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Best Way To Hungary From New York  
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5288 times:

I am travelling to Hungary this summer sometime in mid July, and I have absolutely no idea how we should get there. We will be leaving from JFK as we will be on holiday there from our home in PHX, but we are getting there on FF miles and that leg doesn't matter. The options that I have found are

JFK-BUD on Malev 767
JFK-LHR-BUD on British Airways
JFK-BUD on Delta 767
JFK-Warsaw-BUD on LOT 767 and ERJ 170
JFK-ROME-BUD on Alitalia
JFK-FRA-BUD on LH

I would like a decent IFE system, but I am curious to try out new airlines. What would the direct Malev flight be like? Currently I am leaning towards BA because we would get FF miles.

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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5271 times:
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If you want interesting IFE, go BA. None of the other airlines have PTVs in coach, except for AZ if you are on a 777-- and at EWR/JFK, they get subbed ALL THE TIME.

It's a lot of miles to miss out on...

JBLU


User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7571 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5262 times:

This is just me: I would try MA because it is the local carrier of the country you are visiting, it offers non-stop service and therefore you will be able to devote more time to Hungary.

DL has, for your information, a discounted fare JFK-BUD available. That should definitely interest you.

Another alternative is to choose your carrier according to your frequent flyer program.

If good IFE is a must have for you, then BA is probably your best choice.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineSimo82 From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5247 times:

I for sure would choose the carriers that provides the greater amount of miles to my frequent flyer program...in your case I'd go for BA, which by the way has also a great service!

Ciao
Simo


User currently offlineGSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

You could always go CO to Gwatwick from EWR and pick up a cheap easyjet flight to BUD. Or you could even try CO to Bristol and change to Easyjet there,

[Edited 2006-03-21 17:29:46]

User currently offlineKrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

I've flown MA trans-atlantic at least 10 times. The only incentive is the fare, I just bought YYZ - BUD for $750cdn, which is at least $300 cheaper than anything else I could find for that period. MA also has some early bird specials to JFK starting in May.

MA's 2 B762ERs are almost 12 years old and haven't been refurbished at all. Service occasionally comes with a typical Hungarian attitude, seat pitch is good compared to other 767s, food is above standard, drink all you want and its free, IFE is very poor if it works at all.

DL flights start in May, I believe 3x/w. If your not on a budget go with BA.

KrisYYZ


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6318 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

I agree, go BA if you aren't in a budget. If you are, MA is fine, I've flown them a few times both long and short-haul. Good airline, I like them, but not the best. Interesting to hear DL is starting it...it's been a while since I've flown transatlantic on DL, but I remember them being a good, solid airline...not great but not poor. Out of all those, I'd say first go BA, last go AZ.

User currently offlineIwok From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

Quoting Airbus3801 (Thread starter):
I would like a decent IFE system,

BA is THE way to go across the Atlantic to Hungary. All the others, especially LH, run old equipment. The BA T7's are fantastic and the IFE is unparalleled.

Quoting Airbus3801 (Thread starter):
but I am curious to try out new airlines.

Malev ain't too bad either. The 767's are nice and comfy, especially since its tough to get a lousy seat. The food is excellent BUD-JFK, but marginal JFK-BUD. Another plus is that most of the Malev FA are hotties which helps to make the hours pass by pleasantly.  Smile

Avoid LH at all costs. Back when I was doing the east coast -BUD monthly back in '99-2000, I flew all the carriers over. KLM was great because you could get on the DC-10's, although the middle seat on a row of 5 sucked royally.

BA is king on this route!

iwok


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6318 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

Quoting Iwok (Reply 7):
Another plus is that most of the Malev FA are hotties which helps to make the hours pass by pleasantly.

Agreed! However, I personally find most European airlines, ESPECIALLY compared to USA airline, to have hot flight FA's. And, on top of that, throw in the fact that they are Eastern European...While Slovakia may have the hottest women I have ever seen, Hungary isn't far behind, and I have been all over Hungary several times to verify it!  Wink

Quoting Iwok (Reply 7):
Avoid LH at all costs

Being from Namibia, but spending the last 4 years in college in the USA and half of high school before that in the USA, and being that Namibia has very close ties to Germany, I have flown LH many a time to many a corner of the world (Africa, Europe, USA). I have enjoyed them. Maybe I just lucked out, but I would by no means say, based on my opinions, to avoid them at all costs. While I agree BA is better, LH is not the plague in my opinion.


User currently offlineIwok From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5137 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 8):
Maybe I just lucked out, but I would by no means say, based on my opinions, to avoid them at all costs. While I agree BA is better, LH is not the plague in my opinion.

SW733, sorry I was confusing. I really mean to say avoid LH on that route, as opposed to ALL routes.. They are OK SFO-FRA-BUD, but they generally use older equipment. However some new aircraft are starting to arrive so its getting better.

BTW, hello to a neighbor from Southern Africa. Botswana is the place I called home for many years.

Cheers

iwok


User currently offlineKrisYYZ From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

Quoting Iwok (Reply 7):
Avoid LH at all costs.

I flew LH YYZ-FRA-BUD B744/A321.

YYZ-FRA was the worst long-haul flight I've ever been on. The B744 seemed a lot more cramped than other B744s. The food was unidentifiable and tasteless, the IFE was turned off for 3 hrs during the night, so were all the lights so I ended up staring at the seat back in front of me.

FRA-BUD totally the opposite. Comfy leather seats, good food, no IFE but it was only a 1.5hr flight. The LH A321 Captain on the way back BUD-FRA was so cool. He kept talking on the PA about the A321 and the scenery over Budapest has we were climbing. The landing in FRA was unbelievable smooth, The only reason I knew we touched down was the deployment of the spoilers.
KrisYYZ


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