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Reconsidering The Widget: Should I Bring A Towel?  
User currently offlineFiveMileFinal From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1771 times:

So I have the opportunity(?) to visit a friend in Atlanta a few weekends from now, and I see that Delta has numerous flights nonstop between SFO and the world's busiest airport. And they have fares that are spanking just about everyone else on the market right now, so I'm thinking about blowing the three-year layer of dust off my SkyMiles card.

What's even more attractive than the fare is, while no one else can be bothered with sending anything bigger than a 73 along that route (including United, who's just being stupid with the fare), DL is more than content sending 75s and even 76s...and I'd love to hop on a 764 if I can get the chance.

But then, the Widget has had more than its share of problems lately, nearly going under after the whole pilot contract showdown. That appears to be behind them for the most part, and I've no qualms with flying bankrupt airlines, but am curious - right now, if you had the opportunity to go with Delta, would you?

I am certainly not trying to start a flame war with this, I know how contentious these little threads can be. But I genuinely would like input on this. Thanks.


You goin'? We fly you dere! You been? We done already flew up in dere!
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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

If you "know how contentious these little threads can be," then why did you start one?

If Delta meets your price, schedule, and service needs, and you can't think of any other reason not to fly with them, then do so. If not, then UA and FL both offer nonstop service in the SFO-ATL market.

I guarantee you won't get any meaningful feedback--one way or the other--from anybody around here.



It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineWorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

There are absolutely no indications that DL is not carrying its share of passengers based on its capacity. DL, along with most of the legacies, have been running very reliable operations and DL's employees are more gracious than they've been in a long time.

I would suggest not waiting too long to make up your mind. Summer is a peak travel and good fares esp to/from the west coast don't often last long.


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1787 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

DL is better now than ever. Our situation is very secure at the present and our goal is to erase those doubts that future customers such as your self have. My advice is book now before that fare gets away from you as our flights get full fast at the last minute. Welcome aboard and enjoy your flight.


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User currently offlineFiveMileFinal From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 1):
If you "know how contentious these little threads can be," then why did you start one?

Because I still want my question answered. I think we can all be grown-ups here, despite popular opinion as to otherwise.

BTW, I'm quite aware of both Airtran and United offering nonstops out of SFO. My question was, "if you had a chance to ride the Widget, would you?"

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 1):
I guarantee you won't get any meaningful feedback--one way or the other--from anybody around here.

I think I'll be the judge of that, honestly.

[Edited 2006-06-29 01:58:15]


You goin'? We fly you dere! You been? We done already flew up in dere!
User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4731 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

Quoting FiveMileFinal (Reply 4):
BTW, I'm quite aware of both Airtran and United offering nonstops out of SFO. My question was, "if you had a chance to ride the Widget, would you?"

Ride the Widget? In a heartbeat.

As a frequent DL flyer (Medallion), I ride on DL metal whenever I can and can honestly say Delta's slowly getting back to what made Delta, well, Delta - service and hospitality from the heart.

There's a renewed energy and spirit amongst the Delta workers (maybe it's the uniform, or maybe the renewed hope that they're working for a company that's solidarity will be confirmed shortly).

Go for it, sit back, relax and if there's anything they can do to make your flight more comfortable, let them know. I'm sure on behalf of the 50,000 or so Delta employees worldwide, someone will wish you a great flight.

And yes, I'll admit, sometimes I do drink from the Kool-Aid jar at the CRC in ATL!



Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlineFiveMileFinal From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 5):
And yes, I'll admit, sometimes I do drink from the Kool-Aid jar at the CRC in ATL!

I was about to say "Ohhhh yeahhhh!"  Wink  duck 

Thanks...my only concerns were the customer service and the possibility that they might mysteriously have a collapse of epic proportions while I'm in the ATL. From what I've read the latter doesn't seem to be any real possibility (like it was oh, say, about a month and a half ago) and the former can be no worse than United.  Smile

I actually flew with DL exclusively in the late 90s till about 2002, FWIW (not much, I know  Smile )



You goin'? We fly you dere! You been? We done already flew up in dere!
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

Quoting FiveMileFinal (Reply 4):
I think we can all be grown-ups here, despite popular opinion as to otherwise.

BTW, I'm quite aware of both Airtran and United offering nonstops out of SFO. My question was, "if you had a chance to ride the Widget, would you?"

I think that popular opinion is supported by past threads, as a simple search would show.

For what it's worth, I think if you choose to fly Delta, you will find an airline dramatically better than the one you last flew three years ago. Is it the old Delta that we all came to know and love? No, not yet. But it's way better than what Delta became in recent years. Delta employees are polite and friendly, even in the face of uncertainty. It would be our pleasure to welcome you aboard.

Quoting FiveMileFinal (Reply 4):
I think I'll be the judge of that, honestly.

I think most people here recognize that when you ask a "should I or shouldn't I fly X airline" question, it's like asking "which baseball team should I root for?" Everybody has their favorite, for their own reasons, and everybody can give you some anecdote about a bad experience on the airline they hate. Even on FlyerTalk, where members are mostly high mileage flyers--from high yielding business travelers to price conscious leisure travelers--you can find a wide variety of opinions about any airline.



It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1460 times:

Should you bring your towel?

Only always.

And remember: Don't Panic.


:D



I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
User currently offlineExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1451 times:

There's no indications that DL faces a financial or labour event that'd result in you having problems a few weekends from now.

Is there the possibility that DL might not be around a year from now? Hypothetically, yes - they still have a lot of work to do in Ch 11. But a few weeks from now? Probability of something so extreme as to result in your flight not existing is right around zero.

As long as no one activates an Infinite Improbability Drive near Atlanta (or the Bankruptcy Court in NYC), you're fine.  Silly


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3068 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1412 times:

Quoting FiveMileFinal (Thread starter):
But then, the Widget has had more than its share of problems lately, nearly going under after the whole pilot contract showdown. That appears to be behind them for the most part, and I've no qualms with flying bankrupt airlines, but am curious - right now, if you had the opportunity to go with Delta, would you?

I would in a heartbeat, have in the past, and will in the future. I'm flying them in Sept on BOS-JFK, and again in November on SEA-ATL-AUA-ATL-SEA. My experience with them in recent months has been better than other carriers.

Give 'em a try - and give us a trip report.


User currently offlineFiveMileFinal From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1400 times:

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 7):
I think that popular opinion is supported by past threads, as a simple search would show.

To humor you, I did a search (mind you, I did a search prior to asking the question) and got 5 results, none of which remotely came close to answering my specific question on whether it is a good idea at the present time to book a flight on DL taking into account the recent troubles they were having.

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 7):
I think most people here recognize that when you ask a "should I or shouldn't I fly X airline" question, it's like asking "which baseball team should I root for?"

Well, sure, but that's kind of the point of a.nut, isn't it? Some people feel the need to rep their airline, others don't have favorites. In the end, it's up to me to ask the questions I want answers to, determine what's fluff and what isn't, and make my decision based on my research. I don't see anything inherently wrong with that.



You goin'? We fly you dere! You been? We done already flew up in dere!
User currently offlineOutlier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1372 times:

Quoting FiveMileFinal (Thread starter):
right now, if you had the opportunity to go with Delta, would you?

Absolutely. Without a doubt, qualm, hesitation.
Good people.


User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4792 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1310 times:
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Quoting FiveMileFinal (Thread starter):
right now, if you had the opportunity to go with Delta, would you?

Another one here in the YES camp...I fly DL about every other week (sometimes every week) and have no qualms about keeping my advance reservations, which currently extend to the end of 2006.


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