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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5295 times:

Hi guys,

I might be booking a transcon flight from SLC this fall and Northwest and AA offer the same fare on this flight.


I am curious as to who's inflight service, on-time reliability, and hubs you prefer between these two carriers. MSP vs DFW, etc as well as your experiences in-flight.

Thank you for your help.

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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5116 times:

Depends on what your final destination is, but everything else being equal, AA wins hands-down.

The first and foremost reason to fly AA is the MRTC format in coach. Much more legroom, and much more comfortable seats.

Second, while DFW isn't the best connecting airport in the world, it will be much less delay-prone than MSP in the fall. Temperatures in MSP will probably require de-icing (which can lead to delays), and there even could be a slight chance of snow.

As an experience in general, I have flown both AA and NW and find AA by far the superior airline. Planes are more comfortable, service seems more professional, and it's an overall great airline. I'd highly recommend going with AA.



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5097 times:




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If you have been to MSP but have not been to DFW, then I recommend you to visit DFW. Or vice-versa.

Overall, the AA/NW decision is up to you.



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User currently offlineEAL727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5076 times:

I 2nd Ssides's opinion. I will always choose AA simply for the legroom and service, and especially on a cross country flight. If I had a choice, I would skip DFW and take my chances at ORD as a connecting point however. Enjoy your trip!!


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User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5075 times:

MSP for me. If you're going from SLC to the East Coast, it's shorter to stay in the northern tier rather than south to DFW and back north.

As far as weather, MSP has an excellent record, even in the winter. The NW ops are awesome at MSP.



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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5046 times:

It'll be during the week of Oct. 11 and final destination is MCO. Something just came up and I wasn't planning this as I'll be in Florida next month already...but...your opinions are valued.

User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

NW just began SLC-DTW service - if you can visit the new Midfield Terminal, Northwest wins hands-down in the facilities category. Even if you're not able to route through DTW, I'd still choose MSP over DFW, especially now that the C Concourse Tram is up and running in Minneapolis.

AA's MRTC is an appealing option, as long as you can avoid 757s on your trip. Of course, your odds of switching your seat on NW to a bulkhead or exit-row chair are good, so don't let that be a deciding factor.

If you're traveling through MSP in September or October, there's no need to worry about weather. Late November might require de-icing, but don't worry about delays, as this process will be added to your flight's block time. With any luck, it'll be a nice day, de-icing won't be necessary, and your flight will arrive early.

Since the airlines are fairly even, go with whatever carrier you have more FF miles with, or the airline that allows you to earn the most miles. In the end, it's all about the freebies, right?


Regards,

N-Dub



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

if your flying SLC-MCO then more likely you will be flying on


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User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

Not really, 9/11 (awful screen name, by the way). Try...

SLC-MSP

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Regards,

N-Dub



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User currently offlineTekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

AA wins in my book. AA has More Room Throughout Coach on all their airplanes besides the 757 and AB6. The MRTC makes a big difference. DFW and MSP are both easy to make connections through. NW doesn't offer any IFE on domestic flights. There's a chance you might get on an AA aircraft with IFE. Either way, don't let IFE be the deciding factor as it's not that big of a deal on a domestic flight (at least not to me).

User currently offlineOkie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4940 times:

MRTC gives AA+
DFW is not that hard to connect relatively good view of Ops

MSP has a really nice mall fairly good view of Ops
If I was on leisure travel and had 2+ hour layover and never been to MSP then I would recommend MSP just to say I had been there. It is just not a common hub unless you are flying NW.

Okie



User currently offlineAmericanairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4857 times:

I go for AA all the way at DFW the planes I've seen there look very well taken care of also DFW seems to be mostly on time I've only spotted there once and the traffic seems to run smooth. Also if you reserve a flight on AA it tells you the type of A/C you will fly in. Over all its your choice but go with AA!!  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4723 times:


DFW the planes I've seen there look very well taken care

Most, if not, all the airlines take good care of their aircraft.


User currently offlineTasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

You know - both are excellent airlines. I would choose the one that gives me the superior connections. If I have IFE or not isn't a really big concern considering the limited duration of the flights. Now if I were flying JFK-LAX or intercontinental; it would be another matter entirely.

Tasha  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

Any type of a/c you would like to try? If you're particular about what type of aircraft you'd like to fly on then I'd do a lil bit of reconisance into what aircraft the airlines will have on the routes to MCO. Keep in mind also, the different aircraft offer different IFE as well. AA MD-80's offer MRTC, but no IFE. AA 737-800's offer MRTC with IFE, etc. Not sure about NW, people here can tell you.


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User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

DEFINITLEY take AA.... there is the whole More Room In Coach thing, which I promise is well worth it. DFW is nice, you get to see tons of Airplanes, although 7/10 are MD80s and 737-800s. Northwest...well.... is not known for its spectacular service... AA is no BA or SIA but I assure you the service on AA will be better. Plus, why go north (BRR COLD) when you can go south?

-AA777


User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

I would like to have IFE, but NW doesn't offer it and AA doesn't either on the MD-80 from SLC-DFW. Past that point i forget which aircraft i'd connect to but ill look. Either way i won't get much IFE.

User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Go with Northwest  Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12148 posts, RR: 49
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4454 times:
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Being originally from DTW I would take NW over AA, the more room through coach is nice, service wise both are similar, and I like MSP over DFW any day of the week. Choice is your though.


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User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 692 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4430 times:

I would pick NW. The connecting facilities at MSP and DTW are much easier to connect at than DFW (none the less, still real big). The ground and air service over the last few years at NWA has become absolutley fantasic, as a matter of fact, I go way out of my way to fly NW now. (I would not have said that 3 or 4 years ago).

By the way, when here at MSP, de-icing shouldn't be an issue in October. You have to wait till around Thanksgiving until you have constant icing issues.



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

take AA for the extra leg room. just make sure you're not on an A300 or 757..they don't have extra leg room.

NW does an excellent job as well.



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User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3489 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

Take NW, MSP is a great connecting airport with great facilities, definitely one of the nicest airports in the US. It could be a long walk, but it's easier to connect through than DFW, which was originally designed as an O&D airport. MSP shouldn't have any weather delays until late November, and even in the winter weather delays are almost nonexistent. Go with NW!

Jeremy


User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4224 times:

I would go with NW. It just makes sense to go SLC-MSP-MCO, instead of SLC-DFW-MCO. Besides MSP is a way better airport than DFW.


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User currently offlineTekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

It just makes sense to go SLC-MSP-MCO, instead of SLC-DFW-MCO.

Huh? Why does it make more sense to go to the northern tip of the US just to get to the southern tip?


User currently offlineJeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

If the fare wasnt too much more...I'd try to find a DL flight via ATL so I could take the ATL-MCO hop on a 777!

Otherwise, go with NW in terms of better connections and you most likely can get an exit row

JeckPDX



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25 FLY2LIM : I am a loyal AA passenger. However, simple geography tells you that you should go SLC-DFW-MCO. As someone else asked, why fly northeast to go southeas
26 Post contains links and images AmericanAirFan : I go for AA all the way at DFW the planes I've seen there look very well taken care of also DFWseems to be mostly on time I've only spotted there once
27 Ssides : Otherwise, go with NW in terms of better connections and you most likely can get an exit row What? Connections will be better at DFW, because AA will
28 Flyguyclt : Wasn't the "more room thing" on AA canned? MSP won a top 5 most preferred airport award from J.D. Powers and Associates for 2003. DTW and AMS all NWA
29 Ssides : Wasn't the "more room thing" on AA canned? Only on 757s and A300s. AA operates MD-80s on SLC-DFW, and a mix of MD-80s and 757s on DFW-MCO. MSP won a t
30 Post contains images Flyguyclt : Fine but would still rather have more room in coach? Fine, But I would rather still have my job in the years ahead ! More seats, More Happy Customers,
31 DeltAirlines : Keep in mind that most AA flights into MCO are LRTC. 7/9 DFW-MCO flights are with 757, the other 2 (which are poor connecting times since they are the
32 Post contains images ATAIndy : Try this. If you like cold weather go through MSP. If you are a warm weather person go through DFW. Or you can just flip a coin! Your Choice ATAINDY
33 AirlineFanatic : SLC-JFK-MCO on JetBlue!!!
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