Kingsford From Belgium, joined Nov 2003, 427 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12604 times:
As I was booking online BRU-OMA-SLC-BRU I got a price difference between AA and UA of 400 USD : UA being the most expensive. I am now wondering what the catch is for a price difference of 400 USD. The schedules are comparable, only the stop-overs differ.
Can anyone tell me why I would prefer UA on FRA-ORD rather than AA on BRU-IAD ? I heard UA is more comfortable...
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12564 times:
Well I was always under the impression that AA was more comfortable in economy. Certainly the legroom I had flying AA 777 LHR-JFK in June was much better than you would normally get in Economy. I wasn't aware that UA matched this.
Of course I don't know if this is for all AA's transatlantic aircraft types, or what equipment they use on BRU services.
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ORD From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12072 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 1): Well I was always under the impression that AA was more comfortable in economy. Certainly the legroom I had flying AA 777 LHR-JFK in June was much better than you would normally get in Economy. I wasn't aware that UA matched this.
AA's "More Room Throughout Coach" is in the process of being eliminated, and coach seats are being added back to the airplanes. Once this happens, AA and UA will have roughly equal room in coach, although UA will still offer Economy Plus with up to 5" extra leg room.
GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1098 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12016 times:
I've never flown with either AA or UA transatlantic, so perhaps this reply is unfair, but transatlantic service on Air France is consistently fabulous. Seating is very comfortable in either their Boeing or Airbus fleets, the food is great in economy, and the champagne flows without a $5. charge. My 2 cents
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Frequentflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 736 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11994 times:
AA international on-board service compares to US domestic.
UA is kinda cool with Channel 9... comparable service, maybe a notch up cpmpared to AA on average. I always get more recent aircraft on UA than on AA.
Food is comparable. Special meals get less mixed up at AA!
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15375 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11972 times:
Quoting C680 (Reply 5): If PTV is such a big deal, then why not go buy a portable DVD player and save $400 on the airfare???
great idea..I always bring my laptop, in fact, did that for my flight from ORD-SJC last night on AA, and with AA having powerports in economy, one can run any laptop/dvd player for the whole flight without problems...
Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 10): I've never flown with either AA or UA transatlantic, so perhaps this reply is unfair, but transatlantic service on Air France is consistently fabulous. Seating is very comfortable in either their Boeing or Airbus fleets, the food is great in economy, and the champagne flows without a $5. charge. My 2 cents
I flew from CDG-DXB-CDG on AF last month..while their service is very good, the seating was terrible, especially after sitting in AA's 777 from JFK-LHR (emergency exit row 31A/B no less).
Kaneporta1 From Greece, joined May 2005, 806 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11840 times:
I flew AA in July for the first time, LHR-LAX on a 777 and Y class was very good in terms of comfort. Around 34" of legroom comfortable seats and touchscreen PVTs with almost new movies. The service was what you'd expect from a US airline, a decent dinner and a rather awful snack box. Overall it was pretty good better than BA's Y class (the only other airline i've flown trans-atlantic). They are now adding more seats in Y but in their 777s the extra seats will be added between rows 30 and 44 so rows 20-26 will retain the extra legroom.
I'd rather die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not terrified and screaming, like his passengers
LACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4229 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11800 times:
My suggestion is to go with UA. You will be flying on a 763, neither carrier has 777s on this routing. UA has the IFE, & AA does not. The roominess on AA's a/c is going bye bye. UA's food is a somewhat better than AA. Cabin crews are hit and miss. I hope that helps. If you have a choice of flying one of your EU carriers I'd take AF over UA or AA.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15375 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11703 times:
Quoting N62NA (Reply 18): For some reason, my power adapter only works to recharge my laptop on AA planes. Whenever I actually turn my laptop on, the power cuts out. I think my laptop draws too much power.
That's been happening to me, I was told it has to do with the power converter and not the airplane or laptop........
my laptop is 75W and about 15v dc , which is exactly what is mentioned on AA's website.....
Powerport Your seat may be equipped with a DC power outlet. American uses a "cigarette lighter" style outlet delivering 15 volts of direct current. On most aircraft*, a power outlet is available at each seat in First and Business class, as well as selected rows in the Coach cabin. Outlets may be used to operate laptop computers, CD/DVD players, charging cellphone and other devices with a maximum 75-watt capacity."
I was going to ask someone on this thread on the non-AV forum about this also..actually I had typed my question up, and then my Mozilla browser crashed
I agree with everything you said, except that it's not worth an extra US$400 by any stretch of the imagination. For that kind of money you might be able to buy a portable DVD player and a hand-held scanner instead of UA's PTV and CH9. Also, E+ is not the sort of thing you can count on unless you have status or have paid full Y fare.
Quoting SNATH (Reply 20): I concur! Who needs PTVs if Ch 9 is available!
CH9 is worth $400?!
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Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4625 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11533 times:
I have flown quite a number of times in the past 10 years. With as many trips as I have taken I have taken AA only twice. Once to DFW and once to FRA. With so few times on AA out of so many trips their level of service gets them into the top 5 twice in my opinion. Actually probably 2 of the top 3 when it comes to the quality of their flight attendants. The crews on the flights were among the best I've seen. They are very friendly and very helpful.
Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
: Actually, I think it is a good topic for this forum as opposed to non-av, so go ahead and post it as a new topic and I'll join in!
: That is a crock. The problem is the aircraft's power supply. AA's coach power is that the system is often overloaded and cannot supply all of the dev
: UA is more comfortable if you are in Y+, where you have 36" of pitch. The key is, will you get a seat up there? If you aren't a Premier or up or flyi
: I know, but I would do everything possible to save one connection like most people... Kingsford is probably in my case too! Champagne pour tout le mo
: UA is not charging more because their service is different from AA's. Basically fares are capacity controlled. It is likely a situation where the lowe
: UA I believe still offers free alcohol in economy on international flights, so if you are a nervious flyer, maybe that is a way to go!
: Not anymore. Only to Asia and Australia.
: Definately go with UA. They are great whatever class ur in. Especially Business! Regards Paul
: I actually saw this thread and was already prepared to write a huge post on the trans-atlantic differences of UA and AA, as I was recently battling th
: I agree with going on UA, especially if the Star Alliance is part of your FFP. If you don't have a FFP, I suggest you join and get these 10000 miles t
: I am Miles&More silver member. So yes that is why I was interested in flying UA over AA, DL and CO. The advantage is getting the miles, the disadvanta
: I agree, especially since AA is apparently removing MRTC in all their aircraft.
: So thank you all for the fine discussion : I finally booked BRU-IAD-ORD-OMA-DEN-SLC-DEN-IAD-BRU on UA for 750 EUR ! I could have had less stopovers wi
: What a cool route. You'll definitely get to see different kinds of ppl during your trip.