Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5169 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.
EAL727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5129 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!!
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5080 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?
Tekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5005 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).
Okie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4993 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.
Americanairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4910 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!!
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Tasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4764 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.
N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4720 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.
AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2557 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4700 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?
Nwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 695 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4483 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.
SESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3508 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4332 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!