I much prefer integrated inflight entertainment, like Delta Air Lines and most other competitors. Having to use my own device also means that I must bring wireless headphones, which I would not otherwise pack as they're rarely used during travel. I'm also vulnerable to issues connecting to Wi-Fi, all of which can be easily avoided by investing in the customer experience. This is cost-cutting disguised as "choice". The snack options leave much to be desired, as a tiny bag of mini pretzels is mediocre at best on a 3 hour international flight. American's loyalty program is superb, and the app is polished. If only the airline itself matched its branding and marketing.
Absolutely horrible check in process leaving Aruba. Arrived 3 hours early. Line stretched from inside to out of airport. No movement in 1 hour. Two hours left. Much less than 1/2 to desk with one hour left and multiple security and customs checks (both Aruba and US). Two flights from Aruba leaving to Miami with American a only couple of hours apart. No one came through trying to determine who had the earlier flight to make sure no one missed it. If not for my “pushy” wife who moved us into “First Class” line to bypass others, we would have missed flight as obviously most people waiting around us did as they did not board the plane. Not enough American Airlines staff working at counters. Very slow check in process. The extensive Verifly process we did to document our immunizations and vaccines we were told was not working so they wanted to see documents. They wanted to charge us for checked bag despite we had a checked bag included. Same story from others who actually made the flight.
For auch a short flight it is annoying the number of announcements, mainly because you have a 30 to 35 mins flight and you music or movie stop for every announcement. They announced a drink service that never happened (understandable for such a short flight, but don’t bother me from sleeping or listening to music or watching a movie with and announcement we have to disregard) The crew was good… I feel bad for them having to push the credit cards so hard (also annoying) I did like the video of the safety features better than the old fashioned presentations
Nothing everything was very good🙌🏻
Pros: "Titos Vodka"
Cons: "If they would have put my wife and I together and not lose ALL 4 pieces of our luggage"
Pros: "Friendly and prompt attendants."
Cons: "I couldn't ask for anything more from American than what was provided"
Cons: "Flight delayed. We almost missed our connection. Bags were lost No food or alcohol for first class. Pathetic."
Pros: "On time, only one gate change!"
Cons: "Cheaper. Ran out of food on the incoming flight. Should have planned better"
Pros: "The plane ride was quick and easy!!!"
Cons: "We waited in the shuttle bus for one hour while they determined the plane needed maintenance and found another plane to warm up"
Pros: "Entertainment app and selection of movies good. Also love that you have diet Dr Pepper on your flights. Boarding process efficient"
Cons: "The USB plugs and lower converter plugs didn’t work for the entire flight. Cabin temp is too low, why always freezing??"
Cons: "no individual tv’s. The best was the food, noquis were excellent"
Cons: "The flight from Miami was delayed and the plane was very hot during the flight."
Cons: "Leave on time! On this round trip there were 4 segments and 3 of the 4 flights were late!"
Cons: "My A/A flight, which was scheduled to get in after midnight, was delayed by over an hour with multiple gate changes."
Cons: "Crew needs to improve their attitude"
Cons: "Limited legroom is a problem. Otherwise, the flight was fine."
Pros: "Great flight overall"
Cons: "We were told that we get one checked bag free, but at check-in were told we had to pay. So much for low prices!"
Pros: "There was air to breath."
Cons: "Having to check a carry-on bag, then finding out there were multiple bins empty. What compounds the lie; now that we are on the ground, the ground crew cannot remove the checked luggage due to weather. Now I'm stuck without anything! No one at American want to help me out of this situation."
Pros: "They rerouted me so I at least salvaged some of my trip."
Cons: "They rerouted me for no reason making me miss my reunion."
Pros: "Comfortable wifi enabled jet."
Cons: "Flight delayed over 2hrs. Inbound aircraft mechanical trouble. No info provided by airline. Maddening 10 minute rolling delay. "Your flight is boarding in xx(10) minutes and no airplane is at gate. It's just ridiculous."
Pros: "Not much here. The seats were ok, but the rest of the flight the airline was just poor."
Cons: "The airline is so outdated and behind the times of their competitors, their in that they don't have in flight entertainment unless you download their app and give them your email address. On top of that when I originally booked my flights, I had made sure to have 1.5 hr for a layover between my connecting flights. Well, they decided to move up my connector such that I had 25 minutes to run across 2 terminals. They only give you pretzels on the plane, and a single soda drink. They offer you "food bundles" but why do I want to pay $8 for a sandwich that costs $1 to make."
Pros: "Time of flight and on time flight"
Cons: "Lack of gluten free snack Cramped knee room"
Cons: "Has to be the most narrows seats with the smallest amount of legroom of all carriers. Great price on the flight (comparatively speaking) but I will opt to pay more for a diffferent airline with better seats. Comparing economy to economy seating"
Pros: "Crew was polite and respectful"
Cons: "Communication was irregular, a meal was promised that was never delivered, delay on tarmac handled poorly"
Pros: "Flight was not completely full so I got an empty seat next to me."
Cons: "We were delayed due to some balance issues."
Pros: "Flight had very few people on it so everyone could stretch out for the 6 hour flight."
Cons: "The original flight turned around 45 minutes in and I missed my connecting flight. AA refused to try and get me on another flight the same day so I could make it to Sydney on the original day I was supposed to land. We waited 2/3 hours to board a whole new flight, and AA hardly compensated. If anything they should’ve provided a meal at least instead of a bag of pretzels. Flight crew seemed very inconvenienced and it showed."
Cons: "Left with plenty of time but: -Terrible traffic! More than 3 hrs -Had to wait 30 min for shuttle -At airport they said flight was via American, other terminal. My paper from Kayak says Air Alaska -Terminal for flight uses separate bldg so shuttles to terminal , more time needed."
Cons: "Delays, not helpful staff, not even a meal for a 5+ hr flight. No headphones available. All of this after American Airlines delayed flights and caused us to miss connecting. A whole night delay with no luggage because not one American Airlines staff could step up and help us. It was easier for them to be lazy and say “I know how you feel”. Never Again American Airlines"
Cons: "The flight promised internet but wasnt available jntil the last 90 mins forna 4.5 hour flight..smh"
Cons: "No charges for cellphones on first class! (Plane looks pretty new as well)"
Cons: "Flight departed approximately 5 hours late, excuses given by employees didn't make sense."
Cons: "Delays, broken plane, not even a water while waiting . Took 8 hours to get to provedence RI from Chicago. Crew was not friendly!"
Pros: "Everything lined up perfectly"
Pros: "Half full so plenty of room to stretch."
Cons: "The plane was old. Seats seemed quite worn and didn't have the amenities (tv screens) like newer planes."
Pros: "Friendly customer service, good snacks."
Cons: "No negative actions or interactions."
Cons: "tiny plane with uncomfortable, old seats. no entertainment options on a 3 hour flight. No food options for purchase."
Pros: "Nothing in particular."
Cons: "The 10:50 PM flight was delayed beyond midnight with no prior indication. The reason given was the flight from Dallas delayed due to weather. This looks childish. Why not pay for inconvenience. Is our time and hardship so invaluable?"
Cons: "All. The worst airline in the world"
Cons: "This is a Airline petty poor in service they don´t care about the costumer i just fly true they when i dont have any other option"
Pros: "The cabin crew was friendly."
Cons: "The crew gave no information that we weee diverted to SJC instead of SFO. Very poor communication and. It much of an apology. Seems to me the plane was under weight on fuel."
Cons: "Flight has to stop over to refuel (unplanned on a "non-stop" flight). TV entertainment was bad, inappropropriate and boring. Personal entertainment monitor did not work for the first leg of the flight. Got to final destination 2hrs after schedule. No food for international flight, even considering an additional 2hrs on top of the 6.5 hr flight."
Pros: "Plane arrived early."
Cons: "Flight was very late. Boarding was not good!"
Pros: "This flight was comfortable and the crew was very nice"
Boarding started on time but took forever to complete boarding and load luggage delaying the flight by more than an hour. Canon is freezing cold and on requesting to turn it down, flight attendants tried to make fun saying that “I know it’s cold, AC is on” but did nothing. In noticed lot of people were complaining about the temperature but canon crew didn’t care.
Not sure why TSA prececk doesn’t work going through second round of security.
Bring own entertainment and food. Amenities in economy are a thing of the past with United
We were waiting 30 minutes at the gate in EWR. All gates were occupied. Such a waisting of resources and time.
Pros: "Quick and easy. Just a 35 minute flight. Wish they could all be like that."
Pros: "Crew was pretty cool. They were very nice and helpful. Seem happy"
Cons: "I had no complaints at all"
Pros: "Even with basic economy we were able to get our belongings in the overhead bin, preserving legroom"
Cons: "The seats were cosmically uncomfortable. Even with a window seat there was no way to get comfortable in the seat."
Pros: "the arrival on the other end"
Cons: "on tarmac 1-1/2 hours conflicting info....went from delay due to traffic/weather, to extended flight time due to reroute, to asking 10 people to volunteer to get off or 10 would be chosen to have to get off, 4 people volunteered, was holding my breath to be “picked off” when the 4 people were let back on and we took off an hour late. the flight steward spoke so unreasonably fast you couldn’t understand a word she said and she had an overall bad attitude....very disappointing from United"
Pros: "New plane"
Cons: "Poor service in first class. Made me feel like I was bothering her"
Pros: "Crew was excellent."
Cons: "Seats are so uncomfortable. There is no where to stash your stuff b/c they reduced the size of the seat pocket to the point where you can’t fit anything in it. They are always out of the popular foot for purchase. I have actually started to fly American when I can b/c I’m tired of paying United prices - for what you get it’s not worth it."
Cons: "Ended up at Logan."
Pros: "The flight was delayed so much that we would not make the connection, so United placed us on an American flight coming home more than an hour later. I really got to see how much better the flights are on American:more leg room, free movies. However, United's cookies are much better."
Cons: "The flight was delayed so much that we would not make the connection, so United placed us on an American flight coming home more than an hour later. I really got to see how much better the flights are on American:more leg room, free movies. However, United's cookies are much better."
Cons: "Waiting in aircraft for 1hr 15 minutes before we taxied down n left. Late getting to my connect flight they promised to have a wheelchair waiting for me n it never came. I was lucky to make my connection.."
Cons: "It was HORRIBLE. They had to book us on another flight to Houston and then to Dallas because there were no more direct flights. We arrived at the check in counter at 10 AM. Flight left at 10:40. We were only 5 minutes late for the cutoff after a 15 hour flight with delays that were NOT our fault but were the fault of the airline itself. Our seats were terrible going back and they did not even offer us any kind of voucher to help with the added time and stress of having to wait for another flight and take an extra one."
Cons: "Flight 1039 dec 16 was delayed due to late inbound arrival to Aruba. United gave the reason "delayed Maintenance" which United denied as mechanical failure. We missed connected flight to Albany. United gave us only option: morning flight to Washington and then To Albany which is inacceptable option. We took rental car. Also: Workers at Newark do not coordinate. Super Slow and give disinformation."
Pros: "Quick flight, no complaints."
Pros: "Friendly crew, good seating with Economy PLUS"
Cons: "Hot as blazes all flight, crew kept telling me they would cool it down, never did!"
Pros: "Flight was on-time; no delays; great crew! I also liked the fact there was a person at the gate to let us know where our connecting flight gate was - that was really helpful!"
Cons: "In flight entertainment (archived TV/Movies) not provided (other than through personal electronics); but that didn't bother me - flight between Santa Barbara and Denver isn't that long."
Pros: "Flight was smooth"
Cons: "As I was boarding my carry on was taken and stowed in checked baggage, when I moved toward my seat, I made a comment to my sister, that I didn't like this airline and the stewardess told me that I could get off! This was a private conversation number one and number 2 she could have asked if there was a problem, apologize and try to fix it. But Lorilies behavior was just rude! No wonder united is having passenger issues."
Pros: "Confort and puntual"
Pros: "I would like to have movies shown during long flights."
Cons: "I do not like satellite TV option. No one seemed to even use it. The internet and the TV are only availlible for certain periods during the flight."
Pros: "The last minute emergency flight was not terribly priced"
Cons: "I was notified when there was going to be a delay, but not notified when my flight was cancelled due to the airline not having a crew. Really? No crew? Gave my mother a voucher for a motel stay, but failed to notify her that there would be no shuttle that comes to the airport after 10pm. She is not great with technology and was stranded at the airport until her re-scheduled flight 12 hours later"
Pros: "Caught all my flights on time everything went smooth."
Cons: "Connection flight times were a little close which caused me to rush from different sections of New ark airport. I almost missed my flight home to Providence so if connecting flights could be scheduled with a little more wiggle room that would be great."
Pros: "Staff was nice and accommodating. Plane ride was smooth."
Cons: "DELAYS. I had 4 flights within a weekend all with United and EVERY flight was delayed. The plane also heading to Newark ahead of us was overbooked and some people were pushed onto our plane, not a big deal if all can fit on the plane...but we wouldn't have if it wasn't for the delay causing those flying to Boston to miss their flights. Frustrating and adds an element of concern when faced with delays when the weather is fine. The internet on the plane is also confusing to use...should be clearer. Mistakenly booked my flight before realizing the new carry on policy, so trying to pack everything into a tiny bag to meet requirements was frustrating... definitely don't think I will be booking United again."
Cons: "Again flights never left on time."
Pros: "On time, courteous & caring flight attendant & desk staff. Unable to understand pilot or first officer's PA announcements...language & microphone issues. Airplane is severely cramped so flight was uncomfortable."
Cons: "See above"
Pros: "Crew was attentive and professional"
Cons: "Boarding from front to back sets up jams in the aisles Could not swipe cards for entertainment"
Pros: "The people were very nice! The entertainment although not easy to access was free. snacks were meh but ok. They did what they could to make us comfortable after flight was delayed 2.5 hours."
Cons: "The flight was delayed for 2.5 hours was out of the control of the crew. They did what they could. But the plane was cramped. Not enough space. Everyone was cramped. We missed our connecting flight they put us up in a hotel and booked alternate flights. We had to stand out in the cold waiting for a shuttle to take us to the hotel. The hotel staff said more than once they were not prepared for all of us and getting us from airport to hotel and in rooms was almost another 2 hours. That gave us 3.5 hours to sleep before we started in the next journey. Of 4 hours from take off to landing in our home city. I had to pay for my baggage to go onto another airline."
Pros: "The crew and overall experience was very good. Things were on time and communication between crew and passengers was very good"
Cons: "It would be nice if United staffed their check in counter more than three hours prior to the flight or at least told their customers not to arrive more than three hours prior to the flight. We arrived early to avoid lines and congestion due to spring break, TSA, and customs only to find the counter closed."
Pros: "I like that entertainment via WiFi was offered"
Cons: "WiFi message said it was not in service."
Cons: "Small Chairs, no tv"
Pros: "Our connection to Chicago was overbooked so United booked us on a direct flight to Aruba instead! What a great treat complete with $40 in good vouchers at EWR"
Pros: "Fairly quick and easy to get checked in and though security"
Cons: "Seating was a bit cramped, good thing plane was not full"
Pros: "entertainment on my Ipad"
Cons: "flight crew seemed rushed when serving repeatedly bumped passengers witht the serving cart"
Cons: "Flight was delayed by over two hours"
Pros: "the captain kept us informed about the turbulent situation"
Cons: "it was scary"
Pros: "The flight was to depart at 8:15 but due to delay only leaving at 3;30. Dissapointed as it took two agents to process a replacement flight (first agent offered a connection for a 1.5h flight only)."
Cons: "More attentive staff willing to help and at the very least, be emphatic."
Cons: "The crew was unprofessional and Unprepared"
Pros: "The flight was smooth"
Cons: "We were real late leaving and we were never notified as to why or that the flight would be late. We never received an apology for the inconvenience. We had no in service flight entertainment, very disappointing."
Pros: "Great flight. Pilot flew away from hurricane."
Cons: "Needed wheel chair, waited 1/2 hour."
Pros: "Ticket price was good"
Cons: "Limited space, food to buy and luggage and entertainment to pay for."
Pros: "did not crash"
Cons: "It appeared that flight was not ever scheduled to go to Providence, The plane was too large to land in Providence. United probably sold too many tickets. Arrived at 130 a.m. next day -- not 9 p.m. lie I was supposed to arrive. United offered a $100 e-ticket gift. I do not fly very often. Could use $100 cash or free flight to Providence -- not Boston"
Pros: "We received a free video service for the flight"
Cons: "First of all the flight was booked for a plane which was too large to land in Providence. So either way we were going to have a longer day and extra leg.....which I only paid for ONE plane change. After running to the gate because my first flight was late taking off, this flight was delayed due to engine issues. The agent had us standing in line for 1 1/2 hours while she tried to figure out what was going on. So instead of taking off at 5:40 pm, we took off at 9 pm and still had to catch a bus from Boston to Providence...HORRIBLE Flight = Long Day/Night"