Well I live in Seattle and used to live in NYC, I still go to NYC about 6-7 times a year, so I figured I should share some experiences. Actually all the comments here are pretty much covered already. I will only talk about nonstop flight.
I happened to fly AA
there the most just because I have miles with AA
the most and sometimes to connect to international flight to Europe. One reason to choose AA
is that you can show off your friend the brand new terminal 8/9 of AA
upon arrival. (I believe on the way back JFK
, they still use the old terminal 8) If you go on B6
, those terminal 2/3 or 6 are among the oldest and always give the visitors bad impression about JFK
I flew DL
often as well, not every flights to/from JFK
are featured with PTV. It's pretty random, hard to tell which flight has it. I think the service is a bit better thatn AA
with free snack box. I believe they still fly 3 times a day that give you more choices of time to choose.
They only have red-eye which can be a preference to some people. As they say, pretty much the same as DL
on their red-eye one but a bit bigger pitch. The tix are not usually the cheapest.
I only flew on their red-eye, the tix is usually more expensive than others. They serve meals on the day-flight. Terminal C at EWR
is just among the average but I think it's better than other terminals at EWR
also offers 3 flights a day just like DL
I've never flown AS
on the route.
It varies, but from my experience, for nonstop, AA
always are the cheapest, or you can try with connections.
I think CO
is slightly better, DL
,B6 are not bad, well it depends on the F/A, any airlines can be good or bad. After all these are all American carrier, you cant expect much.
Day flight VS
Red-eye on SEA
My personal opinion is:
1)Red-eye (CO,B6,DL) is good only that you can take the day off from work the least (work all day in Seattle and go to the airport at 10PM). It's a lot less crowded at night in Sea-Tac, no line in anywhere. The actual flying time of 4.40 hrs will give you only 3.30-4 hrs to sleep and arrive at JFK
in the morning. The night is over but you will feel tired all day and have to take a few hours nap which to me, I think it kinda ruins my vacation time.
2)Morning flight (AA,CO,DL,AS) I think is the best. You might have to wake up a bit early to go to the airport but you get to nap over the flight. When you get to NYC at 4-5PM get to the city at 6PM, you can still have dinner, do something else and get a full night sleep. I think it's the best way to adjust the time. The only negative thing is that once you get to NYC airspace, it would take longer to get you to the ground, especially to JFK
3)Noon/afternoon flight (CO,DL,AS) is Ok for adjusting time but you really lose the whole day on traveling. You get to NYC around 11PM-midnight. The air traffic is also bad at JFK
at the time too.
evening on NYC-SEA
My personal opinion is:
1)Morning (AS,CO,DL) is good that at least you can get back to work in Seattle at 11AM if you need to work on at day. You get up early in NYC but nap over the flight is OK
2)Evening (AA,AS,DL,CO) DL
have 2 (early/later) evening flights. You can hang in NYC until 3PM which is not bad.
Getting to/from airports:
: lots of people complain but my suggestion is to take airtrain to Jamaica and take E-train or LIRR to penn station. Taking LIRR will be the fastest way, the train comes very often (my record is from the plane to Manhattan is only 30 mins without waiting for a luggage of course). Taxi can take more time to the city in most cases. Take airtrain to Howard Beach and connect to A train only if you live in Brooklyn.
: take airtrain and connect to NJ
transit to Penn Station (from the plane to Manhattan can be 45-65 mins) Taxi can take longer.
To me, both airports are OK
as far as getting to Manhattan.
My last tip is:
The most impressive way to go from Seattle to New York City:
Drive or take a bus to YVR
airport and take CX
. You will get to fly 747-400 on Rolls-Royce engines with a full meal service from the top asian carrier plus a dessert before landing at JFK
. It's just a crazy idea LOL.
New York City Boy