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User currently offlineLesismore From United States of America, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4492 times:

I need to travel to the East Coast again on business, to the NYC and MIA areas, then back to SoCal.

The dates are as follows:

1st flight - Depart Monday morning 4/14 from SoCal (LAX, SNA, or ONT) to NYC (JFK or EWR)
2nd flight - Depart Wednesday morning 4/16 from NYC (JFK or EWR) to MIA (MIA or FLL)
3rd flight - Depart Friday morning 4/18 from MIA (MIA or FLL) to SoCal (needs to be same airport departed originally from)

I would prefer non-stops, but it doesn't have to be.

It looks like AA has the only widebodies (767's - which are one of my faves) in operation on any of these flights, with non-stops, which is nice. Plus I have the most miles FF miles with AA.

CO and DL also flies these route with stops, but they only fly narrowbodies.

What do you think I should go with? Who has the best in-flight experience, along with the nicest/newest planes? Which airline has the nicest airports to arrive in, depart from, or connect through? My last trip to NY I chose AA because I wanted to fly in & out of their new JFK terminal. I have some flexibility to make my schedule and choice of airline as long as the fares are reasonably close to one another. I'm kind of leaning towards AA right now, but if there's a case for CO or DL, I might go with one of them.

Thanks!


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User currently offlinePITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1144 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

You might want to consider B6 out of LGB. Narrowbody (A320), but more than the usual seat pitch, decent IFE if you care about such things, and cheery crews (in my experience at least). LGB is IMHO much less hassle to fly out of than LAX or SNA. (Can't speak to ONT, never tried it.)

If JetBlue doesn't float your boat, then flip a coin. I can't get excited about CO vs DL in general, they are both OK but nothing special. Can't say much about AA, I rarely fly them. Not avoidance, they just seem to not fit my schedule very often.

I haven't looked to see if you can get from FLL/MIA direct back to LGB on B6, but a minute with their route map will clear that up for you.

[Edited 2008-04-03 14:02:41]


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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

Virgin America.
If you can get a first class seat, you will arrive in New York in style. I've taken Virgin America first class on a short hop from San Francisco to Los Angeles and didn't want to get off the plane. Excellent service, very comfortable white leather message chair seat, excellent selection of wines as well as mixed drinks too.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4441 times:



Quoting Lesismore (Thread starter):
It looks like AA has the only widebodies (767's - which are one of my faves) in operation on any of these flights, with non-stops, which is nice. Plus I have the most miles FF miles with AA.

If you do not mind to drive from Riverside to LAX, then you probably already have the perfect option here (unless there are timing / availability / cost-issues) ...

Unless you want to stick with flights out of / into ONT ...

Quoting PITIngres (Reply 1):
LGB is IMHO much less hassle to fly out of than LAX or SNA.

Copy that. LGB is very easy to naviagate and parking is really close to the terminal. The same is true for SNA if the close-in parking structure is not full.

Quoting PITIngres (Reply 1):
(Can't speak to ONT, never tried it.)

I only have flown into ONT but not out of ot, but seeing the the OP is from Riverside, ONT would be an option with less driving involved.
-HT



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4425 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):

If you can get a first class seat, you will arrive in New York in style. I've taken Virgin America first class on a short hop from San Francisco to Los Angeles and didn't want to get off the plane. Excellent service, very comfortable white leather message chair seat, excellent selection of wines as well as mixed drinks too.

Done the exact same leg in VX's F seat... Like you just described- AMAZING. I'd love to take that on a 5-hour LAX-JFK flight, but I can only afford $149 for an F seat, not $599. Big grin



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User currently offlineC8j2h From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4412 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):


Virgin America.
If you can get a first class seat, you will arrive in New York in style. I've taken Virgin America first class on a short hop from San Francisco to Los Angeles and didn't want to get off the plane. Excellent service, very comfortable white leather message chair seat, excellent selection of wines as well as mixed drinks too.

I would also say that VX has the nicest Y product on this route as well.


User currently offlineSAN787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4392 times:

Yes, Virgin America!!


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User currently offlineLesismore From United States of America, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4342 times:

Thanks everyone for your responses. I chose AA to fly out of LAX to JFK, and MIA back to LAX; but DL from JFK to FLL. I would have preferred to fly AA on the entire trip, but it would have been too expensive (maybe if I'd booked sooner, but things at my job are so last minute sometimes). In any case, I was able to get non-stops to all of my destinations, but not able to fly widebodies on all flights. I looked at Virgin America and Jet Blue, but since I haven't flown them yet, and don't have miles with either of them, I chose to stick with the major carriers.

I have a question regarding my flight from JFK to FLL on April 16 departing at 7:00pm. The flight is scheduled to be on a 757. Does anyone know if this will be an ex-Song plane, with the personal IFE TV's? Would be nice if so.



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9029 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4340 times:
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Quoting Lesismore (Thread starter):
I would prefer non-stops, but it doesn't have to be.

If you want to be on a great airplane, then fly up to YVR and take the AC B777-200LR to YYZ and then continue Big grin
Departing YVR 9:10am and arriving YYZ 4:30pm IIRC

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User currently offlineLesismore From United States of America, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

Update...the flight from JFK to FLL was on a former SONG aircraft, with the PTV's. Although I was stuck in a middle seat, having that IFE made the flight enjoyable and go by a little too quickly. Was able to catch up on some TV shows, and a movie. 2nd time on a former SONG plane, would be cool if DL can have that IFE on more of there planes. I would definitely fly them more often is s


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