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UA P.S. In Business Or AA In First Class? LAX-JFK  
User currently offlineSlcDeltaRUmd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3416 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7519 times:

I have a one way trip coming up soon and im trying to figure out which is a better use of my miles. These are the only two options as i want to use miles and it has to be one way. So no Virgin America recommendations please.

LAX-JFK American First class 767-200 and United P.S. Business are available on the day I'm looking for. Which is better? Which has a better seat? Meal service? Is Uniteds interior alot nicer than AAs? Last i heard AAs First Class product on the route was a little tired and needs a redo but i would love to hear from you.

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25077 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7475 times:

As someone that makes the LAX-JFK commute regularly let me put my two cents in.

The AA F class product is indeed kinda oldish, but they did recently(year or 2 ago) however refit the aircraft with previously retired and stored 767-300 F seats(when those planes were 3-class way back when). Still not lie flat, just kinda a big wide seat with good pitch(62in). AA has also tried to make the cabins look a bit fresher with refurb side walls, overhead bins etc.

For UA business they feature a good seat with decent recline and good pitch(55in). If you pick row-9, the exit row you could install a bed there with all the open space in front of you.

For meals it kinda depends on the time of day. Personally I am quite tired of breakfast flights as meals tend to be choices of high cholesterol things like omelets or pancakes and what is kinda a skimpy fruit and cereal plate. For lunch and dinner you certainly get a bit more variety. The AA F might have an additional starter like a soup for instance that UA C class wont.

Entertainment on both airlines is via either the screen on the wall or personal digi players Also both airlines offer Go-Go wireless. Comfort wise both feature oversized pillow and duvet covers.

Crew wise I tend to see the same ones on UA, and maybe a bit more consistent service since the flights are flown almost exclusively by JFK crews, while at AA it seems the flights are bid on by anyone.

At the end of the day, the choice are a bit even since you are not comparing like classes. Now if you could get p.s. F class then I'd say that United is the best choice especially with having the SQ spacebed.
So my final thought would be then to pick the flight times that work best for you, or maybe consider which ever airline offers an award for the least miles involved which would make it the best value for basically likewise experience.



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineSlcDeltaRUmd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7413 times:

Ok thanks for the reviews i will take that into consideration looks like they are pretty similar so ill probably decide on times. Just wondering will a First class ticket with miles on LAX-JFK get me any lounge access? I know that P.S. business wont.

Does AA get alot of non-revs into first on the route just wondering? Theres a trip review on here from a non-rev and i was surprised as i guessed this would be a hard route to get into First Class as a non-rev. Just wondering if that was a fluke or pretty common. Dosn't effect me either way i wish i could non-rev though!

[Edited 2010-10-25 22:37:38]

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25077 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7404 times:

For United p.s. C and F customers do get lounge access. I don't believe its any different just because its an award.

See website
http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6867,1129,00.html
Access to United First International LoungeSM and United Red Carpet Club®

For non-rev's on AA, yes I see them in F class. AA does not offer the free EXP and sticker upgrade to F class normally on 3-class aircraft so yes it can end up being what non-revs get.

Enjoy the trip!



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
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