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Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:00 am

Hi guys,

I might be booking a transcon flight from SLC this fall and Northwest and AA offer the same fare on this flight.


I am curious as to who's inflight service, on-time reliability, and hubs you prefer between these two carriers. MSP vs DFW, etc as well as your experiences in-flight.

Thank you for your help.
 
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:11 am

Depends on what your final destination is, but everything else being equal, AA wins hands-down.

The first and foremost reason to fly AA is the MRTC format in coach. Much more legroom, and much more comfortable seats.

Second, while DFW isn't the best connecting airport in the world, it will be much less delay-prone than MSP in the fall. Temperatures in MSP will probably require de-icing (which can lead to delays), and there even could be a slight chance of snow.

As an experience in general, I have flown both AA and NW and find AA by far the superior airline. Planes are more comfortable, service seems more professional, and it's an overall great airline. I'd highly recommend going with AA.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:17 am




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If you have been to MSP but have not been to DFW, then I recommend you to visit DFW. Or vice-versa.

Overall, the AA/NW decision is up to you.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:20 am

I 2nd Ssides's opinion. I will always choose AA simply for the legroom and service, and especially on a cross country flight. If I had a choice, I would skip DFW and take my chances at ORD as a connecting point however. Enjoy your trip!!
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:20 am

MSP for me. If you're going from SLC to the East Coast, it's shorter to stay in the northern tier rather than south to DFW and back north.

As far as weather, MSP has an excellent record, even in the winter. The NW ops are awesome at MSP.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:26 am

It'll be during the week of Oct. 11 and final destination is MCO. Something just came up and I wasn't planning this as I'll be in Florida next month already...but...your opinions are valued.
 
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:28 am

NW just began SLC-DTW service - if you can visit the new Midfield Terminal, Northwest wins hands-down in the facilities category. Even if you're not able to route through DTW, I'd still choose MSP over DFW, especially now that the C Concourse Tram is up and running in Minneapolis.

AA's MRTC is an appealing option, as long as you can avoid 757s on your trip. Of course, your odds of switching your seat on NW to a bulkhead or exit-row chair are good, so don't let that be a deciding factor.

If you're traveling through MSP in September or October, there's no need to worry about weather. Late November might require de-icing, but don't worry about delays, as this process will be added to your flight's block time. With any luck, it'll be a nice day, de-icing won't be necessary, and your flight will arrive early.

Since the airlines are fairly even, go with whatever carrier you have more FF miles with, or the airline that allows you to earn the most miles. In the end, it's all about the freebies, right?


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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:31 am

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:37 am

Not really, 9/11 (awful screen name, by the way). Try...

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:41 am

AA wins in my book. AA has More Room Throughout Coach on all their airplanes besides the 757 and AB6. The MRTC makes a big difference. DFW and MSP are both easy to make connections through. NW doesn't offer any IFE on domestic flights. There's a chance you might get on an AA aircraft with IFE. Either way, don't let IFE be the deciding factor as it's not that big of a deal on a domestic flight (at least not to me).
 
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:43 am

MRTC gives AA+
DFW is not that hard to connect relatively good view of Ops

MSP has a really nice mall fairly good view of Ops
If I was on leisure travel and had 2+ hour layover and never been to MSP then I would recommend MSP just to say I had been there. It is just not a common hub unless you are flying NW.

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:44 am

I go for AA all the way at DFW the planes I've seen there look very well taken care of also DFW seems to be mostly on time I've only spotted there once and the traffic seems to run smooth. Also if you reserve a flight on AA it tells you the type of A/C you will fly in. Over all its your choice but go with AA!!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 8:39 am


DFW the planes I've seen there look very well taken care

Most, if not, all the airlines take good care of their aircraft.
 
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 8:43 am

You know - both are excellent airlines. I would choose the one that gives me the superior connections. If I have IFE or not isn't a really big concern considering the limited duration of the flights. Now if I were flying JFK-LAX or intercontinental; it would be another matter entirely.

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:03 am

Any type of a/c you would like to try? If you're particular about what type of aircraft you'd like to fly on then I'd do a lil bit of reconisance into what aircraft the airlines will have on the routes to MCO. Keep in mind also, the different aircraft offer different IFE as well. AA MD-80's offer MRTC, but no IFE. AA 737-800's offer MRTC with IFE, etc. Not sure about NW, people here can tell you.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:18 am

DEFINITLEY take AA.... there is the whole More Room In Coach thing, which I promise is well worth it. DFW is nice, you get to see tons of Airplanes, although 7/10 are MD80s and 737-800s. Northwest...well.... is not known for its spectacular service... AA is no BA or SIA but I assure you the service on AA will be better. Plus, why go north (BRR COLD) when you can go south?

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:45 am

I would like to have IFE, but NW doesn't offer it and AA doesn't either on the MD-80 from SLC-DFW. Past that point i forget which aircraft i'd connect to but ill look. Either way i won't get much IFE.
 
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 10:00 am

Go with Northwest  Big grin

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 11:57 am

Being originally from DTW I would take NW over AA, the more room through coach is nice, service wise both are similar, and I like MSP over DFW any day of the week. Choice is your though.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 12:10 pm

I would pick NW. The connecting facilities at MSP and DTW are much easier to connect at than DFW (none the less, still real big). The ground and air service over the last few years at NWA has become absolutley fantasic, as a matter of fact, I go way out of my way to fly NW now. (I would not have said that 3 or 4 years ago).

By the way, when here at MSP, de-icing shouldn't be an issue in October. You have to wait till around Thanksgiving until you have constant icing issues.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:06 pm

take AA for the extra leg room. just make sure you're not on an A300 or 757..they don't have extra leg room.

NW does an excellent job as well.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:24 pm

Take NW, MSP is a great connecting airport with great facilities, definitely one of the nicest airports in the US. It could be a long walk, but it's easier to connect through than DFW, which was originally designed as an O&D airport. MSP shouldn't have any weather delays until late November, and even in the winter weather delays are almost nonexistent. Go with NW!

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 1:44 pm

I would go with NW. It just makes sense to go SLC-MSP-MCO, instead of SLC-DFW-MCO. Besides MSP is a way better airport than DFW.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:06 pm

It just makes sense to go SLC-MSP-MCO, instead of SLC-DFW-MCO.

Huh? Why does it make more sense to go to the northern tip of the US just to get to the southern tip?
 
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:36 pm

If the fare wasnt too much more...I'd try to find a DL flight via ATL so I could take the ATL-MCO hop on a 777!

Otherwise, go with NW in terms of better connections and you most likely can get an exit row

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:22 am

I am a loyal AA passenger. However, simple geography tells you that you should go SLC-DFW-MCO. As someone else asked, why fly northeast to go southeast? Simple logic. I believe that NW is one of the few American carriers I have never flown, so I have no opinion. They all take good care of their planes, they all hire great crews, they all try hard. But, again, why waste time?
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:22 am

I go for AA all the way at DFW the planes I've seen there look very well taken care of also DFWseems to be mostly on time I've only spotted there once and the traffic seems to run smooth. Also if you reserve a flight on AA it tells you the type of A/C you will fly in. Over all its your choice but go with AA!!   Big thumbs up


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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:30 am

Otherwise, go with NW in terms of better connections and you most likely can get an exit row

What? Connections will be better at DFW, because AA will offer more flights and a shorter trip.

As far as the exit row is concerned, yes, they do have them on AA flights, but with MRTC, you don't really have to worry much!
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 1:39 am

Wasn't the "more room thing" on AA canned?

MSP won a top 5 most preferred airport award from J.D. Powers and Associates for 2003. DTW and AMS all NWA hubs did as well. Where any AA hubs on that list?

If you are a member of NWA Worldperks, Alaska MVP, Continental One Pass, or Delta Sky Miles you can collect miles on your NWA flight. Among others.

You can check in from your personal computer up to 36 hours before departure and print your boarding card from home. Get up to 5,000 bonus miles for enrolling in Worldperks, vist www.nwa.com for more information.

NWA flights are running at 85.6% loads this month. They are full for a reason. Fly the Red Tail and see why more and more travelers are finding NWA to be better than the rest. (By the way. NWA did not have to take seats out to lure people in.)

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 1:48 am

Wasn't the "more room thing" on AA canned?

Only on 757s and A300s.

AA operates MD-80s on SLC-DFW, and a mix of MD-80s and 757s on DFW-MCO.

MSP won a top 5 most preferred airport award from J.D. Powers and Associates for 2003. DTW and AMS all NWA hubs did as well. Where any AA hubs on that list?

OK, but routing an SLC-MCO trip through MSP or DTW still adds 500+ miles to your trip.

If you are a member of NWA Worldperks, Alaska MVP, Continental One Pass, or Delta Sky Miles you can collect miles on your NWA flight. Among others.

And on AA, you can get AAdvantage miles, Alaska Airlines miles, and many other oneworld partner airline miles.

You can check in from your personal computer up to 36 hours before departure and print your boarding card from home. Get up to 5,000 bonus miles for enrolling in Worldperks, vist www.nwa.com for more information.

OK, got us here -- AA.com only offers check-in 30 hours before.

(By the way. NWA did not have to take seats out to lure people in.)

Fine, but I'd still rather have more room in coach.







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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:38 am

Fine but would still rather have more room in coach?


Fine, But I would rather still have my job in the years ahead ! More seats, More Happy Customers, More Job Security.

NWA Just MORE ! ( And you know I am just pulling on your AAtitude towards NWA.)

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:58 am

Keep in mind that most AA flights into MCO are LRTC. 7/9 DFW-MCO flights are with 757, the other 2 (which are poor connecting times since they are the first two DFW-MCO flights) are MD-80s. Otherwise, ORD has 3 daily MD-80s to MCO (with only 1 757). SLC has only MD-80s to ORD and DFW, meaning MRTC.

I would personally go with AA for the MRTC, even if you only get it on the SLC flights, it is better than nothing, and you can build a layover possibly to ensure all MD-80s (it might mean a longer layover, but still...)

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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 4:18 am

Try this.

If you like cold weather go through MSP.
If you are a warm weather person go through DFW.
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RE: Northwest And AA?

Wed Jun 30, 2004 4:22 am

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