Sponsor Message:
Travel Polls & Prefs Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Where Did Your Airline Loyalties Come From?  
User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5432 times:

Personally, my favorite airline is United Airlines. My parents, for whatever reason, used Mileage Plus Visa cards, so we would always fly on United so we could use the free tickets. Eventually, I guess I came to associate the fun of flying with United more than with other airlines, and I still feel some degree of loyalty to them.

So how did you become loyal to your preferred airline?

Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
47 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

Quoting Yellowstone (Thread starter):
So how did you become loyal to your preferred airline?

When I was young there was no question which airline a family member would fly. PA international, TW domestic, UA to Hawaii, and PSA intra-California.

TWA became my favorite airline, and I used them the most when I began to fly myself, but since they've been gone (which I'm still a bit nostalgic about), I've no real favorite. Get me where I'm going without much fuss for a reasonable fare, and you've got my business.

International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

This Amazing Video.


Will You Try to Change Things? Use the Power that you have, the Power of a Million new Ideas.
User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8229 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5418 times:

My airline loyalty came about because of the Star Alliance. At AKL (And NZ in general) we do not have much of a choice it's either QF/Oneworld or NZ/Star. Naturally because I wanted the most opportunity to earn and accrue I chose the Star Alliance using the TG Royal Orchid Plus Scheme as that gave me the most status, for the longest time.

User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5410 times:

I am one of the lucky few to have SQ which I am most loyal to during family vacations. Before my father was a PPS so he naturally only took them wherever he went, but when that disappeared he tried out Air Sahara and Jet Airways both which he didnt particularly like thus we continue to fly SQ.

Personally I am trying to get my dad away from choosing SQ as its service standards have declined


I basically only travel SIN - DEL - SIN, with the occasional trip elsewhere

I never get any miles for traveling on SQ though as we always buy the best possible, one more reason why I am asking to go with another airline

User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5406 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
Get me where I'm going without much fuss for a reasonable fare, and you've got my business.

Agreed, but to that I would add "with a flight schedule that matches my preferred travel schedule".

AA has gotten the vast majority of my business because they consistantly meet these criteria for me.

Able to kill active threads stone dead with a single post!
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5398 times:

My mom worked at NW, so we had travel benefits, letting us fly for free. Can't beat free! Big grin So, all we flew was NW, with the occasional KE/OZ on a Korean domestic flight. Ironically, ever since she quit and we lost the travel benefits, I haven't flown NW since. Mainly, it's because of price, since I, myself, buy my own tickets, and flying NW isn't worth the price compared to, say, CO. Well, I've been wishing to fly on other airlines besides NW, and I guess it came true!  Wink

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineUnited767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

Ever since my first flight on UA back in 1992 I have always been a United fan. When ever we would travel my dad would always use jis Milage Plus miles on UA so I "grew up" flying UA. I now work for United and am proud of it.

I wish UA flew mainline to MYR, that way you wouldn't be stuck in a smelly Saturn for 12 hours.
User currently offlineERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5389 times:

I have no loyalty what so ever. When I fly I look at the airlines that fly where I need to be and make a choice. I have flown with many carriers, some good some very ordinary and some with vastly differing standards. Past experiences can help to make these choices easier.

I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8590 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5383 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

My airline loyalty is driven by the oldest motivation of all... greed  Smile

My wife has worked for South African Airways since 1978 so when I fly with them I am putting money in my own pocket!

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

My loyalty with CO began when I arrived in the Houston area in the early 80's (yeah I know before most of you were even born) and CO had the only non-stop service from IAH-FMY (no RSW). I flew other airlines to other places for a few years. Working at IAH and living in the north part of Houston I got to know quite a few CO employees....they made it through a bankruptcy, not once but twice, started to modernize their fleet, had employees who loved working with each other and their product also dramatically improved.

In the mid 90's I began to actually start to use the OnePass program to my benefit and got onto the Elite levels which I've been since '97, the OnePass program fits my travel needs very nice and the upgrades, service, and President's Club are excellent, again for me and my family!

With non-stop or at the most 1 stop from IAH to almost anywhere in the world, with one of the most modern fleets in the industry, getting more B738's and delivery of the B739ER in 2008, the winglet program ongoing, and the B787 showing up soon CO will continue to keep my business.


Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineCurticool From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5337 times:

my grandfather was a Delta pilot and is retired from Delta  Smile
and now I fill his shoes in Hot-lanta  flamed 

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7961 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

My loyality with KLM is simple, they've always offered me a great product, great service, treated me like a person, all for a reasonable price. Who wouldn't stay loyal to that? They worked hard for my business, so they deserve it.

Also, having dual citizenship, I have two flag carriers (AC and LH), so I am also very partial and loyal to these airlines.

To be honest, I couldn't just choose one of these three.

A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineHoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5312 times:

Singapore Airlines are my chosen Carrier.
Even if it means paying a little extra ill do it, Everything about them is good, perhaps maybe their 747 fleet is a little aged but it wont be to long before the A380 is introduced into service. Being part of the star alliance is also a big factor nowadays, i can go practically anywhere with the Alliance and still accrue mileage points for the SQ.

Sometime in easter 10 .... yet to book :)
User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5312 times:

My loyalty is to my wallet!!! I'll go with whoever's giving me the cheapest fare

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3436 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5309 times:

As I am Norwegian, I travel SAS much and as they are Star Alliance, I have always preffered them. Now that I live in Perth, Australia, my favourite carrier to fly back to Norway is with SQ (TG usually cost more over the net). So, now I am loyal to SQ.

This doesn't mean that I do not travel with overs, I had to try out EK, CX, BA (and such).

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 4):
Personally I am trying to get my dad away from choosing SQ as its service standards have declined

I agree that service has declined quite a lot, but it still beats other airlines by much in my perspective.

Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 3):
I chose the Star Alliance using the TG Royal Orchid Plus Scheme as that gave me the most status, for the longest time.



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineFantasticFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

My loyalty to Delta began years ago as a kid. That was the main airline we flew everytime we traveled...and since we've never had a problem with them they were always our number one choice

User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 659 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5284 times:

Well, it's easy to say that Midwest is the hometown favorite, which is part of it, but my family has always loved them. My mother always says "There's a reason they call it the Best Care in the Air". I never flew that much, so I took her word for it, Then I finally got to fly them (my first time flying them was when I was 2. Obviously, I can't remember), and I totally agreed. And it's pretty fair to say that I'm not the only one who thinks they're extraordinary. Though, I wouldn't go as far as to say the best. I haven't flown on NEAR that many airlines  Wink

User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5256 times:

my loyalties have changed...

growing up overseas it was based on US Flag carriers - usually PA
In the USA it has often been based on strongest carrier ie
MCO - AA, then DL (not so much anymore)
BWI - DL (mostly due to trips to ATL)
NYC - US (only to maintain preferred status)


I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

i like continental mostly because i am from cleveland.

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7906 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5220 times:

Northwest, flown them the most since 1989.

User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5206 times:

I usually fly UA within the US because it has the most flights and best connections from SFO. Internationally I fly either JL (to Asia) or LH to Europe. I like these two airlines because of their service and large networks.

Otherwise I take whatever is most convenient.

User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks ago) and read 5192 times:

For years, DL was my carrier of choice. I loved their service. This was back in the 80's-90's, when they were known for exceptional customer care.

Still, I would have continued with them. But things changed when my partner came into the picture. He hates to fly, and DL didn't service LAX-BOS nonstop, a common city pair for us.

So I switched to United. I have been 1K with them for years now.

17 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2016
User currently offlineLoungeLover From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

Even though I'm German and French, my favourite airline is Qantas.
I loved the kangaroo on their tail since I can remember. Simple, beautiful.

And now my girlfriend is Australian - coincidence??

The first time I flew them confirmed what I dreamed of - cool staff, great interiors and didgeridoo music on the IFE.
And they fly to such a great place on one of the most exciting routes in the world: the kangaroo route!

User currently offlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 768 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5188 times:

Ive been flying Northwest since I was two and have never had any troubles with them so theyve always been my favorite. Well and also they have a HUB in Detroit.


Northwest Airlines. Now your flying smart!
25 FlyKev : I'm loyal to VS as they were my first ever transatlantic carrier, and they really stood out as something amazing. Fine I was young then, but I activel
26 CO7e7 : I'm loyal to CO because: 1) Great Connections. (considering that i live in the CLE area) 2) Exceptional Customer Care. (Both at airports and over the
27 Post contains images Ebs757 : I fly American because it has been in the family for a pretty long time. My moms an F/A, uncles a Captain. Its a great feeling to be part of the famil
28 Bingo : My first job out of high school was working as a Marine Electrician Apprentice in the boatyards of New Gretna, New Jersey. I worked in the nasty sun f
29 Airtrainer : A few years ago I won a trip to the US and the flights were on UA. I had a few Flying Dutchman points at that time but enrolled with Mileage Plus and
30 EWRandMDW : When I was living near Newark, NJ my loyalties ran between UA and PI and later CO. UA had a great schedule to Chicago and west and PI to the south. On
31 HT : This is mainly the result of a selection process in which a number of airlines disqualified through a lacking product. Some others either are no long
32 Post contains images SandroZRH : #1: Because we can, and always could, nonrev on SR and now LX #2: National pride, i guess Simple really
33 DALelite : Delta was introduced to me in 1988. My parents and i flew from TPA-LAX-SFO-TPA for a family reunion. I started to love their service. Plus they've off
34 RetroLivery : From when I was 11 until 17, my family and I flew Delta at least twice a year to ATH from DCA (via JFK) in BusinessElite. My stepfather would fly Delt
35 Fbgdavidson : My loyalty primarily stands with BA, especially when I lived in the UK, those of you who've read my trip reports that probably won't be much of a surp
36 Post contains images ShyFlyer : The airline that gets me from point A to point B safely and for the least amount of $$ gets my business.
37 Post contains images Avianca : my loyality comes from lack of money the airline that have the cheapest price get my business....
38 777ER : For me, it depends on airline service and quality, and NZ takes the award for local flights, USA its UA for the same reasons. I will take both NZ and
39 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Initially almost all the flights I would take were between the UK and Spain, my family had grown sick of flying the various charters and other schedul
40 Post contains images Vatveng : Growing up, my family always flew Piedmont. But that loyalty did not automatically transfer over to US Airways... I flew them for the first time in ab
41 Jafa39 : I fly Air NZ to avoid the food on QF!
42 LAXdude1023 : Its seems like many people will be loyal based on where they live and who offers the most service from their home airport. Living in Los Angeles, its
43 AirCop : When I lived in Crescent City, you had a choice of one airline, United..so United became my primary airline, but in Phoenix we have a choice, so I re
44 767ER : I fly Air NZ and have done so since I was a kid - many years ago. Great airline with superb staff - it has really improved it's 'product' over the las
45 Delta767300ER : Being from Atlanta, my family always flew Delta because it was convenient. I was exposed to Delta at an early age and enjoyed flying them. I prefer De
46 San747 : I look at flying from a spotting and price standpoint- that means for me, if I can fly a widebody during my trip for a decent price, I will attempt to
47 JoeCanuck : I fly Singapore whenever I can. I've had a chance to fly on many domestic and international airlines and, without a doubt, the best goat class flying
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Where Do You Buy Your Airline Tickets? posted Fri Oct 28 2005 01:45:58 by Crox1
Choose Only Two Airliners For Your Airline...... posted Fri Feb 2 2007 17:35:47 by PC12Fan
Retirement AGE At Your Airline? posted Wed Aug 30 2006 20:40:23 by RDYNYC
Non-Rev Fees For Your Airline posted Fri Aug 18 2006 02:29:52 by NWCOflyer
What Would Your Airline Look Like? posted Sun Apr 16 2006 15:24:30 by PHKLM
Which Airline To Paris From Orlando? posted Wed Mar 8 2006 14:18:48 by PacificFlyer
Create Your Airline (limitations) posted Wed Mar 8 2006 00:46:21 by 767-332ER
Best Airline And Route From NY To Europe posted Sun Dec 4 2005 22:06:33 by RICARIZA
Cheapest Airline(s) To Bangkok From US posted Fri Nov 4 2005 03:41:36 by Vulindlela744
All Your Airline History Flight Log posted Sat Sep 24 2005 07:38:51 by AirAmericaC46