Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3126 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5804 times:
I am currently in planning stages for my winter trip to NYC in November.
Usually when travelling to the US I would not even need to hesitate and book with my trip with US Airways. I am how ever a little jittery about booking so far in advance with their current economic situation.
I am on budget and at the moment there are some fantastic offers about for travel to NYC in November. I am looking to spend under 250 GBP including all taxes.
This may sound shallow and I don't care if some of you slag me off, but IFE, Comfortable Seating and Leg Room is important to me and US Airways offer all this on their A330's.
I absolutely detest flying from LHR with high prices of parking, congestion and generally been like a cattle market. I live in Northamptonshire and always fly to the US from LGW, however if I could fly from BHX would be great due to been so close, but have ruled out Continental cause of the 752's. Would definately consider MAN as no further to get to than LGW.
I am more than happy to take a connecting flight!
Could you let me know of your experiences and who you would recommend. Especially be interested in hearing about BA and VS as I always hear people saying how bad there leg room is in Economy compared to the US carriers.
Currently I have checked ThomasCook.com and they offered:
211 GBP - US Airways - 18/11 LGW-CLT-EWR 22/11 LGA-CLT-LGW
221 GBP - American - 18/11 LGW-RDU-JFK 22/11 JFK-RDU-LGW
Transtar01 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5743 times:
I believe you would be depriving yourself of a terrific transatlantic experience to NYC if you did not travel on Virgin Atlantic. They are the absolute best! Comfort, food, IFE, it is all great, as is the cabin staff. I find British Airways to be a bit haughty although their service is very good. Virgin flies into Newark out of Gatwick. Actually, I have found Heathrow very pleasant, by taking the underground to the terminal - the Piccadilly line.
Virgin feeds you all the way across the ocean, and the food is very good. Check with www.virginflyer.com to get to know the airline. You can also predict what aircraft and its entertainment system will fly the day you travel. Have not flow the A340 on Virgin, as I prefer the 747-400.
Keep watching their website www.virgin-atlantic.com. Last year we bought two round trip tickets Los Angeles to London and return for less than $250.00 each, which included tax.
CoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5712 times:
If it was me, I would book on AA. LGW-RDU will have a light load, I can almost gaurantee it, giving you MRTC and probably a whole row to yourself. Also, RDU will have a short customs line (will probably only be your flight). About VS, they have great service, but I'm 6'3 and Virgin economy is well, as tight as a Virgin(Sorry but it is true). Also, the AA service will be with a 777,so you can't go wrong.
Carledwards From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5664 times:
Well, from what I've heard avoid Aer Lingus at all costs! My dad said he flew with them on one of their A330's the service was awful and sloppy! Plus there bags got lost, and the plane was delayed.
I cant comment myself but I've not heard anything good about them anyway!
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3126 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5655 times:
Cmckeithen - It's not as such the aircraft type that bothers me, I have just flown on the 752's within Europe on flights of 3-4hrs and find them very cramped and claustophobic.
Also from what I understand CO's 752's have no PTV's and only 29-30inch seat pitch. As Birmingham is probably my closest airport I know people who have flown this service and commented on the cramped conditions and lack of comfort on the route.
Transtar01 - As far as I am aware VS does not offer flights from LGW-EWR and these are a code share with CO on there 777's.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2723 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5505 times:
I would say that you should go with CO's nonstop - less chance of missing your flight due to customs and immigration. Also, why deal with the hassle of a connection if you don't have to? You can also take EWR's AirTrain right into NYC - it's fast, cheap, and easy!
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5891 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5467 times:
Unless there is a later onward flight - a backup connection from CLT or RDU to NYC, I would not risk missing the connection and spending the night in either of those cities when nonstop flights to NYC are available. Nothing wrong with CLT or RDU, but it would sure get your trip off on the wrong foot.
Unless, of course, missed connections would only add to your fun - in which case you could probably add some Canadian routings to your selections.
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AAgent From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 560 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5416 times:
I'd have to agree with COTXDFW777AA. If you're wanting comfort on a trans-Atlantic flight in coach class, no airline can really compete with AA's 777 service. As explained in his post, American Airlines offers the "More Room Throughout Coach" configuration which is an extremely comfortable Y class configuration...and yes, you'll have your IFE. Try it, you'll be delighted as never before. The only product you'll find better than AA's 777 coach class is AA's 777 business or first class! Whatever your decision, enjoy both your flight and your visit to the United States of America.
P.S. "Yes", the customs lines in RDU are short by comparison to other U.S. gateway cities...and "yes", it's true that the LGW-RDU flights are usually booked lightly in coach...I've heard this is a result of heavy business and first class bookings which makes the route profitable despite the light coach cabin load factors.)
Scott4AA From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5315 times:
I am with COTXDFW777AA and AAgent, American 777s are the best across the pond. I flew ORD-LHR-ORD with American in March and it was an excellent trip. MRTC is very comfortable, my 6'2'' dad could even stretch out. The PTV's are nice playing a variety of different movies/tv shows.