PacificWest wrote:dc10lover wrote:Still, the #1 International Route out of SEA is YVR. Way better International Service than SEA - for now.
100% agree. The last two times I've flown to Europe, I made the drive from Portland to YVR because they have way better options and the fares were significantly lower. Flying to Europe out of PDX/SEA is either a ripoff, or forces you to choose from some really unattractive airlines and/or stops.
a) I've had to connect in SEA twice this year to get to London, since there is no non-stop out of PDX during the winter. I was lucky in that I arrived mid day and with GE and no checked luggage, there was limited lines. But, the train and all that... YVR is certainly a better transit point for any US citizen going to Europe or Asia.
SEA has grown a ton in the last 10 years. I like the Virgin 787, Emirates 77W (remember when it was DOUBLE daily, that was wild) and the addition of Cathay and Singapore.
I'm using it for HKG/ICN/PEK flights this year, since PDX doesn't have much here and NRT isn't a hub for DL anymore.
b) If you don't support the nonstops we have (at PDX).... it's hard to expect more of them.
Some of my co-workers drive from Portland to Sea-Tax to catch European flights. To me, that is crazy, but, to each their own. I always ask them what their time is worth, but some of them still drive.
Driving from Portland, to Vancouver, to connect to Europe??? That's an entire day when you figure 5 hours each way, boarder crossing... traffic. It's got to be 12 hours round trip.
I've never met a single person who has done that - so, I guess I'm impressed that someone actually does it.
I doubt most people would do that if the price was 50% less or more. Hell, I wouldn't do it if the J Class fares were free. Just not worth a day of my life on I-5.
I do agree, PDX-Europe has become more expensive in the last 2 years, but I consider that good. Means airlines are making money.
If they make money, they invest in the market, and maybe we'll get year round LHR and eventually CDG (or at least ICN) here.