Yellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4672 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.
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.
AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7448 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4658 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.
Ag92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4650 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
NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4899 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4638 times:
My mom worked at NW, so we had travel benefits, letting us fly for free. Can't beat free! 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!
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
United767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4635 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.
ERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4629 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.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4602 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.
WORK HARD FLY RIGHT
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7711 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4576 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.
Hoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4552 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.
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4549 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.
MidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 655 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4524 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
Planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4496 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
TLH - DL
MCO - AA, then DL (not so much anymore)
PBI - DL
BWI - DL (mostly due to trips to ATL)
SYR - US
NYC - US (only to maintain preferred status)
LDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4446 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.
LoungeLover From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4428 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!