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post #31 of 65
Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.

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post #32 of 65
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Originally Posted by dirk diggler
I was just on Northwest coming back from Philadelphia and sitting next to Philipino woman who prayed a rosary in this weird whisper while bobbing her head for the whole freaking flight! Weird.

I was in Africa a few weeks ago and fly a lot on Ethiopian Air. GORGEOUS STEWARDESSES!!!!!! Great service (business class) but the woman made the flight (they even flirt back).

I once was on a flight with a group of people, on a pilgramige, who had never flown before, and who didn't speak english, or italian (it was an italian flight). maybe 50 or so people, average age 60, flying together. it was very funny - they all got in and sat where ever they wanted to, and the stewerdesses couldn't get them to understand that they needed to sit on their seats - also because they could't read the tickets. it was a very funny experience.


yeah, ethiopian women are amazing. so are many nigerian women, but ethiopians are special.
post #33 of 65
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Originally Posted by oman
do you walk around airports with a violin case like a badass, and pretend theres a gun inside it

that'd be pretty cool i guess

My case isn't shaped like that, it's rectangular. But often people will ask me what's inside and if I don't feel like doing the obligatory 30 second conversation that accompanies telling them it's a violin, I say a machine gun, have a forced laugh along with them, and get the hell out.
post #34 of 65
I recently first class from Dulles to Heathrow on British. It was damned nice.
post #35 of 65
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Originally Posted by johnapril
8 a.m. flight up the Karakoram, from Peshawar to Chitral, very turbluent, man sitting beside me drunk said he thought we may not make it, I didn't care because of the view in to Afghanistan.

One of those God-awful PIA Fokkers? I don't know how they manage to keep those old things flying!
post #36 of 65
Jet Blue - had a very good experience with them to San Juan. Flight was delayed due to weather and the airline brought out drinks and snacks(their famous blue chips) for all the customers. No food on the actual flight but the snacks were good and the unlimited drinks were served in individual containers. Business class seats for all.

China Eastern - Their service has made a complete turnaround. I hated flying them in the 90s but recently I flew from Beijing to Shanghai on one of their brand new Airbus planes(even had the new plane smell) and it was really enjoyabled. The flight attendents were really patient and curtious to obvious first time flyers.

United - Mmmhhh.. What can I say, they are cheap and I fly them from the US to Asia. Seats are cramped for my tall frame but I always try to get a seat near the exits. Food is always horrible. Service is questionable. On flights to and from China, United has the nerve to offer a snack that consist of a instant ramen bowl.
post #37 of 65
Necropost: I am flying out of here to the US next month and have a choice between Air Canada and Delta. Going to SEA/GEG from NRT. Anyone have experience with either for trans pacific flights? Every previous trip back and forth has been on a 777 with United. Actually wasnt too bad, especially when compared to their domestic flights. Coach got free booze and they had decent entertainment and despite the stewardesses being pretty old and curmudgeony I was sat next to a cute girl almost every time so that was a plus. I would do United again so I could get mile points but its looking like it would be 500$ more if I did, and its not worth that much to me. Oh and the Delta flight is either a 767 or A333. Air Canada is a A333 iirc.
post #38 of 65
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Originally Posted by ratboycom View Post
Necropost:

I am flying out of here to the US next month and have a choice between Air Canada and Delta. Going to SEA/GEG from NRT. Anyone have experience with either for trans pacific flights?

Every previous trip back and forth has been on a 777 with United. Actually wasnt too bad, especially when compared to their domestic flights. Coach got free booze and they had decent entertainment and despite the stewardesses being pretty old and curmudgeony I was sat next to a cute girl almost every time so that was a plus. I would do United again so I could get mile points but its looking like it would be 500$ more if I did, and its not worth that much to me.

Oh and the Delta flight is either a 767 or A333. Air Canada is a A333 iirc.

Never flew Air Canada but from what I hear I would definitely pick that over Delta. Best experience transpacific has been Cathay and Emirates for me.
post #39 of 65
I presume you are flying coach (ew). Go for Air Canada
post #40 of 65
AC is not amazing (CP is awesome) but better than DL. The in-flight entertainment systems are pretty good and you'll get booze on the trans-pacific flight. You can also collect points for UA on AC since they are Star Alliance members.
post #41 of 65
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Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post
I presume you are flying coach (ew). Go for Air Canada
Broke ass college student, so yes I will be flying coach. AC I have actually found to be cheaper than Delta (also found this is just a repainted/branded NW plane/route). I gotta double check but the AC flight might have a layover in Vancouver before flying to Seattle then Spokane. If so that is gonna be a big draw back for me, and a big effin waste. Its like a 15min flight to SEA from Vancouver, and another 30 to GEG from there. What really sucks is that tickets out of the US round trip are way cheaper, they must have lower taxes or something. Oh and I would gladly fly one of the other airlines like Singapore Air or ANA but all of those put me through SF or LAX before SEA -> GEG and cost over double for that
post #42 of 65
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Originally Posted by ratboycom View Post
Broke ass college student, so yes I will be flying coach. AC I have actually found to be cheaper than Delta (also found this is just a repainted/branded NW plane/route). I gotta double check but the AC flight might have a layover in Vancouver before flying to Seattle then Spokane. If so that is gonna be a big draw back for me, and a big effin waste. Its like a 15min flight to SEA from Vancouver, and another 30 to GEG from there.

What really sucks is that tickets out of the US round trip are way cheaper, they must have lower taxes or something.

Oh and I would gladly fly one of the other airlines like Singapore Air or ANA but all of those put me through SF or LAX before SEA -> GEG and cost over double for that

Of course AC will fly through YVR. They are Canadian and cannot fly you from Asia to US directly.
post #43 of 65
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Originally Posted by EL72 View Post
AC is not amazing (CP is awesome) but better than DL.

+1 AC is better than any US airline for coach. Acceptable food, decent entertainment system. Often friendlier service, though you can also be unlucky on that front.

Also, might as well use their flights, since half of their operations are financed with our tax money...
post #44 of 65
Worst experience:
SAS.

I had a domestic flight booked for a trip to a university I'm applying to, they invited me up since I'm a senior and I participated in a national math contest. Anyhow, original plan was from Thursday to Saturday. My father offered me another day, and we booked a hotel room and changed flights. No problems there, couldn't do it online, as the system is semi-broken and will work 10% of the time.
Called and entered frequent flyer number, skipped ahead of the queue and changed my flight. Decided a couple of days later, on Wednesday, that I really needed the Sunday at home before mid terms, and called to change the flight back again.
Same procedure, skipped ahead of the queue and talked to an agent in a matter of seconds. She told me that I needed a four-digit code, and since my father was travelling, I had to call him up and then call back again. Got the personal code, and called. This time I got another agent, and I told her I wanted to rebook my flight.
Told her the information she needed, and the flight that I had changed from was still available for award seats. She then informed me that it would be a $50 charge, and I disagreed. Not a big deal, it's not expensive, but since I was booked from a *G account, it's supposed to be free.
She told me that no, it's $50. It's free for 24 hours after booking. I tell her that she's wrong, that I just changed my ticket without paying as much as a cent, and that they state at their website that it is indeed free if you're a Gold member. She starts getting aggressive, and I tell her that she's wrong. This went on for a bit, and then I just hung up on her. Called again and prayed I got another agent.
I did. Told her that I wanted to change my flight plan, but she couldn't find any available award seats. They had a seat available for the first leg, but not the second, and as this was on a Saturday, there were no buses or trains leaving for my home city after arrival.
Found out that I had to stay there for another day, and just make the best out of it.
Called next morning to the EuroBonus agents, asked them to double check and I was immediately rebooked on the flight that I originally had. Asked if this was supposed to cost anything, she told me no and said she didn't know why they tried to charge me.
Oh, and they never asked for that four-digit code.

So to sum up: One completely useless and rude agent who was wrong, one that couldn't book on an available award seat, one that asked for things I really didn't need and one decent one that actually knew her job.
Airlines should really hire agents that know the rules.
post #45 of 65
Well, all AC tickets for my dates are now sold out. Cheapest route available sucks, put me NRT-PDX-GEG or NRT-SEA-GEG. Return is the oposite, but either way I am garenteed a layover in PDX or LAX/SFO which would mean riding in either a 767 or 747-400. Both of wich have only overhead entertainment. WTF was Delta thinking by dropping the A330s they got from NWA (which had inseat entertainment) for their ghetto 767s with this setup. Im gonna see if I can find a connecting flight through Alaskan from SEA-GEG both ways instead of Horizon, that way I can go A330 with that sweet AVOD setup. Also, god damn have ticket prices gone up. First time I flew this route in 06 it was only 700$ round trip in August with UA on a 777. One of the guys I tutor flies just as much as Globetrotter and gave a very unfavorable review for Delta on the 747. Said the FAs were dicks to him because he couldn't understand their English.
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