Go Back   FlyerTalk Forums > Community > Trip Reports
Sign in using an external account

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Mar 21, 11, 9:42 am   #1
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: London
Programs: DL Gold, Lufthansa, HHonors, QF, Priority Club, eleVAte
Posts: 979
My first pure MR: DL to JFK-CPH-JFK

I wrote this on my blog, and so welcome you to read it there. I know there was at least one FlyerTalker on the return flight, so I'd be curious to hear what his perception may have been (though I do think he was lucky enough to sleep most of the way through).

Flights were:
3/19: DL 0119 JFK to CPH
3/20: DL 0118 CPH to JFK

The full review
__________________
unsettled rover - my occasional blog
gosha83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 11, 12:58 pm   #2
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Arlington, VA USA
Programs: UA1P, MRSilver, HHSilver
Posts: 72
Well written. And I share your observations about on-board service: On the few times I've flown DL, it's been in BE and I had the same experience about attitude -- some FAs really care and others won't or can't.
Glensea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 11, 2:39 pm   #3
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NYC
Programs: Delta DM, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, MTA Rust, Hertz Five Star something or other
Posts: 2,855
Nice report- I did JFK-ARN this past weekend and my experience was similar. However, I built in an overnight in Stockholm, which I'm glad I did. I'll be doing Copenhagen in a couple weeks and I'll look out for bizarre pilot announcements
__________________
My blog featuring top loyalty program and credit card deals.
thepointsguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 11, 3:13 pm   #4
Moderator, Emirates; Ambassador Team Leader
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Near Boulder, CO
Posts: 3,319
Q: What's the definition of a masochist?
A: Delta Sky Miles member

Seriously, I don't know how you guys do this. But very nice report by the way.
eightblack is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 11, 3:24 pm   #5
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: London
Programs: DL Gold, Lufthansa, HHonors, QF, Priority Club, eleVAte
Posts: 979
Quote:
Originally Posted by thepointsguy View Post
Nice report- I did JFK-ARN this past weekend and my experience was similar. However, I built in an overnight in Stockholm, which I'm glad I did. I'll be doing Copenhagen in a couple weeks and I'll look out for bizarre pilot announcements
Thanks.

Yeah, I don't think I'm sold on the idea of a pure MR as a way to pass time I do like the travel aspect, and would prefer to stay a day or two, at least, in the country.

I'm going to ARN in early April myself, so I'll be expecting a repeat performance from DL. The two things that I have working in my favor: noise canceling headphones and an iPad. I had 6 episodes of Mad Men to keep me company, so lack of AVOD wasn't as brutal. And the headphones are almost a must for any flight. I am instantly 50% more comfortable when I cut out the noise from around me.

Question: is the BE product, seat-wise, on DL the same across all of their international planes? For some reason, I feel like the seats they have on their 777s (from when I flew in BE in '07) were a bit more impressive than what I saw on this 757.
__________________
unsettled rover - my occasional blog
gosha83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 11, 5:28 pm   #6
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: NYC
Programs: Delta DM/MM, (no longer PM, no longer in Orlando...), Hertz Platinum
Posts: 1,572
Quote:
Originally Posted by gosha83
I know they're rolling these "upgrades" out, but it's 2011, and the 757s aren't a legacy of Northwest that have to be retrofitted.
Actually, the aircraft you describe is a PMNW aircraft (internally designated 75A). DL's version of this ship (75E) is the aircraft type currently flying the transcon JFK flights, and several international flights as well. This explains the old overhead bin doors and lack of AVOD.

There are a huge number of planes to retrofit from the PMNW fleet (of course, they also have to get through the huge fleet of PMDL 763ERs as well).
orlandodlplat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 11, 10:49 pm   #7
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: New York
Posts: 5,342
Thank you for an insightful report, and I am shocked but not surprised at the poor quality of Delta and/or other US major airlines. I agree with your assessment especially how the US airlines can serve as the ambassador to the country and make a good impression, and how the poor experience of Delta, combining with the poor state of JFK T-2/3 complex, "I don't care" Delta ground staff especially at JFK, and the hostile INS/custom agents, really turn off people and really slow down our tourism number. With a favorable US/Euro exchange rate for Europeans, we should be able to absorb more of them, if we are friendlier.

Well those former NWA Boeing 757s are at least comfortably spaced in Y. To compensate for weight, NWA allows a few more inches in coach on these narrow birds with less seats. But of course the normal ex-TWA 757s are more high tech and you have the PTV to distract you from the poor offering.

Thanks again and have a safe trip to ARN as well!

Carfield
__________________
You're too much for me, Ennis, you son of a... I wish I knew how to quit you! Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain
Carfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22, 11, 9:40 am   #8
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NYC
Programs: Delta DM, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, MTA Rust, Hertz Five Star something or other
Posts: 2,855
Quote:
Originally Posted by gosha83 View Post
Thanks.

Yeah, I don't think I'm sold on the idea of a pure MR as a way to pass time I do like the travel aspect, and would prefer to stay a day or two, at least, in the country.

I'm going to ARN in early April myself, so I'll be expecting a repeat performance from DL. The two things that I have working in my favor: noise canceling headphones and an iPad. I had 6 episodes of Mad Men to keep me company, so lack of AVOD wasn't as brutal. And the headphones are almost a must for any flight. I am instantly 50% more comfortable when I cut out the noise from around me.

Question: is the BE product, seat-wise, on DL the same across all of their international planes? For some reason, I feel like the seats they have on their 777s (from when I flew in BE in '07) were a bit more impressive than what I saw on this 757.
The BE on these planes is the recliner styler- definitely not their top notch product. Most of the 777s are being retrofitted with the lie-flats. None of the DL 757s have the lie flats.

I agree with the Bose QC15, iPad (with Angry Birds), glass of red wine and a 2mg Lunesta are the only ways that I survived the flight.
__________________
My blog featuring top loyalty program and credit card deals.
thepointsguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 23, 11, 12:56 pm   #9
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,346
How did you only pay $150?

AA, UA, CO in Y to Europe are the pits. What keeps me flying with them are the Frequent Flyer programs which are the best vs. those of European airlines.

The DL frequent flyer program is the worst. Though they no longer cancel the miles which is a somewhat +.
Bretteee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 23, 11, 1:15 pm   #10
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: London
Programs: DL Gold, Lufthansa, HHonors, QF, Priority Club, eleVAte
Posts: 979
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bretteee View Post
How did you only pay $150?

AA, UA, CO in Y to Europe are the pits. What keeps me flying with them are the Frequent Flyer programs which are the best vs. those of European airlines.

The DL frequent flyer program is the worst. Though they no longer cancel the miles which is a somewhat +.
DL fat fingered many a mistake fare a few weeks ago, to both CPH and ARN. There's a thread in the Mileage Run Discussion forum that offers the blow-by-blow account of it going down. Many folks here scored $150 or $179 r/t tickets to Sweden and Belgium.
__________________
unsettled rover - my occasional blog
gosha83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 24, 11, 11:56 am   #11
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,346
Darn. I always wanted to go to CPH and Stockholm.

Is there a specific section where you find comments about fare errors? It happens once in a while and I always miss them

Was it on the DELTA section? I never heard of a "Mileage Run" section. Is that what it is called?

Thanks.
Bretteee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 24, 11, 3:14 pm   #12
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NYC
Programs: Delta DM, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, MTA Rust, Hertz Five Star something or other
Posts: 2,855
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bretteee View Post
Darn. I always wanted to go to CPH and Stockholm.

Is there a specific section where you find comments about fare errors? It happens once in a while and I always miss them

Was it on the DELTA section? I never heard of a "Mileage Run" section. Is that what it is called?

Thanks.
I usually feature good MRs on my blog, if interested you can sign up for my RSS feed so you are notified when there are new posts.
__________________
My blog featuring top loyalty program and credit card deals.
thepointsguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 25, 11, 4:38 pm   #13
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,346
Fantastic. Thank you. I always miss these things.
Bretteee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 28, 11, 9:38 am   #14
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: London
Programs: DL Gold, Lufthansa, HHonors, QF, Priority Club, eleVAte
Posts: 979
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bretteee View Post
Darn. I always wanted to go to CPH and Stockholm.

Is there a specific section where you find comments about fare errors? It happens once in a while and I always miss them

Was it on the DELTA section? I never heard of a "Mileage Run" section. Is that what it is called?

Thanks.
Here's the actual link to the deal: [FARE GONE] DL: Great Coach Fares US-EU (e.g., WAS-CPH $261ai, SFO-CPH $320ai)

There is a forum called "Mileage Run Deals" here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mileage-run-deals-372/

That's where most of the deals get posted.
__________________
unsettled rover - my occasional blog
gosha83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 2, 11, 9:07 am   #15
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Programs: AA EXP(.81MM), AMEX Platinum, United Premier Silver, Delta Gold, SPG Platinum 50, Hilton Gold VIP
Posts: 1,725
Thanks for the trip report! it was very interesting to see that you bought a 24 hour pass into the city, but you probably only used it twice... Wasn't it cheaper to just buy two one-ways than a whole 24 hour transportation pass? I'm on a delta flight right now and the attitude of the FA's are very not up to par with AA's standards
jammanxc is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 9:08 am.