Kcle From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1130 times:
I am planning a trip to Tampa FL. at the end of July, and I want everyone's opinion. Which would you rather do.
1. Fly AirTran CAK-ATL-TPA-ATL-CAK for $476 round-trip for two. Flights are DC-9's. Service will be nice since I've flown them before.
2. Fly Delta CLE-CVG-TPA-ATL-CLE for $485 round-trip for two. The flights to and from TPA are going to be 767's. If I choose this flight, it will be my first on a widebody, and first time seeing one in person.
So, it's down to flying on a cheaper airline with good service, or fly on a slighly more expensive airline just to fly in a widebody. Hmmmm....descisions, descisions. Help me out, guys!
Timmsp From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 220 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 881 times:
My vote would be to go Delta. A $9 difference is really no difference at all. Plus there is really not much at all to see at CAK in terms of non-commuter airliners and even those are few and far in between.
It's more interesting to fly on a plane that you've never been on before. Plus, you'll get to see some Continental planes at CLE.
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 830 times:
I would put my vote for AirTran. I don't know how you got $476 on them. Did you try http://www.airtran.com? On there I found fares from CAK-TPA via ATL for AS HIGH AS $339.00 r/t. There are also fares for as low as $249 r/t including taxes. This is with two week advance purchase, for flights peak, off-peak, one day, multiple days.
The one week advance purchase has fares as high as $438.
BonanzaFunjet From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 809 times:
1. Don't you know why you got that fare on Delta??????????? Doesn't everyone know why the majors have low fares???????????? Thank Airtran, Frontier, Vanguard, Jet Blue, Spirit, Midway, Midwest Express, etc.
There is a war going on. Those airlines and their employees are fighting for you with comparatively low wages. As Lowfareair pointed out you can save over $200 for just two weeks notice. Come-on you can use $200 can't you. Save the 777 for later, it isn't going anywhere.
CV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 948 posts, RR: 6 Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 761 times:
I'd go with Delta. AirTran cancels so often here it is the running joke. No one commutes on them because they are far to unreliable, and even if they don't cancel they are always 2-3 hours late. If it is that close in price, go with Delta, my opinion.
AirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 761 times:
Id vote for AirTran,
I live in Philly and id say 99% of AirTran's flights go out on time. Even in Atlanta they dont cancel alot of flights. AirTran has made leaps and bounds in the last year and definately deserves your business. If the prices are comparitively the same, fly the little guy. The little guy appreciates it much more than delta would, where you would be just another name on a passenger list.
Delta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 8 Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 755 times:
I fly AirTran all the time, and I've never been on a flight that didn't get me where I was going on-time. Usually, I get there a few mins early. The 717s are nice, but if you are going to be flying on the DC-9s, I would pick the DL767. (but only because of the noise)
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 48 Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 745 times:
BonanzaFunjet hit it right on the head...if you don't patronize low fare airlines....and they leave the city or route you fly....you are not going to see low fare service again.
The only thing I take exception with are his categorizations of Midwest Express and Midway as low fare airlines. Unh-uh no way Jose.
And he omitted (intentionally or otherwise) my favorite low fare airline.
And although I don't know his dates of travel....I don't know why he doesn't take WN out of CLE for $442 RT for the party of two. Only downside is a change at Midway, but oh well. I'd rather do Midway than Hotlanta any day of the week.
Fighterpilot77 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 734 times:
fly airtran, save money now, then again later!!! DAL's motives are clear, they will dump low fares on unsuspecting consumers, flood the market with asms, kill off all competition then control the market! don't play into their hands, support the affordable, and low cost carriers they are the only thing keeping the majors from being able to have their way with you!! and you cant just hope someone else will protect you, and just be glad you're not trying to fly someplace that a quality low fare service isn't available(like your airport a few years ago)Take my word for it, if DAL drives AIRTRAN out of your city, you will feel prettty USED!!!!!!!!
Fighterpilot77 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 723 times:
Pay for your Airtran tickets with amex, 3 round trips = 1 free ticket anywhere airtran flys!!!!! All the Dal people are crying Skymilesssss, well they'll give you a free ticket after you've flown around the world, Plus on airtran you can upgrade your tickets for $25./leg, and really enjoy the leather seats, & free cocktails
717-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 601 posts, RR: 3 Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 719 times:
Delta's 767's, even the new -400's only have leather
seats in First Class. Save the 767 flights for the
transcon or overseas flights. If you fly AirTran you
can upgrade for $25.00 per segement get a better
seat and a couple of free beers or cocktails.On those
DL 767 flights ATL-TPA you are not going to get a meal
or anything special just a very limited beverage
selection what DL calls "Fast Break Beverage Service"
and a couple of biscoffs.
AAIalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 711 times:
Why would some one choose to fly DAL? THE only reason that their price is what it is, is because AirTran is there to save CAK? Without AirTran I'm sure you'd have to drive to CLE to avoid about a $1000.00 fare for your flight. The only kind of people that CHOOSE to fly Delta over a low fare airline are the people that don't care about their own money!
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 684 times:
>>AirTran cancels so often here it is the running joke. No one commutes on them because they are far to unreliable, and even if they don't cancel they are always 2-3 hours late<<
CV640: If I remember, FL had an 80%+ ontime record and a 98% completion factor in May.
>>FL does not have leather seats. Take Delta, you get better service.<<
Jetspotter: about half of the '9s have leather in business from what I understand. And what service on DL? Drinks and peanuts on two, maybe three legs if they decide to serve him on the TPA-ATL flight. Drinks and Biscoff's on all four of the FL flights.
Fighterpilot77 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 675 times:
Dal has its plants to confuse you, don't be confused, Dal in atl had 2 pts less % on time arrival last month than Airtran,most Airtran dc9's bus. class section has leather seats, I fly them all the time! the seats are blue! the rest of the Idiots posting in favor of DAL have all lost their low fare service don't make their mistake(sour grapes they don't have a quality low fare choice) And obviously they don't know a good deal when they see one!
25 YoungDon: I'd say fly Delta for only one reason, and that's to get on a widebody. If they flew narrows to Florida, I'd say AirTran all the way!
26 Airlinelover: I say AirTran!! I know people who have flown Delta for YEARS, and then they take an AirTran flight "just to prove how bad it is", and they don't go ba
27 DLMCO: Without a doubt, Delta! If the FL route were serviced by a 717, the story may be different, but otherwise, $9 savings is not enough of a reason to fly
28 BNE: For a similiar price go for Delta, you get the 767. If Airtran were offering the 717 on any of the legs you were considering then airtran might be wor
29 Lowfareair: >>$9 savings is not enough of a reason to fly an older plane with questionable maintenance record (DC9) versus a DL 762/763/764.
30 Me: Always fly the low fare carrier, no matter who it is. If you drive out the low fare competition, you'll be paying alot more next time you travel. Why
31 N766UA: How bout fly direct Continental? Avoid Air Trash and any connections.