TomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 492 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
I would save the 757 for a short haul flight. Both A333 and the 772 are nice rides. I believe the A333 will have AVOD, and I am not sure about AAs 772. I do know that AA has PTV on the 777.
If you dont mind, what is the price difference? You may even be able to take advantage of the low dollar by booking on a US based website (paying in USD). There is so much going into NYC, especially out of London, that a good deal should be easy to find if you are flexible.
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2197 times:
Good Morning Daniel.
Glad to offer some advice, but not at 4am when you posted your thread. We're either out the door to work, or enjoying a cup coffee here in the US now due to time zone. I'll sip on my 2nd cup of coffee and share an opinion or two with you.
In fairness, I woud not rate AA's service as "horrible." There are some really good people that work at AA, and the T7 is a nice plane. Now that said their service can be hit or miss, food is generally OK, no PTV/AVOD or free booze. I always expect or want AA to be or do more, or really surprise me with an unexpected WOW factor ("Something Special in the AAir"), but that rarely happens with any airline nowadays. If you are considering a connection via LHR, did you price BA from CPH-LHR-JFK/EWR? If BA fare is comparable to AA, fly BA. Even in Y the BA service is far superior to many US carriers.
Find out from CO or SK if your flights on CO will accrue into your SK account as CO will join StarAlliance in October. I feel overall that CO offers a slightly better Y product than AA; in seat AVOD, food and personality. No free booze however. The 757 is reasonably comfortable for this length of a flight and you can generally get an aisle seat if you are traveling alone and don't want to crawl over or out of your seatmates. If CO's fare is competitive to all others, fly CO for the service and more convenient flight times.
Although I have not flown on SK, I understand from friends in Norway they like SK over the water only if they can afford Premium Economy. That fare will be even higher so likely your better fare options are going to be other airlines.
Also price DL/KL/AF direct to JFK or via AMS or CDG.
I am sure others will offer fair advice as well as the day goes on. Good Luck with your plans and trip to the US.
So stressed at work today
And Eager to get my first reply :P
Well I thought AA T7 had PTV ?
Hmm, well I was supposed to go to the big apple this summer, and priced up BA, AF and KL.
And they came up with quite good prices, especially on BA.
But next summer, the best i get, are on AA, CO, FI, and AB, NOW FI are out of the question, as I do not find them to be interesting, and you even have to pay for food on long haul! AB 333 I know NOTHING about, so that is why I did not mention them.
I have wondered why BA, AF, KL and LH are not offering good flights this coming summer as they usually do?
I am really starting to get hyped about CO, and if I can get my points by going CO, I will definitely be taking them, SK Premium Economy to EWR is $ 2173, so NOT happening!
DL, did not offer anything worth the while, other than CPH-ATL-EWR, at a fairly high price.
I fly the AA 777's on a regular basis between the ORD/DFW and LHR/NRT/PVG and while I'm always lucky enough to be in business class, thanks to them being work trips, whenever I have stumbled back into coach somewhere across the north Pacific at 2:00am, I have seen PTV's.
To be honest, it's not a very long trip...6-8 hours can pass by quickly, so nothing should go horribly wrong. Nothing a little stroll around the city after landing can't relieve.
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
Hey Daniel -
Bedtime soon for YOU and afternoon for us. As I suspected, you're getting some good advice. I appreciate someone clarifying the AA T7 with PTV. It was not on my ship when I flew MIA-LHR back in January 2005 - I remember it was like the 763 I came back on from CDG. At least you know correctly now - sorry to mislead.
If you are not traveling this year (what remains of summer here in mid-Sept) you'll likely find that prices will show higher this far out. I suspect fares will reduce further out - right now airlines are trying to fill seats for this remaining year - and you may have new or increased service to choose from. I am planning a trip next May but feel it is too early to book and lock in a potentially higher fare this far out. It can always backfire, but tradtionally fares will go down near the end of the year, and in the first couple months of each New Year, and of course we'll all have to wait and see what happens to the worldwide economy. I think airlines will still be pricing competitively for our business in 2010.
It sounds like you have access to a good booking engine/pricing source in addition to the individual airline websites. Just keep checking. You can be very surprised at bargains that pop up unexpectedly. You're also in a great position to get a good deal because you will consider both nonstop and connecting flights.
Good Luck and if you have the opportunity, come visit us in Florida.
SKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 9): Florida, would indeed be nice, but arent the hotels CRAZY expensive there, ahh anyway they can't be more expensive that NY.
NYC is indeed VERY expensive for hotels, but i have taken 7 holidays in Florida over the last 4 years and i have always found them to be the cheapest! (comparing NYC, Vegas, Chicago, Boston, SFO, LAX, US Virgin Islands and San Juan!)
Infact... we always stay at a Holiday Inn in St Petersburg (near Tampa) and usually only pay around £38 per night for the 2 of us!! ( approx $63 or euro 43!!) As an added bonus, the West coast of Florida is a stunning place, very chilled out and relaxed, beautiful beaches, and a superb climate (most of the time!)
Anyway... back to topic! I also agree that you should wait a few months. You can almost guarantee that all the majors will have a sale within the next few months and you will be able to pick up a ticket, if not cheaper that SA)">CO, then at least at the same price. BA seem to be extremely competative these days and their service in Y is superb! Nice aircraft.. very friendly, professional, and SMART looking crew, nice meals, free drinks, AVOD etc etc. We flew back BA from MCO in June and they were excellent... i will never go anywhere near VS again!
Finally... have you thought of flying from Manchester? If price is a major issue then US are usually very cheap... they fly daily MAN-PHL (with connections onto JFK,EWR or LGA!!) on their A-330-300, and as they are in SA you should get your points.