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Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?  
User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6443 times:

Hello,
I have the option of a US$2,500 round trip business class from MIA to MAD either in CO or US.

US trip:
MIA - PHL - MAD - PHL - MIA

CO trip:
MIA - EWR - MAD - EWR - MIA


Which one would you recomend? My only trip on US was an America West to Phoenix, uneventul but good and I have never used CO before. I use AV & AA must of the time but this time neither gave me a good business class price to MAD (around $4,500).

What do you think?


I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6439 times:

I would go CO.

The BusinessFirst seats on the 762 (not sure about the 757 which also flies the route) are a step above the old Envoy seats on the US 333...but above that, the service on CO is far and away better.


User currently offlineMeta From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6424 times:

This is a very simple choice. Continental will give you good seats, food, and service.

User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6412 times:



Quoting Meta (Reply 2):
This is a very simple choice

I completely agree. Go with Continental. Excellent food, service, and in flight experience in general.

I would also suggest you sign up for Onepass. The miles are good for 3 yrs (though they don't enforce this I'm told), and the number of miles is pretty generous. Further, with their rather large selection of retail on line partners, you can keep earning miles for another flight.

Sides, you may find you like flying CO and will need the Onepass number anway!

While in Newark, definately go to the President's Club -- great views of the terminal.

Dave



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6408 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 1):
The BusinessFirst seats on the 762 (not sure about the 757 which also flies the route) are a step

I believe they are the same BF seats across the entire fleet.

I use CO for about 70% of my flying and they haven't let me down yet.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8906 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6383 times:

CO without a doubt. US' Envoy in general is one of the worst international premium cabins of the domestic US airlines. Several of the folks on FlyerTalk have stopped flying US due to how much Envoy has fallen in the past 5 years or so.

User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

I just got off a Continental flight today. I received the usual good, consistent service! I would go with Continental over US Airways anyday.


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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

Thank you for your advices... unfortunately to me, the price with CO got to US$3,840 when trying to book it, the previous price when checking it throughly, gave me BIZ class MIA-EWR and then coach EWR-MAD, so I had to purchase US for US$ 2,678.. I promise a good TR with pictures and objective opinions when I get back from Madrid..

Again, thank you for your answers!!



I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6357 times:

I would go US because when flying envoy and passing via PHL, you get to go to the Envoy lounge. US is consistenly upgrading the envoy on thier planes; its just luck if you ask me if you get a crappy Envoy  Sad. I'll be taking my 25th flight on US and they have never let me down.


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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6346 times:



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 8):
I would go US because when flying envoy and passing via PHL, you get to go to the Envoy lounge. US is consistenly upgrading the envoy on thier planes; its just luck if you ask me if you get a crappy Envoy  . I'll be taking my 25th flight on US and they have never let me down.

Well, that was nice to read after everybody choosing CO.. I hope I have a pleasant flight..
Thanks!



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User currently offlineIliriBDL From Germany, joined May 2007, 1205 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6344 times:

Glad you chose US and remember to take lots of pics.  Smile


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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6318 times:



Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 10):
Glad you chose US and remember to take lots of pics.

You can bet on it..
Thanks



I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6309 times:



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 9):
Well, that was nice to read after everybody choosing CO.. I hope I have a pleasant flight..
Thanks!

I'll agree with the comments about the Envoy lounge in PHL. One of the best lounges I've ever been in. But I also agree with the others that CO is the better choice for the actual flights.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6291 times:


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Continental's Business First.


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US' business class.

Too bad you can't do one one-way and the other on the return...



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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6274 times:

Thanks for the images.... yeah I know.... I wish I could do each leg on a different carrier...


I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6231 times:



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 12):
Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 9):
Well, that was nice to read after everybody choosing CO.. I hope I have a pleasant flight..
Thanks!

I'll agree with the comments about the Envoy lounge in PHL. One of the best lounges I've ever been in. But I also agree with the others that CO is the better choice for the actual flights.

Hehe!! US Airways  Smile Thanks for flying US!
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Some gifts from Airbus to US Airways displayed in the lobby!


 Smile

By the way, I'm really surprised, like really surprised! ORFflyer?!? I'm guessing your in the Hampton Roads area?!? Let's meet up!

(woohooo....the 3rd A.netter I met in my area  Smile)



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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6206 times:



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 15):
By the way, I'm really surprised, like really surprised! ORFflyer?!?

Why? Except for the Envoy lounge, CO is a MUCH better airline IMO. Flew their Business Class last month.

ORF/EWR/NRT/GUM/NRT/EWR/ORF

Same trip we took JAL Business Class NRT/SIN/NRT. CO beat them too if you ask me. I was a little surprised, as I was expecting a little better from JAL.


User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6191 times:



Quoting Bok269 (Reply 4):
I believe they are the same BF seats across the entire fleet.

No. The 772 seats are 170 degree "flat". The 76x and 752 seats are old-style recliners. My memory of BF in the 777 includes sliding down the seat and being really uncomfortable when the cabin temp went up; the lack of any gaspers was annoying. The food service was good though.

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 16):
CO is a MUCH better airline IMO.

In my [limited] experience as a former US elite, now CO elite (both lowly silver), this is true. The only problem is that CO tends to be fairly pricey in comparison to US.

Oddly enough CO seems to have better FF ticket availability than US did (both as elite).


Quoting Davescj (Reply 3):
Further, with their rather large selection of retail on line partners, you can keep earning miles for another flight.

Without judicious use that's a great path towards losing money. Unless you'd already be buying something from one of the partners and can get miles for it, you're generally better off shopping for the best price. The money you save will generally get you towards a "free" ticket faster than FF miles. Unless the miles cost you $0.01 or less, they're not worth it.

I once earned >40,000 OnePass miles from a single online partner purchase (guess what that was). The thing is I decided what and where to buy before I noticed the promotion. On the other hand, had I not been in a rush, I might have been able to find some discount code for the purchase that would have saved me more than $400 (usually the discounts can't be applied to FF mile-earning purchases).


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6169 times:



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 16):
Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 15):
By the way, I'm really surprised, like really surprised! ORFflyer?!?

Why? Except for the Envoy lounge, CO is a MUCH better airline IMO. Flew their Business Class last month

LOL: I meant that you're in my area. My home airports are ORF and PHF  Smile



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6162 times:



Quoting Analog (Reply 17):
No. The 772 seats are 170 degree "flat". The 76x and 752 seats are old-style recliners. My memory of BF in the 777 includes sliding down the seat and being really uncomfortable when the cabin temp went up; the lack of any gaspers was annoying. The food service was good though.

I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.



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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6148 times:



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 18):
LOL: I meant that you're in my area. My home airports are ORF and PHF

 checkmark  My bad....  Wink


User currently offlineCO777ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6131 times:

I flew from IAH-EWR-MAD-EWR-IAH last summer. The flight was on the 764 both ways. The only annoying thing I encountered was on the EWR-MAD leg, it seemed like it took the crew 3 hours to turn off the lights. The flight was a measly 6 hours, so that ment I got about an hours worth of sleep. The meals in Y were great.

Here's my TR
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...167&s=iah-ewr-mad-ewr-iah#ID106167


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2834 posts, RR: 45
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6058 times:



Quoting Meta (Reply 2):
This is a very simple choice. Continental will give you good seats, food, and service.

 checkmark  Exactly.

Quoting Analog (Reply 17):
The only problem is that CO tends to be fairly pricey in comparison to US.

And they are worth the differential. Sometimes you actually do get what you pay for!  Smile


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5675 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6041 times:

I've flown on US Envoy a few times between PHL and MAN/GLA/LGW on the 752 and 762, as well as CO coach between EWR and BRS.

Continental's plane was much cleaner looking and was more comfortable in coach than US Envoy, mostly because CO's airplanes are newer.

However, the service on both was outstanding.... especially considering I was a non-rev every time.



"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

Well, my trip on US starts on sunday MIA-PHL... as soon as I can I will post the TR!!


I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
25 RICARIZA : Expect my TR soon, I am currently in Madrid and the flight in US was amazing... one of the best J class experiences I've had so far... I am in love wi
26 StarAlliance38 : See...I know you like it You're welcome Thanks for flying US [goes on persuading people to fly US......]
27 WesternA318 : Ricariza, you couldnt have picked two better airlines for your trip. I love both airlines, and while CO gets 80-90% of my $$$ US gets the rest. I'm l
28 IliriBDL : Glad you enjoyed the trip with the 330. Looking forward to reading your TR. (hopefully you took lots of pics)
29 RICARIZA : Lots and lots!! hehe
30 Post contains links RICARIZA : My TR: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/127253/
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