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NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options  
User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5497 times:

So I'm about to book a ticket NYC-SFO and can't decide what I want to do. Like many others I thought I'd gather the opinions of some a.nutters. My choices:

Non-stop on Virgin America (A-319)
Non-stop on AA (767-200)
Non-stop on UA (757 ps)
Non-stop on DL (737-800)

One or more stops on a bunch of carriers (including the opportunity to do some domestic 777 or 767-300 flying).

I am a US Dividend Preferred member so I generally try to keep to *A. I have a full day to get there and another full day to return to the number of flights, etc does not matter (in fact I sometimes plan extra connections to vary aircraft types when time is a non-issue).

My biggest thing when flying coast to coast is having the space to get some work done (with my favorite being high chances of empty seat next to me).

So what's the collective wisdom here?


I want to live in an old and converted 727...
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User currently offlineAAce24 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 849 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5475 times:

Will this be in F?

If it's not, I'd probably just go with UA because of Economy Plus. That is, if you value the extra room like you said.

If it's in F, I'd go with AA or DL.


User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5472 times:

Good point AAce.

Since this is business travel I am required, by policy, to fly in Y. And the majority of carriers have flights within a few dollars of each other ($269-304 return all in).

I'm leaning toward the UA for the Star benefits and the E+, but the curious in me says fly VX (plus if what I've been reading about load factors is spot on I should have a decent chance of an empty middle seat - esp since I am flying outbound on a Tuesday).

Other thoughts or opinions?



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3105 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5452 times:

I'd go with UA. You're guaranteed extra room regardless of the loads. Plus you'll stick within Star Alliance. Even times when I book an "empty" flight and pick a seat in an empty row, I inevitably end up next to somebody anyhow.

User currently offlinePlatinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5426 times:

Yup I would have to say UA, more legroom and u also get an electrical plug for your computer.


Never forget United 93
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19802 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5412 times:



Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 2):
but the curious in me says fly VX (plus if what I've been reading about load factors is spot on I should have a decent chance of an empty middle seat - esp since I am flying outbound on a Tuesday).

HIGHLY recommend VX. I *HIGHLY* recommend their Y product.

Outstanding on-board experience. Hands-down.


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15749 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5410 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
HIGHLY recommend VX. I *HIGHLY* recommend their Y product.

Outstanding on-board experience. Hands-down.

I concur. I was very pleased with my experience on VX. Don't forget that you can get exit or bulkhead rows with extra legroom for a few more bucks.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19802 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5365 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):

I concur. I was very pleased with my experience on VX. Don't forget that you can get exit or bulkhead rows with extra legroom for a few more bucks.

It's more than a few more bucks.


User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

The difference right now for main cabin select is $365 e/w + taxes - compare that to $269 r/t all in and that's quite a difference.

I'll give you that food is also included - but hardly worth the difference. I can get about the same amount of space on UA for no premium in fare, and I don't care about the IFE since I will be using the time to 1) do work or 2) continue writing my dissertation (how exciting, right).



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

Fly Delta  Smile

PTVs and DL's great FAs.



Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlinePetteri From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5262 times:

F9 is an option with a connection at DEN, with a LGA being your exit point. B6 also has a non-stop with the EML seats costing $30 extra. Just a couple more options if you haven't booked yet. Let us know how you decided, a trip report would be a bonus!


The above comments are my personal comments and in no way should be viewed as the views,policy or statements of JetBlue
User currently offlineAtlanta From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5260 times:



Quoting Planeguy727 (Thread starter):
Non-stop on DL (737-800)

DL All the way! I would try it, the 738's are very comfortable and have PTV's as previously stated.

Atlanta



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User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1635 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

UA PS! Since you are Star elite, for 15,000 miles you can upgrade to Business from pretty much any Economy fare bracket (same amount of miles regardless). Have a friend who's going on leave next week, she got round trip for her friend JFK-LAX-JFK for $269 then used miles to upgrade to Business. Row 10 in PS J also has two FULL exit rows (over wing) worth of legroom on the B757. I also personally like the UA PS J service...I find it quite cozy. I haven't flown it in about 6 months though.


Keep Discovering
User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5103 times:

Recently flew JFK-LAS r/t on Virgin America and they where great ! To upgrade to their Main Cabin Select is actually $100 ow if you do it at the gate if is still available. They have a great product, I was very impressed.

LGA777


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5068 times:

I would go on the flight you would think would be the lightest in pax that day.
safe



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