Jun 6, 12, 3:11 pm
Does anyone know info. about flying into St. Louis in the winter/late fall months - if this is a risky connection city concerning weather? My only other options at this point would be Denver or Chicago, which obviously aren't great for winter weather either. Is St. Louis a pretty safe bet or similar to Denver/Chicago for weather delays? I know nothing about this city/state!
Jun 7, 12, 10:06 am
My choice between these three cities would be DEN.
Jun 9, 12, 4:00 am
Honestly, I wouldn't use this as a deal-breaker. I would go with the best connection and price when purchasing a ticket. If the choice were Miami or Chicago in winter, and all else were equal, okay but...
The airports located in cold locations are often better prepared to deal with ice and snow. The odd snowstorm can really mess up a big airport with only one or two de-icers, if it only happens rarely.
If you want another criteria, speaking as someone who worked for the airlines, go for the more frequent connection point. That means if there are 5 flights a day between the concerned cities from one connection point and only two on another, that would be a factor in my decision.
I'll give you an example. From where I live, there are five connections per day to Frankfurt and only one to Amsterdam. For flying to the U.S., I know people who have really been messed up when that one connection flight was cancelled or whatever. One girlfriend and her four kids were rerouted through Warsaw (say what?!?)
Yes, I would do it if KLM offered a much, much lower fare but that's never been the case anyway. I know that Amsterdam is a great connection airport but from where I am, I stay away!
I would also consider what time I would leave and arrive on both ends. A flight I've taken often lands us smack in the middle of the evening rush hour, in the wrong direction at our destination. I avoid it if I can, but often can't or, quite frankly, do it because it's a lot cheaper.
Remember, the earlier the flight, the more likely it'll be on time and the more "wiggle room" you have with a connection, the better.
Jun 10, 12, 8:02 pm
I don't quite agree with the previous post. Yes, Chicago is used to bad weather, but even airports with lots of bad weather can't deal with large snowstorms. I have been stuck in O'Hare during the winter due to weather more than in any other airport. I avoid it like the plague for winter connections. Additionally, so many flights go through O'Hare, that any bad weather in the Midwest or on the east coast can delay connections there.
Jun 12, 12, 1:56 am
Actually I agree with you. I've been stuck in ORD myself in a snowstorm. It's best avoided but often can't or can't be avoided without paying a whole lot more, not getting frequent flyer points and/or leaving/arriving at some crazy hour. My point is that there are other overriding factors when picking flights. ORD actually handles bad weather very well. It's just that they can get some really nasty storms where they're located, ones that no airport or airline can handle without glitches.
The OP's selections are all midwestern airports in winter so it's a case of picking your poison.