Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3014 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5359 times:
Traveling from Europe to the US and flying onto a destination on the west coast, what Hubs would you recommend and which ones would you avoid?
I will be traveling to Seattle in January and looking for a suitable hub to change flights. I am a US Airways Dividend member and would ideally like to fly with a Star Alliance member but is not however essential.
People who know me, know I am a person that can't sit still long and will not be able to make non-stop flight from the UK to Seattle and need to break the journey.
I am only familiar with Philadelphia and Charlotte which I think are both excellent hubs, especially now the new A Terminal at Philly is open. But I am however a little apprehensive about flying with US Airways with their current cash flow situation.
I am looking for a place that has short Passport Control and Security Queues and just generally a light, airy and easy to use airport.
These are not based upon my personal experience but friends/family have told me to avoid Newark, JFK, O'Hare and Dullas.
Have heard good reports about Detroit, Houston and Dallas FW.
SESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3474 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5313 times:
I recommend flying through MSP or CVG on NW or DL. Both are very smooth flowing hubs and are nice airports. LGW-MSP-SEA, you could get on an NW DC-10, which will be rare in the near future. LGW-CVG-SEA on DL. Just my personal suggestions. Enjoy your trip!
Flyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5312 times:
I would vote for Houston or Denver. However, I do not know if Houston would work for any Star Alliance to then go straight to Seattle. Denver works with United and they have several flights a day from there to Seattle.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5212 times:
I wouldn't pick O'hare, unless you don't care about Delays, and really want to see a crazy US airline hub terminal and a lot of sweet airplanes. It's my fav airport to go too, just all organized chaos. It's great. I go through O'hare as much as i can, i consider the delays and waiting and crowds to be just part of the experience. But if you want to go through an economic hub that your flight probably won't be delayed i would go DEN, DFW, MIA, CLT, SFO, LAX, MSP, DTW....
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5022 times:
EWR isn't that bad if you are going from one CO flight to another. If you have to change terminals, it can be a hassle, but the monorail makes the journey less stressful. Overall, EWR isn't that hard to get around in, since all the terminals are right next to each other and the monorail makes life easier.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4929 times:
As Newark777 said, EWR is very easy for connections if you are traveling only on CO - all of Terminal C is accessible post-security, and unless you are going from or to ATL, DFW, or ORD (in which case you probably would have flown there nonstop anyway via DL, AA, or UA, respectively), it is a very smooth airport for connections. This is especially true for international to domestic connections, as CO has their own international arrivals facility that does not get clogged with all of the other international flights at EWR.
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4923 times:
If you want to be on star alliance flying UA via ORD would be a pretty good route. I always have pleasant experiences with ORD immigration, and the trasnfer to the UA terminal is an easy ride on the airport train.
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4641 times:
EWR and IAH are both excellent, entertaining, and seamless for transfers if you fly with Continental. That said, especially comparing trans atlantic coach products, there is no other US-based airline thats better!