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Your Biggest Factor In Flight Selection  
User currently offlineGEG2RAP From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 863 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

Are you loyal to an airlines? Lowest price always? or is plane/departing arriving time/ rj or mainline?
Airlines are trying to figure out what of those factors means the most to travelers with deep pockets. Which is most important to you?
Personall I fly NW always for a variety of reasons,
Fly mainline into my hometown, convient times and low fares, also have been luvky on delays and cancellations (lucky I mean I havent had one yet all airlines are equal in this catagory if you ask me) But what is your take

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User currently offlineJOSEMEX From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 1539 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

Well my biggest factor WAS frequent flyer program. I used to stick to CO for all my international flying, going out of my way to fly them (MEX-IAH-LAX, MEX-IAH-BOG, MEX-EWR-HKG, for instance, and have a bunch of almost-impossible-to-use miles with them), but since CO wants nothing to do with riff-raff flyers like me anymore, I'm dumping them next year (unless they are the most convenient choice for a certain flight). So I will finally be free again to try different carriers/airplanes.

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

1) Loyalty. I'm a WorldPerks Elite member and use NW/DL for most of my travel needs (and formerly CO)... I'm a low-level AA Elite, but I'm dumping them for UA.

2) Price.

3) Times.

4) Equipment.

(sometimes time will be the most important factor)

User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 707 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

1. Frequent Flyer Program- Now that I have flown every major, and a ton of other airlines, I am very satisfied with NW. WorldPerks is great too. Therefore, I will only fly on an airline that I can earn WP Miles on. Thank God DL is now part of WP, because I have noticed CO's service going downhill quick.
2. Price.
3. Type of aircraft- Yes, that is very important. That is pretty much self explanitory.
4. Times.
5. Connecting airports
6. Food service.
7. IFE- I generally don't care though. I wont watch the movie.

The New American is arriving.
User currently offlineFlyLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

First its airline preference. I try to fly either one of the "Big 3" for a reasonable fare. If I cant find a reasonable fare, then I try to fly Southwest. Second its aircraft type. I try my best to get booked on Boeing aircraft if possible preferably one of the NGs or a Triple 7. I try to fly on Boeing aircraft BUT if I have to fly on an Airbus or MD or any other type it wont bother me. Service, comfort, and IFE isnt really that important to me as long as Im in the air, Im happy.

User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

simple: loyalty!!! i am an avid america west flyer, and elite with them. from az, i can fly them most places, and although i find a few holes where i cannot fly hp, i will fly them to the closest city, and then either rent a car, or transfer to a low cost carrier. america west has one of the best ff plans, the easiest system to upgrade (no stickers, no coupons, no 500 mile segments) and most often (not always if you just read my l.a. trip report), southwestern crews and employees who are the most relaxed aviation employees i have encountered in the industry. i have been sent promos from ua, as, and co offering comp elite status to fly with them, and i don't know if i will ever trade. downfalls, only meal service on coast to coast first class flights, or just about that, and the holes in the system on the east coast, otherwise, i am happy with america west.

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Can I get AAdvantage miles?

If not, I usually don't even bother.

Aaron G.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

1. Price
2. Schedule

always, always, always

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

Depends on destination - if there are several carriers then the one I have not flown before. Also equipment type eg CX have A340 & 747 into LHR - I would choose the A340 every time. Same would apply to Emirates - the seating on the 777 is 3-4-3 compared to their A330 2-4-2.

English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineConnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 948 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

1. Total return fare (tax, fees, etc included)

2. Direct, non-stop flights to destination (shortest flying time)
a. Equipment
b. Entertainment

3. Timely connections if no "direct non-stop" available.
a.The lesser time needed to reach destination (connecting time included)

User currently offlineChallengerDan From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

My number one factor is price! I'm not a frequent flyer, so when i do decide to travel, I usually try to find a promo and plan my holidays accordingly.
I'm canadian so i will fly a canadian airline whenever possible.

if your flight goes MX in YUL, I might be called to fix it!
User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

1. mileage partner of skyteam or flying dutchman program

2. departure airport (1. AMS 2. FRA 3. MST 4. DUS 5. other)

3. schedule (1. arrival time at destination)

4. price

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

1) Safety

2) Fleet used

3) FFP/Alliance reciprocity

4) Price

5) Comfort

6) Routing

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

1.) Schedule
2.) Price
3.) Have I flown the airline before ?
4.) Euqipment


Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

1=. Price (I'm so cheap !)
1=. Convenience (does it get me close to where I need to be / leave from a convenient airport, get me there in a reasonable sort of time that is convenient for people meeting me).
3. New Airline ?
4. New Aircraft type ?
5. New Airport (transit/arrival)
6. Interesting and whimsical routing (ie. stops, transits, the more the merrier)
6. Accrual opportunities.

User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

1. Frequent flyer points
2. Price
3. A/C type

User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5553 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

I'm a college student (read: I'm poor) so I'm rather mercenary about who I fly with (read: whoever has the lowest fare gets my business), which is one of the may reasons I lament the failure of Air South and hope that an LCC finds itself to CAE again. But let's assume that one or more airlines have an identical price, or a very close price range (up to $20 difference), here's my criteriae:

2. Aircraft Type - jets have preference over turboprops. RJs, especially ERJ-145s preferred, as I like the 1-2 seating arrangement, I find the exit rows to be rather roomy, the FAs on RJs that I've encountered tend to be more attentive to each passenger's needs, I like being able to get on and off the aircraft quickly, and at airports that don't have the boarding bridges for RJs, the experience of walking out to your airplane is one that seldom gets old to me.

3. Airline - yes, I know I just said I was mercenary, but if it comes to identical prices, if one of the airlines is one that I've had a catastrophically horrible flight on before, I'll steer clear (which is why I steer clear of UAL. May they go bankrupt in peace.)

4. Times - I typically like flights that take off in the mid afternoon so that I'm wide awake both for the trip itself and I hate being groggy when I arrive anywhere

5. Routing - Direct flights get priority. CAE being a spoke, however, more often than not that means being routed through a hub airport. If it's a hub airport that I like (ATL and CLT for instance), I'll take that flight over a hub airport I dislike (IAD being number one with a bullet)

South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineConcordeLoss From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

International: Swiss for their amazing services

Domestic: AA for the leg room

"You're not as stupid as you look, or sound, or our best test indicates" Burns to Homer
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

1. Price. I do like to get the best fare possible, even if it means having to change planes instead of doing a non-stop.
2. Schedule. Price don't mean a thing if it doesn't mesh with my schedule. So I try to get the best price that works with my schedule, even if it means a several hour layover between flights.
3. Airline. Having only flown on three airlines (Delta, AirTran, & Comair), I am willing to fly on a different airline if they are the best fit for #1 and #2 on my list.
4. A/C Type. Back in my non-rev days, this was my #1. While I don't mind what a/c type I'll be flying on these days, I do try to fly on types I've liked to fly on in the past. I don't mind puddlejumpers, but would prefer to fly on a jet whenever possible.

5. Service. Doesn't mean a lot to me, as a non-rev, I got used to varying degrees of treatment by airline staff. It was one of the bumps you have to deal with when flying non-rev. So it would really take an employee being super rude to me to even request a supervisor. Having been in these guys shoes, I feel for them. If I get great service, fantastic; if the service is subpar, I'll write it off as a one-time thing.

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

1. Frequent Flyer Program
2. Equipment
and not less important:
3. Service Quality

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