WhyNotTu204 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 95 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5019 times:
We all have our bonus programs, credit cards with miles, etc... etc... But nowadays, is it possible to have one major carrier serve all of your travel needs, assuming that they fly to all of your desired destinations. Between the majors, prices seem to vary by about $200.00 on domestics and upward of $500.00 on international flights? I realize there are preferences, but do any of you fly just one airline? Which one?
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4980 times:
I think that it strongly depends on where you're going. For example, if you travel mostly to Latin/South America, AA (and to a major extent CO) will get you there. If you travel mostly Transatlantic and you want non-stop, CO has the most destinations. If you need Eastern Europe, DL flies to many major cities.
If you need Asia, UA and NW will get you there. If you need the South Pacific, CO can take you. As for US, they have no special network at all (maybe that's why they're doing so poorly).
As for domestic flights, each major carrier has their own regional niche, and they all serve the major cities from at least one hub. So you could basically choose anyone if you're only traveling to major cities.
Although I know this isn't what you're looking for, it really depends on your situation.
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7252 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4899 times:
I have no problem i almost fly AA 100% of the time. last time i did not AA was VS to LGW. That is the only time I would not fly AA is when i am doing a non-stop international flight then i just look for the best fares. But almost all domestic and most international unless going to Europe is done with AA for me. Of Course it is easy since i live here in MIA.
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Deltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4870 times:
I fly DL almost 100% of the time. The only time I don't fly them is to very small cities that might only have one carrier serving them (like Dubuque, IA or Williamsport,PA). But, I could still fly DL to an airport within an hour or so of those cities and drive if I wanted. I also can fly DL to Europe and to visit family in India. So, it works for me!
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4836 times:
I fly AS 95% of the time. I don't have much of a choice from FAI and it's too much of a hassle and expense to change airlines in ANC or SEA. If somebody else flew to FAI, I would probably use them though.
Amwest25 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4718 times:
Up until recently I flew mostly America West but I have been giving AS a try the past few weeks on my frequent trips to Vancouver just as they have better flight options to Vancouver but higher fares so I am not sure who I am going with long term yet.
Flyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4704 times:
It really depends on your travel pattern.
I usually can fly AA And am willing to pay a bit more. Sometimes I can't. For examples from 2004:
NYC-Dothan, Alabama. AA does not fly to Dothan so I had to take AA to Orlando and then Delta the rest of the way.
JFK-SFO: AA was the ideal choice, and with the LGA-MCO flight I took to get to Dothan I earned a AANYC cert.
IGR-BUE: I would have takes Southern Winds, an AA partner, but everybody else was on Aerolinias Argentinas, so I had no real choice.
BUE-IGR: Aerolineas was the only flight I could take, time wise.
IGR-BUE: Southern Winds and AA miles!!
That's some of my 2004 flights. A majority of my travel is overseas, so I usually can take AA to get me close to where I want to go, and then a local airline (usually an AA partner) the rest of the way. If the flight is short I'll take an non-AA partner just to try them out. When I was in Madrid I took Spanair to Barcelona and Iberia back.
Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4648 times:
When I started to travel by myself a few years ago, my goal was to fly a different airline each time I would fly (it's really easy when you fly only 1 or 2 times a year :-( ). At that time I didn't know anything about FF programs... Now I do and I try to fly one alliance, as Aerorobnz said, but I think it's quite difficult if you're just an enthusiast who wants to fly almost everywhere
InnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4599 times:
As I stated above, I do fly UAL a lot... but that's mostly for places where I don't have direct service such as LAX or SJC. When we visit my in-laws in Houston, we take the CO direct flights to IAH. Why would I connect through DEN or ORD?
I guess the revised question would be... why would you bother if it is significantly more advantageous to fly a different carrier once in a while?
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Smithfly114 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4573 times:
I fly non-rev on AA. I have never been on another US carrier. The only other carriers I have been on are code share airlines flying within another country ( i.e. Lan Chile within Chile) And I have traveled extensively throughout the world and the us, so it is entirely possible
American757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4513 times:
I try to stay loyal now that I have mileage plus. Since 2002 my flying pattern was UA, NW, CO, UA, Upcoming DL. I am going to try to stay loyal to United for awhile. I plan on flying them next month to DTW again, if I can talk the parents into it, I guess I will pay. Then next summer we will be flying twice, so I think I will book those on UA too. Well that or Delta, since we have their SkyMiles thing now. Its much more convienient for me to fly UA though since they are my home airline, and they serve anywhere I want to go.
AAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4440 times:
If American goes there, I'm on them.
As for those who travel to airports outside of the city they wish to visit, personally I figure in travel time, hassle, and added expense. I could regularly save $100 by flying out of Orlando, but why bother? Have to figure in driving two to two and a half hours each way (depending on traffic), tollway costs, gasoline, more expensive parking, and having to stay in a hotel before or after the trip, depending on the flight times (I won't get up at 2am to drive to make a 7am flight).