Rscaife1682 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 331 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3594 times:
I am a very loyal UA customer right now. I like to use them due to leaving out of SCE a lot and the service is good, and I love econ plus. I read a lot of posts here and from what I am hearing other carriers might have a better product. After moving I figured looking around now would be the best idea right now I live 3 mins from BWI (IAD is also an option) I am looking at these carriers
United (who I am with right now)
I fly to London abour 15 times a years would prefer connections in the states before going transatlantic, but for good service will connect in europe after transatlantic crossing. Also like econ plus cabin and prices maxed at $1500 for transatlantic crossing ( I only go business when company is paying )
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3469 times:
One must also consider the rest of the journey as well (besides the service). For example, I assume you are connecting at IAD - in your experiences, how has that been? If it has been unpleasant, would it be worth transferring through another airport?
Keep in mind for an American, transferring in Europe means going through customs/immigration TWICE - not unpleasant, but still a hassle. A direct or non-stop flight to your destination country is much preferable if possible!!
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Bicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3438 times:
Does UAX even fly BWI-IAD? If they do, I'd stick with United/Star Alliance. Driving the bumper to bumper traffic all the way from Baltimore to Dulles is not an option in my mind. Great options on UA from IAD. The IAD hub is growing with new flights to Russia and Dubai. Yes, the gates at IAD suck, but if you're a Red Carpet member, then you don't notice the deficiencies. And, if you have to fly to US Airways destinations/strengths, then the BWI to PHL options are numerous. Star Alliance will serve you better at BWI. So it's UA, LH and AC for me.....
Davescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2290 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3389 times:
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3): Keep in mind for an American, transferring in Europe means going through customs/immigration TWICE - not unpleasant, but still a hassle. A direct or non-stop flight to your destination country is much preferable if possible!!
While non stop is preferable, change of planes in Europe does not automatically mean double Customs.
Ex, I fly ORD -- FCO on BA, via LHR, I go through Customs and Immigration only in FCO, not LHR. Same when I've flown IAH -- FCO via CDG.
BA is good, but only in you're in J/F all the time as far as perks go.
If you're going to stay in the states, I'd keep UA membership, but fly *A, probably LH.
BMI is fairly generous in their tier levels, so that is something else to consider.
Webflyer gives a good break down on the variety of FF programs.
If you're going to change alliances completely, remember DL has great reach, but you'll have to change planes at least once in CVG, ATL, or JFK to get anywhere.