Star Alliance - Ethiopian vs Turkish in Y
Jun 10, 12, 2:08 pm
I'm beginning to plan my fall vacation to South Africa, and would like to earn some United mileage while I'm at it. Normally my choice would be something like PIT/DCA/IAD-YYZ-FRA/MUC-JNB/CPT on AC and South African, but the vagaries of operating carrier class based earning cheese me off (think LH/LX K fares, SA G fares), especially when dealing with United codeshares and the like.
Turkish and Ethiopian seem to be much more straightforward, with the lowest fares earning 100% mileage. I'm leaning towards Turkish (mostly because the connection in ADD is only 45 minutes plus the possibility of upgrading to their enhanced economy product), but can be swayed. There's not a lot of info about Ethiopian out there, and what little I have read makes them sound a bit dodgier than Turkish.
IST is a great connection point. TK's Economy Comfort product is very nice and their regular Y doesn't suck too badly.
I don't have any data on Ethiopian, but if the TK option is comparable on price and time I'd take it and not think twice.
Jun 15, 12, 2:36 pm
I have taken TK to JNB from JFk via IST and was very pleased with the experience. I had an IRROPS situation with TK in JNB on the return that was handled poorly, but otherwise very enjoyable in Y. I think the Premium Y is only available on the JFK-IST RT portion and not the IST-JNB RT portion.
Jun 16, 12, 12:49 pm
Having flown TK, their catering ex-IST is excellent with DO + CO. You really can't go wrong with their meals. TK does aircraft swap on occasion. Their base fares on Aeroplan only earn 70% - don't know if that is also the case with UA MP.
I have not flown ET however had heard anecdotal information about their food. It is so so apparently. I would think their safety is better amongst your choice of african airlines in my opinion. Base fares on Aeroplan are %100.
Stick with TK, any trip reports I have seen for ET suggest a sub-par performance. In any event TK Y food is amongst the best out there.
Jun 19, 12, 5:49 pm
Seems like a definite consensus in favor of TK. Only downside I see to flying them is that they don't have the economy comfort product out of either IAD, ORD, and JNB. Seems slightly strange they'd only put it on the 773s.
Jun 19, 12, 6:13 pm
I have flown ET in Y but not TK. My overall thoughts are ET has a decent hard Y product including IFE but their soft product is average at best. Also, transiting ADD sucks in terms of the airport has very little to do. Only a hand full of shops, a couple of restaurants and one lounge.
If I were in your place, I would take TK just for the opportunity to stop on the way there on the way back for a few days.