Some argue they they would never pay a dime to upgrade ("Save the money and buy a good meal at your destination).
Others would mortgage their homes before flying in coach on a long flight.
Some go out of their way to earn miles.
Some go out of their way to fly specific aircraft (or to avoid specific aircraft).
Some will only fly if it earns elite miles.
SirThomas From UK - England, joined Jul 2009, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4905 times:
Well, for me it's mainly in this order:
2. Class & Comfort (Generally like to spend a few pennies more to enjoy a comfy seat)
3. Route - I normally want a non stop flight, but if there's a plane I haven't been on or a place I could spend a few hours in, I'll happily do so.
Apart from that I really couldn't care less as long as I get there, however I have a phobia of LCC's... The little irritating little things like having to buy drinks, go to crappy terminals and generally shoddy service put me off I wont lie!
Flown On: A319/A320/A321/A332/A333/AT45/734/736/738/744/DH8D/T204/T154/IL62/T134/IL-18/An-24
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3031 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4886 times:
1. Departure airport. If I can fly out of my local airport and save 2+ hours getting to a London airport, I'll pay more (£100 more is my "think about it" threshold)
3. Route - I like new routes, interesting connecting cities where I'll hopefully have a few hours to visit the city itself.
4. FF points. I'm a (low) member on the 3 main alliances, so as long as I get points on one I'm happy. I'd still prefer the cash in fare saving, or interesting route though!
FRAIAD From Germany, joined Feb 2011, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4839 times:
1. Price (I'm a student, what should I do ) and *Alliance loyalty (miles). I'm willing to pay more for a flight that gets me miles but if the price difference is too big I go for the cheaper one.
2. Schedule/overall travel time
3. Equipment (can have a much bigger influence if it's something really special)
exFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4776 times:
It's hard for me to rank my selection criteria, since they're interconnected - for example, "price" includes transportation to and from the airport, and that brings schedule into play since at some times of day, getting to JFK is more expensive and difficult than EWR, while at others it's pretty much a wash. Since I don't have a car and don't have any friends with cars, even the amount of luggage bears on the "total price", since if I can't go by public transportation a car service to EWR is much cheaper than JFK or LGA (I live in Jersey City).
So I'd say it roughly goes like this:
(1) All-in price, including travel to/from the airport and baggage fees if applicable
(2) Schedule (after its effect on price), especially as it affects travel on the far end of the trip and travel time (if price isn't in play) to and from the airport...this means EWR first, then JFK, then LGA, unless a car service is involved, then reverse LGA and JFK.
(3) FF program consideration - who do I need miles on to get to an award? Am I near earning status on someone?
(4) Equpment, part 1 - do I get to experience a new plane type? If so, that's a tiebreaker.
(5) Airline - usually this is decided by #3, but if that doesn't make the decision clear, who offers the best comfort and amenities, like IFE, snacks, etc. (This one tends to favour JetBlue.) There's also a "bias" here in that I really don't like Southwest, unless it's a very short flight (say, LAS-SAN or LAS-LAX), and have no actual desire to ever experience Spirit.
(6) Connecting airport, if applicable - avoid ATL at the height of the thunderstorm season, ORD, DTW, MSP in winter, MIA anytime, etc.
(7) Equipment, part 2 - avoidance, I don't like CRJ-200s, and if I have a larger carry-on will avoid MadDogs (I like MD-80s, but if I have to skip one to miss a gate check, so be it)
Now all that's for domestic or Western European travel, if I was traveling in more exotic (well, to me) parts of the world getting to add new airlines to my list would be higher up the list, and I'd even pay (somewhat) more to add airplane types I might never get a chance to experience again...Russian or Chinese types, DC-10 (Biman?) or MD-11, etc.
PITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1178 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4738 times:
Schedule, price, and routing are my primary criteria. Schedule and price are interconnected and I can't really say that one is more important than the other. Routing is less important than schedule / price, except that there are some routings that I won't fly.
After looking at schedule, price, routing, if there are alternatives that are within maybe $25 or so of one another, I'll look at airline and aircraft type.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2701 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
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1. Price - but only to a certain extent. I won't just go for the cheapest, if it means I can pay a little more to get the airline/aircraft I want, I'd do it without hesitation. It's only when there's a significant (more than 10%) difference in price that I would consider choosing the cheaper option. I'd also avoid LCCs unless there's no other reasonable choice.
4. Schedule - I can work around the airline's schedule to get the plane I want.
5. On board comfort
The following don't factor into the equation at all:
Mile earnings - I'm not a member of any frequent flier program
Potential upgrades - probably no chance of that happening to me as I'm not in any airline loyalty programs
IFE - window would do me fine
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4581 times:
If I intend to fly from A to B I am not considering to fly from C or to D instead (unless official alternatives and still convenient to reach).
Having stated that, my main priority is "Timings / Schedule".
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
JetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4579 times:
For international flights:
1) Equipment/Whether A/C has IFE or not
2) Airline reputation (service, meals, etc) (I usually go with 5* or 4*)
4) Star Alliance
5) Departing from JFK
7) Never AA (Mom's Rules. She hates AA with a passion. But I might fly with AA this November just to try it out)
1) Airline reputation
3) Star Alliance or Delta
4) Departing JFK or LGA, never EWR
5) HAS to be a morning flight
6) Never AA
and the more connections = the better. Unless it's a longhaul flight where all I want is to get to my final destination ASAP.
FlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4564 times:
Price is the ultimate factor, but I usually stick with DL as long as they're pretty comparable to everyone else (especially since I'm Medallion and save on checked-bag fees). After that, it varies from trip to trip. Sometimes schedule is more important so I have to base my itinerary off of that. For example, I'm flying home over Easter weekend. I needed a Thursday evening flight out and a Sunday evening flight back. No getting around it. If my schedule isn't a factor, then I base it off of equipment type. I'll avoid 50 seat CRJs if at all possible, but will go out of my way to fly domestic widebodies or to get mainline over regional jets. Last summer when I flew up to Detroit to visit my girlfriend, I took an early morning flight and then waited around DTW for a few hours while she was at work just so I could get the 777-200 on ATL-DTW. Connecting hub and the time of year plays a factor as well. I'll connect in ATL over DTW in the winter time, but vise-versa in the summer time, and if I have a chance to connect in a new airport, I'll often take advantage of that opportunity as well, as long as the schedule or price difference isn't an issue. If I can fly a new airline, I may do that (two years ago, B6 and DL were the same price on an MCO-LGA ticket, so I gave JetBlue a try - great experience). All that said, IFE is basically a non-factor for me. The window is all I need.
Coal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2158 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4549 times:
1. Alliance (Star Alliance or SkyTeam... I try to avoid oneworld at all costs)
2. Departure / arrival time
4. Airport (I try to fly out of SHA instead of PVG, as SHA is much closer, but PVG is really the only choice for int'l travel)
5. Equipment (I generally don't care, but I avoid regional jets at all costs - luckily not much of that in Asia, since it's mostly widebodies here)