United777ORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 265 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5189 times:
I am flying US Airways on Thanksgiving Day for a 7:25am flight to Pittsburgh. How early do I need to check-in. I know that Southwest dominates Terminal 1 and I have heard about the congestion. Also, with the possibilities of a major storm approaching the east coast, should I expect my flight to be delayed? Also, are there any good restaurants in Terminal 1 @ LAX? How is the AirMall at PIT? Thanks in advance for any feedback/suggestions.
Jfrworld From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5152 times:
I would arrive at least 2 hours before your departure. In my experience, the early morning flights create a huge rush. Since most major airlines start their day with 6 or 7 am flights, it creates a huge rush at security that doesn't seem to exist later in the day.
Swabur From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5146 times:
You probably need to be at the terminal two hours prior to your departure. If there are storms back East your plane might be a tinge delayed, I'd call US Airways before you get there to check there. Regarding the food, LAX is limited in Terminal 1, there's a California Pizza Kitchen, McDonalds, Starbucks, El Paseo (pretty good but a little pricey), and a Backlot Cafe. PIT is awesome, its like a mall in the terminals, im sure you'll be able to find something good there. Hope this helps.
Tornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4929 times:
Quoting Swabur (Reply 2): If there are storms back East your plane might be a tinge delayed, I'd call US Airways before you get there to check there
It looks as if your plane will be an RON plane. Also, PIT is rarely affected by east coast ground stops/flow controls because it is laid out better (simultaneous parallels) and has less traffic so that should not be an issue either. Welcome to the Steel City for your Thanksgiving!! I'll be in SW PA as well for the holiday, except I'll be driving it on Wednesday, mountain snow permitting.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5905 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4796 times:
You should check-in online and print your boarding pass before you go to the airport. This gives you significant protection against being an involuntary bump, and also it means that the first line you get into is the security line, not the check-in line. (Tell me you're not checking anything.)
Tornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4612 times:
You're asking the wrong person about actual seat availability I'm sorry to tell ya, I don't work for US. That said, I assume its worth a try, but that is probably the worst possible day to try a stand by on. The weather will be much better out here (PA) tomorrow (Wed) versus today, sans mountain snows, so if they try a goofy LAX-PHL-PIT routing it shouldn't be too bad for delays in PHL either. By Wed. evening there should be some light to moderate snow and some gusty winds at PIT, but nothing to significantly affect ops there. Like I said earlier, PIT is very hardy to weather with the simultaneous parallels and whatnot. However by Thursday morning that same clipper may be producing some snows and gusty winds at PHL if they give you that, and we all know what happens with bad weather at PHL. Have a nice trip, Happy Thanksgiving.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4593 times:
All I can say is good luck... You will need it!
We arrived at Terminal 1 at LAX at 5am for our flight to LGW connecting via CLT and the terminal was a nightmare.
We queued 1.5hrs for check-in and the queues were going outside the terminal to passenger drop off points. Once we checked in, had to go back outside and queue to get through security.
The staff in ther terminal were miserable and all seemed to have got out of bed the wrong side. We arrived at the boarding gate with 20mins to spare and had no time to get some breakfast or coffee
We was going to buy some food on the flight but the trolly had ran out by the time it got down to us. We were rather hungary by the time we got to Charlotte! The A321's they operate on the trans-con flights are very comfortable!
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4525 times:
The best advice anyone can give you on flying at or on the Holidays is: DON'T.
If you must, you must. But if at all possible, try and time your flights to either the day before or after the rush, perhaps at odd times of the day. Plan on plenty of lines and be sure to have plenty of patience.