planeguy727
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NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:09 pm

So I'm about to book a ticket NYC-SFO and can't decide what I want to do. Like many others I thought I'd gather the opinions of some a.nutters. My choices:

Non-stop on Virgin America (A-319)
Non-stop on AA (767-200)
Non-stop on UA (757 ps)
Non-stop on DL (737-800)

One or more stops on a bunch of carriers (including the opportunity to do some domestic 777 or 767-300 flying).

I am a US Dividend Preferred member so I generally try to keep to *A. I have a full day to get there and another full day to return to the number of flights, etc does not matter (in fact I sometimes plan extra connections to vary aircraft types when time is a non-issue).

My biggest thing when flying coast to coast is having the space to get some work done (with my favorite being high chances of empty seat next to me).

So what's the collective wisdom here?
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:54 pm

Will this be in F?

If it's not, I'd probably just go with UA because of Economy Plus. That is, if you value the extra room like you said.

If it's in F, I'd go with AA or DL.
 
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:06 pm

Good point AAce.

Since this is business travel I am required, by policy, to fly in Y. And the majority of carriers have flights within a few dollars of each other ($269-304 return all in).

I'm leaning toward the UA for the Star benefits and the E+, but the curious in me says fly VX (plus if what I've been reading about load factors is spot on I should have a decent chance of an empty middle seat - esp since I am flying outbound on a Tuesday).

Other thoughts or opinions?
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:24 am

I'd go with UA. You're guaranteed extra room regardless of the loads. Plus you'll stick within Star Alliance. Even times when I book an "empty" flight and pick a seat in an empty row, I inevitably end up next to somebody anyhow.
 
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:17 am

Yup I would have to say UA, more legroom and u also get an electrical plug for your computer.
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:14 am



Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 2):
but the curious in me says fly VX (plus if what I've been reading about load factors is spot on I should have a decent chance of an empty middle seat - esp since I am flying outbound on a Tuesday).

HIGHLY recommend VX. I *HIGHLY* recommend their Y product.

Outstanding on-board experience. Hands-down.
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:59 am



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
HIGHLY recommend VX. I *HIGHLY* recommend their Y product.

Outstanding on-board experience. Hands-down.

I concur. I was very pleased with my experience on VX. Don't forget that you can get exit or bulkhead rows with extra legroom for a few more bucks.
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Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:00 pm



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):

I concur. I was very pleased with my experience on VX. Don't forget that you can get exit or bulkhead rows with extra legroom for a few more bucks.

It's more than a few more bucks.
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planeguy727
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:14 pm

The difference right now for main cabin select is $365 e/w + taxes - compare that to $269 r/t all in and that's quite a difference.

I'll give you that food is also included - but hardly worth the difference. I can get about the same amount of space on UA for no premium in fare, and I don't care about the IFE since I will be using the time to 1) do work or 2) continue writing my dissertation (how exciting, right).
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:44 am

Fly Delta  Smile

PTVs and DL's great FAs.
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:31 pm

F9 is an option with a connection at DEN, with a LGA being your exit point. B6 also has a non-stop with the EML seats costing $30 extra. Just a couple more options if you haven't booked yet. Let us know how you decided, a trip report would be a bonus!
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:54 pm



Quoting Planeguy727 (Thread starter):
Non-stop on DL (737-800)

DL All the way! I would try it, the 738's are very comfortable and have PTV's as previously stated.

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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:17 pm

UA PS! Since you are Star elite, for 15,000 miles you can upgrade to Business from pretty much any Economy fare bracket (same amount of miles regardless). Have a friend who's going on leave next week, she got round trip for her friend JFK-LAX-JFK for $269 then used miles to upgrade to Business. Row 10 in PS J also has two FULL exit rows (over wing) worth of legroom on the B757. I also personally like the UA PS J service...I find it quite cozy. I haven't flown it in about 6 months though.
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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:19 pm

Recently flew JFK-LAS r/t on Virgin America and they where great ! To upgrade to their Main Cabin Select is actually $100 ow if you do it at the gate if is still available. They have a great product, I was very impressed.

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RE: NYC-SFO - Your Thoughts On My Options

Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:34 pm

I would go on the flight you would think would be the lightest in pax that day.
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