TWA757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 175 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
I will likely be traveling PHL-PDX in mid-late December. I will most likely be buying a one-way F class ticket. I've done a fair amount of searching, and I've found a number of options for around $600, including:
US through LAS (they don't run the nonstop on Saturdays, which is the day I'll likely be traveling) (752 and 733)
DL through SLC (757 and 757 or MD-90)
UA through ORD (A319 or 733/735 and 757)
What would you suggest, of these three and are there any other options (for similar or cheaper price) that I've overlooked? Even if the US nonstop was available to me, I think I'd avoid the late-evening Eastern time departure/late-night Pacific time arrival. I don't mind taking an early-morning flight. Also, I love 757s and always try to book them! I'd been thinking about avoiding ORD in December even though I'd like to try UA...
What are your suggestions?
Which airline has the best F product for this price? (I know I'm only getting a bigger seat, maybe a little free food, etc., but I feel it'll be worth it for a transcon, especially given that the price differences between F and Y on this route at this time aren't that large.
What's the best airport to connect in? I've been to ORD (only the AA concourses), but not to SLC or LAS.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8774 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
I'd avoid US' First Class at all costs - vastly inferior to Delta and United's offerings, especially on this long of a route. Delta's first class has improved by putting glassware in first class, food isn't that bad (just had another grilled chicken breast on a DL First Transcon on Monday). United might be the best bet for true in-flight First Class service though - you'll get options for your meal, and I've heard good things about the UA First product compared to US/DL/NW/CO. The only drawback, as you mentioned, is ORD. If you can route via SFO or LAX, that might be a good thing to do.
Thanks for the help! I mostly fly AA and US, and it's been ages since I flew Delta (the last memory I have of them is flying on the Shuttle and sliding down the leather seats because I was so small!). What can you tell me about the state of Delta's 757s? Are there PTVs in F? Is there ever a vegetarian meal option during mealtime?
SlcDeltaRUmd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2483 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
I would recommend DL thru SLC. You will get to experience an MD-90 which is a great and less common aircraft. You will get pretty good service on PHL-SLC either breaksfast or dinner depending on when you are going and some great views of the beautiful mountains landing and taking off out of SLC.
I agree i would avoid the US F product at all costs, its not good. UA offers a good F product but connecting in ORD you are always running the risk of delays and missing connections etc
dont quote me on this one but alot of Dls 757 are getting the personal tvs on board which makes for a great experience with on demand games, hbo, movies and updated cabins. not sure if phl is one of the slc flights that has the upgrade yet but if either flight is then i think its a no brainer
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
I heard that the service in US-first recently improved - at least the website lists meal options in first that are actually choices other than bowtie pasta. However I don't know what routes they run on, and at any rate DL and UA are still going to be better.
Since the US non-stop isn't running, here are your one-stop options that offer first class service:
AA via ORD or DFW
US via LAS or PHX
CO via IAH
DL via ATL, CVG, or SLC
NW via MSP or DTW
UA via ORD, DEN, LAX, or SFO
From everything I've gathered, just in terms of on-board service and in terms of airport quality, I'd take them in this order:
1. CO (IAH)
2. AA (DFW)
3. AA (ORD)
4. UA (DEN)
5. UA (SFO)
6. UA (ORD)
7. UA (LAX)
8. DL (CVG)
9. DL (SLC)
10. DL (ATL)
11. NW (DTW)
12. NW (MSP)
13. US (PHX)
14. US (LAS)
However, some of these connection airports are more or less out of the way. IAH is rather out of the way on this route. Also, these won't cost the same so some may be much more expensive than others. At any rate, of the airlines you mentioned, I'd say that UA via ORD is the best of those options.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 hours ago) and read 1821 times:
All the United.com website says is:
"United FirstSM and United BusinessSM
On our longer flights in traditional meal times, our premium cabin customers will be treated to chilled salads; perhaps topped with warmed spicy shrimp or thin slices of the chef’s steakhouse seasoned tenderloin of beef. A choice of entrees follows and you’ll want to save room for dessert – a slice of Eli’s famous cheesecake? This is the time to indulge so sit back, relax and enjoy."
It wasn't more specific than this unfortunately. Usually, however, with a choice of entrees there will probably be a vegetarian, but not necessarily vegan, option (typically pasta).
Apparently, however, you can request a lacto-ovo vegetarian or a vegan option 24 hours in advance. This is probably something to call Reservations about as they will have better details, as the website is vague. The number is 1-800-UNITED-1.