Should've booked British Airways to London

 
Old May 12, 09, 2:57 pm
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Should've booked British Airways to London

For those of you that want info on USAir long haul flights I just completed a trip from PHL to Heathrow and it was a horrible experience. I was in coach, the food was yuck, the airline staff were testy and rude. I've flown British Airways for this flight before and upgraded to world traveller plus where I had individual flight entertainment, frequent drinks, and decent service. USAir charges for everything even the head phones for the silly movies that were shown, one was for kids and the other was a chick flick on weddings. I woke up in the early a.m and they were showing a program on horse vets, some guys arm was up a horses' butt. After that, they showed some other random program that comes on ABC. First class seats looked comfy but there was no IFE and it did not seem worth it for me to upgrade 1,000 for a roundtrip. I couldn't use points to upgrade because the flight was less than $1400 (or something like that). There is just no rhyme or reason for how USAir does business. I have stopped flying as much for business and I wanted to get more points but next time I will skip the points for comfort.
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Old May 12, 09, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by N2IT View Post
I woke up in the early a.m and they were showing a program on horse vets, some guys arm was up a horses' butt. .
Uh, that is Doug's arm up the customers hind quarter looking for another dollar to take from you
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Old May 12, 09, 3:45 pm
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If I were not a very frequent business traveler, based in a US hub city, who uses his miles for high value international F & J award tickets on top-tier Star Alliance partners, there is no way I would fly US internationally in a situation where BA is an option -- for all the reasons you cited.

So I think you're right -- 'should've.'

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Originally Posted by USFreak View Post
Uh, that is Doug's arm up the customers hind quarter looking for another dollar to take from you
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Old May 12, 09, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by N2IT View Post
I woke up in the early a.m and they were showing a program on horse vets, some guys arm was up a horses' butt.
Chances are it wasn't a butt at all.
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Old May 12, 09, 4:27 pm
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great. :\ now i know what i have to look forward to. last time i flew US TATL i had a whole middle row to myself and slept all the way from PHL to MXP.

going CLT-LGW next month on a 330 so at least i'll have PTV IFE, but i'm not looking forward to the return CDG-CLT on a 767 -- not to mention how i'm going to survive the SFO-CLT (and back) without IFE! :S

(in case you're wondering, i'm going with a friend who's never been to europe before and wanted me to go along with her, and US was the cheapest that had us meeting up in the same city stateside before the TATL segment)

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Old May 12, 09, 4:42 pm
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I've flown British Airways for this flight before and upgraded to world traveller plus where I had individual flight entertainment, frequent drinks, and decent service. .

hate to break it to you but they have IFE in economy on BA, the only difference between world traveller and plus is the seat size, a real glass instead of plastic and a pen in the amenity kit, so you can safely fly economy and get most of the same experience.
I flew US TATL once before I started collecting BA miles and the experience was quite different, but then so was the price. its still my second alternative route home in an emergency, the first alternative being drive to EWR and take the BA flight from there
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Old May 12, 09, 5:51 pm
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First class seats looked comfy but there was no IFE and it did not seem worth it for me to upgrade 1,000 for a roundtrip.
FYI, not that it necessarily makes it worthwhile, but Envoy on the 767 does have personal AVOD IFE. The units are distributed and then collected at the end of the flight.
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Old May 12, 09, 5:55 pm
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FYI, not that it necessarily makes it worthwhile, but Envoy on the 767 does have personal AVOD IFE. The units are distributed and then collected at the end of the flight.
IIRC so does the 757.
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Originally Posted by USFreak View Post
Uh, that is Doug's arm up the customers hind quarter looking for another dollar to take from you
LOL!!! This had me laughing for a good minute!
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Old May 13, 09, 2:29 pm
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Hate to break it to me...umm that's good news. I travelled for years without the benefit of this site which. Now I know. I try to check this site before booking any trips.
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Old May 13, 09, 3:30 pm
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For those of you that want info on USAir long haul flights I just completed a trip from PHL to Heathrow and it was a horrible experience. I was in coach, the food was yuck,

SUBJECTIVE


the airline staff were testy and rude.

WE ALL KNOW NO OTHER AIRLINE HAS TESTY AND RUDE CSA'S

I've flown British Airways for this flight before and upgraded to world traveller plus

UNLESS YOU ARE A FF OF US AIRWAYS, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO AN UPGRADE

where I had individual flight entertainment, frequent drinks, and decent service

ECONOMY OR ENVOY? SINCE YOU WERE NOT IN ENVOY, HOW DO YOU KNOW?? ENVOY HAS ALL THE THINGS YOU "CLAIM" THEY DO NOT. A FAT LIE ON YOUR PART!!


USAir

WHO??

charges for everything even the head phones for the silly movies that were shown, one was for kids and the other was a chick flick on weddings.

I PROMISE YOUR TICKET WAS PROBABLY INSANELY CHEAP <EXPECTING TYPICAL LIE REPLY>



I woke up in the early a.m and they were showing a program on horse vets, some guys arm was up a horses' butt. After that, they showed some other random program that comes on ABC.

IF YOU ARE SLEEPING, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU CARE?!

First class

US AIRWAYS DOESN'T OFFER FC, only BC!

seats looked comfy but there was no IFE and it did not seem worth it for me to upgrade 1,000 for a roundtrip.

WRONG!



I couldn't use points to upgrade because the flight was less than $1400 (or something like that).

OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

There is just no rhyme or reason for how USAir does business.

THERE IS NO RHYME OR REASON TO YOUR TOTAL LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT US AIRWAYS!

I have stopped flying as much for business and I wanted to get more points but next time I will skip the points for comfort.

PLEASE DO!



Another whiny thread with more holes than a donut!
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Old May 13, 09, 3:35 pm
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[QUOTE=pinkcat;11738194]
I flew US TATL once before I started collecting BA miles and the experience was quite different, but then so was the price. /QUOTE]

People need to do homework!! They want cheap and want the world! You pay for what you get! We are a cheap ... airline. If you don't want that, go elsewhere. How many similar threads must go on and on about this. truth be told, the OP ticket was probably under $250...a price MANY on TA flight love to proudly announce to the flight crews.
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Old May 13, 09, 4:16 pm
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Why should the price of the ticket excuse a crew's nasty behaviour? It's not like BA never has a "cheap" seat sale.

I once flew WT+ between LAX-LHR and it was perfectly comfortable on the 747-400. What I appreciated the most (in spite of it being "coach" service), was that the F/As were super friendly. Whenever someone hit the call button in the middle of the flight to ask for a glass of water or something, they would come right away and ask "What could I do for you sir/m'am?" You don't get that kind of "coach" treatment on any US carrier.
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Old May 13, 09, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by jonk View Post
great. :\ now i know what i have to look forward to. last time i flew US TATL i had a whole middle row to myself and slept all the way from PHL to MXP.

going CLT-LHR next month on a 330 so at least i'll have PTV IFE, but i'm not looking forward to the return CDG-CLT on a 767 -- not to mention how i'm going to survive the SFO-CLT (and back) without IFE! :S

(in case you're wondering, i'm going with a friend who's never been to europe before and wanted me to go along with her, and US was the cheapest that had us meeting up in the same city stateside before the TATL segment)
You're not going to LHR non-stop from CLT and if you're going from, or via PHL, it's on a 767. I'm assuming you just got the airport codes confused and do understand you are going on a 333 from CLT-LGW (Gatwick), which is a very different airport in a different location relative to London.
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