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Old 05-24-2012, 12:01 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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US Domestic = SWA, it makes 'Cattle-car' as fun (and fast) as possible. While I really like the free bags (coolers of Fresh Salmon for me). ... I greatly appreciate the SPEEDY seating and not waiting for everyone to jam their junk in every little place WHILE looking for a specific seat. SWA hit that correctly. Get'em in, get'em seated, get going!!!

International = Singapore and Thai.
Gosh do they ever take care of you.... I have been known to ask if I could just continue on wherever they are going next...but their lounges are superb if you MUST get off the plane.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:14 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Southwest for domestic
Air France for international
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:54 AM
Location: Striving for Avalon
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Jetblue for domestic. I mostly fly it from NYC-West Palm Beach to visit family. The service is unpretentious, lacks tawdry gimmicks, and is eminently bearable for a 3 hour flight. On the particular route I fly, I mostly am with "regulars"/snowbirds who winter in Florida or the family who visits them. My only criticism is that the JFK terminal is filled with "kettles" who make for a sometimes hilarious, more often annoying amateur hour.

BA/Qantas for international. They're not the best objectively, but they go where I need them to go and their business class is the best value dollar for dollar. BA's "Club World" business class is a silver standard for what trans-atlantic service should be. Qantas flies the A380 and offers some of the finest champagne one can get in any business class. Their wine selection (all Australian) consistently wins industry awards.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:34 AM
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Continental now United for domestic
British Airways for International
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:14 PM
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
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Domestic I'd have to say United. It's the least terrible out of the US airlines.
International it's a tie between El Al (Israeli airline) and Virgin Atlantic.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:23 AM
Location: Alaska
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None are fun any more! Years ago I would have said Alaska - but they have succumbed to the times and are on par with the other US airlines.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:52 AM
Location: A circle of Hell so insidious, infernal and odious, Dante dared not map it
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Domestic: American. I've never had a bad experience with them, and for some reason their seats seem to be a bit more comfortable.

International: It's close between Asiana and Thai, but I think the latter just barely beats the former. I've taken both on long flights and couldn't stay awake on either because the seats were so comfortable. But the open bar thing Thai had going for it was a plus. I took them from Seoul to Bangkok and back and the flight attendant continuously walked the drink cart up and down the aisle and made cocktails for people.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:34 PM
Location: Orlando, Fl
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Originally Posted by mels View Post
All domestic carriers suck in the US. The legacy carriers are terrible, Southwest is like flying on amateur hour (infrequent flyers who don't know basic plane etiquette).
Been flying over 40 years, What is basic plane etiquette?

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:24 PM
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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If I had to choose I'd say Southwest. At least I get free checked bags. They also have the cheapest pet fee I could find. And by cheap I mean 75 dollars each way.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:13 PM
Location: Limbo
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All US carriers suck compared to their international counterparts. If I had to choose, it would be Delta because I fly them the most.

International: Emirates, by a long shot. Best experience I've ever had on an aircraft.
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