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What Is The Most Important To You?  
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3494 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

When you plan your travel, what is the most important consideration you take into account?

Type of Plane?
Airline?
Schedule?
1-Stop vs. Non-stop?
Airport Location? (i.e. LHR vs. LGW, JFK vs. LGA)

My most important criteria is: Getting there NON-STOP. Too many things can go wrong when you have to change planes (lost luggage, flight delays, etc.). My secondary importance is the airline I fly (I try to choose AA or UA), and if there are multiple options on the route, I try to choose the airline with the wide-body aircraft (especially the 767).

What's most important to you?

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User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Well i would have to agree on the non stop thing. But also the service that is offered as soon as you check in and when you arrive to the gate and when you get seated on the plane. Other than that it is not much else. Oh and also the newness of the plane. I really don't like flying older planes but If I get stuck on one well I guess that I am out of luck. I am not going to wait around for another flight and see if that will be a newer plane.

Airman99o



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User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

1. Airline (I always choose UA. I chose UA over NW on my last trip, even though NW was the cheapest...only $35 more for superior service)

2. Aircraft type (As an aircraft enthusiast, I tend to try to choose routes using a/c I maybe haven't yet flown on, but that is unusual)

3. Fewest stops



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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1419 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

For me, the airline is the most important part of making travel arrangements. If you're on a bad airline, then your trip will be ruined, simple as that.


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User currently offlineBernsa From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

1) Airline (I joined that frequent flyer plan for some reason - in my case Continental)

2) Time (I'm a very schedule oriented person) - Chose a 1-stop that left in the evening as opposed to a non-stop in the morning, so as to leave a day earlier and not take an extra day off from work.

3) # of stops (or stop-over - most direct if possible - e.g. EWR-MSP-SLC over EWR-IAH-SLC)

4) Aircraft Type (I like variety!)

5) Service (if international flight)


User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

The first and most important thing to me is the number of stops required to reach my destination. I prefer non-stop or, on international flights, changing planes once. Time of day is relatively unimportant if it's non-stop, but of course, I'd prefer NOT to take red-eye flights.  

Second is the level of service for the price of the ticket. I find that Midwest Express usually offers a great price and EXCELLENT business class service which can't be beat. Plus the ground staff are very professional and helpful.

These two things are key in the airline I choose to fly.



User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

Oddly, I am compleatly opposite of that. I look at it this way:

1) The more connections the better because more airports and more fun!

2) Always a different airline, for the experience.  

3) Preferably a different plane every time, I always like to fly a plane I have never been on if possible.

4) The only real prefferance I have is a window seat. Easier to sleep plus you get to look outside!!!!



JAT





User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Non-stop is a factor, but so is price. Lately I have found some scheduled airlines terrible, especially for the price you're paying. Most charter airlines in Canada have new fleets, so aircraft age is not a problem there, and I find they work harder to please the customer, which is something I remember for next time I book a flight. (which means I probably won't be booking again with AA)
therefore:
Price
Service
Fleet
P.S. Who cares how new the plane is if your flight is crap!


User currently offlineOozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

I love stops personally but my fiance (for the next 18 days!) does not. So when I am travelling alone the most important aspects for me are type of plane and not having a window seat directly above the wing. If I switch planes, I also enjoy that. If I am traveling with my fiance, the most important aspect is her comfort. Therefore, she gets the window or isle with me in the middle seat. And we do try to sit over the wing since there is less motion there. I also love being able to listen to ATC and air traffic on the headsets! My fiance does not get to talk to me at all when I have that option, sorry hon!

User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

-airline-since I am in a frequent flyer program, I try and travel that airline or an airline in it's alliace(oneworld in my case)
-service, I want to have an enjoyable flight
-#stops, non stops prefered
-aircraft, i am much more comfortable flying on a 757 than on a 727
-seat, I dont mind coughing up a little cash for a seat closer to the front
-safety record, dont wanna crash
-where check in is at arriving airport and difficulty of finding gate etc



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineZartan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

-If UAL, take UAL, because on UAL I can listen to air traffic control which is my #1 criteria. Plus I'm Premier and get econo plus a lot. But seriously, cockpit radio is the #1 concern. Love it - my plane from ORD to DCA a month or so ago was followed by Air Force One who was going from Minneapolis to Andrews AFB. It was really interesting to hear them steering around the same t-storms we were - and interesting to note that the ATC did not treat them differently. Anyway, that's off topic.

-Aircraft. Generally, the bigger the better.

-Airline. Which one do I have FF on?


User currently offlineEllinopedo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2372 times:

1) WINDOW SEAT



Ellinopedo

User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

1) Type of plane.

2) Non-Stop at all costs....unless it is not possible.

3) Airline is only important for FF points...airport location is irrelevant as is scheduling.


User currently offlineHaanZ From New Zealand, joined May 2000, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

Because I tend to travel Scandinavia - New Zealand and return when I first go anywhere I tend to pick an itinerary with

-as direct as possible. Transit kills me.
-airline(s), because of frequent flyer program (Star Alliance)
-schedule. I'm going to land in New Zealand feeling totally out there from jet lag anyway. I love 12 hrs time difference... well, it's actually 10 now due to daylight savings and opposite seasons.


User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

My first concern: Cost=airline. Since I non-rev on American, I fly them almost exclusively.

My second concern is availability... I need to be able to get a seat on my flights. When I can fly on American, I then choose flights based on time of day (I often want to leave after a day of school rather than wait another day to get home, and I like to spend as much time as possible away from Indiana before going back). I also consider route and aircraft, though which I care about more varies from trip to trip.

If I am flying revenue, I choose based on price, though I would consider paying slightly more for an airline that I'd prefer.

If I fly non-rev on an airline other than American, I choose based on availability of flights to my destination, as ID-90s cost about the same on any airline.


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