EconoBoy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 157 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5043 times:
Assuming flight times, fares and destinations are similar, easily the most important deciding factor for me is the seat pitch in economy. After that, its whether the airline offers IFE. It is also nice to have smiling F/A's, but that's not essential for me.
Brasuca From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 717 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5008 times:
The most important thing for me is price. When prices are equivalent, I chose by aircraft, most of the time, the aircraft I have not flown yet, then the most comfortable one.
Mileage programmes also influence me most of the times. I don't mind with connections. For me, the more connection number, the better the flight is!
Blueskies From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5007 times:
For me, due to quite heavy traveling the most important factors are in order of importance:
* Schedules, especially return schedule (evening departure after normal office hours)
* Seat comfort (not necessary seat pitch alone, also noise of the aircraft)
* Onboard service quality in terms of food and the attitude of the FAs.
* If I have FF Status on the alliance (lounge access).
IFE does not have any significance for me.
Unfortunately my company's travel policy (cheap fares) plays also role in choosing the airline.
FlyingDoctorWu From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4994 times:
Price is definitely important buy if NW is competitve (ie within 30 bucks or so) I'll stay with them because I'm a worldperks elite member, so that means I could potentially get upgraded.... to Asia though I try to stick with NW- though I'll be hitting CI business class in April...
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7859 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4889 times:
For overnight flights I use Qantas simply because they are the only airline I know that lets me plug my autopap into a wall outlet - I have sleep apnea and can only sleep with the machine. Rather sad as I prefer the business class seats on BA.
I also use RTW tickets on oneworld when traveling on business and try to use as many sectors as possible with the various members. My overall preference is American because that is where I get the FF miles and free upgrades on LHR to ORD flights.
The only thing I avoid at all costs is a plane smaller than the F 100 or 737.
Marcopolo747 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 460 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4799 times:
1. Most important : on time performance and reliability.
2. Good cost benefit : paying a very cheap fare and then waiting hours to check-in, some hours more because the plane is late and then flying in a dirty plane to a destination that is 100 miles from the place you want to go might turn-out to be more expensive.
3. New and comfortable planes . A 28in seat pitch in a 4 hour flight could ne death.