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Old 06-06-2014, 01:17 AM
 
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For economy class, how do you tend to select your airlines? There are several things one would consider that probably we all weight differently:

- The hub airport: For example, I won't fly Air France/BA or because of CDG & Heahtrow. I was also dissapointed with the recent connection in Attartuk--the security is insane, and I actually like that but the airport itself is horribly disorganized.

- The alliance: Sky, Star, One World...? Do these matter to you?

- Customer Service

- Price: Turkish Airlines for example often has routes in economy that are up to 67% cheaper than Luftansha. On the same classs! Why is this?

- The aircraft: Some airlines have new fleets. Do you avoid Airbus? Do you want to try out 787s or A380s?

- Region: Fly only American? Trust European?

Again this is for economy long hauls, usually with connecting airports.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Miami/NYC
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I fly Delta from Fort Lauderdale because they are the only ones that fly least connections to the Philippines. I fly to NYC via JFK (Hub) a lot. I flew Delta a lot transiting through JFK, but I just started to fly United/Lufthansa to Europe to visit family.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:32 AM
 
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I fly Delta from Fort Lauderdale because they are the only ones that fly least connections to the Philippines. I fly to NYC via JFK (Hub) a lot. I flew Delta a lot transiting through JFK, but I just started to fly United/Lufthansa to Europe to visit family.
Have you flown on any code shares with Air France?

How are those Lufthansa prices?
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:45 AM
 
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My selection usually is based on the cheapest route to where I want to go.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:09 AM
 
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I want a direct flight (no connections if possible) and the cheapest fare. If those stars align, I'm in. I live between NYC and Boston so I have access to 2 large airports and many direct flights for long hauls so I generally avoid international connections.

After that, I rank all US domestic carriers at the bottom for long haul flights. I will choose pretty much ANY non-US carrier over Delta, American, US Airways, etc. I tend to prefer Airbus over Boeing but that generally doesn't factor into my decision.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I dislike using any American airline (the service and food) but don't have much choice when flying to the US. I fly Delta/KLM on our annual trips and it gets us airmiles. Will be using them to upgrade to business on our return flight this summer.

We get Skywards miles on Emirates and have used them often. We always choose Emirates for flights to Africa, Thailand, and Australia even when some airlines are cheaper.

To the continent we use EasyJet and try to avoid using Ryanair.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Delta has 70% of the gates at my local airport and the rest of the options involve taking a Barbie jet (regional jet) for a connection in Texas for typically 20% more than what Delta is charging.

So I'm pretty locked into them and Sky Team for most purposes, though I've been happy with BA for intra-European flights in terms of both price and product.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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I want a direct flight (no connections if possible) and the cheapest fare. If those stars align, I'm in. I live between NYC and Boston so I have access to 2 large airports and many direct flights for long hauls so I generally avoid international connections.

After that, I rank all US domestic carriers at the bottom for long haul flights. I will choose pretty much ANY non-US carrier over Delta, American, US Airways, etc. I tend to prefer Airbus over Boeing but that generally doesn't factor into my decision.
You obviously haven't flown Air France or you wouldn't say that. Worst airline ever.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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My selection usually is based on the cheapest route to where I want to go.
This, combined almost equally with the fewest connections. Followed by layover time, departure time, airline (foriegn over US based, with the exception of Delta), arrival time.

(Delta has treated us well, and since they are a big carrier at our home airport, the miles do add up.)
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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Most of my travel is business related, and I typically fly to the same general geographic areas, all served better by US than any other carrier, so the choice is evident.

I stick to one carrier (unless I'm going someplace they truly don't fly to, and then I try to stay within their alliance) as the perks add up fairly quickly.
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