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Flight from San José Juan Santamaria Intl to Wilmington New Hanover County
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DeltaOverall score based on 29326 reviews
8.1Boarding
7.8Comfort
8.5Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.5Food
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Cons: "Nothing"
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Cons: "Nothing"
Cons: "Wifi would not work"
Cons: "Our depart time was 1pm and our actual departure didn’t happen until 11pm. On and off the plane multiple times for mechanical failures for 10 hours. Delta had no plan and there were no hotel rooms. They diverted a NY flight through Atlanta waiving the covid restrictions to get us all on the plane. They Put us in a hotel In Atlanta, which was nice and convenient, but it was 2am when we went to sleep and backup at 6am to catch our flight. Not the way we wanted to end our amazing Key West vacation."
Pros: "Crew was friendly and very clear about masks."
Pros: "The crew at Missoula airport was amazing, and most friendly"
Pros: "Yes crew was amazing"
Cons: "May be more frequent hydration"
Cons: "We were seated near the back of the airplane. The heater came on midway of the flight, by the time we landed, it was difficult to breathe because it was so hot. The flight attendant all relocated from the back of aircraft to the front aircraft where it was cooler, I assume. I was worried for my son."
Cons: "KAYAK did not informed us we have to pay for our luggage!"
Pros: "Food was great. Movie selection was good."
Cons: "When we booked our flight, we were not informed by KAYAK that we have to pay for our luggage! I t was very unpleasant surprise both ways."
Cons: "Landing was very rough and flight crew kept bumping me with food cart during sleep"
Cons: "Crew was not very friendly or helpful. Not even a drink service on this flight. Atlanta is over crowded and always a problem. Couldn’t avoid it this time."
Pros: "Crew was awesome. Very respectful and helpful"
Cons: "Food options"
Pros: "On time departure and smooth landing"
Cons: "More leg room. Stop nickel and dining passengers to appease investors. Delta is an evil corporation"
Pros: "Amazing Crew and had a real airplane to ilm for a change!"
Cons: "No wifi"
Pros: "Crew was great, just not very much room."
Cons: "Larger seat room."
Pros: "Not much I liked"
Cons: "The crew were the worst Delta crew I’ve ever had. Sat 1st class and waited 1 hour from sitting in my seat untill I was offered a beverage. Asked for a snack and was told to wait until the basket was brought around, 20 minutes later. Asked for coffee, it was terrible and served with attitude."
Cons: "Delayed"
Pros: "Seat was comfortable but not much room"
Cons: "Couldn’t understand a word the flight attendants said on the intercom system"
Pros: "On time flight, bag made it, great price, can’t complain."
Cons: "Seat pretty tight for an average size adult man. No inflight phone charger."
Cons: "Our brand new stroller was damaged on our flight."
Pros: "Everything was great. Has nothing to do with the airline, just rough weather."
Cons: "The stewardess could come around more. Just twice. Once for food. Once for trash. Just me tho"
Pros: "Very bad crew. Seats very uncomfortable"
Cons: "Crew could have been better"
Pros: "Great entertainment options!"
Cons: "The seats are still too small. I also wish there were hot options for food."
Pros: "Decent drinks and food. Attentive crew"
Cons: "The lady who sat beside me kept asking questions"
Cons: "The comfort seats are not that comfortable"
Pros: "The crew was wonderful, the flight was on time."
Cons: "But the seats are so tight that we were definitely elbow to elbow and once seated I was unable to access even the purse that was at my feet. There was no entertainment and the tray table was tiny, not even an indentation for a cup!"
Pros: "Direct flight from Indy to CDG is great."
Cons: "Delta’s computer system was down. Long wait at the counter even though I did web check-in."
Pros: "flight attendants"
Cons: "As soon as we all were boarded we where told there was a mechanical issue. Sat on the boarded cramped flight for 2 hours until issue was fixed. If there was a mechanical issue then the plane should’ve not been boarded until it was fixed. Much rather have waited in lobby for 2 hours than on a plane with no food and water. Or at least alllowed us to deboard while issues where resolved."
Pros: "Departure was right on time and we actually arrived 15 minutes early."
Cons: "The inflight monitor worked but none of the data (GPS altitude or speed) was working."
Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "They lost my luggage."
Cons: "My initial flight was changed from 9 am to 5:55 am.... this is. It what I wanted or I would have purchased it. On this flight we had a 3.5 hour delay for mechanical!!!"
Pros: "Early arrival!"
Cons: "Didn’t know that I didn’t have a window on the row I was on"
Pros: "Crew was kind, entertainment and food were good"
Cons: "Seats are really tight"
Cons: "Rude staff"
Pros: "Crew very nice"
Pros: "We didn’t order food and there was no in flight tv/entertainment"
Pros: "Good food and movies. Comfy seating with plenty of room."
Pros: "At least they serve us dinner."
Cons: "The toilet was very sticky. over crowded and kids was crying all over the flight."
Pros: "On time, courteous"
Pros: "I would like more detail about traveling companions displayed."
Pros: "Everything else"
Pros: "They kept me fed and hydrated the whole time, they let you watch brand new movies free, the seats are super comfortable. They allow a personal item and carry on at no extra charge."
Pros: "They expedited me in line in Havana because I was on the 1:35 flight to New York and were nothing but friendly about it."
Pros: "The crew from MSP to LSE onboard were incredibly pleasant and nice"
Cons: "They wanted me to check my bag from MSP to LSE. They weren't as nice as they could have been about it. But in the end I didn't need to check it."
Pros: "Everything was excellent."
Cons: "Cant get used to cookies and drink service on long haul flight. Do not care for salable food choices so packed a sandwich."
Pros: "Customer service very courteous and friendly."
Pros: "This time the tea was nice and hot!"
Pros: "Comfortable seats, the crew on board was nice"
Cons: "Boarding and unboarding was unorganized and hectic. Also the crew broke my luggage and because I didn't go to the counter right afterwards I can't be reimbursed for it"

The waiting area in panama was super crowded, and hot

I really wish American offered some type of free messaging.

Once we got on the flight everything was fine. The first leg of our flight was delayed 3 times but American sent us emails allowing us to chose a new itinerary.

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Better service, quicker boarding, more comfort and overall everything needs to improve"
Pros: "The crew was great even though there was no food or beverage service. They were very sweet to my 16 month old son and even have him a Flight Crew pin!"
Cons: "The air was stuffy even with the overhead vent on. The seats weren’t super comfortable."
Pros: "Pilots and crew are still great- all negative comments have to do with corporate policy."
Cons: "Not able to social distance at all. We had to board a bus to get to the plane and we sat there for 20 minutes breathing in exhaust while we were packed in like sardines rather than the bus going back and fourth with smaller groups. The plane was tiny, so again- no way to distance at all. Seats at the front were left unoccupied rather than allowing others to move to them for social distancing."
Cons: "No food or beverage service during covid-19"
Pros: "Cause me to miss my connecting flight from Dallas to Mobile"
Cons: "Had the aircraft fueled before boarding the flight"
Pros: "The young man was so funny - crew!!!"
Pros: "Left on time or a tad bit early, arrived early."
Cons: "When I checked in, it indicated a smaller plane. I thought I was going to be in a window seat, instead middle. I also wasn't able to carry on my bag, had to check, and then wait at baggage terminal."
Pros: "That the flight attendant was really helpful"
Cons: "If the flight would have been on time"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Reduce time spent on tarmac."
Pros: "Nothing. Door closed in my face departure board never showed it was boarding and I ran from my other delayed flight to try and catch the Wilmington flight"
Cons: "American needs to step up their device and the airlines should be punished for their lack of service If an airline vises a non weather delay there should be immediate compensation for passengers. No different than what retailers do to their suppliers when supplier is late delivering merchandis"
Cons: "Delayed significantly. When we landed there was no gate for us to taxi to. All around a bad experience."
Pros: "Excellent crew."
Cons: "Seat 2L rocks back and forth every time person in seat 1L moves. This was a day flight ORD-LHR so I wasn’t sleeping but I could see how that would be annoying if I were."
Cons: "Seats and screens, usb charging points"
Pros: "yes thank you"
Cons: "all vary good"
Pros: "Gate for flight to Paris from Chicago was changed at least 4 times. At the gate boarding was supposed to start at 10:15. Kept getting delayed until 11pm and then it finally got cancelled. Noone directed us on what to do. It is 20hours later and I still haven't made it 6to my destination."
Cons: "My luggage is lost and none of the American Airlines have been able to locate it. I will never fly with American Airlines again."
Pros: "Seat was comfortable"
Pros: "The plane was nice and clean...had just been renovated"
Cons: "I can’t believe therebwere no flights from MIA to RDU from 11:30 to 4:30 :(. (Original flight was a 3.5 hour layover and that was bad emough)...and then it was changed to this flight:("
Pros: "Plane was new and clean..good leg room."
Cons: "Being told to shut window blinds and spent most of the journey in darkness. No hot drinks. Long gaps between cold drinks. Staff not very friendly."
Cons: "No individual TVs. I won’t fly without making sure my individual seat has its own!!!"
Cons: "Being delayed"
Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"
Pros: "Crew was good"
Cons: "Baggage took 40+ mins unacceptable"
Pros: "The food was delicious and nutritious. The attendants were very conscientious and took care of us."
Cons: "Need an instruction sheet on how to use the entertainment center. Especially where to plug the headphones. Flight attendants dd pay more attention to other passengers."
Cons: "Three hours delay. I paid for a upgrade to first class. But because of the flight change i didn't get to keep my upgrade and I had to beg for a refund. I have had two trips in the past 5 days and all flights have been anywhere from 1 to 3 hours late. Worst experience with AA I have had in a long time."
Pros: "All"
Cons: "Nothing"
Cons: "Late to Tulsa again.l"
Pros: "Not much to like. So disappointed especially that I paid a premium to flight during holidays to Paris. The plane was so old it still had ashtray casings and the old crt TVs that hang from ceiling. Seriously in 2017 a transatlantic flight like this brought me back to the 90’s (sans the nostalgia)."
Cons: "So crowded and narrow isles that the stewardesses kept banging into the seats because the cart barely passed through."
Pros: "Competent crew; flight arrived on time with my luggage."
Cons: "Plane was jammed full; so much so that even passengers like me, who paid to check one of my bags, still had to put my one carry-on under the seat in front of me instead of in an overhead compartment. I expected some legroom because I paid to check my bag. Unfortunately because of American Airlines I had next to no legroom. I'll be avoiding AA where possible on all of my future travels."
Pros: "Having flown many international airlines, I was proud to give American the highest ratings for quality and general hospital."
Cons: "More up to date movies would help"
Pros: "It was a larger plane than the first leg of my journey so I did not have to gate-check my carry on luggage."
Cons: "It was a bit of a bumpy flight during take off and landing. Flight was cold, but not freezing - tolerable."
Pros: "mas de media hora en la pista y 15 minutos mas para desembarcar"
Pros: "short"
Cons: "second security check at gate where they wouldn't allow me to bring water even though I was sick and bought it after 1st security also threw away my lotion that had gotten through first security"
Pros: "Finally taking off"
Cons: "Being stuck on the runway"
Pros: "Ease of boarding and on time flights"
Cons: "Leg room"
Pros: "Flight left on time. Staff was excellent like always."
Cons: "No outlets on the plane. My flight was suppose to have WiFi but it didn't work."
Cons: "Dry / borderline rude staff and hostess. Dated plane. Tiny seats. But that is pretty much the baseline of airlines in the US. When will carriers start to take note from International carriers..leaps and bounds ahead."
Pros: "Comfort"
Cons: "Nothing great"
Cons: "Bathrooms in the airport deplorable. Gates not so clean as well."
Pros: "Movie options"
Cons: "2 hour delay was inconvenient. Like why?"
Pros: "Flight attendants were great. Also rearranging our seats so that we could sit next to our 2 year old daughter was very helpful."
Cons: "[1] the "group system" boarding process arranges passengers in an aleatory way making the process totally chaotic. For instance last groups are the last ones to enter the aircraft and don't easily find space for the hand luggage. They have to accommodate bags under the front seat making the already uncomfortable trip more painful. Also this process may delay the departure time. [2] Food service is terrible. no options, specially for kids or people with food restrictions. Not even the payed ones offer healthy food alternatives. [3] No comfort at all for a flight that departs little before midnight and arrives at 7 am at its destination. They forgot about the pillows and blankets you find in other airlines. [4] at the end, when I collected my baggage I realized 1 wheel was missing from one of my suitcases. I informed the airline and 3 days later I receive an email saying that the airline is not responsible for damages that include wheels and other "baggage accessories" I did not rate the flight poor because at least it manages to arrive to its final destination..."
Cons: "The flight was delayed, the ground staff made no effort to update its passengers as the mood to grow angry, however instead two of the counter people continued to laugh joke and talk between themselves as everyone grew more and more restless by 6:30pm"
Pros: "The seats were comfortable and had good foot space."
Pros: "Everything.,Avianca crew was really great and helpful."
Cons: "The food was cold ,if not great service."
Cons: "Barcelona airport boarding area is a disaster. Poorly designed and not travel friendly. Very minimal choice of movies on the plane."
Pros: "I love hoe comfortable the seats are! And the staff was very friendly and helping!"
Cons: "I didnt have a problem with anything. I enjoyed my flight and will be flying again with this airline!"
Cons: "Our pilot was the choppiest pilot I have ever flown with. Don't know if this was his first time flying or what. I was so happy this was only a 30 minute flight. He/she was terrible. More schooling should be a requirement until u can fly and turn smoothly."
Cons: "The original seats we purchased was a different plane. Only two in the row This plan was very crowded and no wiggle room to change seats"
Pros: "The Free glass of wine was a very nice surprise."
Pros: "Entertainment included screens in front of every seat, plus tv/movies over Wifi on my iPad, with a good selection."
Cons: "The extra security line in Panama was slow and painful, and they dump you into this very small waiting area once you're through it."
Pros: "Seat"
Cons: "Food was not good, flavor wise"
Cons: "Seats are uncomfortable and absolutely no shoulder room when squashed in the middle seat"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "United Airlines has really gone downhill"
Pros: "It went smoothly"
Cons: "No service"
Pros: "Our flights arrived just in time, and everything was set up for us to be on time in our destination."
Cons: "There was just ONE lady trying to check all the passengers in. Obviously, it was complicated for her since no other people tried to help her registrate lots of passengers. We could have lost our connection flight, if she hadn’t made it on time. This happened in Panama."
Cons: "You didn't get my bags to airport on time and so I missed my connecting flight which was 90 minutes after my previous flight, I have an 8 month old son and you made us spend another 4 hours waiting for a flight."
Cons: "There is not food and not entertaiment"
Cons: "There’s non food!"
Cons: "Flight arrived early but we had to wait over an hour to disembark and bathrooms were locked down."
Pros: "I like COPA more"
Cons: "It's a United crew. They're careless and rude."
Pros: "Pre-selected seats and in flight WiFi/entertainment"
Cons: "N/A"
Pros: "Pilot made up for delayed departure by landing only 20 minutes behind schedule."
Cons: "45 minutes Delayed departure. Pretzels and drinks were only provided in a 3 1/2 hour flight..."
Pros: "D"
Cons: "Not enough choices for dinner. It was salmon yuck"
Pros: "The crew on the United flight were kind and helpful during the flight"
Cons: "The change of the departure of my flight The miscommunication between airlines No customer service of united airlines in Panama during transit and not being presented with all the boarding passes when checking in. The old business class seats were very uncomfortable. Having no help from representatives to issue a boarding pass"
Cons: "We should be able to watch a movies without having to pay for internet or the movie what else are they gonna take away ?"
Pros: "The marvel of flying. Hurling through the air in a metal tubeZ amazing. We got there safe and on time. That’s what I liked about United. Oh and there was a CSR that was helpful in changing to an earlier flight."
Cons: "Plane was dirty. Bathroom disgusting. Crew just trying to get through the work day. Seats too close and REAL uncomfortable. Like sitting on a plastic frame with a piece of fake leather over it. Entertainment was awful. Oh wait, non existent since it was an “out of country” flight so there was no access to movies (that you had to PAY for). Otherwise you got to watch Matthew Perry in some taxi game show over and over and over and over on a monitor in your face that couldn’t be shut off. United is my last choice in airlines. But we did get to the destination safe and on time."
Cons: "No outlets"
Pros: "Boarding goes quick, nice seats in economy comfort"
Cons: "No free food besides pretzels on an almost 8 hour flight. Any decent seat is an upchaege to economy plus. WiFi slow, only can access entertainment if you have app download on phone."
Cons: "The plane was very small and crammed"
Pros: "Lunch was free."
Cons: "We sat in the runway for 2 hours trying to get the birds to leave."
Pros: "We left early and they gave me a set of headphones because I couldn't find mine."
Cons: "Cramped and would have liked the whole soda for a 3.5 hour flight. TV should have been included."
Cons: "Seats are really narrow and hard. They don’t recline much."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I got dumped the day before I was supposed to fly to see my girlfriend. There was nothing I could do about taking the flight anyway. Because I needed fly as cheep as possible, I used you to book my flight. I tried to get a refund, but found out with fees it was going to cost more than I paid for the ticket."
Pros: "On time , and good service"
Cons: "Na"
Cons: "very old and awfull plane"
Pros: "The employees work good."
Cons: "No food for almost 6 hour fly, no tv."
Cons: "Ive never flown with United Airlines internationally and now that I have I never will again. I had just flown with COPA airlines from Colombia to Panama and it was great. I thought I would have a similar experience with United, but alas it was not. You have to pay for movies and food on an international flight?! what is that! terrible terrible"
Cons: "Bad, bad, bad"
Pros: "Boarding to the United, was smoth"
Cons: "Menu; Menu selection was none except for a sandwich. The crew was not friendly at all. Courteous by doing their work, but not friendly and welcoming at all."
Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "All good"
Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "My first two flights were delayed (1st flight from Changsha to Beijing was delayed for 4 hours and 2nd flight from Beijing to Houston was delayed for 45 mins), so I missed my last flight from Houston to Orlando to go home! And! They lost both of my luggages! Now I'm forced to stay in Houston airport overnight to catch next flight to go home tomorrow morning. Air China did NOT help anything! They wouldn't even help me rebook my flight when they know I will miss my last connect flight."
Cons: "They didn't give food"
Pros: "The option to use your device to watch free movies! They made arrangements to stay in Houston after we missed the connection due to a delay."
Cons: "Flight delayed. No food."
Pros: "Very few things."
Cons: "6 hours international flight with only popcorn and cheese and crackers selection for lunch. Ridiculous Boarding process was a mess."
Pros: "The price"
Cons: "No entertainment on such a long fight. Food for purchase not included, then the for purchase the system was down. My bags did not arrive , and then i had to wait 3 days in milan eith no luggage at all."
Pros: "Unforeseen delay was well managed by United!"
Cons: "Paying for entertainment ($7.99 for long flights) not good at all. The crew didn't offer to check/ review the menu. Ps: in my flight Houston- Panamá city the entertainment was free through the united app. Also,there was free wifi during my flight ( very good)"
Pros: "Crew was professional , courteous and tried the best they could with a full plane"
Cons: "Two screenings in Panama , carry on luggage rule constantly being abused , smell of the cabin"
Pros: "Organization for boarding and the seats. The staff was awesome"
Cons: "Snacks the waffles is to sweet so early in the morning!"
Cons: "I was very displeased with the boarding process in Panama City. We were moved from the boarding area without explanation and asked to screen our luggage again at the gate. I had to discard a full bottle of water that I purchased after the first security check. It would have been nice to know about this before so that we could consume our water and use the rest room before boarding. Very frustrating!"
Cons: "It's delay I'm still here in denver"
Pros: "Flight crew attention and dedication"
Cons: "Charge for everything but breathing air"
Pros: "Service all your employees are kind"
Cons: "Flight got delayed"
Pros: "It was clean, the flight attendants were very polite"

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