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AA/DL/UA On JFK - LAX - Who Do I Choose?  
User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

I'm too used to flying in Europe and need to know the best airline for the JFK-LAX run....I'm going towards UA because of the cheaper fare but I've gotten used to AA on the JFK-LHR runs and have been very happy but the 762 doesn't excite me.....what do I do? Any opinions welcomed!!!

mcmahonsmr

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User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3527 times:

UA is very nice, and UA wants your business. On UA, the 767-200 is nothing special. Infact, it is not up to the same levels in terms of its interior as the 767-300 is. However, on the other side, the crews are usually friendly, and offer a good/great level of service in all cabins.

If UA is cheaper, go with them.

I L U V 7 6 7


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

While I like UA, simply from the perspective of legroom I'd go with AA. The service and IFE are similar on UA and AA (I haven't flown Delta on the route). If UA is significantly cheaper, though, I'd stick with UA.

(Of course, there is always JetBlue to LGB....)


User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

I say go with the AA. Firstly they do have that MRTC (more room throughout coach) which really makes a difference. Plus they just renovated their terminal at LAX and taht might be interesting to check out.
DC-10's Forever



"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1104 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

Flew JFK-LGB this morning on AA 757. About 40 people on the flight nobody for 4 rows in front of me.

MRTC all the way.



I can drive faster than you
User currently offlineDelta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

If your flying in a premium class, I would choose delta for its domestic business elite service. Superb!

User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

Go with AA. Of the six JFK-LHR flight a day, five are with the 777. If your flying coach the extra legroom will be nice. Especially on a trans-Atlantic flight.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3472 times:

Especially on a trans-Atlantic flight.

Last I checked, JFK-LAX wasn't transatlantic unless you go the long way round....  Smile


User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3462 times:
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LMP737 is AA still doing the 777 on that run? I thought it was only the month of June as training for the upcoming LAX-NRT route?

Sorry to get off the subject, Mcmahonsmr what are your preferences?
Direct or connecting?
Plane type?
Price?

I personally chose by price with plane type a close second!



C'mon Man
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3459 times:
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Hey, go to LGB and fly jetBlue

They will be cheaper without a doubt and the service is always dependable.

JBLUA320

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User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5483 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

I would go with AA. I always thought their service was a little above United and Delta, plus MRTC. However, if you want to sacrifice legroom and go with the cheaper fare, that might not be a bad idea.

blink



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User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

Fly with Delta- for at the most 80 dollars, you have a chance to upgrade into BusinessElite on the flight depending on how open the Firstclass/BusinessElite cabin is.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

For at the most 80 dollars, you have a chance to upgrade into BusinessElite on the flight depending on how open the Firstclass/BusinessElite cabin is.

No. For at the most 80 dollars from a K FARE OR HIGHER, you have a chance to upgrade into BizElite. Unfortunately, the K fare itself is about $200 more than the cheapest fare in the market. So esentially, its $280 to upgrade.


User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

I have flown all three and it depends on what you want. United's service in all three classes (First, Business, and Economy) are very good although the 767-200's are beginning to show their age, inside and out. They are clean and well maintained, but they are not as nice as UA's 767-300ER's. United's cabin crew in this market are usually friendly, professional, and caring. I've always had a good flight going to LAX and SFO and SEA for that matter, although the SEA flights are operated with A320's, not widebodies (used to be a 757).

American's advantages are MRTC, a greater chance of flying on a 767-300ER (I think AA has more of those going to the West Coast from JFK than UA, which has only one, to SFO, and none to LAX). Apart from that, the service on both carriers are virtually the same.

Delta's BusinessElite to LAX and SFO outdoes both the AA and UA product in terms of comfort, ergonomics, and amenities, but DL has far fewer flights, 3 nonstops max to each city, making it less attractive schedule wise. I've also found Delta's service in Economy to be average at best.

I think you'll find all three basically provide the same. Delta's Business Elite is the clear winner in the premium cabin, but all are fine choices.

ContinentalEWR


User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3370 times:

B747-437B- so I am correct.. for 80 bucks, he could upgrade depending on his ticket level. The whole 200 dollar bit is more or less a play on words in my eyes. If the person would be interested in this, they could call the Delta reservation line and get a quote on the price for a ticket in which they could use the upgrade. Also depending on the price on AA, or UA, he could always spend less or slightly more on Delta to be able to have the ability to upgrade, which would remove the whole "280 to upgrade" argument of yours if it close to what he would pay elsewhere.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

2cn - you have no clue how revenue travel on Delta works do you?

User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

B747-437B- what exactly am I wrong about? Please, inform me.. instead of just insulting me by saying I do not know what I am talking about.. at least tell me what it is I am inncorrect on.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

When you factor in the higher fare required to be purchased (the lowest upgradeable fare currently is $121 more than the lowest AA or UA fare in the market) plus the $80 extra for the upgrade itself, you are paying $201 more than you would on the cheapest fare (DL, AA or UA). Hence, even though you are marketing it as a $80 upgrade, its actually $200 to upgrade and $120 for a CHANCE to upgrade.

User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

Again, what have I said that is wrong? I have said, depending on his fare he could upgrade for 80 dollars (yes in my first post I didn't go into fare levels, as I have not been quite sure what fares can and can not, and I did not have a recent NewsDigest infront of me). Depending on when he books, he may not be paying extra for this chance besides the 80 dollars. Also, if he were to fly on the late night flight out of JFK to LAX (around 10 pm) and the red eye back to JFK (gets in about 6 am) those flights I've found have always been quite open in both cabins, and the person would have a good chance to upgrade. Again, as I said, this option all depends on what he ends up paying. Hopefully he shops around and if the price to be able to upgrade is near or the same as the rest, then it might be worth his while to try.

User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

Correction.

There are 3 daily 767-300s b/n SFO-JFK this summer.

2 in the morning.
1 on the redeye.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3289 times:

JFKTOWERFAN:

AA schedule for next week shows five 777 flights from JFK-LHR.

Mcmahonsmr:

If you have miles with AA you might as well stick with AA. Besides, you get MRTC.


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6234 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

AA MRTC is a clear winner if you are flying coach.
But I must agree with others check out JetBlue, they sound like a very good economic alternative.

Chepos



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

One thing to keep in mind is that AA's 767s do not have PTVs in Coach.

United's 763s have PTVs and Economy Plus, which is better than MRTC if you qualify, or are lucky enough to be granted E+ after asking for it on day of departure.


User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3489 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

Fly Delta! DL is the the best airline in the world! J/K!
Fly who you want, cheapest is usually best however.


User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

Its a done deal - did some reworking and got economy on AA for $295 roundtrip, miles and MRTC on 762's.

Me happy!!

mcmahonsmr


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