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Average price round-trip

$564 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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$184 or less

Good deal one-way

$140 or less

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Top 5 airlines serving from Central America to California

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8.3
Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,235 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Crew was very good."
Cons: "Fresh food and better entretaiment"

Pros: "The assistance by the San Jose CR Alaska office re; my misplaced carry on and their super help in the return exchange of backpacks"
Cons: "Meal on board charges"

Pros: "Getting to where I needed to go"
Cons: "Stopping the plane to fuel at another airport understandable. But then you ran out of food for purchase on the first flight (I was sitting in the back). Then connecting at LAX was horrible. Everyone had connecting flights. Off the plane onto a bus. then through customs then shuffled outside with no guidance from employees. Finally I found someone to ask bc 15-20 people were around me in the same boat. Where the f do we go we wondered. The employee was insanely rude. I’m attentive and I listen. he was saying pay attention I told you go right blah blah blah. He was literally standing there with his arm out pointing right and never said a word to anyone. So once we figured out to go outside and right we had a stressful ten minute wal hoping we were going the right way. We were! We get to tsa and have to go through screening again. Which is insane bc we just got off a plane. The tsa agent told us this happens everyday with a smerk. On top of her attitude, her and the two other lazy ladies on her line were painfully slow. The other two lines went at least twice as fast(no exaggeration!) made it to gate 66 to find it was changed without notice to 63. Made the flight by two minutes or less sweating from running around!"

Pros: "Service was good."
Cons: "Seats are very uncomfortable, little padding. Flight was over an hour late leaving SJO."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "We were delayed. Crew was rude. Then we flew to another airport just to get fuel, which further delayed us. We arrived late to the connecting airport and missed our connecting flight home. Not given food vouchers. Had to pay for 1 checked bag despite flying internationally. Overall, very dissasatisfied with Alaska Airlines and I will be sure to go out of my way not to book again with Alaska."

Pros: "Comfort of premium seats. Free drinks and snacks."
Cons: "A little too cold. But I've learned flight are usually cold and went prepared."

Pros: "Flight attendants were super friendly and responsive."
Cons: "They need an internet service that works outside the U.S. The bus ride to immigration and customs is awful."

Cons: "Would love to see more vegan options on the menu!"

Pros: "Everything."
Cons: "Nothing. Alaska is by far my favorite airline! Virgin is my second favorite. They are now joined. Perfect!"

Pros: "Food vouchers."
Cons: "Being delayed almost 3 hours and getting in after 1 am."

Pros: "Apparently mechanical problems early in the day put our jet 89 min behind, but all involved worked the magic to achieve only a 60 minute late arrival. Loved the sparkling water (she was kind enough to make mine vegan even : - )."
Cons: "Late start and long taxi and long bus rides. BUT, the conversation with the new found friend was off the chain. I'm cool with the Sonoma means a taxi and bus portion - worth the fare."

Pros: "I liked it all"

Pros: "Coffee Starbucks"
Cons: "Passenger seat 25D was swearing all the time"

Pros: "on time, somewhat"
Cons: "very cramped seats; are my husband and I profiled on airline flights? why are we always placed exactly over the wings or in the rear of the plane, with all the babies? we are senior citizens and flying three to five hours with babies crying all around us is not a pleasant flight. So we up graded to first class on this return flight. Is that the only way to get out of being profiled to sit in the rear of the plane with the crying for three hours?"

Pros: "The flight was thankfully very short!"
Cons: "Crappy service, slow boarding, lack of control of boarding passengers at gate, plane was not as clean as normally expect for this airline."

Pros: "Excelente servicio"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Service was good, lots of leg room and they even had in flight entertainment for free!, unlike all other domestic airlines where they always try to nickle and dime you. Great airline."

Pros: "The staff treated everyone like humans not a number!!!!"
Cons: "Checking bags after shelling over 500 bucks on a flight should be free."

Cons: "On time"

Pros: "Quick easy flight"
Cons: "Waiting on the runway for 45 minutes to de-plane"

Pros: "Crew was excellent."
Cons: "The unexpected turbulence"

Pros: "They're organized, staff is super friendly and seats are clean and comfortable."

Cons: "I haven't flown a first class this poor ever. No blankets, we were not offered drinks until we were at cruising altitude, no magazines, felt very dirty and unkept. Food was less than desirable. Alaska needs to improve their overall service and cabins."

Pros: "The crew was super nice, from when we boarded the plane to when we got off. (:"

Cons: "We had to wait over 2 hours delayed our flight claimed it was mechanical reasons then change it saying it was paperwork they need to do so we would be able to make the flight wasted almost 3 hours I was sleeping the crew wakes me up for drinks like really !!bad experience!!!!"

Pros: "Air travel in the US is a disaster. People are cattle. Food is overpriced. Some airlines have policies that out to be criminal in how passengers are treated. The good news is Alaska and just a few other smaller airlines are far less terrible than the rest of the industry. The product is still cramped, unapitizing and not always smooth... but the crew is consistnetly awesome... and their policies are customer friendly"
Cons: "Selling the credit card on every flight for 15 minutes is torture. Force feeding us an informercial once is more than enough but if you have a round trip with connections it is 4 times. I was considering it but by the 4th time I was too annoyed to ever get your credit card"

Pros: "The crew and the service"
Cons: "The 30 min delay in takeoff"

Cons: "charged for ipads, wifi didnt work,"

Pros: "The whole air experience is so egregious now, I'm committed to first class and only a few airlines. Just can't do it anymore. I'm not a herd animal and I don't want to do it their way. Period. On Air Alaska it's a clean cabin, they leave on time, they maintain the planes. Amen."

Cons: "It was a 6 hour flight with no meal provided, only two small cookies. It was an evening flight."

Pros: "Nada"
Cons: "Nada"

Pros: "Alaska Airlines was a great, very friendly crew and pilot. boarding was eazy , and the flight was on time."

Pros: "Nothing!!!!"
Cons: "I arrived to Costa Rica on a flight from El Salvador, police hold a long line which made a lot of people loose their connection flight including myself. After losing my flight, Alaska did NOTHING TO HELP to get a new flight or get hotel accommodation. Alaska employees showed great disregard for helping stranded costumers that lose their flight even when it was not passengers foul. I will try NOT to flight on Alaska anymore!!!!"

Pros: "Leaving on time, arriving on time."
Cons: "Very uncomfortable seats, too small, even for a small person like me. Person next to you takes up 1/4 of your seat."

Pros: "very little except the price"
Cons: "well it wasn't Qantas that's for sure"

Pros: "Friendly people, clean new plane, ease of check in and baggage drop."
Cons: "Sold out of the fruit and cheese pack by the 20th row!"

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Since it's a flight that leaves from a Spanish speaking country, announcements should be made in both English and Spanish. I can speak English, but there were some people who can't and I had to translate for them"

Pros: "We arrived earlier than scheduled"
Cons: "No snacks by the time they got to us. Last seats by the bathroom."

Pros: "The staff/crew was very nice. The flight was smooth and got me back to LA safely."
Cons: "No food was complimentary. Everything had a charge and it was not cheap either."

Pros: "Great pilot and flight attendents, clean plane"
Cons: "I like everything"

Pros: "Easy boarding"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "From the staff that went above and beyond to get me the seats I wanted on an extremely crowded flight, to the efficient process of boarding those without overhead bags earlier, to the comfortable flight - my experience was excellent."

Pros: "Staff very warm."
Cons: "Food selection paltry. Vodka from Seattle? Hopefully you will take Virgins food selections and liquor. Alaska can use an overhaul. Also aisle too tight."

Pros: "The crew was great!"
Cons: "We had a six hour layover in LAX and our luggage still didn't get transferred to our next flight and so our first 3 days in Ecuador was without luggage!"

Pros: "Pilot told us it would be 10 mins really took an hour to taxi and park plane."
Cons: "Pilot lying"

Pros: "It was actually an American Airlines flight I asked for a seat change from window to an aisle seat and even though the flight was fully booked, according to the staff, they kindly obliged and I got an aisle seat"

Pros: "It was on time,"
Cons: "On going efforts by all the airlines to squeeze as many people as possible in as tight and uncomfortable seating as they can get away with."

Cons: "The ground manager Francisco Cordero was very rude. He was very abrupt with passengers. I paid extra for the flight as it was meant to be direct but it ended up having a refueling stop do I was late. The taxes were not included in the ticket price which was inconvenient."

Pros: "Just overall solid experience, especially considering how terrible other airlines have become"

Cons: "My main comment is that the wi-fi didn't work for all passengers. One of the reasons I flew this airline was because they promise reliable wi-fi on the flight and despite multiple attempts to troubleshoot, it never worked."

Pros: "Nice leg room, snacks, drinks."
Cons: "It was freezing! Seat cusion wasn't very comfortable."

Cons: "No blankets, no earphones, rude crew. Jet Blue used to be top notch, special. Now it’s just another packed crew with union attendants who do minimal and I mean minimal effort to make passengers happy."

Pros: "Always excellent service ! Great staff, great pilot, great snacks. First class. ( even in coach)"
Cons: "Everything was great! No complaints!"

Pros: "The pilot was on it, time for some new planes."
Cons: "The plane left the gate 35 min late, went to take off the pilot saw a water leak returned to the gate. Finally fixed than went to leave the gate the 2nd time and there was another malfunction. 2 hours later finally took off. When we landed at lax we had to travel across the runway for quite awhile to our gate where we had to wait another 45 min for the other plane to leave before we could park."

Cons: "Flight was delayed for almost three hours. Ver inconvenient for the traveler and the ones picking us up at our destination."

Pros: "I assume it's a well-known fact that airlines exaggerate the actual flight time to create an illusion of early arrival. However, the net result is sitting on the tarmac because the arrival gate is occupied...for an hour."
Cons: "See above"

Cons: "Over hour delay on runway."

Pros: "Crew was fantastic!"
Cons: "the screen above the seat was broken and couldn't turn off it off. Was very bright for the duration of the flight."

Pros: "Our flight was delayed and she made sure we will arrive in our final destination with no kinks or issues We were Re routed to Washington Dulles Airport instead of LAX and flew all the way to Cebu Philippines via Korean Airlines which we were grateful and happy"

Pros: "Thank you for the leg room! While all the other airlines are packing people on the plane like sardines, thank you for treating your customers, especially the economy customers like human beings. I can’t emphasize enough how much that will affect my travel choice and I am not even a person of big built."
Cons: "The head rest did not have the bending capability so the head can’t rest comfortably to either side while sleeping."

Cons: "The plane was a half hour late again, and the entertainment system did not work for the entire flight. Then we were stuck for another half hour on the runway waiting for a gate to open. Out of three JetBlue round-trip flights I’ve taken two were late both directions. At this point I plan on going back to Delta."

Pros: "we ended up getting upgraded to seats with more leg room. the crew was very nice and accommodating!"

Pros: "Excellent experience. Jet Blue is the best airline"

Pros: "DirectTV and snacks."

Pros: "Crew on ground and in air were great. Great entertainme"
Cons: "They ran out of food to purchase. Not even one choice of food. They kept pushing snacks. Stock more food!!!"

Cons: "My assigned airline steward seemed as though we were doing him a favor in flying with jet blue. Pleasantries such as a smile and a sincere your welcome really don't cost much, but give a good impression of the company your happy to work for. He must not be happy to work there."

Pros: "everything was good except that I didn’t like to pay for blanket"
Cons: "to pay for blanket"

Pros: "Very smooth pleasant flight"

Pros: "Literally the worst flight I’ve ever been on in my life."
Cons: "We were seated behind a woman who brought a sick cat into the flight. The stench of cat feces was overwhelming. When we addressed it with the staff, they were incredibly rude. I also shared that I had a very significant cat allergy. The staff continued to be incredibly rude, and eventually offered a single seat in the back, which would not accommodate the two of us. The woman next to us also expressed her extreme discomfort and was condescended and disrespected, as well. Shocking, miserable experience."

Pros: "The crew was very nice and helpful made me feel safe. The entertainment was excellent. Loved the snacks!!"

Pros: "entertainment and crew were top notch arrived ahead of schedule"
Cons: "i wish free meals were still offered"

Cons: "We were not told we’d be sitting next to a woman with a dog. It was highly offensive to sit and eat next to a dog that smelled and panted constantly, and would shed occasionally. Why not solve this problem by asking passengers when they book a seat if they do or don’t want to sit next to pets? Not everyone can do this since many have allergies. Also, this is not hygienic. Very unsatisfied."

Pros: "Nothing"

Pros: "New plane with self service snacks and drinks."

Cons: "3 HR DELAYED DEPARTURE... IT WAS SO TERRIBLE.. NO CARRY ON LUGGAGE SPACE ON BOTH FLIGHTS"

Pros: "Courteous staff"
Cons: "Long delay in cold terminal"

Pros: "Boarding was quick and easy, and they had lots of options for entertainment"
Cons: "The plane is very cramped. I am a very small person and I still felt like I couldn’t really move to get things under the seat in front of me. The crew also only came around with food once during the flight, and I happened to be sleeping then, so I didn not get a chance to have any food."

Pros: "I liked that Jet Blue has a really big selection for viewing/listening."
Cons: "The crew announced WI-FI was broken, and then the movie I was watching, cut out."

Pros: "Quick security check."
Cons: "Temperature to hot in main cabin during flight."

Pros: "Lots of legroom, courteous staff."

Pros: "This has been my worst flying experience ever. I arrived to the airport at 9:30 pm for my 11pm flight. Long story short, I was told repeatedley by jet blue and tsa that there is no issue and that the flight was not going to leave without me. Ii ask several times that they please move me to the front to make it to the gate before closing. After being assures several times by tsa and jet blue staff i was okay, i finally made it to the gate and lo and behold, its closed,"

Pros: "Lots of leg room. Entertainment on tv was available."
Cons: "Why does it takes so long to exit? I guess that’s how it always is."

Pros: "We boarded right on time and the boarding process was smooth."
Cons: "Our flight was delayed three hours because of air conditioning malfunctioning on the plane. We sat on the tarmac for almost two and a half hours, and it must have been around 85 degrees on the plane. There was a lot of miscommunication about whether we would be switching aircraft. They finally told us to deplane because we were probably going to switch planes. After 15 minutes in the terminal, we reboarded the same plane. Got to LA 3 hours late so had to deal with horrible rush hour traffic, which we had hoped to avoid had we taken off on time."

Pros: "Friendly crew and highly comfortable flight. Will be switching to Jet Blue!!"

Pros: "The ticket agent was extremely courteous and helpful. She did her best to get our party of six seats near one another. She even came and found me several minutes after I left her station to hand deliver boarding passes to me."
Cons: "The on-line checkin process was miserable. I spent over an hour and a half attempting to checkin. I received numerous "invalid document" errors. I was unable to check in all members of my party at the same time. I was unable to check in any of the minors in my party due to the fact that I could not check in more than one person at a time."

Pros: "In flight entertainment was great"
Cons: "On a 5hr flight they stopped service after 2hrs and never offered any food for purchase. We were limited to the free snacks only which was lame."

Pros: "The entertainment system crashed three times and had to be rebooted which cause you to start everything over. When I use the Wi-Fi for the Amazon prime option it was very spotty and had to reload quite a bit during the flight from JFK to LAX. They are by Miss clean the staff was good but the entertainment system and the movie choices were very old and not really very interesting."

Pros: "Lots of leg room and good entertainment."

Cons: "Los televisores de nuestra fila no funcionaban y al llegar el vuelo tuvimos que esperar 40 minutos para poder salir del avión."

Pros: "Crew were fine, boarding was easy. But on a 6 hour flight you have an expectation that the media will work, especially from Jet Blue since that’s what they build their business on."
Cons: "50% of the entertainment consoles were not working."

Pros: "Jet Blue is always a great experience due in great part to your staff! I was running late. They accommodated. The flight was late but the checkin crew was stellar and kept us informed and in a great mood. Then the flight crew took it from there and they were, as always, true professionals. Thank you!"

Pros: "Everything"

Pros: "The check in process with Jet Blue is always seamless and quick. Great communication. I enjoyed the free wi-fi and under-the-seat outlets. Also love how refreshments are available to grab at anytime."
Cons: "The sound on the movies, etc. is terrible! And half the time the screens don't work."

Pros: "There wasn't much to like. The entertainment selection was decent, but considering that it crashed continually throughout the flight, and then stopped working halfway through, selection didn't mean much."
Cons: "Wifi - didn't work the entire flight (nor did it work on my outbound flight either). Entertainment system - kept crashing in the middle of watching movies, and then ultimately stopped working altogether (with 4.5 hours left in the flight). The seats are TINY - I've flown Mint class several times, and while it's great that they've created such an awesome experience up front, the coach experience has REALLY suffered."

Pros: "Free wifi, snacks, Dunkin Donuts coffee and movies. Friendly employees, clean plane. Made the six hour flight a breeze."
Cons: "Great flight all around."

Pros: "On time and great seats, lots of room"

Pros: "Crew was very professional and friendly."
Cons: "Flight was delayed 2.5 hours due to maintenance issues."

Pros: "Flt was on time without any problems, I arrived safely."
Cons: "My reading light didn't work, on an evening flt. I got no sympathy from the crew was just told to deal with it. So the 4 hours of work I planned didn't get done. Tried to watch the in flt tv but the sound thru the headsets was horrible."

Pros: "the plane departed on time, but the food is not too ideal, generally, l satisfied with your crews service , but when l checked in at the Costa Rica airport, the ground crew's service attitude was not friendly indeed.her bad attitude deeply impressed me."

Pros: "Generous food and beverage. No 1st checked luggage fee."
Cons: "My nonstop flight was anything but. At the San Jose Airport I got one boarding pass, and yet was told the flight was not direct when I inquired to confirm. I did not like that I had to offload some of my belongings out of my checked luggage. This was especially inconvenient as I had to deplane in Guatamala and go through their customs and security procedure all to get on the same plane 3 not so easy to get to gates over. And me with a broken toe, you can see how this would be not fun especially because I did not have any boarding pass or other information even telling me what gate I should be boarding at. It was really a small miracle that another passenger found someone to ask and I overheard the gate #. Stressful."

Pros: "Truthfully, nothing."
Cons: "Get attendants that speak English on a flight to LAX and who do their job. It was impossible trying to get water. Not sure what the delay was once we landed, but it's nearly 1 hour later and we are still on the plane and the doors aren't open. We are thirsty, especially considering we couldn't get water while on the flight. Will never fly avianca again."

Pros: "Pretty good fly"
Cons: "Crew not to friendly"

Cons: "My seat didn’t recline"

Cons: "Check in / drop off bagage. Waiting in line for one hour to drop off the bagage even though I did heck in online."

Pros: "There were several very rude flight attendants on this flight."

Pros: "Great food, super comfy, nice crew"

Pros: "Food, punctuality, service."
Cons: "The check in could have been through the app or the web page"

Cons: "lots of turbulence/ storms didn't get movies or food or earsets etc for a couple of hours!"

Cons: "lack of vegetables and flavor in the food."

Pros: "Everything was ok"

Cons: "There is not even a USB available..."

Pros: "The seat was comfort and good food. Everything was smooth"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "I think the Salvadoran crew is better than the Costa Rica crew"

Pros: "Seats are great, food is delicious"
Cons: "Flights don't have wifi, entertainment selection is extremely limited"

Pros: "Plane is fine"
Cons: "They change the flight at the last minute so they can acomodate their own staff.."

Cons: "Had to restart screen twice, as it would freeze/blackout"

Pros: "We had great seats with lots of leg room."
Cons: "Boarding took forever"

Pros: "Courteous staff, everything was on time, and the free meal and drinks (including alcohol) is a refreshing throwback to the old days."

Pros: "From boarding to inflight, everything was excellent. My wife and I are already looking at routes that Avianca flies so we can book again!"

Cons: "Flight was delayed."

Cons: "Flight delay in el salvador for 4H. Instead of food voucher we received airplane food tray."

Pros: "Excellent flight great flight attendants served alcoholic drinks with a delicious meals. I was greeted ny the crew when boarding and exiting the aircraft. Avianca was a wonderful experience."

Pros: "Bought hotel for us to stay the night."
Cons: "Miss booked our flight 30 passengers stuck overnight in San Salvador. Missed my connection to Pdx."

Pros: "I love the uniforms of the flight staff so polished and professional. Great airline for international flights at least you will get a meal and can check one bag for free."
Cons: "I paid for a direct flight and ended up in San Salvador?!"

Pros: "The stewardess helped me find my seat for the second leg of the trip with a quick phone call. The food was good, not dry or tasteless."
Cons: "The woman who initially checked me in didn't give me two tickets for both my flights. It was the same plane so I thought I was in the same seat for both but I wasn't. I thought the planes had a screen for each seat, but they didn't si everyone had to watch the same thing."

Pros: "The crew members were the best part of the trip!"
Cons: "The delays, but that's not their fault. Global warming is to blame."

Pros: "Avianca is one ignore few airlines where you can still get a nice meal and even a drink at no additional charge. Airplanes are nice and modern and the staff is friendly"

Cons: "massive delay in the counter"

Pros: "Entertainment options"

Pros: "Everything was easy, clean and an overall great experience. I will def be using this airline again. Highly recommend."

Pros: "The passenger next to me..... That's about it"
Cons: "Extremely cramped seats, limited meal options. all I needed was something without pork and wasn't accommodated by a really rude flight attendant. No entertainment on back of seat for nearly 6 hours...."

Pros: "The service, crew overall everything good airline"

Pros: "Seats, food, entertainment."
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Bad customer service when dealing with the issue."

Pros: "Food, seats, entertaiment, customer service"
Cons: "The baggage took almost half hour to come out, I missed my car in the rental because of that."

Pros: "Fast and confortable, like every flight should be!!"
Cons: "The crew in Costa Rica was new and it took more time to departure because it got a little bit messy at the beginning"

Pros: "Flight on time and nice attendants."
Cons: "That they would not allow me to choose a seat before 24 hours of departure because the "ticket was too cheap"."

Pros: "the whole crew."

Pros: "I fly avianca often and their service sometimes very, this particular time the crew was very professional and polite. We did good timing, but I do need to add that avianca has never been late to a fly I have taken, always on time. Food has changed, it used to be better and more generous but food in general on a plane these days is not the reason why you would enjoy flying."

Pros: "When Taca was managing it was a total disaster: Now under Avianca we experienced great courtesy from the crew, acceptable food and snacks, and prompt service. Taca took the prices to the ceiling and it was a shame to pay 900.00dls for a trip to El Salvador.to make it worst they threw peanuts and soda y our trays, which was poor second class service. It took us almost 10 years to return to Avianca/Taca. but now we are pleased. Definitely your best point is CUSTOMER SERVICE. ( pRICES STILL HIGH). tHANK YOU."
Cons: "VOLUME ON THE ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE TOO LOW, AND HARD TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THEY RUSH, CREW SHOULD SPEAK SLOW, PAUSED AND CLEAR ON BOTH LANGUAGES, ESPECIALLY IN ENGLISH SO TO MAKE IT UNDERSTANDABLE FOR ALL."

Pros: "On time, no delays, good information and updates, We are impressed by the prompness of your crew."

Pros: "Service was spectacular and the plane was almost new."

Pros: "Worth the price. Service , comfort, food and entertainment better than most airlines out there."

Pros: "Comfy, good film selection, friendly crew."
Cons: "My entertainment screen kept turning itself off and getting stuck."

Pros: "787 seemed new, nicely appointed, FA's attentive, excellent selection of movies, Very smooth flight, cannot remember a smoother one, good landing at LAX."
Cons: "Poor check-in process at Avianca counter BOG, very slow attendant who seemed to go through the motions. Flight number changed twice, seat selection which was confirmed twice, was dropped at the end, forcing me to reselect seats located in the back of the plane. This was very annoying as I had kept abreast of all airline emails regarding flight number changes, and yet at the end it was for naught as my traveling companion and I were placed in different sections. The dinner was worse than usual poor quality."

Cons: "Unfriendly crew staff."

Pros: "I'm still in El Salvador!"

Cons: "No vegetarian food"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing,it was all great"

Pros: "14 hour Layover when you have to recheck luggage is terrible. Can't even check in for 8 hours so stuck outside the airport with no place to go until 6 in the morning. Not good at all."
Cons: "14 hour Layover and luggage did not go straight through. Had to recheck baggage after 8 hours. Then wait another 6 hours inside the airport."

Pros: "Food"

Cons: "We were sitting for at least three hours before drinks were served, and not because there was any turbulence. It just took them forever to load up the cart. Also, the air conditioning wasn't working very well. We were roasting for nearly seven hours."

Cons: "Almost got stuck in Panama City because we could not get seats on the last flight, after complaining we got the last seats left on the flight but others did not get seats and had to stay behind. No vegetarian options for food"

Pros: "Good as can be"

Pros: "Good airline. Try to use then often. ."
Cons: "The plane was way too cold for me"

Pros: "It was my first time with copa airlines. Excellent experience and impressed with the services that they provide, including lunch, dinner and even breakfast. So surprised when I was provided option to select breakfast from the 2 (omllet or pancake) on just 1 hour and 20 minutes flight from Panama City to Costa Rica."

Cons: "Departure delay not usual in COPA."

Pros: "The crew they provide us what we need"

Pros: "I was impressed that even though it was such a short flight the crew worked hard to provide everyone food and drinks."
Cons: "This was the first Copa flight that we didn't receive a full meal. The crew also seemed more serious and less friendly than on other Copa flights."

Pros: "Free lugagge under plane food and alcohol!!"
Cons: "Long connection"

Pros: "Good seats, entertainment, crew, flying time and on schedule. Would definitely fly with them again."

Cons: "The flight was overbooked from Panama to Lima, so they leaved us for another day, and we missed the flight from Lima to Cuzco as well as the tour of tomorrrow morning to Machu Pichu, more than 1200 dollars of lost and for sure no responsability from Copa."

Pros: "Excellente customer service"

Pros: "My flight was delayed, causing a lot of stress at the terminal because many people had connecting flights. The Copa staff could not have been more helpful. Copa even put me up for the night at a Sheraton in Panama City when I missed my connection, provided free transportation to and from the airport, and gave me a free dinner voucher. All in all, a well handled experience in the face of disaster."
Cons: "Getting home a day late wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't Copa's fault."

Cons: "No non-meat option for food"

Cons: "The space for the legroom was to tight. I had to stand up several times to stretch my legs, they were getting cramps. I'm only 5'8"."

Pros: "The Crew, the lady in Business Class was very professional. You are fortunate to have a lady like her in your employ. Generally COPA itself. My only complaint so far I wrote about in this thread."
Cons: "Panama gate, there were not enough seats, one had to stand, or lay on the floor. LAX, did we land in Inglewood? We had to bus to the terminal (which made elders carry their luggage up steps); it had to stop every time we were within certain feet of a moving plane, your staff telling people to move closer on the bus, when we were already packed in. It added a much longer time to the trip, and I saw COPA planes attached to the terminal, unfortunately we were not one of them. I paid for the upgrade, which was fine, buy the Panama gate, and the bus situation was bad. Health & happiness..........."

Pros: "That I was able to eat in the plane excellent food!!"
Cons: "That didn't have Wi-Fi and the economy seating only one bathroom was working"

Cons: "We had to go through security 3 times, our flight was delayed 1.5 hours and we were not allowed to bring water on the plane. We have also been taxing on the runway for 30mins so I missed my transfer home. I would likely never fly cops again."

Pros: "Crew was excellent."
Cons: "I did not like having to sit on the floor while waiting for the plane to board. After going through screening, we were held in a room that had about 75 chairs for a plane that held over 150 passengers. room and seating was way to small for the passengers boarding the plane."

Pros: "Good staff. Clean. A lot of room."
Cons: "No self checking in kiosk."

Pros: "Food was great!"
Cons: "I don't understand why we go through security and then need to clear out of the gate and go through security all over again. That was strange to me"

Pros: "Nothing I like"
Cons: "Bad all around"

Pros: "The crew was polite, funny and social"
Cons: "maybe just a little more space in between the seats."

Pros: "Crew was excellent and very kindly..."
Cons: "The waiting area was too crowded..."

Pros: "The service was ok but they seemed like young jokers who were there just for their job (money) and less to make our experience good. They were always hanging out and laughing in the back."
Cons: "Someone should remind people in English and Spanish that the screens on the back of the seats are light touch. The lady behind me kept pounding in it until I asked her nicely not to and I think she didn't speak English so she just looked angry and shrugged me off. It was quite a problem for me."

Pros: "Food wasn't horrible."
Cons: "Crew didn't know what food was being served. Poor variety of movies to choose from. Not enough options of movies and TV shows to watch. The temperature on the cabin was freezing."

Cons: "we had to endure a second security check at the boarding gate -never had to do that anywhere else in the world we've traveled from. The monitor for my seat was not functioning well."

Pros: "Friendly staff was there all along the flight. There wasn't a moment where the crew members weren't making sure you needed something."
Cons: "The recently released movies selection was very limited other airlines have a bigger selection of movies"

Cons: "There was no food for me, nothing at all! Nor a bag of peanuts"

Cons: "10 hr delay in San José. A nightmare!"

Pros: "The fare was relatively low so I was not expecting much beyond safe transit between Costa Rica and Panamá. I was pleasantly surprised by the robust flight crew that all seemed knowledgeable, very friendly, and professional. I particularly enjoyed the quick and easy check in, no extra charges for my very large checked item, in flight entertainment via headrest screens, ample leg room and storage, and the ability to charge my phone during the flight via USB. Even though I was a passenger in coach, we were provided a light snack and free alcohol and beverages during the short flight. All in all, even as a very frequent traveler, Copa surpassed my expectations. I will definitely fly with them again."
Cons: "The only thing I felt could be improved was the boarding process and signage. I was originally in an exit row seat but was unexpectedly relocated as I boarded. The explanation was quite vague, even though I asked the gentleman to repeat himself twice, but overall the change was fine. I was moved up a few rows and kept my window seat preference, so I wasn't upset. I only wish I had been notified earlier at the check in desk rather than holding up the line of passengers behind me."

Cons: "Both ways we had to sit and wait on board for over 2 hours on tarmac prior to take off. Captain said needed more fuel and to fix problem or to lessen weight. Tried to get bottle of water because I was dying of thirst and staff could not sell a bottle of water. Only give a 3oz cup full. Which was gone in 2 seconds."

Pros: "Entertainment options were good and system worked well Flight left and arrived on time"
Cons: "Food could have been better--pasta entrée dry and tasteless, chicken sandwich awful. (Empanada on other flight much better) Seems to take a long time, 10-15 minutes, to get door open once arrive at the gate."

Cons: "Asked for water never got . Asked for tea never got."

Pros: "The crew of Copa Airlines were very cordial and professional."

Pros: "Crew was very kind"

Pros: "very good service"

Pros: "They were not as friendly as the LA crew but still enjoyed the flight."
Cons: "Flight Network after several emails in a foreign country we attempted to change the flight to a different day and not until a few days before the flight they told us it would $400/person. Not impressed with Flight Network and will NEVER book with them again."

Pros: "The food The service"

Cons: "The online booking company was confusing and not friendly"

Pros: "I really liked the flight I had on Copa Airlines this morning . I am please with the professional air that was shared. I will use the airline again and again."
Cons: "I did not like the web checkin experience, it was a very frustrating and crashed each time I used it."

Pros: "Although my flight was very short, the staff was kind and the food great! May have been one of the smoothest flight I've ever been on."

Pros: "Nice, on time and excellent service onboard"
Cons: "Nothing to mention"

Pros: "good food"

Pros: "The Service that copa has is incomparable. I hope the company doesnt change the"
Cons: "The plane didnt have screens on each chair...."

Pros: "- nice staff - food on the plane"

Cons: "Bad food"

Pros: "They canceled the flight"

Pros: "Cheap enough"
Cons: "Lack of space"

Pros: "The service was great"

Cons: "The gang stalkers that Kayak and United let sit next to me."

Pros: "The crew"
Cons: "The delay of an hour to get to my destination"

Pros: "Everyone on board was polite, flexible, and easy going."
Cons: "The complimentary snacks... so tired of the snack mix."

Cons: "I asked a flight attendant for headphones. He nodded and never returned."

Pros: "We arrived safely"
Cons: "Very cramped leg room We also had mechanical problems and were delayed one hour."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Plane was delayed 5+ hours due to maintenance problem. We had to sit on the plane for ½ hour before they finally let us deplane. Finally they putt us on a different plane. We were packed in like sardines. No room at all. Full disclosure, they did apologize profusely and gave us all $50 travel vouchers for the inconvenience."

Pros: "On time Friendly staffs"

Pros: "Friendly flight attendants and pilots."

Pros: "Staff was much more friendly and accommodating"
Cons: "Uncomfortable. Hard to have any entertainment on phone without charging station on seat."

Pros: "Plane was on time"

Cons: "It was a small plane and there was no entertainment"

Pros: "The crew and staff worked hard to please. The new attendant did her job very well and we all celebrated her final training flight."
Cons: "Unacceptable warm temperature on flight from San Luis obispo to lax. It made the time very uncomfortable"

Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "flight attendants rude, pilots landing scarey 2 times, Cabin freezing whole flight and everyone complained!!"

Pros: "The flight was good..."
Cons: "No entertainment was available ... even do they announced ..."

Cons: "Worst ever Can you credit my credit card for a full refund"

Pros: "Chairs were comfortable on this plane"

Pros: "Great flight good service friendly staff great price"

Pros: "United airlines staff were polite and worked hard."
Cons: "I did not like that they printed my ticket for my connecting flight for EVA Air without any EVA Air markings. This meant that when I arrive at LAX I was giving directions to the United Airlines terminal when I really needed to be at the terminal for Eva Airlines. This caused me to almost missed my flight with Eva Airlines. For the remainder of my trip EVA airline staff were quite grumpy with me for being 45 minutes late boarding. I actually am thankful that I believe they held the plane that 45 minutes for me. It just seems too convenient that the plans out there that long after its scheduled takeoff."

Pros: "Friendly, attentive staff. Great seats with plenty of leg room."
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "There is a reason why I stopped flying and this airline and now I remember why. I was not assigned a seat on the flight and checked int for a seat assignment at the gate. When I asked the boarding rep at the gate for an aisle seat, she lied and said there were none left but when I looked online, there were more than 25 available. This flight was awful, uncomfortable, the plane smelled like a geriatric center and was dirty."

Cons: "Service"

Pros: "The easiness of the airline to adapt to the fact that we will be going late and the swiftness in organize all the passengers in a way that no one will miss their connection flight"
Cons: "I had a child with me and I was sat in the row before the emergency exit, where the seats were rigid and my child was not able to sleep at all. Making it uncomftable to all around her."

Pros: "Crew was nice."
Cons: "Less leg room than any other airline, complementary food is real bad, they charge you for everything, movies, alcohol and food, in other airlines they do not charge you for none of the above!"

Cons: "Maintenance delays and rerouting caused me to miss my reserved ground transit in LA... United claimed on the phone I would be reimbursed for a taxi, but changed their mind when I sent them a receipt a few days later."

Pros: "Friendly and attentive staff."

Pros: "Timeliness and orderliness"

Pros: "same comments as above"
Cons: "same comments as above"

Pros: "The aircraft size. The fact that the plane left and arrived on schedule."
Cons: "The overhead compartments were very small and didn't fit a regular size carry-on suitcase.."

Cons: "It would have been helpful if hanging a garment bag were available, which was the case on my return flights to DC on American Airlines."

Cons: "Attendent wouldn't accept my visa gift card as payment so I was unable to eat"

Pros: "The whole experience was amazing such welcoming flight attendance's for someone that was afraid to fly they made the experience wonderful!!! Thank you so much!!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Outlets don't work. The African American stewardess was rude. Seat didn't recline"

Pros: "It arrived early at my destination."
Cons: "I had to pay extra money to get to LAX because my flight through Houston was canceled."

Pros: "The price Phoenix to LA and back for around $77"
Cons: "I got the shitty set by the exit door that didn't recline no big deal on such a short trip"

Pros: "We got to LA earlier than the itinerary said"
Cons: "We dont have room to move wile we are sitting. Very limited space. We did not got informed were to get our lugagge"

Cons: "This leg had entertainment that we could watch on our phones that never ended up working."

Pros: "Na"
Cons: "Na"

Pros: "The crew was excellent"
Cons: "The flight got delay because of that I had problems at customs and immigration"

Pros: "On time, made change of terminals at LAX with time to spare, air Canada entertainment,"
Cons: "Paying more for seats that were open anyway, paying extra for a bag, smelly toilet on sky west ,"

Pros: "That it was direct form Cleveland to LA and it left on time and arrived on time."
Cons: "Wifi did not work. Chairs are so tight and hardly move back enough. Why can't they have some form of lumbar support?"

Pros: "People to speak english and flights to be on time. missed a whole day of work!!!"
Cons: "People to speak english and flights to be on time. missed a whole day of work!!!"

Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "Second delay in a row"

Pros: "On time departure."
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats in a completely full flight. My seat didn't really lean back. The man next to me kept spilling over into my space. Terrible flight, especially for a red-eye."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The emergency landing. The horrible customer service."

Cons: "There should be some free tv"

Pros: "The way they said "Hello" to me. Other than that, the water was good."
Cons: "Everything else. My flight was delayed for weather, and I missed my boarding by 2 MINUTES, and they rejected me at the gate, and told me my seat was already taken by stand-by. Then the lady I went to see at the customer service desk was rude, and rejected me from first class even though it was THEIR MISTAKE I was booked there. Then I didn't even land at LAX! I had to take another flight that landed at Ontario so I can make my appointment on time. Will NEVER travel with United again!"

Pros: "Onboard crew was excellent in non first class. First class crew was rude."

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