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Your Advice: SkyTeam Carriers To Rome  
User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

I have two upcoming trips to Rome this fall from MSN. The first is already booked on CO in BusinessFirst. The second trip was just scheduled, so I need to buy a ticket. I haven't flown CO to Europe in ages and need to buy the second ticket before I see how they are on the first trip. They certainly do have a generally-good reputation, and I had a fantastic experience with CO in first class to LAX last week (writing the trip report). With prices and connections being mostly the same, anyone have experience and recommend one over the other for their first/business class product? I'd like to stick with SkyTeam for frequent flyer (OnePass) purposes. Thanks for the advice!

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User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Very recent reports from colleagues have all raved about CO's Business Class service between Europe and the US. I typically take DL but nothing much has changed there in the past 6 or 7 years that I can tell.


"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward" Leonardo Da Vinci
User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

I've flown CO business first domestically a few years back and that was good. for international I'd try to get on air France business or First class... their new seats looks really nice!

http://airfrance.touaregstek.net/?lng=en&sp=first

so yeah I would try for Air France, they have a discount of up to 65% of business class. if that doesn't work then I'd go with continental... but definitely look into Air France First.
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1686 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3307 times:

Since you'd prefer Skyteam, I would suggest either:

MSN-DTW-CDG-FCO and try AF C-class on A332 across the Pond...
MSN-DTW-AMS-FCO and try NW C-class on A333: AMS-FCO will either be C-class on AZ A319 or KL 734/738...

Alternately, you can also connect at MSP for the AMS connection ?!



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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

As a Skyteam Elite myself, I would try and get on either Air France or KLM to Europe. However I realize KL may be a challenge for you.

1. Air France out of DTW, IAH, EWR to FCO via CDG
2. KLM out of IAH to FCO via AMS
3. Northwest out of DTW or EWR via AMS
4. Continental out of EWR
5. Alitalia our of EWR or JFK

Let me just leave you with this thought. I have flown both Continental BusinessFirst and Northwest WorldBusiness Class. I have my personal preference, but if you are already flying CO on one trip, you should really try Northwest out too.

SR 103


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1686 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 4):
2. KLM out of IAH to FCO via AMS

Now that IAH comes into the picture (wonder why, since you depart from Madison/WI), you can fly the all C-class BBJ KL0664 IAH-AMS or KL0663 AMS-IAH...would be even better than C-class on KL/NW/CO  Smile



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

I wish we had flights to IAH...I love flying CO and wish we had more connection options on them. Logistically, my options are

MSN-DTW-AMS-FCO (NW/KL)
MSN-DTW-EWR-FCO (NW/CO)
MSN-DTW-CDG-FCO (NW/AF)
MSN-MSP-AMS-FCO (NW/KL)
MSN-ATL-FCO (DL)

Right now the CO ticket is the cheapest by about $1000 for business class, so price-wise, that's in the lead. Sucks flying out of MSN sometimes...gotta always fly somewhere in order to fly somewhere...


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

Also, it appears that the US government will be blocking a NW FA strike for the time being, so it is again safe to book NW. From what I have been told, NW WBC is quite nice. It may be possible, if you really look around, to find a mixed itenerary.


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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Quoting MSNtriathlete (Reply 6):
Right now the CO ticket is the cheapest by about $1000 for business class, so price-wise, that's in the lead.

Well I guess if CO is the cheapest, no harm in sticking with that. However if the fare on NW changes through, give them a second look. Air France is not a bad option if you want to try an International carrier out. From personal experience, I would stay away from Delta, but that is just me.

Quoting MSNtriathlete (Reply 6):
Sucks flying out of MSN sometimes...gotta always fly somewhere in order to fly somewhere...

Don't worry, we all do it from time to time. I have experienced my fair share of exotic routing as I live in Daytona Beach, just look at some of the ones I have done
MCO-DFW-SFO-HKG-SIN-BOM (AA/CX/QF)
DXB-AMS-IAH-MCO (KL/CO)
MCO-DTW-JFK-AMS-BOM (NW/KL)
BOM-KUL-TPE-LAX-EWR-MCO (MH/CO)

So next time you think MSN is a pain, just remember some of mine.

SR 103


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