Crox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 304 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3656 times:
Hopefully somebody out there can help me, I have some US Airways space available upgrades that I need to use before the end of the year, so being the romantic that I am; I'm taking the better half pre-Christmas shopping in New York. There are several routings we could take, but, does anybody know the average loadings for the routes mentioned below, ie which one will give me the best chance of space available upgrade.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21821 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3649 times:
There's no f/c on either the Saab or the Dash 8. Loads being equal (which may be a poor assumption), I'd fly through CLT as PHL can be a hassle both in terms of navigating the airport and in terms of delays-- especially in December.
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Warszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3654 times:
I'd agree with cubsrule. Best routing would be LGW - CLT - LGA. I've read of some horror stories of major delays with US Airways at PHL...mainly due to understaffed ground crew, or a careless ground crew. Whether this has changed, i'm not sure...though I doubt it. Perhaps by Christmas it will. Going through RIC is pointless since it'll be an express carrier - no upgrades, same with PIT (most likely), plus its out of your way.
On the return, those are pretty awkward routings. It really depends on what US Airways offers on those routes in terms of aircraft.
Heres the thing. LGA-SYR will definitely be express, and LGA-BWI will definitely be express. No upgrades on either of those sectors. Though, BWI-PHL and SYR-PHL offer Mainline Service (737-400 for example), and the chance of an upgrade is possible. Both BWI-PHL and SYR-PHL also have express carriers operating too...and if you're stuck on an express flight (Dash-8, ERJ-145, etc.), forget about the upgrades.
So it depends on what US Airways is offering. For SYR-PHL, and BWI-PHL, if both routes are showing 737's or mainline, then i'd probably choose the SYR-PHL routing and, hopefully with an upgrade, enjoy nice service for a longer time. If one route is showing 737's, and the other is Express, then choose the 737 route. If neither route is showing 737's, and its all express...Go through BWI, since its a shorter distance and a lot closer to PHL.
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UsAirways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1003 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3649 times:
US also flies 757's on the BWI-PHL routes, just in case you like 757's like I do
PHL is a really cool airport, but it can be VERY crazy sometimes. CLT is very nice and delays are usually at a minimum. In this case, I'd say go via CLT.