|Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):|
If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?
For me, that would come down to how many miles it would cost me for the non-stop versus a multiple stop flight. I've looked at cashing in my miles to fly one-way on a certain route, and in most cases, the one-stop service was cheaper than the non-stop service. The only downsides were that the flight to the city I would connect in left during the 7 AM
hour and I would have layover of more than three hours. Then again, that routing was 20,000 miles cheaper than a non-stop flight that would get me to my destination at around the same time.
In the past when I worked in the industry, a number of my flights (especially when I had my DL
non-rev privileges) were scheduled around a certain a/c type. I've flown day trips between ATL
solely to fly on the MD
-11. I did a similar thing between ATL
twice just to fly on a 777 (The first time I did this was even sweeter, as I flew on the same 777 up to JFK
, as at the time, DL
was routing a 777 ATL
Now that I'm buying my own tickets, a/c type does play into my decisions. At first, I was hesitant to book a flight on DL
because I did not wanted to be crowded on a 767 (I liked the 767s, but back in my non-rev days, I had always sat up in First Class/BusinessElite and was unfamiliar with the coach set up.). I went with FL
instead since they were flying smaller a/c on the routes. When I finally did have my first flight in coach on a 767, I liked it because it was not as crowded as I thought it would be. As a result, I try to book my flights on a 767 as much as possible, although for an upcoming trip, the leg I booked got downgraded to a 757.
I've yet to go out of my way to fly a certain airline or a/c type since I started to have to pay my own way. I have looked at other options, but always end up sticking with Delta (or in the past, AirTran). I'd love to give F9
a try, and looked at them for an upcoming trip but ended up sticking with Delta. This was mainly because on the day I'm traveling, they're only operating one ATL
flight, and a 6:15 AM
departure was not doable, as my plans for that day required a late-afternoon, early evening flight.