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How Do We Choose Airlines – Travel Q&A

How Do We Choose Airlines – Travel Q&A



How to choose an airline, for us we have a few criteria when choosing what airline to fly with. There are numerous factors but we boil it down to just a few key …

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  1. dcspeedskater

    On my most recent trip, I was looking at two different airlines departing out of the same airport. One airline had 2 flights to that city (early in the morning or late at night. The other airline has more flights to that city (and one that I prefer to fly with)

  2. A

    I choose my airline based on both cost and the route they take. I try to save money where I can but sometimes I just don't feel the savings are justified if the route you take has too many stopovers. Last year when I was looking at going from where I live (Australia) to Europe there was a good deal with China Southern but there were two stopovers in China itself bringing the total up to 5 stopovers. Sure wasn't worth the saving of a mere $60 in my mind.

  3. A

    On the topic of customer/flight service I have flown both Qatar airways and Qantas (Australia's primary airline) recently. Both of them were good experiences for me. Friendly cabin crew, no issues checking in, and clean new planes. Qatar especially had brand new Airbus's flying from Aus to Qatar last year. The only thing I dont like about Qantas is their flights all go via Sydney which is an extra stopover for me. So if I fly anywhere like Asia or Europe. Qatar or Singapore Airlines is a better option.

  4. Jaypoo

    Hi Wolters World. I love the content and been mostly traveling throughout China lately. I've used Air Canada, Air China and Hainan Airlines for my trips. They have been absolutely great. I must say being a Canadian traveling through the USA with a connection is abysmal. The ticket agents, baggage handlers are great and provide invaluable advice for your trip. TSA seems to not understand that there are connecting flights to other countries.

  5. Hans Koschei

    I just came back from Germany… I do not enjoy flying at all, but I must say SingaporeAir is the best airline for international flights… and if you book early enough the price is comparable to other NYC – FRA flights… the service in Economy is second to none… they give you sock/slippers to wear on the plane, Toothbrush and paste, the bathrooms are stocked with more toiletries, hot moist towels for your face, better than average food and a great entertainment system with music, movies, tv shows and video games.

  6. Tim OL

    I enjoy your channel a great deal, and highly recommend it to my friends & new crews who always ask me what you answer (Thank you for the service). One other thing that everyone should look at is parking at your departure airport-major airports have two or three different price structures for "Short term", "Long Term" or "Extended" parking plus 'off-site' private parking. Sometimes the Limo or cab or Uber options is makes more sense. As far as how I choose my flights, I look what crew scheduling has to offer me…

  7. Laura Berg

    So good to hear you like Delta, as we're flying with them from Australia (they are in partnership with Virgin Australia) to New York (Syracuse). We aren't frequent fliers but we have good trip insurance, enough time for layovers to switch terminals and since it's all on a delta ticket, we don't have to mess around with rechecking luggage.

  8. Sharon M

    I love to travel but don't travel enough to build up enough miles to give me any perks. So I usually have to go with price, followed by schedule. I like Virgin, British Airways, Jet Blue, Alaska is good here on the west coast. Used to like American, but man the seats were never big- now they are making them smaller?

  9. Samornrat Kiefaber

    Hi! Thank You for the great videos. I have recently fly to Denmark and using Lufthansa Airline which was very surprising how they board passengers. I have been traveling often, but this is the first time to boarding the plane without any kind of organization. Just like first come, first serve to get on the plane. Usually, The Airline boarding passengers by the seat roll.

  10. Cory Whittlesey

    Great video Mark! Since I'm an alone traveler, or traveling with usually one other person, I'm the kind of guy that is totally okay with going the cheapest route possible. Luckily for me, Norwegian has saved me SO much hassle and money. I don't care where I sit, they have vegan meals, and I don't check a bag. Super saver! Plus, they now fly to Asia too! Score!

  11. Alvaro Favela

    First time flying with EasyJet and I am not a fan of theirs. Two weeks ago, flew from Madrid-Barajas to London-Gatwick, my flight was scheduled to depart at 21:45pm but it was delayed almost 2 hours and ended up departing almost at midnight. The plane and seats were not that bad for a low cost carrier and way better than Frontier or Spirit here in the States, but again that wasn't a good first impression they gave me with a delayed flight.

  12. Juan Muñoz

    Hi! Love your videos, especially all the tips. Thank you for having this channel. Thanks of this video I will consider how I booked my flights and with which airline. Usually up until now I would just go with the cheapest fares in relation to other airlines. But you make a great point on the whole customer service, the space for your seat, Etc. My girlfriend and I just flew back from Amsterdam with Delta, and I must say that I was highly impressed with Delta and their customer service, the food that they fed us, and the entertainment package. It was almost perfect. I say almost perfect only because of course you go through the normal turbulence and that's what kind of makes the whole experience uncomfortable when being on an airplane, but that's just my personal problem. LOL

  13. picobello99

    I flew with American Airlines recently. The airplanes were pretty old, there were no personal screens and not much room for your legs. On my flight back I was in a small airplane with only 1 aisle even though it was a 6+ hour flight. It was just good enough, but I've definitely had better airlines.

  14. picobello99

    I don't want to fly with Ryan Air for safety reasons. Ryan Air uses only just the right amount of fuel to reach the destination (this is cheaper because of the weight). But if the plane has to stay in the air for any longer there wouldn't be enough fuel. So far nothing has gone really wrong, but there have been minor incidents.

  15. Jrprez22

    I agree, we do the same. We look at price of course, but also choose by legroom, amenities, service, etc., especially for long haul flights. For anything under 4 hours we just go with the cheapest and we use Google flights to find the best time to go for the best price.

  16. Maggy Schreibt

    I almost always use a Star Alliance Airline, because a) I get miles, b) there aren't many other options to the destinations I want to go to, if there are any at all, c) I prefer their terminal at my home airport. 😀 (Yes, that is one of the criteria for me.) That means I am usually flying Austrian Airlines (44.7% from beginning of my records, though it did rise a little bit in the last two years.) Some flights with Lot Polish Airlines, they sometimes offer great deals, it is worth to subscribe to their newsletter. Lufthansa and Swiss make up about 20% each. This year I had my first flight with SAS (was really ok) and Norwegian. Didn't really like it, but the price was awesome. I have no problems with low cost airlines and their rules, but the crew was quite unfriendly and I didn't feel welcome onboard. That is why I probably won't choose them again. I also have some experience with Easyjet which really is ok, but they don't fly to Heathrow (from Vienna), their flight times aren't that great and with checked luggage they usually aren't cheaper.

    Next year I am likely to try out some (for me) new airlines. I haven't finished my travel plans yet, but I might fly with Air Canada and Alaska Airlines or United. I think it is often exciting to try new things and that includes airlines and airports. (and planes :D)

  17. kadyans11

    Amazing videos, Mark! I've definitely watched a ton of your videos recently in order to help and guide my choices for my trip to Denmark later this year. Love your videos, hope to see more about Denmark. I know you've done a couple vids already, but I really wish you'll make more.

  18. B T

    I don’t fly that often but have limited experience having flown 7 times in the last 12 years to Israel from Chicago. I flew with Lufthansa/United through Frankfort, Alitalia through Milan (twice), Iberia through Madrid, Delta through JFK, United/Air Canada through Newark and Air Canada through Toronto one way, Swiss through Zurich on return. All those flights were booked through online agencies and were not too bad. I found however that going through certain airports was a hassle JFK: some areas/gates are dingy and have downright “holding cell” feeling while waiting in them. Zurich Airport is vast and sterile, has very few places to get food, none have any vegan options, the bathrooms are far away and have only stairs to get up to the second level, and customer service is hard to find and are not very pleasant.

    I have found Air Canada to be the best way to go for several reasons:
    The flight to/from Pearson in Toronto is only 1.5 hours, the airport is modern but pleasant and the best thing is the long flight leg is on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The big difference with this plane compared to others is that it is 80% composite materials which means that the humidity level is 20% vs. 4% in other planes. You will notice the big difference in how you feel after 10, 12 hours in the air. It’s as if you drove with the window open for just 3 hours. The difference is very noticeable and makes the flight much more pleasant. So if your international flight’s airline uses the 787, choose it. You may have to pay more by choosing instead of letting the travel agency choose for you but the difference in price is not that much and the experience will be worth it.

  19. Shawn Flynn

    If I am going to anywhere in the U.S, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central America then I use Southwest as they have good customer service and also two free checked bags. The next time I go to South America, or Europe I will use Delta as the last time I went to South America I used American and they were horrible.

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