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Who Do You Fly?

I have been flying United for as long as I can remember, but I think I may be willing to try something new. I flew United because of the good condition of the planes, and my ability to add on extras to my economy ticket such as early boarding and 5" of leg room to name just two. Well, lately United has done away with my ability to add on extras, and it seem like every time they change my flights, bumping me out of economy plus and splitting my party. They never inform me this has been done either, and if I didn't pay obsessive attention, I would be VERY unhappy finding out at the gate.

So.. who do you fly? Why do you love them? What sort of extras do they offer?

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We always fly southwest and have never had a problem.... One of my bags got left at the airport but we had it the next day... And that could happen on any airline

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We use to take Airtran but they stopped flights out of Newport News. So, we were going to use whoever was cheapest, most likely Southwest. Then J's friend who always flies for business said he had over 500,000 points on southwest he would pay for them, their only 12,000 points he says that is nothing. muchlove I don't know about that being nothing, but it was huge for us. Nonstop both ways. THANK YOU TODD!

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I fly US Airways the most but will shop for the best price.

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i always go with the cheapest which believe it or not the last two times has been delta, and i got direct flights this time

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senseicj wrote:
i always go with the cheapest which believe it or not the last two times has been delta, and i got direct flights this time

I flew on Delta the last two years to Orlando. The first year I used miles (which were mostly from Northwest flights). Last year I had a $100 travel voucher I got due to a delay on my flight out of Orlando. The flight I booked was cheaper than the others even without the voucher. This year I'm flying Southwest because it was the cheapest. I rarely find cheaper flights on Southwest.

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I don't fly. The last time I went to Disney was the only time I've flown and that was because airfare was part of the subsidized trip. We used JetBlue, and I have to say that they were unbelievably comforting for someone who is terrified of planes.

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I loved continental...not so much with united. Southwest would be great if they flew nonstop. Their best option is a 6 hour flight sad out of CLE. united is 2 hours so I usually stick with them.

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I fly from the left coast. Have shopped for cheapest and that means connecting flights and means 8 to 10 hours. So for the last four trips to the right coast we have flown Alaska non-stop. Costs a bit more but is a great airline and SO worth it!

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I fly AirTran because it is non-stop and most times it is the most economical.

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I picked "Whichever is cheapest" and that usually turns out to be Southwest - except for my last trip when it was United! I find there is a lot to like about Southwest (2 free checked bags, lots of nonstop flights from my home airport) but I confess the "customers of size" policy makes me break out in a cold sweat every time I fly with them.

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Becks534 wrote:
I picked "Whichever is cheapest" and that usually turns out to be Southwest - except for my last trip when it was United! I find there is a lot to like about Southwest (2 free checked bags, lots of nonstop flights from my home airport) but I confess the "customers of size" policy makes me break out in a cold sweat every time I fly with them.

bighug I really want to try Virgin America, but I don't think they're doing ORD-MCO yet.

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I fly Jet Blue every chance I get.

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I like Southwest with the free checked bags. I flew Delta a last week and my flight was cancelled and I was stuck in Detroit! I was by myself and could not get out until the next day. Delta didn't seem too concerned they had canceled 6 flights and there were no hotel rooms anywhere near Detroit due to an auto convention. I don't get how you can just cancel a full flight (or 6) with no explanation. I did get a refund eventually and ended up renting a car with a couple I met in line and driving 5 hrs to Erie! It was not a nice experience and I do not have a good impression of Delta now. I've flown them before, and it irritates me that they charge for bags like everyone else but SW, but now I really don't like them.

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I've heard really unfriendly things about Delta in general, mostly regarding cancellations and delays.

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We only consider direct flights out of Milwaukee: Southwest, AirTran, and Frontier. Going Southwest in November. Used to consider flying out of ORD too, as it is only an hour away, but being just the 2 of us now, it's more about flight times and convenience, rather than price.

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Kristen K. wrote:
I've heard really unfriendly things about Delta in general, mostly regarding cancellations and delays.

I haven't had any bad experiences with Delta, just things that can happen with any airline.

A couple of years ago when I was home for Christmas, I ended up staying in Washington DC for the night due to weather related delays (I was flying US Airways). I was on the shuttle to the hotel I was staying at with some Delta pilots who were former Northwest pilots. They did not have good things to say about Delta.

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Always just fly the cheapest air. I'll mix and match.whatever I have to do. I'm cheap. I've flown by myself/bought my own flights only twice though.

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We choose which ever is cheapest with the best route/times. Usually it is United for us. The Canadian companies are very expensive or codeshare with United. I also don't like the fact almost all the Delta flights go through Minneapolis.

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Southwest for us because its the only non stop out of Nashville and we like not having to pay a luggage fee.

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For the MHT to MCO run, it's Southwest for us. NHShorty travels a lot on business and uses SWA whenever she can.

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We fly Southwest all the time ..never had any problems with them at all ...no luggage fee !! wink

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I LOVE Southwest!! I have flown Delta before and didnt care for them so much.

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I fly Southwest for a few reasons:

(1) 2 free checked bags!
(2) I fly a lot for my work, and it's almost ALWAYS Southwest, so I usually have plenty of frequent flyer miles to cover vacation flights. Also, because of flying Southwest so much for work, I'm an A-list customer, which means I get to skip the long security lines and I get priority seating.
(3) When I go to WDW in October, I'll be flying out of Dallas, but the rest of my party is flying out of New Orleans. Southwest has a flight that leaves Dallas, stops in New Orleans to pick up passengers, and then goes nonstop to Orlando. That is so amazingly convenient for us!
(4) Southwest allows you to change flights without paying any fees.
(5) The crew on Southwest flights are REALLY super-nice, and they usually tell jokes while going over the safety spiel at the beginning of the flight.
(6) Dallas has two airports. DFW is the international one and is HUGE and a mess to get around. Love Field is small, easy to get to and navigate, and it's the only one Southwest flies out of. So, Love Field = Southwest = much more pleasant to deal with!

yeah, I'm a BIG fan of Southwest.

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We usually fly Southwest out of Baltimore. Direct nonstop flights, free checked bags, courteous staff, and enough daily flights that we can choose the one that suits us best (nonstop in the afternoon so we don't have to leave home at o-dark-thirty to make the flight). We've never had any problems with Southwest.

For out upcoming trip to WDW, we might have chosen another airline for the chance to fly out of Harrisburg, which is closer to home, but unfortunately that airline didn't have any flights between Harrisburg and Orlando on our departure or return dates.

However, MY personal preference for getting to/from Florida is the Auto Train. Unfortunately, hubby is not a fan at all. This October it's his turn to travel the way he likes best.

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I usually do Jet Blue... most flights out of LGA in NYC are about the same price, but we get the free checked bag - and I love the live TV to keep me occupied... and we usually splurge for the "More Leg Room" option - not for the more Leg Room, but to be first on/off the plane!!

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We haven't flows in just about 3 years - tomorrow is our first time since!

We're on US Air from Charlotte to San Francisco. We didn't choose it for any specific reason, but it was one of the better (and few) non-stop flights through our corporate travel folks.

No checked bags and we printed off our boarding passes tonight, so I am hoping it goes smoothly. clapping

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Being from the UK our options are very different form the ones in the poll! This post got me thinking though about our 'no frills' Atlantic flights compared with the more costly ones (you'll find the post on my blog if your interested in some British flying!).

Although I like getting a good cheap flight, sometimes (as I found out in June) you really do get what you pay for! We had an awful experience for the sake of a couple of hundred PSPS and it really put a downer on the beginning of the holiday - so much so that towards the end we both dreaded the return journey! It wasn't worth the savings in the end for the headache it gave us so I know for future reference I might be better saving a little harder and splashing out more on our flights! awesome

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campbell87 wrote:
Although I like getting a good cheap flight, sometimes (as I found out in June) you really do get what you pay for!

I completely agree when it comes to flying. I want to be able to book a nice cheap flight, but I just can never seem to do it. Because of medical concerns comfort is an issue when I fly, and comfort always costs more in the air.

Though I hate paying more, I'm happy to do it for a better seat/flight that gives me the knowledge I'll be able walk off the flight without pain and be able to enjoy my vacation. I always pay for the extra leg room because I've found that it makes a big difference in my tolerance. The couple of times I've gotten lucky enough to have a first class upgrade have been then most pain free flights ever. Starting off vacation feeling great is priceless, I wish it was more in our budget to make it happen.