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Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:56 am

I am sure the NW strike has been discussed to death over the past few days, but I wanted to get opinions on this. I am going to be flying from ATL-DTW in mid-September and I normally fly Delta, but NW is $100 cheaper. I have no clue if the strike will be resolved by then, but that is a significant savings. I hate to pay $100 more for a 2 hour flight. This is also my first time flying to DTW and I have said it before, but there is only one way to fly to DTW...


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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:40 am

Two days before the strike began, I bought a MEX-DTW-LGA/JFK-DTW-MEX ticket for November with full knowledge of the labor situation that NW is going through. The reason for buying a NW ticket instead of a non-stop MEX-JFK-MEX AM ticket was also a substantial difference in price (U.S.$433.00 all taxes and charges included). I am confident that by November the current situation will have been resolved. I am very happy that I was able to find such a good price and I am eager to flying NW for the first time.

Now, September is closer than November, and I don't know if the mechanics' strike will be resolved by then (and, most important, if the same will disrupt your flight or not). Maybe it would be a good idea for you to read at DL's website the announcement regarding DL's assistance to NW passengers. Hope I was of help.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:41 am

Your going to be just fine flying on NWA!
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:48 am

Don't give them a dime! The longer we buy NW the longer they will last. Their MX are a bunch of babies that have ruined the airline. Lets help this POS goes down before anymore pax are effected, sooner the better. Get those people into McDonalds and gas stations and at least we will get better service there.....
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:48 am

Are you really thinking of buying a ticket on NW? Or are you just trying to stirthepot ??
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:07 am

I bought a ticket on NWA with the full knowdlegde of the upcoming strike. again NWA was the cheapest as well..

$179 r/t for STL-DTW-BWI-DTW-STL. In late September.

I get an Avro, A320, 757 and a DC-9 all in this trip, no other airline offers a better mix of fleets  Smile.

Alex
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:14 am

I have TYS-VIE for early October and am about to buy another TYS-VIE for December. I'm NW silver and soon to ge gold, I have flown NW exclusively in last 5 years and will keep flying them....

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:37 am

I have a pair of round-trips booked on NW. One starting 9-13(maybe chancey) and the other 10-06. I booked two others on other carriers...9-1 and 9-22 just in case. I am booking on NW or DL for a trip to GSO in late Oct. The times will tell which way I go carrier wise, not labor. Price is close to the same so that's not a factor. I also need to book to SDF but I'm not sure of the date on that one...Oct something.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:40 am

UAL747DEN

That could be said so true about three years in BANKRUPTCY - let United DIE. They deserve it! (no I dont feel that), but with you saying what you did is the same thing, Let United Die, they deserve it!
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:40 am

Be sure to book it via credit card. That way if they do go under, you may have recourse from the card issuer.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:14 am

I have a pair of round-trips booked on NW. One starting 9-13(maybe chancey) and the other 10-06. I booked two others on other carriers...9-1 and 9-22 just in case. I am booking on NW or DL for a trip to GSO in late Oct. The times will tell which way I go carrier wise, not labor. Price is close to the same so that's not a factor. I also need to book to SDF but I'm not sure of the date on that one...Oct something.
safe
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:23 am

NW is the cheapest simply because people won't book on them....because of the strike. $100 does not seem like too much money for me to avoid hassle. Book someone else. Then again we all have different perceptions of what is a lot no not so much money. I will pay and go on someone that will get me there safe and on time...God knows how safe those planes are this days. How much is your life worth?
 
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:25 am

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 3):

That's a nasty thing to say. And, after flying all the American majors, you just persuaided me to NEVER fly United.

Just shows what kind of staff they have (or just an rotten apple).

I'm appaled.

Regards,
LO231

BTW. I nave have received a better US domestic service than on NW...... And I'm used to European and Asian carriers.

Jeez
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:26 am

777,

I must disagree with you. I truly believe the a/c are and will be safe. Safety is number one in everyone's eyes at NWA. That I believe in. As stated above I trust our Pilots would NEVER take an a/c out that was not safe.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:42 am

Quoting 777PURSER (Reply 11):

Safety is the most important thing to EVERY airline. What are the FAA rules for, you think?

I feel very safe on any of the NW's DC9s.

And guess what... As a travel agent with travel experience, I'd send my customers happily with NW's 333s via AMS or CO's 764s direct to the States above shabby 767s of DL or UA any day.

And we do have a say. Just an advice to the customer, you know.

Peace.

LO231
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:56 am

Quoting NWAFA (Reply 13):
I must disagree with you. I truly believe the a/c are and will be safe. Safety is number one in everyone's eyes at NWA. That I believe in. As stated above I trust our Pilots would NEVER take an a/c out that was not safe.

You are right...I had to take that into consideration, so I apologize,

I do trust pilolts and FA's wont fly a plane that is not functioning properly. If the "replacement" (SCAB) mechanics cannot fix it...just refuse to fly it. Way to go. But I was just telling that passenger that difficulties can be encountered.

Additionaly, I want NW to feel the crunch so go back to the table, stop trining SCAB MX and FA's and stop getting fat bonuses.
 
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:02 am

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 3):
Don't give them a dime! The longer we buy NW the longer they will last. Their MX are a bunch of babies that have ruined the airline. Lets help this POS goes down before anymore pax are effected, sooner the better. Get those people into McDonalds and gas stations and at least we will get better service there.....

Whoa, that might be one one of the most insensitive comments I have ever heard. Did you have a bad experience on NW? Is that why you want 45,000 employees to lose their jobs?

Zach
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:09 am

I just booked myself on a NW flight for December and didn't think twice about it. I fly NW frequently and have always been treated with respect. I see no reason to avoid flying NW.

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:30 am

I'd go with another airline. $100 will seem like a small price to pay if you end up stuck somewhere on Northwest. Give Northwest time to get things smoothed out before you start risking your travel plans.

The friendly folks at Delta would appreciate your business!
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:42 am

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 18):
I'd go with another airline. $100 will seem like a small price to pay if you end up stuck somewhere on Northwest. Give Northwest time to get things smoothed out before you start risking your travel plans.

The friendly folks at Delta would appreciate your business!

So you're pretty much secured if they would go out of business, not?

Usually, the partners take the passengers...

Besides, Delta is not in a better shape, hey.

I'd pay NW, and if they don't fly, Delta or Continental will take care of you. Or not?

Regards,
LO231

PS. My bets are still on NW though. DL or UA would go first.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:29 am

No my travel plans are up in the air, so the fares may change by the time I actually book my tickets. As far as safety is concerned, I don't fear that NW is unsafe. I just wouldn't want my plans cancelled if the strike got to the point that their flight schedules are affected. All things equal, I typically fly Delta since I wind up flying all over the country with my job and since they fly almost everywhere from ATL. However, I wouldn't mind flying on a DC-9 and I would like to see the new terminal at DTW, which I could do with NW.
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