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Should I Fly UA, AA, Or SW?  
User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

hello all! im new here and need some advice! since working at ohare international for a year now, its made me want to get on a plane, which i havent been on in 14 years! ive seen way to many movies based on plane crashes, so that made me scared to fly at all! once i found this place, it made me want to get on one after reading topics from the trip reports!

im planning on going to indianapolis, in the first weekend of october for the circle city classic. a short trip, of about 55 minutes to an hour on a plane. ive been looking at united, american, and southwest. both aa and ua want to stick me on one of those tiny planes!!! which i dont want to get on lol.

the fares for all 3 airlines are in the same range, but sw is like 10-20 dollars more(aint sw a lcc?? lol) i work at ord, but mdw is way closer to my house. american looses luggage to much. so now im between sw and ua. since its a short flight im not expecting anything other than a snack anyway.

so for a very short flight, what airline could work out better? ua, aa, or sw?

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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3913 times:

Hey Tsaord,
First off, welcome to A.net! Glad you're aboard.

I don't think there is going to be much difference between WN and UA, with the exception of the aircraft.
With WN, there's no choice. It's a 737 no matter where you go. Just you and 136 other people.
On UA, you'll be on UA Express with either Chautauqua or Skywest. On Chautaugua you'll be on a ERJ135, most likely. I have flown on these a/c many times between MDT-ORD. There is nothing to worry about on these planes. They are comfortable, reasonably quiet and fast. It's like flying in a private jet with 49 of your closest friends!
Skywest uses a variety of different a/c. I looked at UA website but couldn't determine what equipment they would use for a ORD-IND flight. They use CRJ's , BAe146 (would love to fly this one, personally) jets. Also Doriner 328 (high wing prop, like a Dash 8) Emb Brasilia, or Jetstream 41. Anyone of which would be a cool ride.
Either way, on a one hour flight, you'll get a soda and a bag of pretzels. That's about it.
I have flown UA and AA before with no trouble. I checked WN before my trip to SEA, but ended up on UA because they were significantly cheaper.
Either way you go, just enjoy your trip and revel in all that aviation is!

Again, welcome!

Russ

[Edited 2005-08-04 21:41:46]


My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

One thing - don't count AA out because "they lose too much luggage." There's a chance that something will be lost on all three airlines, and while I don't know the specifics for sure, I wouldn't think that AA is too much higher (if at all) than the other two.

To answer your question, considering that its such a short flight and you probably don't intend on building up a FF account anytime soon, go with whoever is cheapest. You'll be fine on a regional jet, trust me.


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

Welcome to a.net! Glad you've joined our lovely community.  Wink

By the sound of your post, it seems that you're starting to become more interested in flying and going to start flying alot more. Since UA is one of a few major airlines based in ORD I would definitly go with UA. For some reason I like smaller planes better than the larger ones. Except for no in-flight entertainment, they're great small jets! 2-2 seating on the CRJs, and 1-2 seating on the ERJs. Either way.. it's always a great, comfortable. And since there's so many less passengers than on a larger aircraft, the flight attendant's always seem to be nicer on the small commuter routes.  Smile  Wink So I would definitly go ahead and become a member of United's Frequent Flyer program ("Mileage Plus") and start flying them alot.  Smile  Smile

Enjoy you're travels with United Airlines!!

 wave 


User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

well..for the heck of it, i joined aa, ua, and wn frequent flyer programs when i was checking for fares for this flight! yes im starting to become more keen on flying despite the fact that i think if im walking through a jetway, im taking my last walk! i work in t5, the international terminal in the arrivals area. so im always meeting people coming off these big 777/767's from london, glasgow, narita. and one day i really want to travel somewhere, most likely london first.

thanks for the input, ill be making my choice at the end of this month. i cant wait, cause im going to make that my first trip report. and i have a sony cybershot !!!

but on another small note, i noticed ua gave me choices of ua express operated by skywest and chatauqua. does this mean the plane says united express onthe outside but the plane is flown by another crew??

[Edited 2005-08-04 22:18:27]

[Edited 2005-08-04 22:19:44]

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
ua, aa, or sw?

SW? Since when is Air Namibia flying ORD-IND?  Wink

Welcome on A.net!

Patrick


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 4):
i noticed ua gave me choices of ua express operated by skywest and chatauqua. does this mean the plane says united express onthe outside but the plane is flown by another crew??

Yes, under contract agreement with UA.

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

hmmmmmmm. i have been thinking. maybe i should take a cue from some of you guys. i think ill fly 2 airlines!! i think ill fly ord-ind on ua and ind-mdw on swa!! aa has some md80s that go there to...but for some reason i dont like that airplane.

thanks for ur input so far folks


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 7):
i think ill fly 2 airlines!! i think ill fly ord-ind on ua and ind-mdw on swa!!

Great idea ! That way you´ll get even more impressions which can become useful for your future travel planning.
Also it will be interesting for us to get your review for MDW as you are an "insider" of ORD ...
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

right!! i havent been to mdw in 8 years. and since then mdw is a whole different place.

User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 7):

hmmmmmmm. i have been thinking. maybe i should take a cue from some of you guys. i think ill fly 2 airlines!! i think ill fly ord-ind on ua and ind-mdw on swa!! aa has some md80s that go there to...but for some reason i dont like that airplane.

thanks for ur input so far folks

Are you sure the price is the same?



"To find fault is easy: To do better may be difficult." -Plutarch
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Reply 10):
Are you sure the price is the same?

UA´s oneway fares on ORD - IND are half the return (unlike on some other routes); and most of WN´s fares are oneways anyhow (apart from some other return fares) - anyhow, the difference is not too big.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4094 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3790 times:

Quoting 777DadandJr (Reply 1):
Skywest uses a variety of different a/c. I looked at UA website but couldn't determine what equipment they would use for a ORD-IND flight. They use CRJ's , BAe146 (would love to fly this one, personally) jets. Also Doriner 328 (high wing prop, like a Dash 8) Emb Brasilia, or Jetstream 41.

Some corrections...

Skywest only operates two types at ORD, the CRJ-200 and CRJ-700. Air Wisconsin operates the 146, nobody flies the Dornier or the Jetstream for UA any longer. On ORD-IND you will be on a CRJ-700, an ERJ-145, an E170, or an A319.

All of these aircraft (except the ER4) have first and economy plus, so if your lucky you might get seated there (not likely, but on the other two there's not even a chance). I'd take UA anyway, but the E170 is supposed to be nice, so I'd go with UA as well!

[Edited 2005-08-13 01:49:56]

User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3723 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 5):
SW? Since when is Air Namibia flying ORD-IND?

I'm sure he meant WN

Personally I like flying UA because of Channel 9, but I don't know if it's available on the United Express flights.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 12):
Some corrections...

Thanks for the corrections FriendlySkies.
I was getting my info from the SkyWest website. I guess it's not that specific as to which a/c at which airport.

I stand corrected. Big grin

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Since its a short flight - go for the price.


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User currently offlineWeAreUnited From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 12):
All of these aircraft (except the ER4) have first and economy plus

SkyWest CRJ200's do not have economy plus and first class... only the CR7's do!

[Edited 2005-08-20 02:37:47]

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9382 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

I would encourage you to go after United Express operated by Chautauqua on an E170. Those are great planes (I have flown them a number of times). They are quiet and comfortable, there are no middle seats, and there aren't big crowds and lines. UA does not offer any service in economy on that route though. If you want a drink, you have to ask for it since the flight is so short. The Chautauqua crews are nice and friendly, but not as professional as mainline United.

If you go with Southwest, the plane will be bigger as you will get a 737. However there are huge crowds with WN. The lines are long, and it is not as good of an experience. With UAX, you get fewer people to deal with, a smaller plane, but one that is just as comfortable. I would go for an E170 anyday over WN since I don't like dealing with crowds that much. I don't like waiting forever to check in, and then the challenge seating. I would only do it if it were cheaper. Southwest is fine in the air, but the experience outside of the plane when getting to the airport is not as good.

Have a great trip! Enjoy Indy, it is a nice city.



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User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

quick question. ill be booking my flight next wensday!!!! if i were to buy a restricted ticket on american at the lowest price, if the flight becomes over booked, does that mean i stand the chance of being put on stand buy as apposed to someone who paid full fair? or with ua and wn?

its down to the wire now for me hehehehehe


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 18):
if i were to buy a restricted ticket on american at the lowest price, if the flight becomes over booked, does that mean i stand the chance of being put on stand buy as apposed to someone who paid full fair? or with ua and wn?

To my knowledge: NO, as you will get a confirmed booking (i.e. not "on request" / waiting list etc.).
Involuntarily denied boarding usually will go that way that those pax with a confirmed booking who checked-in last will be the first ones to be bumped ...
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Let me put in a vote for UA! Well, whoever you choose you will have a good experience, but as an elite with UA, I am biassed  Smile

I rather enjoy the smaller airplanes. It will be a more intimate first date to be on something smaller. Not sure how boarding works at ORD or IND, but you are more likely to walk up to the plane on the ramp rather than stride down the jetway, giving you a good look and a chance to smell and feel everything!

Another bonus for UA (though its not available on your UAX flight, by earning your first 1000 miles on mileage plus you will have more incentive to fly mainline later) is channel 9 on the IFE audio. First you get free headphones ($5 on everyone else) then they let you listen to the ATC comms! It will take some deciphering for you at first probably, but what better way to get comfortable with flying than by being able to listen in on what is going on in the cockpit! You'll know when you're cleared for take off and landing, when you're about to climb or descend, and when you're turning as well as what is going on with the other aircraft around you. It can't be beat!

Happy flying!
Jeff


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