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Trip Help. I've Got It Narrowed Down To 3 Options  
User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

Ok we've decided that we want to fly non-stop. Please give me your honest opinions.(we are flying economy, can't afford business) Here are the 3 options. Listed from cheapest to most expensive:

1.) AOM LAX-ORY A340-200

2.) United LAX-CDG 777-200

3.) Air France LAX-CDG 777-200 or 747-400

We are so indecisive. I promise this will be the last post regarding our trip this summer. Thanks in advance,
Ben

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User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

I've heard different things about UAL, but never anything bad about AF. Try AF. But then, it's your pocketbooks that will determine your final decision.

User currently offlineRaddog2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

I've taken a UA 777 SFO-CDG. It isn't bad. You have a personal tv and food is good. The seats are ok, although I don't think all rows are equal. Some rows, particularly in the center section, are more cramped than others. So watch out. If you get a good row, the pitch (32") is decent.

I have no experience with either AOM or AF. But I don't imagine AF would be THAT much better than UA, so I guess you can determine whether the price differential is worth it.

You probably know this already but just to mention quickly...I hope you're using a good travel agent or a consolidator vs. booking direct with the airlines. The price differences can be extreme. I'm currently planning a trip to India and the differences between published fares and consolidator fares are approaching $1000. Anyway, sorry if I'm telling you something you already know. Hope you have a nice trip -- Paris is amazing.


User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1533 times:

Take AOM. If you fly LAX-ORY you get enough mlieage for a free domestic flight. Go to http://www.qualiflyer.net to enroll in their programme.

The service on AOM is usually good and the 2-4-2 layout doesnt give you the feeling of being in a cattle car. If you fly later than August you also have a PTV.

Thanks

Avion


User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1531 times:

Yes i'm using a travel agent. The price difference between published fares and fares through the agent is approximately 200 dollars. For example, the published fare for Air France is $1100 and the travel agent can get it for $870. FYI, the price differential between AOM and Air France is less than a hundred bucks. (the AOM flight is $790) The question is, is Air France worth the extra 80 bucks per ticket?

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

I recommend AOL. The service is quite good and the A-340 is not very cramped. Last but not least you get the best price.

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

lol

User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

I don't like AF very much as I bad experiences with an old B747-100 and their ground staff, but I know from different sources that AF's B777-200s are very well equipped, for example with a much better entertainment system than UA's B777s (more channels, games). AOM doesn't offer PTVs, so I would take AF and pay more.
But don't take AF's B744, they don't have PTVs.

Regards
Udo


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