Valkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5179 times:
As a European supporter of the NFL and NHL teams that play in PIT, I've been to PIT 2x - both times I flew with UA. The first time my routing was AMS-IAD-PIT, return route was the same. Last year it was AMS-ORD-PIT, same return route. Return route was a disaster, my original PIT-ORD flight got cancelled due to tornado-warnings over ORD (or so the UA clerk said), the next flight was delayed an hour and I was lucky the ORD-AMS flight was delayed 3 hours aswell.
My question is; does anyone know any routing via Europe to PIT? Preferably from airports in countries that can be reached easily from AMS (BRU, FRA, CDG for example). I also have to note that with my height (196cm) I barely fit into a normal Economy lane, which is why I chose UA for my trips thus far - their Economy Plus section is a real blessing!
Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5155 times:
Quoting Valkariye (Reply 2): Does DL offer anything like extra leg-room or is the 752 general layout pretty spacious?
Not in their 752... Plus its a 6 hrs flight I would guess, so I might get pretty unconfortable in a narrowbody. The only option is flying J, which will get expensive. As I told you, try flying to PHL and then take a train to PIT.
Valkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5151 times:
ATL is a little bit out of the way from PIT, isn't it? I appreciate the suggestion, but I'd much rather fly via IAD, JFK, EWR or PHL if I have to transfer in the USA (which, after some incidents, is not my favourite option). I got stopped at ORD customs the first time, got asked a lot of questions, my suitcase was searches (and not re-packed). Second time the flight cancellation & added delays left my stomach twisted.
jonathanxxxx From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5128 times:
You can try doing AMS-PHL-PIT on US... Or .... AMS-BOS-PIT on DL...... Or ....... AMS-EWR-PIT on CO/UA.... Also you have alot of possibilities on multiple cartiers or out of the way transits. Good luck!
tz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2879 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5075 times:
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 4): The only option is flying J, which will get expensive. As I told you, try flying to PHL and then take a train to PIT.
I will advise against taking the train to PIT (though I like taking it when I have extra time). 1. The train takes at least 5 hours, which flying between PIT-PHL (US or WN) is usually 30-45min. 2. The connection to the train is not ideal, as you would have to connect to 30th St from SEPTA commuter rail. 3. The train runs 1x a day. If you miss it, you are out of luck. 4. The price of the train is comparable to the plane.
I know a lot of people that take the PIT-CDG flight on DL and actually have gotten generally positive reviews even if it is on a 752, so I do support it.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26196 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5059 times:
You could also use AC via YYZ. You would then pre-clear US customs/immigration at YYZ which I usually find faster and more pleasant than doing it in the US after arriving on an international flight. AC Jazz has 3 or 4 daily YYZ-PIT flights (Dash 8) that should make fairly good connections with most of their many Europe-YYZ flights.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7005 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
Quoting Valkariye (Reply 2): Yes, I'm looking for a non-stop flight from Europe. Does DL offer anything like extra leg-room or is the 752 general layout pretty spacious?
You can always buy into Economy Comfort which is essentially DL's E+. You get up for 4 extra inches of pitch, 50% more seat recline, free spirits in addition to the already free beer and wine you get on DL in Y, boarding in zone 2, and free HBO and other things on the PTV that you would have to pay for.
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 4): Not in their 752... Plus its a 6 hrs flight I would guess, so I might get pretty unconfortable in a narrowbody. The only option is flying J, which will get expensive. As I told you, try flying to PHL and then take a train to PIT.
Actually not true, all DL 752s in international config has Economy Comfort. They were the first to be completed along with the 744s.
pitingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1178 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4998 times:
I've been on the DL PIT-CDG flight a few times and it's really not bad at all. Decent legroom for Y and no underseat obstructions. I've done PIT-CDG-AMS and back and it works nicely.
I'd avoid PHL entirely if I were you. If you want to try the WN connection, maybe consider BWI as an entry airport. I also like the suggestion of entering through YYZ, although I've never tried it myself.
NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4898 times:
I would not recommend WN when transfering from an int'l flight. As you may know, they do not interline with anyone, so you would have to check-in all over again - certainly a real hassle if you have checked luggage. If you are afraid of another difficult transfer in a US airport, you leave yourself zero margin for error by taking WN.
I would stick with a single airline for a seamless transfer - US, UA, DL.
I live in PIT. When I go international, I connect through Newark KEWR. I avoid JFK and PHL at all costs. If you don't like Newark, and lets face it, who does, I'd go with the Tornoto suggestion, or consider Charlotte KCLT. I have not taken the DL nonstop only because I'd rather make my connecting flight stateside and then fly direct to my europe city versus risking getting into CDG late and missing my connecting inter europe flight. In essence, I'd rather get screwed over at home than abroad.