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UA Vs. AS  
User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1311 times:

I know it is cliche, but I have been a long time reader, and finally decided to create a membership.

I am planning a trip in september that is looking like:
PHL-ORD
ORD-SEA
SEA-PHL
I was wondering everyone's feelings are of UA compared to AS for the ORD-SEA sector. I am leaning towards UA for the miles, but I have never flown on AS and would be interested to try them. Thanks for the input in advanced.

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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1304 times:

I woudn't expect more than: Welcome aboard United/Alaska, flight will take 5 hours there will be no service so don't bother us flight attendants, will be around the cabin to through peanuts and drinks around and never ever press the FA button because we will be too busy in the gallesy talking about our ex-husbands.

User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

AS all the way!

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 1):

Well my experiences were much different.
The F/A's cant be beat!
They are so friendly, and their service is amazing.
Having flown on many airlines, I have yet to have a experience
with another airline that has even come close to the quality of
service I received on AS.

Devon



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 1):

yeah im not sure about all that either. with AS i know you will recieve a Dig-E-Palyer, for like 10 bucks and their F/A's wont be beat. they do have inflight servie somekind of sandwich or something but hey its better than UA peanuts. i dont actually know wheres a UA fan to tell us about their service, i'm interested to hear


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

If you're doing it for the miles, and are a UA elite, I'd do UA just to get a seat in Economy Plus. Otherwise, take AS, it's another airline to have flown, and the seats in plain economy have better legroom.


International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

Well, you would prolly get a A320 on UA or a 738/9 on AS...id try AS if it were me becuase i like to try new airlines!


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User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

Thanks everyone for the input!

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 4):
If you're doing it for the miles, and are a UA elite, I'd do UA just to get a seat in Economy Plus

I am not an elite, but its always nice racking up the miles to hopefully get there one day, but my miles are through usairways so it would be chairmans preferred.

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 5):
id try AS if it were me becuase i like to try new airlines!

Yea, their like 50 bucks cheaper too, so I am leaning towards them anyway!


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 6):
its always nice racking up the miles to hopefully get there one day, but my miles are through usairways so it would be chairmans preferred.

That's cool. A suggestion you might want to think about--Alaska partners with a lot of airlines, like AA, CO, DL, NW, AF, KL, etc., and if you have the chance to fly another airline that's not US-affiliated, AS is a great place to accumulate miles for those partners, rather than having them scattered all over.

Either way, have a great trip!



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7):
AS is a great place to accumulate miles for those partners, rather than having them scattered all over.

Good point, I am a member of Delta sky miles, but I have a lot less of those than dividend miles. The AS miles could be put into those.


User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1249 times:

Who needs a "dig-e player" when you have channel 11? I personally like UA, but as luck has it, flyer AS more. You'll probably be happy with either.

User currently offlineSWAOPSusafATC From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Quoting DesertFlyer (Reply 9):
Who needs a "dig-e player" when you have channel 11? I personally like UA, but as luck has it, flyer AS more. You'll probably be happy with either.

I think you mean Channel 9 on UA. ATC channel.

I have never flown AS but have heard great things.

Justin


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

If I had the choice between AS and UA-I would always pick AS. I have flown on both lines over the years and have always had a positive experience on AS. I am flying on AS this summer from LAX to Loreto, Baja California.

User currently offlineForeverUnited From United States of America, joined May 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1204 times:

Between Chicago and Seattle I'd definitely choose United. I stopped flying Alaska a couple years ago after I got fed up with lack of inflight entertainment and crummier and crummier treatment of MVP/MVP Gold passengers. I'm now a Premier Executive with United and love Economy Plus.

I find United Mileage Plus to be a much more diverse program than Alaska Mileage Plan, for it's relationships with it's Star Alliance partners are much more settled, whereas Alaska Mileage Plan members must call a different desk to redeem miles on partner airlines. Mileage Plan members are also subject to different redemption levels that vary by partner airline and destination; one call to Mileage Plus will allow redemption on any Star Alliance carrier and the redemption level is determined by destination, not carrier.

United is serving United SnackBoxes between Chicago and Seattle for $5. They're self-stable which means they can easily be tucked into a carryon if you don't want to eat them right away. They also offer Channel 9 flightdeck communications. Alaska's digiPlayers are definitely wonderful little inventions, but remember movies and audio on United are always free in all classes of service. United's service may also be on a 777, 757, or A320/19 if you prefer any of those over Alaska's 737's.

And remember, if you're a Mileage Plus member, but not an elite member, United will sell an upgrade to Economy Plus through the EasyCheck In terminal subject to availability at the time of departure, or for a modest fee you can purchase an Economy Plus Access membership for the ability to reserve a seat in Economy Plus at the time of reservation.

I've found United flight attendants to be more polished than those on Alaska (which I was forced to fly just recently). While Alaska's flight attendants tend to disappear into the galley after the service is completed, United flight attendants generally take their union designated break and then do walk-throughs at intervals with juice and/or water, taking requests for other services as well.

Keep in mind also that United has far greater resources in Chicago to reaccomodate you if your flight is delayed or cancelled.


User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

Quoting ForeverUnited (Reply 12):

You make very good points. It looks like its going to be UA, it fits in my travel plans better. My loyalty is to US, so in turn UA is kind of connected to that, I haven't flown UA since about 2000, so I am looking forward to experiencing them again. I'll get on AS eventually, just not this trip.


User currently offlineForeverUnited From United States of America, joined May 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

Loyalty's a beautiful thing, isn't it? The other nice thing is UA flights always count toward elite status with US Airways. (Unlike Alaska which has different thresholds for MVP status depending on whether you accrue miles with Alaska, or with a partner. Some Alaska Mileage Plan partners also don't qualify for elite at all).

I also envy US Airways Dividend Miles at the moment because they can earn miles on old America West operated flights, but Mileage Plus members can only earn Mileage Plus miles on US metal flights until operations are fully merged.  Sad


User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Quoting ForeverUnited (Reply 14):
The other nice thing is UA flights always count toward elite status with US Airways.
I did not know that, that is good to hear though.

Quoting ForeverUnited (Reply 14):
I also envy US Airways Dividend Miles at the moment because they can earn miles on old America West operated flights, but Mileage Plus members can only earn Mileage Plus miles on US metal flights until operations are fully merged
It doesn't always work out perfect. It's good that it has switched over now though.


Also, even though I am a US dividend miles member do you think I will still be offered the upgrade to either Y+ or first class, of course for a fee??

[Edited 2006-05-26 04:54:53]

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