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Help deciding on flights (DFW-MAD J Mar 2019)

Help deciding on flights (DFW-MAD J Mar 2019)

Old Jul 18, 18, 11:45 am
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Help deciding on flights (DFW-MAD J Mar 2019)

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I am going to Madrid next March. I usually fly direct from DFW - MAD because it's easiest but the fares for next year are a little higher than usual. However, there are a couple of different options with connections. I have never connected through JFK or Miami so looking for input. I will be booking business so advice on the seating is appreciated too. I'm considering AA68 out of Miami on 3/22/19. The flight from DFW (if on time) would give me almost 2 hours to make the flight. Flight delays, etc always make me nervous though. Thanks!
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Old Jul 18, 18, 11:52 am
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I;m not too worried about late march - thats not a bad time of year to be flying. The JFK-MAD flight is a 763 which I find to be inferior to the 772. Bonus seems to be that DFW-MIA is currently blocked as a 772 as well. Don't know if that will hold. I like the AA Lounge in E - I don't know if you get access to that lounge.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 11:54 am
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Personally I’d choose MIA over JFK for this route if direct isn’t a reasonable option. AA uses the 777 from MIA but I think they fly the 767 from JFK. Both have Flagship lounge access. I’d rather chance rain in MIA than possible march snow in NYC.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 12:00 pm
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I've taken some connections over direct flights to Europe a few times in the past few years. Always wonder what in the heck I was thinking when first leg has a delay, etc etc.
Pay the slightly higher fare and enjoy the least amount of hassle.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 12:36 pm
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I also agree that if you can't get a nonstop flight, go through MIA. The 777 is a nice aircraft in Business, and it's definitely a lot better than the 767. MIA is much less likely to have a delay in March, when NYC could easily get a snowstorm or a day with low clouds/rain/wind.

If JFK-MAD is on IB instead, their A350 (which should take over the route by March) is pretty nice, and I'd give it more consideration . But MIA still looks like a better option.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 12:48 pm
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March is still over 8 months away so I would be in absolutely no hurry to book anything. Looking at a few random dates in March though, the DFW-MAD nonstop prices out the same as other connecting options, so I would certainly sit on this one for a while in hopes that the nonstop pricing would come back down for a 3/22 departure.

That said, agree with everyone else that DFW-MIA-MAD is better than JFK-MAD
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Old Jul 18, 18, 1:56 pm
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Agree on MIA. Have you thought to look a day or so before your intended outgoing, and a day or so after your return, just to see if the DFW flight is a bit better on price?
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Old Jul 18, 18, 2:04 pm
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Thanks for the replies. Will hold off booking anything yet but good info to have. If I have to do a connection will definitely lean towards Miami.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by DallasTX_Traveller View Post
Thanks for the replies. Will hold off booking anything yet but good info to have. If I have to do a connection will definitely lean towards Miami.
Think about booking / using IB, as well. Ex-MIA, not ORD or JFK.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 11:15 pm
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I had a similar issue last year, although ticket prices were much better. Wound up going on a BA ticket in J (actually I or R) using AA for DFW-MIA and IB for MIA-MAD. Can't tell you how that worked out as flight times changed and BA moved me to AA36 direct DFW-MAD. Going through MIA certainly looked better on paper than ORD, JFK, or LHR.
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Old Jul 19, 18, 1:09 am
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Hearing from other posters that MIA is the 777 and JFK is not makes the difference to me. I'd go MIA if not direct.
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Old Jul 19, 18, 8:22 am
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Another vote for connecting in MIA over JFK.

772 >>> 763. (I don't think I put enough > in there)

Also, gets you a little longer of a flight across the pond, as the MIA-MAD is about an hour longer. Better for sleeping, and you arrive in MAD earlier.
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Old Jul 19, 18, 8:41 am
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Originally Posted by econometrics View Post
Another vote for connecting in MIA over JFK.

772 >>> 763. (I don't think I put enough > in there)

Also, gets you a little longer of a flight across the pond, as the MIA-MAD is about an hour longer. Better for sleeping, and you arrive in MAD earlier.
For me, JFK used to seem faster for connecting I-D than Miami. I remember being in MIA af few times and seeing the line at Customs being huge.
One time, I was through immigration with nobody in line ahead of me, but after getting my luggage, it took 45 minutes to get out of the Customs exit
I was happy when mobile passport was added.
Has this changed?
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Old Jul 19, 18, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by mvoight View Post
For me, JFK used to seem faster for connecting I-D than Miami. I remember being in MIA af few times and seeing the line at Customs being huge.
One time, I was through immigration with nobody in line ahead of me, but after getting my luggage, it took 45 minutes to get out of the Customs exit
I was happy when mobile passport was added.
Has this changed?
I haven't done a Europe INTL arrival in MIA, only South American, early AM arrivals. It's definitely improved, at least in the early morning hours.
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Old Jul 19, 18, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by econometrics View Post
Also, gets you a little longer of a flight across the pond, as the MIA-MAD is about an hour longer. Better for sleeping, and you arrive in MAD earlier.

I don’t believe this can ever be stated enough for an overnight. Being able to get a solid block of sleep helps so much on arrival. Maybe not for travel in Y, but certainly in J, or maybe even in PE now.
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