Camair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
I will be in Los Angeles in April and want to visit a friend in Berkeley. I found airlines offering routes, e.g. LGB-OAK with jetblue.com. But I have no experience with american domestic carriers but heard that neither Southwest nor jetblue.com are considered very safe.
What is your preferred airline in the southwest of the US?
Dlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1964 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
Quoting Camair (Thread starter): But I have no experience with american domestic carriers but heard that neither Southwest nor jetblue.com are considered very safe.
WHAT????!!! Not considered safe? What are you talkin about man. They have very good safety records compared to the majors. JB has never lost a passenger and WN unfortunately had their first loss (non passenger) in MDW a while back due to a runway runover.
BTW, jetblue.com isn't an airline. Its a website to Jetblue.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2097 times:
There probably was a loss in translation but saying that Southwest and Jetblue is not safe is like saying Lufthansa or Quantas is not safe. I don't know who you were talking to. If your going from LAX to OAK, then you can fly Southwest or United(CRJ). Southwest has many flights a day to OAK while United only has 2 or 3.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9925 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2092 times:
Well if you are going from Los Angeles to Berkely, then you probably want to fly to Oakland. You can fly from any Los Angeles airport (LAX, ONT, SNA, LGB or BUR) to OAK. It depends on where in the Los Angeles area you will be. Most likely LAX or Burbank will be the closest.
You can choose from United, Alaska, American, jetBlue or Southwest. All are good airlines in their own way. Many don't like Southwest because it does not have assigned seating and often times have long lines especially at LAX.
American, United and Alaska are all generic network style airlines. They have good service but you will pretty much only get a drink for service and a bag of peanuts or pretzels. With jetBlue you get Television to watch.
I think they are all fine. Find the closest airport to you and get the cheapest flight. Orange County (SNA) tends to be a little expensive though. UA, AA and AS can be booked through any website (expedia, orbitz, travelocity, etc) but jetBlue and Southwest can only be booked through their websites.
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Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
I actually travel to Berkeley from LA fairly often and I'll give my 2 cents.
Southwest has by far the greatest number of flights to Oakland (closest airport to Berkeley) from LAX, Burbank, and Orange County.
Jet Blue has many daily flights from Long Beach to Oakland. Jet Blue has cool in flight service for a low cost carrier including satellite TV in every seat.
United and United Express (Skywest) have a few daily flights from LAX to Oakland. Most are on CRJs but a few (usually early morning departures) are on mainline aircraft.
Alaska flies from Ontario to Oakland.
United and American have multiple non-stops from LAX-SFO. United serves Burbank-SFO, Ontario-SFO and Santa Ana-SFO multiple times daily.
I have heard that Long Beach is pretty easy to use. LAX and OAK can both have pretty long security waits, especially when flying Southwest. OAK is really easy with basically every other carrier (Southwest is by far the largest carrier there and has its own terminal). Basically, you should chose your flight based on what LA airport is most convenient. Southwest won't penalize you if you want to change the flight date or departure, but you will have to pay the change of fare, where as United/American/Alaska (I don't know about JetBlue) will charge you $50 or $100, plus whatever the fare difference is. Also, Southwest have all leather seats. I am happy with United service though and fly them whenever I can (you can also request to sit in Economy Plus, which is added legroom at no cost that they may or may not give you at the airport). United's SFO terminal is really nice. I like flying out of that airport better than OAK, though, OAK is actually closer.
If you are planning on using public transportation (the bay area has a great subway system called BART -- it's how I get around everywhere, including the airport) it's maybe a 25-40 minute trip to Oakland airport from Berkeley and about an hour to SFO. With Oakland, you take the Fremont line and then have to take something called AirBart, which costs an extra two dollars and you transfer to a shuttle bus that leaves the BART station every twenty minutes or so. The BART ride is longer to SFO but it takes you straight into the terminal (though you may have to change lines on your way there). Actually, when you take BART into SFO, you go right past the interntaional terminal, which gives you a cool spotting opportunity for all the neat European and Asian flights that come in. If it is significantly cheaper (or you want to try a different airline) SFO and OAK are both easily accesible by public transportation from Berkeley. San Jose on the other hand, is not.