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AA, CO, SK Or?  
User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3841 times:

Hey people,

Kinda new on these boards,

So bare over with me,

Im thinking of flying to NY this summer,

If it is NON stop or with a stop-over is not relevant.

The cheapest fares are,

AA via LHR on the 777 - Never tried AA

Or

CO direct from CPH on the 757-200 Never tried CO or the 757-200

Of course there is my home carrier SK on the 330-300

but they are not the cheapest by far !

My question is, which would you recommend?

I have never flown on AA but I have flown the 777 a few times, and I hear that AA's in flight service is horrible?

I hear only good about CO, but I am reluctant to fly a narrow-body across the pond, doesn't i seem to cramped, after a couple of hours ?


How is the IFE on the AA 777 and the CO 757-200?

The only thing that might make me pay more to fly SK, is the points I will be getting, plus I have never flown the 333

Thanks in advance,

And I apologize for any inconvenience

GrinddalCPH -

[Edited 2009-09-15 12:32:18]


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User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

WOW, Really

NO help at all?



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User currently offlineTomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 523 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3824 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.

Tom



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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3818 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.
Thomas



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3813 times:



Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):
no PTV/AVOD

AA 777-200 aircraft DO have personal TV's, just not AVOD. Make sure to bring your own headphones if you use AA, or they charge you, I think.


User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3804 times:



Quoting TomFoolery (Reply 2):

Hi Tom,

Well With SK, who are the most expensive of the lot, the price is aprox $ 928

on CO aprox $ 592

and the cheapest fare is to be found on AA out of LHR or BRU but BRU is out of the question as I know that AA 767 is without PTV

on AA aprox $ 513

I do not know if I will feel any difference booking thru an American hp, as Denmark has not yet introduced the %u20AC, we are still using our Kroner, and therefore still 4 Kroner to the $.

I usually try to book thru www.momondo.com a danish booking homepage, which has been voted best for finding cheapest air fares by CNN!

But, still try to scramble thru everything else,
Generally I find the prices to be more expensive next summer, than them this summer!

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):

HAHA, so sorry mate,

totally forgot the time dif..

So stressed at work today  Smile
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 thank you for your nice answer,

And hope to find what I seek  Smile


Daniel.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 4):

That is what I thought?



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3795 times:



Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 5):
That is what I thought?

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.


User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3788 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.
Thomas



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User currently offline44k From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3782 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 4):
Make sure to bring your own headphones if you use AA, or they charge you, I think.

Incorrect, hadphones are FREE on AA international flights. Take AA IMO, best bang for the buck.

Have a good trip!


User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3743 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 6):

Wow, You are lucky..

Well, not business for me, Y is ok  Smile I don't even fly business when I go on business trips.
But im only a junior soo. Guess thats why!

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 7):

WoW, cheers man,

So nice to know all this,
Well, momondo.com can be used everywhere, so maybe you should give it a go  Smile

HAHA, Florida, would indeed be nice, but arent the hotels CRAZY expensive there, ahh anyway they can't be more expensive that NY.

Quoting 44k (Reply 8):

I Will consider this indeed  Smile



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User currently offlineSKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3714 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.

David


User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3642 times:



Quoting SKORD (Reply 10):

Hi Mate,

I will indeed give BA a chance if they offer me a good deal  Smile

I have always liked BA, but never flew Long Haul with them!

And We will indeed consider Tampa  Smile

US, I have only ever heard bad things about them!!!
I do not mind MAN, but I am uncertain about the US product !

Just one more question? Why not VS? Always thought they were good ?



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User currently offlineSKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3621 times:



Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 11):
Why not VS? Always thought they were good ?

Their flights out of LHR are ok, but the LGW/MAN fleet is in desperate need of a refurb and the on-board product has depreciated greatly over the last couple of years.

Quoting GrinddalCPH (Reply 11):
US, I have only ever heard bad things about them!!!

Domestic service may be a bit poor, but i think their transatlantic service, especially on the A-330 is on a par with UA, AA etc and you do have individual PTV's on every seat.


User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3618 times:



Quoting SKORD (Reply 12):

Awesome mate,

Many thanks  Smile

Ill Look into it,

Probably bee around May, as Me and my Girlfriend are going to Thailand in July!  Smile



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