I found that all in all travelling in the US is different but in many ways are not inferior to airlines/airports in other parts of the world.
- In this area I think the US clearly is better for flyers because you can choose how you pay for the flight, with a complete break down to catering and baggages. Flying in Asia or ME, for example, the norm is still 'everything is included in the price' but a lot of the catering (for example inflight meals in domestic Chinese routes or sandwiches in some European flights) leaves much to be desired
- In the US, almost any point A to B route can be bought on geniune one way fare which is about half of the return fare. there are a lot of 'busy' routes out there where one way fares are not available in other parts of the world (e.g. HKG
to name a few). Travelling in the US is great with multiple frequencies and wifi, something which non-US airlines mostly do not offer.
- The services of the ground agents can be bad anywhere in non US. Inflight services wise, there are a lot of large carriers in non US where inflight services can be worse than US carriers. I can recall previous flights where crews in EK
who were less attentive, less courteous and less mindful of requests than flights with DL
- Many people praise non-US 'grand' airports such as DXB
for their architectural design and ease of connections, but this is not actually a fair comparison because connection often do not involve immigration and baggage reclaim. there are other airports which are also bad (DXB
to name a few) for baggage reclaim, transfer or immigration. Many large terminals (CDG
T1 for example) should have been knocked down long ago. Travelling in most terminals in Eastern Europe and many parts of Asia leave much to be desired. If one arrives at LHR T3
early afternoon, the queue to get through passport control can take 30-60 mins for non EU passport holders. Could that be worse?