JerseyGuy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2178 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
Looking for my parents on there trip to rome on a cruise. Will be there from Oct 6th to October 22nd. They want a non-stop and USAirways has one for $781RT All in. Is this a good fare? Should I tell them to wait or buy now? I can also do CO EWR-FCO. Also what about USAirways economy service vs CO? CO is on a 767 and US is a A330.
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PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2271 times:
October is still a strong month for travel to Italy - the weather is very pleasant - so I suspect fares will hold strong. The fares in effect now for these dates in October are very good; fares to Europe range upward to $1000 for some September travel dates. I recommend buying now. Both carriers offer the "lower fare" guarantee if you find it later on.
CO from EWR prices at $871 Y and US from PHL is $782. Is CO service worth the extra $89 per ticket price? It appears you are conveniently located to either EWR or PHL. Either city/airport have an advantage for travel time from home, parking options etc? Involved with a particular frequent flyer program?
I would suspect public opinion on this forum would recommend CO. Schedules are comparable - US offers a later morning departure from FCO that is more convenient - and both aircraft are comparable. CO offers a decent meal with alcohol for purchase and in-seat entertainment. We can debate all day about Y food but if the entertainment feature is really important, I feel CO would have the better service. Service on the US A330 is acceptable for the most part, but overall travel experience can be hit or miss.
I hope your parents are at least staying in Rome overnight coming and going to/from the ship. That $178 savings can go towards that hotel expense, a shore excursion off the ship or a cocktail each night at dinner. It also can be viewed as pennies when you consider the cost of a trip or cruise to Europe to start with.
I probably haven't helped you specifically make a decision. You know your parents likes and dislikes so regardless make a decision that overall helps them have a great trip from start to finish. I hope CO or US does not disappoint - you or them.
JKJ777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
Go with the CO option. I am sure the 764 on CO is way better than the 762 or A33% of US. Plus, the service on CO is awesome. As a DL elite, I really miss having CO on my team.....Otherwise, I agree, the price is good and worth booking at this point. If you are worried the price may drop a lot, then you can buy insurance. If you see the price drop dramatically, you can cancel the ticket at no further cost and then book the new fare.