Amhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6480 times:
I thought I would check here for some opinions. Ill be heading out to CPH in a few weeks and was checking my choices from RNO ( definitely NOT the easiest market to leave from) and came down to AS to SEA and then SK to CPH or UA RNO-DEN then LH DEN-FRA and then SK DEN up to CPH. Some points:
1) The RNO-SEA-CPH flight is marginally more expensive, and is faster
2) The RNO_DEN-FRA-CPH flight would take in Lufthansa, whom I have never flown before, with stops in DEN and FRA, neither of which I have seen ( well, the old Stapleton, but that was almost 20 years ago)
3) I havent flown UA in a number of years due to a series of bad experiences with them in the late 90s ( yes, I hold grudges haha). I am curious, however, to see any changes since.
4) The main flight portions are 340s for the SK flight and 744s for LH- and Ive already flown both types before, preferance for the 340. I would also get the chance to try Ted to DEN.
My other main consideration is weather at this time of year- RNO is NEVER a fun airport due to turbulence/winds, and Im slightly concerned about turbulence/weather on the DEN side. This is a quick trip- 7 days only- and I dont want to lose a day or two due to snow somewhere. The connections were very tight for UA too- 47 minutes between arriving in Denver and leaving for FRA.
Im leaning towards the SK option, because I have never tried their transcon service but.... trying something totally different could be fun. Anyone have any positives/negatives I may have missed? How are loads on SK SEA-CPH in early November?
JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6420 times:
I flew SK EWR-CPH-ARN-EWR in Economy in March. I liked SK, and certainly thought it was better than LH (which I have flown transatlantic) or UA (who I haven't, but I am a Premier--so I have flown them a lot). My only complaint with SK is that the seat pitch isn't too great and my flights were full . The aircraft though was clean and everything was in good shape. The food was decent, nothing distinctly Scandinavian, but whatever. We also got a warm breakfast coming into CPH, so that was different. Most airlines will plop a muffin and banana in your lap prior to landing in Europe. Another plus with Scandinavian is free alcohol. After dinner, the F/As come through the cabin passing out mini-bottles of Kahlua, Bailey's, etc. You won't be getting PTVs on LH and their cabin crew tends to be a bit on the surly side.
Amhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6399 times:
Thanks guys- the IFE, though not a priority, is always nice to have. As for seat pitch well... im a VS FF and I didnt really notice how bad the pitch was until I took AA ORD-CDG earlier this year and happened upon one of the 767s that still had the extra space in coach. That was mighty nice- shame they had to do away with it.
I think ill go with the SK option, Im sure Ill have a chance to try Lufthansa sooner or later in the future. Besides, one stop compared to two is actually pretty nice.
Peppes1980 From Norway, joined Mar 2005, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6392 times:
I would use SK instead of UA/LH.
I fly with both around 10 times a year from US to Europe and half is on SK and the rest on UA. I have never flown LH transatlantic. I would go for SK for the PTV's, free beer and vine and the hot breakfast. It is also good to land at your final destination airport in Europe. Saves you a couple of hours.
I find the service a bit better on SK than UA, but even with Star gold card is really hard to get a upgrade. You can't use your UA miles for a upgrade with SK (will be able on couple of months). I am SK gold and there is really hard to get a free upgrade, I have got it twice on UA and only once at SK.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6242 times:
Quoting Lp0815 (Reply 6): Quite amazed that none of the usually in-differentiated LH-bashers showed up so far to add some valuable comments...
I have never flown on SK long-haul flights but I can give you one good tip: When you have the choice between LH and any other airline in the world, then choose the other airline and you did the right thing!
LH's Economy Class is a complete joke and so is their old Business Class.