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Old 12-30-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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I'll fly Delta if they are within 10% of the lowest fair. The reason I am willing to pay a premium and not get free bags?

Delta sets up a 24 hour "USO" for military members and their families inside the terminals at their ATL hub each holiday season. They provide refreshments, a place to crash safe from the hussle of the typical airport (with blankets).

Because of the service they gave me over 3 years of holiday travel, and their continued dedication to our troops I'll pick Delta every time (unless the price difference is crazy).
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Turkish Airlines. They're excellent..in fact ranked #1 in Europe. They have great, great food that is actual some restaurant quality IMO, always have decent and free alcohol, midnight snacks, great service, etc.

I love my last experience with them. Right after take off it was two alcohol/drink services, followed by a 6 course meal. Followed by "there will be snacks all night in the gallies" which was cheeses, chocolates, sandwiches, etc. Followed by a 3 or 4 course breakfast in the morning, etc. The silverware they gave us was metal too (although a light metal) and the vessels the food was in were good and aesthetically pleasing.

They make US Airlines look like utter ****. In fact, I flew from Istanbul to Izmir round trip last trip on AtlasJet which is Turkey's low cost airline. In a one hour flight in the evening, I managed to get a full sandwich and a full drink. There were also 250+ people on my flight. Even their low cost airlines go way far and beyond almost anything in the US does. I've had better **** on this airline than I have flying first class domestically in a 2.5 hour flight with AA.


Can't recommend them enough.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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US Domestic: Jet Blue. I don't buy domestic first/biz fares, and I don't hold elite status with any US carrier (I travel internationally mostly, so I hold elite status with British Airways). That said, Jet Blue probably offers the most humane economy class experience (simple fare structure, free bag, generous seat pitch, fairly decent airbuses vs dilapidated 757's and MD80's). In the US domestic market, there really is not the legacy vs low cost carrier distinction observable in Europe and Asia, barring a truly awful airline such as Spirit.

Trans-Atlantic: British Airways. Arguably the best high frequency product available.

Trans-pacific: Realistically, Qantas. Ideally Cathay Pacific. Qantas offers excellent food and service. Cathay offers a similar experience, plus their seat is a suite. However, they are often the highest priced, second only to Singapore (probably the absolute best, but I've never flown with SQ)
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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International: Alitalia, followed by Air France

Domestic: Delta, followed by United (at least, prior to the merger)
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:36 AM
 
Location: India
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Asiana Airlines
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I've flown most and by far my favourite is EMIRATES. Wish I could fly them everywhere we go. The flight attendants are always friendly and helpful - always! I think they get fired if they aren't.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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American Airlines, though, it's more of a "loyalty" thing then a "I love them" thing...
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:22 AM
 
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Southwest Airlines. They continue not to charge those BS baggage fees and still make a profit. Imagine that!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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When I had the money or if someone else was paying :

Qatar
Singapore
Cathay
Emirates
Etihad

Long Haul at reasonably affordable prices :

Virgin

Short Haul :

Aer Lingus
Finnair
Estonia Air

Budget :

Easyjet which IMO cannot be beaten for value for money, I have always found the service extremely courteous and friendly and seats for budget class quite comfy. And as a disabled person they are fab and cannot be faulted especially compared to no budget airlines


Worst Airlines for me :

Ryan Air ( I would rather not go somewhere if they were the only option - I actually flew Easyjet once then took a five hour train to avoid Ryan Air - they treat passengers like cattle and disabled people like pariahs )

Lufthansa - The most uncomfortable long haul flight I ever had- I was almost in tears when I got off the plane having had to spend most of my time with my knees up to my chest the legroom being so horrendous. Also worst service ever, very "soviet" and the food was appalling beyond belief. Even Aeroflot had better service and that's saying something.

British Airways : Always seens to be delayed or arrive late. Never again.


Best budget long haul but sadly defunct now was :

Zoom. Unbeatable prices to Canada from the UK and comfy seats and great service. A shame it went bust.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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I hear you on Easyjet vs Ryanair. I flew Ryanair once and it was probably the most confrontational service I have witnessed. And at many points, it wasn't the employees but the guidelines that they were following that seemed to foster a culture of mutual distrust and antagonism.

Easyjet flies to major airports, and the service at least offers some basic courtesy.
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