Quote:>that this airline is heading towards bankrupcy!?
>I was given Gold status on US Air given I am Platinum on Continental.
>Yet, I feel like I might as well be flying as a regular joe who flies US
>Air once a year. Aside from the bonus miles, there is frankly no
>incentive to fly US Air. First class is half full 99% of the time but
>they CAN'T upgrade me on a courtesy basis. The planes suck. All of them
See, I've been told that AA is okay, but I've had anecdotally bad
experiences like yours on them (including one flight where the FA lied to my
face and then avoided me the rest of the flight) so I think AA sucks. So
take this for what it's worth, just some hopefully helpful commentary.
I haven't seen much courtesy upgrading going on this year, but I think
that's because of the artifically large number of Chairman, Golds and
Silvers on US right now (last year after their FA near-strike, they offered
double miles that counted towards FF status for a month or more, turning
some Golds into Chairman's, a WHOLE lot of Silvers into Gold and a lot of
summer holidays into Silver-trips). For a while it was hard to get first
anywhere (even as gold with upgrade coupons), and I think the folks at
check-in desks are still mentally working off the glut. There are still a
lot of people with upgrade coupons running around, and my guess is that
they'd rather work the coupons out of the system than give the seats away. I
guess that theory will prove either true or bogus after the turn of the
year, when the inflated statuses expire...
Quote:>old 737 with various configurations. Most traffic has to go through
>C***te, a desolate place where options are lacking: they cancel or
>delay your flight and you are cooked. The one city I need to fly to on
>US Air, PHL, is priced out of this world. Here is the worst part: I make
Where are they running the A319s now? When they first got them, the
319s were running cross-country (which was horrible for capacity), but now
the A321s are doing that. I figured the 319s would take over a few 737
routes. What did happen?
PHL is expanding if I'm not mistaken, and other airlines are soon to
be using it as a stepping-off point for transatlantic flights (as US does),
so you're probably going to see a drop there and/or get an airline you
prefer to fly on starting service there.
Quote:>a reservation for a 7 PM flight. I show up at 5 PM as I finished
>business early. I ask very politely if I could fly stand by on the 6 PM
>flight. Categorically I am denied this option: Sir, you will have to pay
>a $X fee and then u will have to fly stand by! I am not kidding you. You
>have to pay for the privilege of standing by! Why is it other airlines
>allow me a chance on the earlier flight no questions asked?! I am so
See, now that one blows my mind. I've never had that happen to me on
US. If I've asked for standby at check-in on the day of the flight, I've
gotten it. Well, except once when the flight was oversold and the check-in
attendant thought he knew better than me (which, as it turns out he did,
since they had to ask for volunteers on that flight). Maybe the person
helping you was just having a bad day? It's amazing how an entire flight
experience can be ruined by just one airline employee... (does this mean I
should reconsider AA?? :))
I'm not saying that you should change your mind about US (even if I
were, it's you who has to fly your trips, not me, so why listen to me?), but
I would say that if you're in that situation again on US, ask again. I don't
know why they did that to you, but I would guess it wouldn't happen again.