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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

It has been posted before but http://www.itasoftware.com/index.html is one of the best sites for researching flight options, especially if you are a bit flexible with travel dates.
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

Some cheaper BA tickets on sale today
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

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Have you thought about upgrading to Economy Plus? It`s generally not so expensive and the United economy seats are some of the worst (legroom). It used to be about $80 each way to upgrade and it is well worth it. I am not that tall but the economy seats are really crammed. The economy plus seats have more room than a Swiss economy seat, regular United economy are more cramped than Swiss economy imo.
Please do check that an Economy Plus seat actually has more legroom than a regular Economy seat. I've been duped a couple of times by this and when I complained, the airline was able to hide behind some obscure language regarding what they actually sold. You might end up with having a free seat next to you, but please don't assume that it's extra legroom without checking first.
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

A related question, just booked some flights and after 3 hour queue at philly to clear CBP I wonder how long it takes to set up the Global Entry?
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-tr...ry/eligibility

The fee is 100 US Dollar.

A regular ESTA cost around 14 US Dollar

Global Entry Cards are only for U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and Mexican nationals are issued Global Entry cards.

It is not worth the money ,if you do not make several trips to the US a year.
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Old 03.05.2016, 22:47
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http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-tr...ry/eligibility

The fee is 100 US Dollar.

A regular ESTA cost around 14 US Dollar

Global Entry Cards are only for U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and Mexican nationals are issued Global Entry cards.

It is not worth the money ,if you do not make several trips to the US a year.
Um, a few more nationalities than that blackbird.

Citizens of United Kingdom
Citizens of Germany
Citizens of the Netherlands
Citizens of Panama
Citizens of South Korea

Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program.

And it is valid for 5 years. Still, I agree - you'd probably need to be making at least 2 trips a year to break even. UK is a Ģ42 processing fee plus the $100 non-refundable application fee. Not to mention the hassle of UK vetting and US interview in person at one of their Enrollment Centers which - surprise, surprise - all happen to be in the States, apart from one in Guam and one in Qatar.
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

I can expense the cost so might be worth it for 5 years as I am now doing lots of short 2 day trips where the less time i have to spend in the airport the better!
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

Thought I'd update this with a remark: flying straight to the USA from Switzerland is always the best way, since you have to go through passport+bagage scan when leaving/entering Schengen, which depending on how many hundreds are trying to do this at the same time in whatever continental EU airport, means yet more hassle. And you have to do it on the way back of course when you're bleary-eyed from that redeye flight. Did it in Amsterdam, not pleasant at all. Plus you walk for miles. I'll take IAD or EWR any day over changing in Europe.

And if you want to try these new budget transatlantic airlines, well, that's yet more luggage to move around and check in again, unless you travel with cabin luggage only. I don't like waiting 5 hours per airport, I'm sure you don't either...
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Old 27.11.2016, 13:08
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I just flew to the US last week connecting in Toronto. The first time I did this, it was a breeze to go through US immigration in Toronto. Last week, though, it was a clusterf*, with people standing in line for ages, missing flights, blah blah. I appreciated that I didn't have to go pick up our bags and carry them over to re-check them in, as you do when you clear customs in the US and connect (we had a ton of bags), but waiting in line for 2 hours was ree-dic-u-lous.
Let me get this straight. You say there is a US immigration in Toronto for US bound flights?
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Old 27.11.2016, 13:26
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Let me get this straight. You say there is a US immigration in Toronto for US bound flights?
Yes, there is. Have done that several times, less hassle than flying through Chicago or NY/Newark
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I would avoid US Airways. Depends on where you are going. I personally like British Airways. Last time I flew home to California I flew on brand new A380. Only drag is going through LHR, but other than that British Airways is the way to go! Good luck.

Mike

British Airways broke my luggage and we had a helluva fight getting compensation. Could happen anywhere, any time of course, but leaves a nasty taste and because of this, we personally would avoid BA. After 7 frustrating weeks trying to elicit any form of response, had to write to the CEO before even the courtesy of a reply.
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Old 27.11.2016, 14:02
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

BA managed to "lose" our luggage 7 times, all from changing flights through Heathrow. It hasnīt been more times simply because I stopped flying through Heathrow.........
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Old 27.11.2016, 15:04
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Yes, there is. Have done that several times, less hassle than flying through Chicago or NY/Newark
At Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg. At least Toronto and Vancouver allowed transit passengers to bypass Canadian C&I, I don't know about the others.

Also in Ireland at Dublin and Shannon (although the hours are limited, doesn't cover all US bound flights.)
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BA managed to "lose" our luggage 7 times, all from changing flights through Heathrow. It hasnīt been more times simply because I stopped flying through Heathrow.........
I had this quite often when travelling business class via LHR. The solution? Tell the checkin agent not to put a priority tag on the bags. Funny that.
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Old 27.11.2016, 15:22
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I had this quite often when travelling business class via LHR. The solution? Tell the checkin agent not to put a priority tag on the bags. Funny that.
Never had a status with BA and they still disappeared, only to show up days later.

Have priority tags for LH/Swiss and AB and that works like a treat
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

Well perhaps BA's Heathrow baggage handlers are now more egalitarian. They mishandle everyone's bags.
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Old 27.11.2016, 17:36
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BA managed to "lose" our luggage 7 times, all from changing flights through Heathrow. It hasnīt been more times simply because I stopped flying through Heathrow.........
...at what point after the third time did you think that something doesn't add up?
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Old 27.11.2016, 17:55
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Re: Flights to the US - which airlines (not) to choose?

FYI - United has changed its policy for the cheapest "basic economy" fares starting in 2017.

Lowlights:
- Assigned seating only at check-in, you don't get to choose (think middle-of-the-sandwich seats)
- May or may not be seated with the rest of your travel companions, even if traveling with small children
- Last boarding group
- No longer earns elite qualifying miles or segments
- Only one personal item (NOT hand luggage) allowed in the cabin. Just a purse or briefcase

NYT article and One Mile at a Time

Is it just me, or are the U.S. legacy carriers in a race to the bottom?
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FYI - United has changed its policy for the cheapest "basic economy" fares starting in 2017.

Lowlights:
- Assigned seating only at check-in, you don't get to choose (think middle-of-the-sandwich seats)
- May or may not be seated with the rest of your travel companions, even if traveling with small children
- Last boarding group
- No longer earns elite qualifying miles or segments
- Only one personal item (NOT hand luggage) allowed in the cabin. Just a purse or briefcase

NYT article and One Mile at a Time

Is it just me, or are the U.S. legacy carriers in a race to the bottom?
You forgot to mention "between 2 people, each weighting 300 lbs of sweat activated humanity that will generously spill over into your lap". Have a nice flight.
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Old 27.11.2016, 20:44
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FYI - United has changed its policy for the cheapest "basic economy" fares starting in 2017.

Lowlights:
- Assigned seating only at check-in, you don't get to choose (think middle-of-the-sandwich seats)
- May or may not be seated with the rest of your travel companions, even if traveling with small children
- Last boarding group
- No longer earns elite qualifying miles or segments
- Only one personal item (NOT hand luggage) allowed in the cabin. Just a purse or briefcase

NYT article and One Mile at a Time

Is it just me, or are the U.S. legacy carriers in a race to the bottom?
That is ridiculous!! Well granted I never take the cheapest fare, but still.
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