I would not spend an extra penny to avoid an LCC unless I had a legitimate reason. I'll fly on an LCC just as happily as any other airline, and I dont buy into this "LCC's are trailer trash" stuff. I'm actually quite disappointed in some of our members who think that way. Come on.
Now, I had the chance to fly either DL
this summer. I chose DL
, you know why? Because I'd get to fly on an MD
-90. I also paid a bit more for the ticket. It wasnt avoiding an airline, it was avoiding yet another boring 737, to experience an MD
-90 for the first time. Had DL
been flying just 733s on the route, I might have taken WN
I had the opportunity to fly a whole host of airlines, LCC and not, to florida this year. I decided to fly Frontier. Their fares, were more expensive on the route than the competition. but I was willing to pay more just for the experience of flying F9
for the first time. A LCC!
But at the very last minute, F9
raised their fares even higher, beyond my budget, and I ended up booking DL
instead, who were priced much lower. I seriously considered NW
as well, but they had no IFE, and for a flight of that length, I wanted IFE.
Now I'm about to book a flight to california, and the choice is really between HP
, which is a quasi-LCC, and Alaska, which is definitely not a LCC. I'm happy with either of the two, because either way, I get at least two new aircraft types, and the experience of flying on a new airline.
These are deciding factors for me:
1. Aircraft type
2. Connections/Arrival times
5. View from the air on routes
6. Onboard IFE/service, depending on flight length (irrelevant on short flights)
7. Reputation of the airline
In roughly that order.
[Edited 2004-04-15 18:27:29]