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Best Way To Get From EU To PIT?  
User currently offlineValkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4867 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!

Hope anyone can help!

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User currently offlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

Quoting Valkariye (Thread starter):
does anyone know any routing via Europe to PIT?

Do I understand right that you want a non stop flight from Europe to PIT ? If so, your only option would be DL (flight 204 on a 752) from CDG.

If you want to connect through a US gateway, then you've got plenty of options : JFK, EWR, PHL, ATL, to name a few.

Regards
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlineValkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4845 times:

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?

User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4845 times:

You can either take the nonstop from CDG as BrusselsSouth is saying for take any DL through ATL. I can only recommend this airport, for me, the best in the US when making connecting.

Or take any nonstop flight to PHL and take a train to PIT, also an option.

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4843 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.

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineValkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4839 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.

User currently offlinejonathanxxxx From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4816 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!

User currently offlineValkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4786 times:

What is the general thought of going to the USA on one carrier, then doing the flight in the USA on another carrier, for instance, SouthWest? Has anybody tried that?

User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4763 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.



LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25124 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4747 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.

User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4745 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.

Adam

Actually not true, all DL 752s in international config has Economy Comfort. They were the first to be completed along with the 744s.



What gets measured gets done.
User currently offlineValkariye From Netherlands, joined May 2011, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Thank you for the options guys, really helped!  Will certainly try the Economy Comfort option on DL, or the WN transfer at any US airport  

User currently offlinepitingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1133 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4686 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.



Fly, you fools! Fly!
User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4586 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.


User currently offlinepliersinsight From United States of America, joined May 2008, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4526 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 3):
and take a train to PIT, also an option.

Uh, no, don't take the train.

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.


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