Aa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4624 times:
This prolly will get moved to polls and prefs, but oh well...
I am flying to London to visit my mate I studied with at Oxford. Flying into LHR for sure on AA. Can either go through ORD or LAX. Wanted to know if anyone was on the LAX-LHR AA flight, the girl from AA I spoke with said that the LAX-LHR flight is one of AA most popular flights. My folks have taken it and said it's long and bothersome and they would rather do CO from EWR. Should I go out of ORD or LAX to get to LHR?
Meteorologist From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4593 times:
I'd avoid ORD at all costs to stay away from the incessant delays and missed connections. Missed international connections would be especially bothersome due to the lack of frequency and often late departure times from cities east of the Mississippi. Especially avoid ORD in the winter through early half of summer period due to snow and convective activity that seems to plague the midwest during those times.
AAFLT1871 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2333 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4556 times:
If you want the extra mileage, then the obvious is LAX. But in turn, why make your trip even longer. Assuming you are leaving out of AUS, why fly 1242 miles west, then turn around and fly 5456 miles east. You lose too much time at airports doing that when you can be in England. Why not just take AA or BA from DFW into LGW? Do you have to go into LHR? If so, have you considered looking at a flight connecting @ JFK. At least with that, you are moving in a easterly direction the whole time and not backtracking.
Aa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4486 times:
I've flown the AUS-DFW-LGW AA flight many times. I really wanted to connect in LAX, my folks are miles from SNA, and I would like to visit a day or two before I leave to fly to LHR. The miles earned won't be a problem, I could care less. Has anyone flown the LAX-LHR route on AA? Why would I connect through JFK, that's at least a four city route? AUS-DFW-JFK-LHR.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17430 posts, RR: 66
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4361 times:
Why would I connect through JFK, that's at least a four city route? AUS-DFW-JFK-LHR.
The only reason would be that since DFW-JFK and JFK-LHR are high frequency routes if you miss your connection you can easily be rebooked on the next one. JFK-LHR, for example, has 6 flights a day just with AA, 6 flights with BA and a couple with VS.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
B707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4345 times:
If you're going to be in SNA I'd definately take the LAX-LHR flight. Though I haven't flown with AA on the route I have with BA and NZ. Though it's a long ride it's fun going that close to the North Pole, a lot more convenient than going through Chicago during the winter and when it comes down to it, I'd do anything to avoid the domestic SNA-ORD or LAX-ORD flight considering how domestic service is not what it used to be. You'll have a nice dinner, a full breakfast upon arrival and less jet lag overall, though you'll have bad jet lag for sure. Best on whatever you decide. The bottom line? The quicker I can get on the international leg, that's what I do. International service is always a step above.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15193 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4220 times:
Connecting through ORD isn't as bad as it seems, I've done it for 30+ years in all conditions. That being said, I try avoiding connecting flights, but I also try connecting onto flights with multiple flights, that way if I miss a flight, there are others I can take on standby....
Personally, I would probably wind up going through ORD.