RICARIZA
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Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 12:13 pm

Hello,
I have the option of a US$2,500 round trip business class from MIA to MAD either in CO or US.

US trip:
MIA - PHL - MAD - PHL - MIA

CO trip:
MIA - EWR - MAD - EWR - MIA


Which one would you recomend? My only trip on US was an America West to Phoenix, uneventul but good and I have never used CO before. I use AV & AA must of the time but this time neither gave me a good business class price to MAD (around $4,500).

What do you think?
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 12:43 pm

I would go CO.

The BusinessFirst seats on the 762 (not sure about the 757 which also flies the route) are a step above the old Envoy seats on the US 333...but above that, the service on CO is far and away better.
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 3:20 pm

This is a very simple choice. Continental will give you good seats, food, and service.
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 4:22 pm



Quoting Meta (Reply 2):
This is a very simple choice

I completely agree. Go with Continental. Excellent food, service, and in flight experience in general.

I would also suggest you sign up for Onepass. The miles are good for 3 yrs (though they don't enforce this I'm told), and the number of miles is pretty generous. Further, with their rather large selection of retail on line partners, you can keep earning miles for another flight.

Sides, you may find you like flying CO and will need the Onepass number anway!

While in Newark, definately go to the President's Club -- great views of the terminal.

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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 4:42 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 1):
The BusinessFirst seats on the 762 (not sure about the 757 which also flies the route) are a step

I believe they are the same BF seats across the entire fleet.

I use CO for about 70% of my flying and they haven't let me down yet.
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 8:23 pm

CO without a doubt. US' Envoy in general is one of the worst international premium cabins of the domestic US airlines. Several of the folks on FlyerTalk have stopped flying US due to how much Envoy has fallen in the past 5 years or so.
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 9:16 pm

I just got off a Continental flight today. I received the usual good, consistent service! I would go with Continental over US Airways anyday.
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 10:32 pm

Thank you for your advices... unfortunately to me, the price with CO got to US$3,840 when trying to book it, the previous price when checking it throughly, gave me BIZ class MIA-EWR and then coach EWR-MAD, so I had to purchase US for US$ 2,678.. I promise a good TR with pictures and objective opinions when I get back from Madrid..

Again, thank you for your answers!!
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Sun May 11, 2008 11:17 pm

I would go US because when flying envoy and passing via PHL, you get to go to the Envoy lounge. US is consistenly upgrading the envoy on thier planes; its just luck if you ask me if you get a crappy Envoy  Sad. I'll be taking my 25th flight on US and they have never let me down.
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Mon May 12, 2008 2:07 am



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 8):
I would go US because when flying envoy and passing via PHL, you get to go to the Envoy lounge. US is consistenly upgrading the envoy on thier planes; its just luck if you ask me if you get a crappy Envoy  . I'll be taking my 25th flight on US and they have never let me down.

Well, that was nice to read after everybody choosing CO.. I hope I have a pleasant flight..
Thanks!
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Mon May 12, 2008 2:31 am

Glad you chose US and remember to take lots of pics.  Smile
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Mon May 12, 2008 5:10 pm



Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 10):
Glad you chose US and remember to take lots of pics.

You can bet on it..
Thanks
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Mon May 12, 2008 6:10 pm



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 9):
Well, that was nice to read after everybody choosing CO.. I hope I have a pleasant flight..
Thanks!

I'll agree with the comments about the Envoy lounge in PHL. One of the best lounges I've ever been in. But I also agree with the others that CO is the better choice for the actual flights.
 
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Mon May 12, 2008 8:36 pm


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Too bad you can't do one one-way and the other on the return...
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Mon May 12, 2008 11:54 pm

Thanks for the images.... yeah I know.... I wish I could do each leg on a different carrier...
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Tue May 13, 2008 9:42 pm



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 12):
Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 9):
Well, that was nice to read after everybody choosing CO.. I hope I have a pleasant flight..
Thanks!

I'll agree with the comments about the Envoy lounge in PHL. One of the best lounges I've ever been in. But I also agree with the others that CO is the better choice for the actual flights.

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By the way, I'm really surprised, like really surprised! ORFflyer?!? I'm guessing your in the Hampton Roads area?!? Let's meet up!

(woohooo....the 3rd A.netter I met in my area  Smile)
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Wed May 14, 2008 11:23 am



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 15):
By the way, I'm really surprised, like really surprised! ORFflyer?!?

Why? Except for the Envoy lounge, CO is a MUCH better airline IMO. Flew their Business Class last month.

ORF/EWR/NRT/GUM/NRT/EWR/ORF

Same trip we took JAL Business Class NRT/SIN/NRT. CO beat them too if you ask me. I was a little surprised, as I was expecting a little better from JAL.
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Wed May 14, 2008 4:46 pm



Quoting Bok269 (Reply 4):
I believe they are the same BF seats across the entire fleet.

No. The 772 seats are 170 degree "flat". The 76x and 752 seats are old-style recliners. My memory of BF in the 777 includes sliding down the seat and being really uncomfortable when the cabin temp went up; the lack of any gaspers was annoying. The food service was good though.

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 16):
CO is a MUCH better airline IMO.

In my [limited] experience as a former US elite, now CO elite (both lowly silver), this is true. The only problem is that CO tends to be fairly pricey in comparison to US.

Oddly enough CO seems to have better FF ticket availability than US did (both as elite).


Quoting Davescj (Reply 3):
Further, with their rather large selection of retail on line partners, you can keep earning miles for another flight.

Without judicious use that's a great path towards losing money. Unless you'd already be buying something from one of the partners and can get miles for it, you're generally better off shopping for the best price. The money you save will generally get you towards a "free" ticket faster than FF miles. Unless the miles cost you $0.01 or less, they're not worth it.

I once earned >40,000 OnePass miles from a single online partner purchase (guess what that was). The thing is I decided what and where to buy before I noticed the promotion. On the other hand, had I not been in a rush, I might have been able to find some discount code for the purchase that would have saved me more than $400 (usually the discounts can't be applied to FF mile-earning purchases).
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Wed May 14, 2008 9:23 pm



Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 16):
Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 15):
By the way, I'm really surprised, like really surprised! ORFflyer?!?

Why? Except for the Envoy lounge, CO is a MUCH better airline IMO. Flew their Business Class last month

LOL: I meant that you're in my area. My home airports are ORF and PHF  Smile
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Wed May 14, 2008 11:07 pm



Quoting Analog (Reply 17):
No. The 772 seats are 170 degree "flat". The 76x and 752 seats are old-style recliners. My memory of BF in the 777 includes sliding down the seat and being really uncomfortable when the cabin temp went up; the lack of any gaspers was annoying. The food service was good though.

I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Thu May 15, 2008 10:26 am



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 18):
LOL: I meant that you're in my area. My home airports are ORF and PHF

 checkmark  My bad....  Wink
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Thu May 15, 2008 5:53 pm

I flew from IAH-EWR-MAD-EWR-IAH last summer. The flight was on the 764 both ways. The only annoying thing I encountered was on the EWR-MAD leg, it seemed like it took the crew 3 hours to turn off the lights. The flight was a measly 6 hours, so that ment I got about an hours worth of sleep. The meals in Y were great.

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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Mon May 19, 2008 11:42 pm



Quoting Meta (Reply 2):
This is a very simple choice. Continental will give you good seats, food, and service.

 checkmark  Exactly.

Quoting Analog (Reply 17):
The only problem is that CO tends to be fairly pricey in comparison to US.

And they are worth the differential. Sometimes you actually do get what you pay for!  Smile
 
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Tue May 20, 2008 6:41 am

I've flown on US Envoy a few times between PHL and MAN/GLA/LGW on the 752 and 762, as well as CO coach between EWR and BRS.

Continental's plane was much cleaner looking and was more comfortable in coach than US Envoy, mostly because CO's airplanes are newer.

However, the service on both was outstanding.... especially considering I was a non-rev every time.
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Thu May 22, 2008 11:43 am

Well, my trip on US starts on sunday MIA-PHL... as soon as I can I will post the TR!!
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Tue May 27, 2008 1:04 am

Expect my TR soon, I am currently in Madrid and the flight in US was amazing... one of the best J class experiences I've had so far...
I am in love with the A-330!  Smile
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Tue May 27, 2008 1:06 am

See...I know you like it  Smile You're welcome

Thanks for flying US  Smile

[goes on persuading people to fly US......]
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Tue May 27, 2008 7:12 am



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 25):
Expect my TR soon, I am currently in Madrid and the flight in US was amazing... one of the best J class experiences I've had so far...
I am in love with the A-330!



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 26):
Thanks for flying US

Ricariza, you couldnt have picked two better airlines for your trip. I love both airlines, and while CO gets 80-90% of my $$$ US gets the rest. I'm looking forward to flying their A330s soon.
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Tue May 27, 2008 5:26 pm



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 25):
Expect my TR soon, I am currently in Madrid and the flight in US was amazing... one of the best J class experiences I've had so far...
I am in love with the A-330!

Glad you enjoyed the trip with the 330. Looking forward to reading your TR. (hopefully you took lots of pics)  Smile
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RE: Continental Or US Airways To Madrid?

Wed May 28, 2008 6:33 pm



Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 28):
Glad you enjoyed the trip with the 330. Looking forward to reading your TR. (hopefully you took lots of pics)  

Lots and lots!! hehe
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