order from Amazon I might see if I can get a good used copy cheap. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 09, 2013 10:25 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    Ohno saidWell I have only used (in order of how much I like them):

    British Airways
    Air France (about equal with BA, their female cabin crew are very attractive not that that matters much to me)
    TAM
    KLM (I heard they have a free Haagen Dazs buffet but never saw it...)
    Iberia (some hot male cabin crew icon_biggrin.gif )
    Easyjet
    Germanwings (they announced boarding has finished before it has actually started icon_confused.gif )
    Ryanair (no explanation required)



    Is it really true that Ryanair charges you to use the bathroom on the airplane? I have read that and that seems crazy!


    No they don't charge for that, they just talked about doing it.