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Hey, guys: I'm planning a trip to California, and I found similar flights for similar prices on Southwest, and American Airlines. Is one going to be way more pleasant than the other? I don't think I've flown either one.

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tawdryjones
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
I've enjoyed my rides on Southwest and been made absolutely miserable on American. In fact, I'll never book with them again.
pravda
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
i'd second southwest. they're kind of silly and fun.
pravda
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
but their check-in is kind of weird, if you book with them, make sure you know what's going on to get a good seat.
king_kai
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
southwest is okay, but they're nothing special. so many people show up mad early to try to get the good seats, though. so i always end up sitting around the airport like an asshole when i fly southwest. plus they don't have blankets or pillows. seriously, for a flight across the country, i'd rather have a blanket & a pillow than be disturbed with snack boxes & drink carts 4 times. on the other hand, i don't think i've ever had a problem on american airlines, & i've flown them much more often than southwest. so yeah, that's my $0.02.
counterfeitfake
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
I think I flew American back from England, and they were great. I was in first class though.

What makes one airline worse or better than the others?
king_kai
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
leg room, punctuality, how much shit they give you for free, how much they annoy you during the flight. leg room.
counterfeitfake
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember thinking Delta was awful and it might have been legroom. Are there still airlines that give you free stuff?
king_kai
Aug. 8th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
yeah, y'know, maybe there aren't. i think i got little green slippersox from Aer Lingus a couple years ago. but i can't really think of anything else. i always remember all the free shit i got from Lufthansa back when i was in high school (a blanket, 2 feather pillows, a tea cup, a set of flatware), but i think maybe that stuff wasn't "free" so much as "stolen."

Virgin Air transatlantic was the best ever. they had LCD screens in every seatback with a choice of like 5 movies PLUS a video game controller. FREE. in COACH! i think i played Bonk's Adventure for like 5 hours straight...
counterfeitfake
Aug. 8th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Man I flew across the Atlantic business class back in May and I'm doomed from here on out.
chaos4675
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've always really liked Southwest. Not having assigned seats is a little goofy, but it's never caused me a problem. Also, they have cheap drinks on the plane, which makes me smile. Best of all they always have a 5:50pm direct to Oakland, which is perfect timing for me.
king_kai
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
man, last time i took that flight it was a goddam NIGHTMARE. but i can't decide if that was because of southwest or because of philly. it was like a clusterfuck, the flight before ours at our gate was MAD late, which made us late, which made like 10 other flights late. the runway was like the goddam schuylkill at rush hour. i almost killed like 25 people, it was crazy.
rhino777
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
American usually has a better snack/meal.
misterscarecrow
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
I love Southwest and their sense of humor. I've flown them a million times and will continue to do so.

You want to be subversive you can hack your Southwest boarding pass to put you in Group A.

Which isn't necessary, really, just print it out online as soon as is possible and you'll get A. But anyway!

Go Southwest!
ranai
Aug. 8th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Southwest is generally pretty silly and laid back HOWEVER, I flew Southwest the other week, to California, and there wasn't a video screen, or any music stations to listen to. I was kind of annoyed by that, because I enjoy the heavily edited in-flight movies. If that's not a big deal, then... yeah, I had no other issue with Southwest.
hillaroo
Aug. 9th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
i like southwest fine. i don't understand the silly comments-- ITS NOT LIKE CLOWNS ARE YOUR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS. but uh, i remember getting some candy ON THE SLY from an attendant named NAT.
ranai
Aug. 9th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
I've been on more than one flight where the attendants broke into song upon landing, and another where there was some bizarro comedy routine being played out by a sassy black female attendant and a sassy flamboyantly gay male attendant on the intercom. Which is odd, but is why I vote: "silly"
hillaroo
Aug. 9th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
WHAT?!? OMG my love for southwest has just been solidified.
superdaintykate
Aug. 9th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
goodness, I'm cranky
Bacuase I am old, I HATE HATE HATE Southwest, possibly becuase I had to fly them so much in my younger years. I hate them more for my fellow passengers than the airline itself. It seems, out here, anyway, that the people who fly SW are the ones who would normally be taking a bus. None of them have the slightest idea about this "carry-on luggage" thing and think they will be very sneaky and avoid checked baggage and end up dragging on huge cardboard cartons of oranges or Hefty bags full of underwear that are duct-taped shut, for security. No assigned seating, so here you are waiting for these ignorant twits to finish cramming their "luggage" into the overhead compartment before you can sit down. Lots of them like to argue with the gate agent. Also, zero legroom.

Service oscillates between full-out nutty, especially if you're flying late at night/into a "fun" destination such as Vegas, and kind of surly in a school-nurse kind of way. I get a real "hope you're not expecting much because you sure didn't pay for it, you're lucky we're letting you fly on the inside of the plane" vibe.

That said. I will fly SW for short (under 2 hrs) flights if I HAVE to. I I feel almost as though I am holding my breath the whole time, and might just be so I can get into the seat. I will usually wait it out and pray for United to have a sale and save me.
swolfe
Aug. 9th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
i almost always fly american, but it's because of the miles and not being able to fly direct anywhere on southwest from love field. the one time i flew southwest, my friend, mike (who works for southwest's IT dept.), gave me stand-by passes, so i don't really have a good experience to judge.

i just realized that i have pretty close to zero content to add to the discussion. carry on.
calamityjon
Aug. 9th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Haha, Southwest is so silly, what with their falling-apart fleet and their taquitos in the flight area. Taquitos! Who does not love to cram greasy warm cafeteria food down your gullet, it has been sitting open to the air amidst a million swarming passengers for an afternoon, INDULGE IN TAQUITOS, sense of humor to be consumed forthwith! One time I watched a stewardess on a Southwest flight yelling at a non-English speaker who was trying to stow a baby carriage, "NO! NO! NO STROLLER! NO!" and pointing like she was planning to belt a homer right into that part of the stands.

Oh, the funny funny sense of funny of Southwest, how sometimes they just choose to make the joke of not having food or soft drinks on board, haha. And their fleet of ill-equipped, junky little out-of-date airplanes, cramming more people per square inch than any other airline, har har.

Southwest is the cheapest airline and therefore serves the people for whom that is a deciding factor. American has been around forever, has a more advanced and varied fleet, and I'd take them over Southwest in a heartbeat. I have made a habit, over the last five years, to never never never fly Southwest, to the point where Kate and I drove to San Diego two weeks ago because the only flights within our budget were Southwest. We drove five hours to avoid one hour on Southwest, IS TRUTH.

Southwest is balls a-midair. The end.
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