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DSM — Central America
Oct 19 — Oct 261
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Low season

MayBest time to beat the crowds with an average 7% drop in price.

High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly with an average 14% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$839(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$515or less

Good deal one-way

$350or less

Top tips for finding cheap flights to Central America

  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be January, November and December. The cheapest month to fly to Central America is August.
  • Morning departure is around 24% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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  • The cheapest ticket to Central America from Des Moines found in the last 72 hours was $102 one-way, and $241 round-trip. The most popular route is from Des Moines to San José, and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $102.

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Top 5 airlines serving Des Moines to Central America

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
7.9
DeltaOverall score based on 29949 reviews
8.1Boarding
7.8Comfort
8.5Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.5Food
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Pros: The crew was helpful but left you alone unless you needed something.
Cons: Travelers who have already had covid need to stop wearing masks!

Pros: Crew was wonderful
Cons: This COVID to be over

Pros: Everything was amazing
Cons: Nothing really.

Cons: Great flight. No issues.

Pros: On schedule

Cons: To be on time

Pros: The crew on both legs of our trip were nice and accommodating.

Pros: The crew was great and the seat was good
Cons: Our flight was 3 hours delayed

Pros: Crew

Cons: Smooth on time flight

Cons: Better accommodation for handicap passengers.

Pros: Arrived almost an hour early, friendly and courteous service, smooth takeoff and landing.
Cons: More efficient boarding process. Only 2 lines one short line for priority and a very long line for general boarding that wasn't organized by zones, etc.

Pros: Again, crew was very friendly. It's nice to be welcomed aboard. The male flight attendant found me a blanket after I requested it. Also I appreciate the free entertainment options on the WiFi.
Cons: Ambient low lighting was pretty much non-existent in that old MD88.

Cons: Boarding was disorganized. Snack mix tasted plain.

Pros: I like how friendly the crew was
Cons: Our flight was delayed by an hour and we had a connecting flight IN ATL that we had to get to in :30 minutes. By the time we got off the plane we had :15 minutes to get to our connecting flight. We barely made it. They were about to close the door on us. Didnt really appreciate that.

Pros: The staff was very nice and helpful.
Cons: My husband and I could not fit in the seats without our shoulders being on top of each other. My shoulder was in the aisle way. I am 5’8 and my knees were up againstthe seat in front of me. Our flight from CVG to DFW had none of these problems.

Pros: Free wine and spirits and food really not too bad in economy Very large movie and tv show library - something for everyone Friendly cabin crew
Cons: Overhead bins a bit small on this older 767-300

Pros: The crew was nice, helpful abd friendly. Very seemed glad to serve us.
Cons: The seats were so close that we could not sleep. You couldnt put your head back or down on table even with pillows. Will not fly Delta again on long flights.

Pros: Short and easy

Cons: The crew was terrible & rude.

Cons: Security in PRG was little bit strong They ask my about my last job - 15 years ago if I did not fight with my Manager(I forgat his name)

Pros: No delay and friendly crew!
Cons: Not much leg room and the coffee was horrific.

Cons: No food

Pros: Super friendly flight crew.

Cons: It was very hot and did not cool down

Cons: Terrible baggage check and security lines (even Pre-Check!) at JFK Teeminal 1 (AirFrance).

Pros: Got to fly on the a brand new 737-900 and had plenty of room to fit my laptop so I could work. Friendly crew, didn't feel like a farm animal being herded on to a transport to be taken to slaughter like I do on other airlines.
Cons: In flight WiFi was inoperable for most of the flight making it hard to work.

Pros: I like the snacks they are not giving out on the flights. It seems that Delta is trying to make the flying experience nicer instead of more tedious and uncomfortable like many other airlines, which is appreciated.
Cons: The flights were both operated by Delta but booked through WestJet, and the flights themselves were fine. The booking was through WestJet (found the flight on kayak which kicked me over to West Jet's site) and check in was a pain. Their code did not work for their site or Delta's, I had to FB message them both leaving and returning to ask for the correct one, and the first request took them hours to answer. I'll just book Delta next time and save myself the trouble.

Pros: Quiet, friendly, fast and efficient. What you'd want for a flight at 6am

Pros: Lots of water being offered. Lucky to have extra seat for comfort.
Cons: It seemed longer than the estimated time. The food was bland. My husband's entertainment system worked, mine didn't. We had hit a lot of rough air during time over Pacific. Would have been nice if the pilot would have given more information.

Pros: It all went very well. Arrived 20 minutes ahead of time. Wifi movies were great. Stewardesses were very efficient.

Pros: Service, arrangement, duration, convenience , organized flight.
Cons: I like everything about it. Thank you.

Pros: The crew was fantastic. I generally love flying Delta and find their crew to always be very professional and kind.
Cons: As this was a smaller, regional jet, there weren't a lot of amenities. But that's fine, it's only a 40-minute flight!

Pros: On time service &no damaged luggage!
Cons: Nothing

Pros: Staff were awesome. Give them a raise.
Cons: Nothing

Pros: Enjoyed food and movies.Woul
Cons: Would like more comedy or romance movies. Becky

Pros: The process was very quick and easy, from after security the process was smooth and fast.
Cons: The gate that I was assigned to was a little overcrowded but I believe it could be because of the construction that is happening in the area. Also the security process was a little long.

Cons: Seats are very small.

Pros: Clean, polite, informed
Cons: Delayed

Cons: Was never able to get on flight. The plane lost a windshield wiper and didn't have any spare parts.

Pros: I was upgraded to business class since my flight was overbooked and I had to miss my original flight
Cons: Security for traveling to US is a very time consuming with long lines and in my mind useless process which does not make me feel any more secure - just wasting time and resources.

Cons: Entertainment was working, watching movie when they said done didn't have do they were resetting system. They tried twice taking over an hour and it never came back on for anyone..... :(

Pros: On time Clean airplane Smooth ride Friendly staff
Cons: Nothing

Cons: Flights too close together, didn't allow time for transition go gate and a break before getting on another plane

Pros: smooth flight
Cons: I'm not sure if this staff is exhausted or just over there job, but they cow towed to a woman who made major complaints about the air conditioning and even gave her points to help her deal with the temperature. Strange. They were only gold stays and I'm only Platinum and didn't complain once. Oh well, that's delta, we all deal with their silence when we post anything that is unfair.

Cons: Plane was diverted back to Toronto from LaGuardia airport as we were told due to "weather", landed late at night and were told that due to not being able to control weather WestJet could not assist with accommodations, leaving everyone stranded and scrambling to find a room in alreday booked up hotels. When speaking on phone with agent, I was told it wasn't due to weather but incident at LaGuardia where plane went off runway. I paid $130.00 for 5 hours in a hotel, due to pilot error, not weather. La Guardia opened it's other runway immediately after and other airports in NewYork were running fine. Completely unacceptable and extremely bad customer service as CSR simply told us "sorry we can't help". Will never book with West Jet again.

Cons: Aeromexico has terrible customer services from check in to over the phone. There are no other options and I can't believe Delta works w/ them. Just no words to describe the horrible experience all around.

Pros: I liked the free in-flight entertainment - movies, music, HBO, etc. That was very nice and helped the flight fly by

Cons: The new seats are extremely uncomfortable for sleeping. Even in Economy Comfort + I had a hard time finding a comfortable position. The short hard seats do not work well unless you are sitting essentially vertical.






Pros: Friendly and prompt attendants.
Cons: I couldn't ask for anything more from American than what was provided

Pros: Once in the plane the crew was great.
Cons: I paid extra to choose our seats. They told us the seats weren’t available. My family was separated on the plane and I lost out on the money I paid.

Pros: Non stop flight. Excellent departure time.

Cons: Understanding the COVID situation but they can give more than a bottle of water (3oz) and a bag of pretzels 🥨 (50 grams) and yet they charge full fare prices and worse extra for any bags!!!!

Cons: flight didn't even happen

Pros: Crew was very friendly. Connections great
Cons: Seats very uncomfortable.

Pros: Crew was great.
Cons: Need better snacks on American.

Pros: Miserable all around experience
Cons: The flight delay was not reported correctly until 30 minutes before expected departure. The baggage carousel stopped running after already being more then a hour late. No members present to rectify. Absolutely terrible trip

Cons: Nothing evething is ok

Pros: The crew was incredibly attentive and helpful.

Pros: Whole row to myself. Greqt movie, in early and informative pro of a captain.

Pros: Crew was awesome...love AA crew! Always and this time superb!
Cons: Leg room gets worse and worse...boarding sucked since they took our bags and we felt like it was only us that were singled out!!!

Pros: On time, main cabin extra was great, crew was nice, entertainment was great.
Cons: No criticism

Cons: Less passengers or bigger plane means more room. Everything was perfect except for being uncomfortably cramped.

Pros: Crew was nice, entertainment was good
Cons: Food was mediocre

Pros: Everything was excellent

Pros: Seats we fine
Cons: Delay 2 hours

Pros: Once boarding, we didn’t wait long for take off.
Cons: Being on time.

Cons: My luggage was delayed. I received it the day after

Pros: The agent at checkin was so kind, nice, professional and superb...I will always fly American Airlines....you have the best checkin agents, best gate agents (super funny yet professional) and also the flight crew was absolutely amazing!
Cons: baggage claim in Costa Rica is terrible service...but that is the airports fault since this happens with other airlines.....something has to0 change!!!!

Pros: The crew was amazing, considering the late flight & full plane.

Pros: 4 flights and all of them in middle uncomfortable seats. I requested aisle seats many times and counter agents were unhelpful and rude.
Cons: Better seat options and more comfortable seats

Cons: Took forever to get the bags

Pros: Everything was perfect
Cons: Baggage was not that faster but was still okay Although improvements will be great

Cons: Most everything could have been better. All phases were far below average.

Pros: The crew was very nice and friendly
Cons: There was a technical difficulty with the plane, which made a short delay in our flight.

Pros: Would fly again- irritated at how does a flight manage to get overbooked
Cons: Flight was 3 seats overbooked, they had to wait until 3 people willingly took a later flight. Like a game of chicken between 100 people.

Pros: 0ntime quick boarding
Cons: cost to check baggage

Pros: Attendants courteous and helpful. Flight efficiently handled by pilots
Cons: Remote gate required shuttle. Should have been made aware so as to allow sufficient time not to rush. Advance notice that normal size carry on doesnt fit and must be checked

Pros: Meal and drink service was excellent
Cons: Economy plus is packed liked sardines and difficult to move from side to side. Also upgrade doesn’t include priority seating. It should be included in any seating upgrade.

Pros: Smooth flight
Cons: Tight fit for 6'3 male

Pros: On time departure, this flight tends to get delayed, not this time. Good service and pleasant flight.
Cons: I prefer personal entertainment systems.

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: everything but the cabin temperature. it was very hot and uncomfortable.
Cons: Too warm in the cabin.

Pros: Can’t say anything good
Cons: When boarding crew was rude because carry on did not fit the overhead compartment. No options to choose from for entertainment. Flight was delayed almost an hour while sitting in plane. Food options almost nonexistent

Cons: Bought 2 tickets but seats weren’t together poor service

Pros: Despite numerous delays, we made it to Philadelphia. We were alerted to the delays in a timely manner. We were also treated to a snack cart and cupcakes to celebrate the first day of direct flights.
Cons: A long delay. Patience is everything and the staff and crew were very friendly.

Pros: Crew was friendly and efficient
Cons: There wasn’t any entertainment but that was ok.

Pros: Staff and Entertainment
Cons: Back row, but someone has to sit there :)

Pros: The crew was very friendly and accommodating. The food as usual just snack type food for purchase as expected. The entertainment system malfunctioned and we could not watch the movie they offered. However one flight attendant was very nice and gave my kids special cookies. Nice touch!

Pros: I got there in one piece. Even made my connection (barely)
Cons: TSA were abusing power and pulling ppl out of line like crazy. Tried to take Christmas toys from someone (and they weren’t in violation of anything. ) flight was delayed and took so long it would have been faster to drive to Charlotte. Whole airport was the most inefficient thing I have ever seen.

Pros: Mostly everyrhing
Cons: Food was so so

Cons: This was an MD80 that had absolutely been ridden to death. I thought that AA was modernizing their fleet? This was a 30 year old plane.

Pros: Short flight
Cons: Really unconfortable seats.

Pros: the clerk at the boarding desk was kind
Cons: delayed

Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: Didn’t get to pick seats

Cons: The flight was late arriving, so consequently we had to pay a taxi to hotel, as shuttle had finished for the night. Air Canada staff let people know 10 mins prior to boarding that we needed the app to view movies in-flight. Most people couldn't download quick enough, & airport Wifi was not optimal

Pros: On time.

Pros: Thank goodness there was lots of room on this plane, makes it much nicer
Cons: Old plane, and business class is just ok. So sad that Air Canada is only flying this route with Rouge... they just are ok. Boarding was a gong show - they blocked off the area with little posts to keep people organized and were boarding a big flight to Tokyo right beside us. Horrible.

Cons: They wouldn’t wait 10 minutes for us to arrive on our incoming flight.

Cons: Again very disappointed. No food, no flight monitoring and no tv access. Felt very "cheep". Cop o see idea far far better.

Pros: Flight was ok overall. Staff were nice.
Cons: I don't think there was enough crew on board to serve all the passengers. Water was only offered once. I did get to watch free movies from Vancouver to Toronto. However, you had to pay for entertainment from Toronto to Costa Rica

Cons: Delay in YUL...5 mins turned into 60...almost missed travel in SJO to final destination

Pros: Once on plane all OK
Cons: Check in unhelpful to being rude by ignoring people and avoiding getting advice from higher ups. Worst service I Have experienced in 60 years of air flight three times a year ,at least

Pros: Everything else was great
Cons: No movies

Pros: Disable passenger here. They were very helpful and accommodating

Pros: We were given a $10 meal voucher in Toronto for the 2hr delay, nothing was done for us in windsor after waiting close to 5 hours.
Cons: Flight was delayed from Windsor to Toronto for hours the. Again from Toronto to San José.

Pros: Seats were fairly comfortable. Crew on flight from Toronto to San Jose were friendly. Crew on home flight very aloof.
Cons: Did not know you should pre book food. They ran out. Very frustrating. Said they had breakfast food and snacks. All that was left by the time they got to our seats were chips and nuts. And they didn’t seem to care. Entertainment worked better on way back. Could not get it going on way there, even with crew assistance. Line ups for check in in San Jose were crazy. Over 40 minutes.

Pros: we had a very good seating distance in row 15
Cons: the cabin service was simply bad: very limited meal offerings, drinks were not cold, flight attendants were pretty arrogant.

Pros: Food was great
Cons: Nothing

Pros: The flight was underbooked, so there was extra seat space. Our delay was cut from 90 min to just 30 min
Cons: Our flight was delayed due to fog in San Francisco

Pros: considering all the delays, both in delay in leaving Amsterdam and holding pattern due to thunderstorms in Toronto all went well in a very long day.

Pros: I enjoyed the crew, the food and the entertainment. The crew did give us peanuts for our extra 5 hours on the plane.
Cons: We were 3 hours late for departure and took 2 extra hours in the air because of re-routing. The seats were abnormally stiff and went back so little that it was extremely hard to fall asleep during the 18 hours we were on board. The crew was unwillng to let us bring our instruments on board and thus, they cracked from the air pressure during the flight.

Pros: Great gluten free meal. Calling ahead of time to order was well worth it.

Pros: Considering it was a tiny aircraft the flight went very smoothly.

Pros: Was not impressed with this flight. Honestly this experience will make me reconsider booking with AC in the future.
Cons: Check in at Houston is terrible. Air Canada made us transfer our own luggage between flights causing us to almost miss our flight. This should have been indicated when booking the flight, we would have purchased a different flight. When we got on the flight, overhead bin was too small for my husbands carry on and a flight attendant whisked his bag away before we could ask where she was going. She came back without the bag and we asked where she had taken it- she had checked it without asking us if this would be ok. The bag was full of valuable breakables as well as our cash and cards. We asked if we could get the bag at the gate and she said it would come out on the carousel. So we spent 3 hours completely stressed out. Drinks were only served once the entire flight, more water should have been offered. When we got off the plane one of our bags had gone missing. We had to wait 2 days to have it delivered. It was delivered at 4am in the morning. Overall compared to the previous United flight, Air Canada has lots of room for improvement.

Pros: Not too crowded
Cons: Flight was late by over an hour.

Cons: Boarding Zones 3-5 is always a mess

Pros: Seat were comfortable (however the struggle is when you have someone with long legs behind you...)
Cons: Entertainment was using the app, they could have had a sign at the gate so those of us that didn't have it could have download it before boarding.

Pros: Flight crew were friendly
Cons: Ground staff were terrible and the ground crew mysteriously disappeared. Air conditioning was not working on the flight while it was on the ground. All passengers sweating for an hour on the tarmac. Flight arrived 2.5 hrs late resulting in a missed connection.

Cons: Over an hour late.

Pros: Entertainment options were excellent, and the screen worked really well.
Cons: The crew was somewhat sloppy in their service of meals and drinks.

Pros: Air Canada you suck. Told us that our flight wouldn't leave before we boarded as the computer system was down country wide. We still stood in like for an hour and hey could have manually checked us in as they did others. We were promised no planes would leave and when we got to the gate our plane was pulling away leaving 10 of us to scramble to find another flight. Customer service argued with me saying no flights were going to Ottawa and my Kayak app told me otherwise. Thanks for making my flight home for a funeral that much more stressful and having my family wait 4 hours risking all of our lives with freezing rain drive home.

Pros: Flight was delayed 4 hours, however the boarding was efficient and the crew were very friendly.

Cons: I am filing a complaint with regard to my recent flight on Dec 31, 2016 from Barcelona (BCN) back to San Francisco, US (SFO) on Air Canada, with a connection in Toronto, Canada (Flight # AC1915 and AC739). My wife and I were denied boarding at Barcelona because we did not have an ETA to visit Canada. However, we actually qualify for the Transit Without Visa Program, allowing us to transit through Canada to the US without an ETA. Please see below. My wife and I arrived at BCN airport in Barcelona before 11 am, more than 3 hours prior to the departure time of 2 pm for flight AC1915 to Toronto. Please see the attached bus ticket as proof, indicating we boarded the bus at 10:30 am at Barcelona city center. This is more than enough time for check-in processes. I knew about the ETA requirement prior to travel. However, I also knew that, as a Taiwanese national, we qualify for the Transit Without Visa program, allowing us to transit through Canada to the US without an ETA. The Canadian Government website states that: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp#eta-exemptions “The following persons are exempt from the eTA requirement: • Foreign nationals seeking to transit through Canada under Transit Without Visa or China Transit Program.” Furthermore, also on the Canadian Government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/ENGLISH/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=1092&top=16 “Travellers whose planes refuel in Canada going to and from the United States, as well as participants in the China Transit Program and Transit Without Visa Program, do not need to have an eTA or a visa to transit Canada.” We qualify for the Transit Without Visa Program because according to the Canadian Government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/twov/travellers.asp • We are citizens of Taiwan • We hold valid Taiwanese passports (please see attached passport photo) • We hold valid US visas (please see attached green card photo) • We are traveling to Canada on an approved airline: Air Canada Rouge • We transit through an approved Canadian airport (Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, terminal 1, without a change of terminal between flights) • We hold a confirmed onward ticket to the US the same day (AC739 to San Francisco, departing at 6:55 pm the same day) • We arrive during operating hours for the US in-transit pre-clearance facility. During check-in, we were told that we needed an ETA and denied us boarding. I tried explaining to the supervisor on duty that day that an ETA is actually not required for us since we qualify for Transit Without Visa, using the arguments I presented above in this letter, as well as showing him the websites from the Canadian Government. However, the supervisor insisted that we needed an ETA, citing the general policy that Taiwanese citizens require ETA to visit Canada. What he did not realize was that we satisfy a very unique case that did NOT require an ETA.

Cons: This is not an Air Canada flight, is a Rouge flight, meaning there is no service, no screens, not even blankets on board. I didn't know that until after confirming my reservation, and it makes all the difference. For a low cost flight, the service is ok, but it shouldn't be advertised as Air Canada at all.

Cons: YVR airport's Air Canada staff was extremely unprofessional. First, they cancelled my original itinerary and moved me to a flight 3 hours later. Now I understand it was holidays so I was okay thus far. I got to the airport 2 hours before the departure time and even though I had check-in online, I was requested to get into "Check-in assistance" line instead of the "baggage drop". The "Check-in assistance" line had multiple people rebooking their flights when at the counter (on an average each person was being held for 15 minutes by the slow staff). By the time I reached the counter, I was told that the gate had been closed and I will have to rebook. The staff said at that point that it was "just the way it is" and their terms and conditions have this clause saying they don't guarantee people will be boarded. Well, sure, don't board them if they're late but don't delay them on purpose and then strike them off the boarding list. Very Very disappointed.

Pros: Short flight. Simple. Smooth.
Cons: There was a short delay because crew was caught up in security.

Pros: Short flight - no issues
Cons: N/A

Pros: almost nothing
Cons: Pre-boarding wait is extremely long with all the different groups. Seems you always have a problem with carry on luggage so those in Group 5 will always be forced to check-in unwillingly. Staff taking ticket is unfriendly at gate - i was YELLED at because I had a thin garment bag along with my small international carry on and purse. it was considered 3 bags .... since when does a dress inside a garment bag warrant a full other carry on? It could have folded into my carry on but the purpose of a garment bag is so you do not have to wrinkled it in your luggage. He moved me to the side and told me I needed to check it in, I was NOT allowed to hang it in the plane b/c i'm not a business passenger. WTF. After 10 min of waiting on the side I folded up my garment bag and shoved it in my purse - after another 5 min he gave me my luggage and told me to head toward the plane. Worst. Flight. Ever

Cons: There was 3 hour delay on the first flight, that made me miss my connecting flight then they booked another flight which was not a direct flight but with an additional stop. I reached Toronto 7 hours later than my original landing time

Pros: Very comfortable and a wide range of new films to keep me entertained the whole flight
Cons: Airplane food is hard to be better than okay. On par with other companies and the snacks handed out were welcomed, the hot meal was only edible.

Cons: My original flight supposed to be at 19:30 but went at 18:30,no body inform me about the change and i stuck in the airport for 4 hours more

Pros: Airbus 380

Pros: The customer service desk at Lufthansa/Air Canada did help us set up additional flights for the next day.
Cons: Since we missed our first flight to Toronto, we missed this flight to Atlanta.

Pros: Landed alive in vancouver
Cons: Second time in two months that they delayed my flight by at least 3 hours.

Cons: Having to pay for wifi onboard is silly.

Cons: Flight delayed half hour, rush through all the steps, we are the first one get to the plane. But all the other people can not make it because we sit at near front and started the rush earlier. However, all of our checked luggage so can not make it. We are waiting for delivery on the next day. This type of short connection of international flight should not be arranged as we told you and AC when you told us the original booking was changed due to AC flight modification.

Pros: great new plane loved the entertainment, usb chargers, new window shade technology. On time flight

Pros: Entertainment system worked well. Only watched one movie so not sure in selection. Nice to find entertainment included in the ticket price.
Cons: Plane was 50 minutes late leaving Toronto, luggage took between 30 to 40 minutes to come out at Vancouver airport. Three flights were assigned to one carousel, while a nearby carousel had only one flight assigned to it and was not yet in use, presumably because the flight had not arrived and another nearby carousel was broken. Why not have at least one other flight use the unused, working carousel?

Cons: Flight was cancelled. I had to rerouted through New York and missed connecting flights

Pros: Very pleased, the plane was very clean and new, entertainment options were great. The crew was fantastic.
Cons: The food wasn't great. I had the pancakes and then a chicken sandwich, both of which were very average.

Pros: Boeing 787 is a terrific modern aircraft.
Cons: Due to an hour+ boarding delay, the gate area was overwhelmed with people concurrently boarding international flights at two comingled gates. Overlapping PA announcements, both live and prerecorded, had lots of folks confused.

Cons: Trying to take off twice and warning lights came on. We had to sit in the plane for an extra 1.5hrs and an additional hour in the terminal. Third time was a charm

Pros: Seat where very roomy. Service was amazing..
Cons: There was a mess inside terminal 1 April 25 at 8pm when we arrived perhaps the pilot could have gave us heads up. Very confused as to what was going on.

Pros: Comodidad en el avión
Cons: Hay desorden en la coordinación de los vuelos, atrasos, yo tuve un atraso de 11 horas, otros perdieron conexión, y no es tampoco porque se paga barato, porque los pasajes están caros

Cons: You take my money for nothing yu stolen my money why why you kayak my husband doesn't travel from Desmoines he is not in system why ????? bring my money back to my account aa

Cons: Food

Cons: They could have told me more than 24 hours before my flight that they changed me to a different flight 4 hours earlier in the day!

Pros: The food and the crew
Cons: Entertainment system, it is outdated

Cons: On time arrival.

Cons: Flight was canceled due to United's mismanagement of crews.

Cons: No screens in the seats. Food options are the usual limited fair

Cons: I had to check my carry on from DEN to DSM because flight was full which I was told I could pickup at gate.. at the gate the TSA agent was very rude to me as I was confused as where my bag was, which I had to to baggage claim.

Pros: Nothing

Pros: Más espacio, al menos una película que ver, y algún bocadillo por ser un vuelo de tantas horas

Pros: The pilot
Cons: Everything else

Pros: Boarding seemed smother than usual. I had an issue with a large back pack that wouldn't fit in the overhead due to a smaller plane travelling to Houston from Des Moines, Flight attendant was extremely helpful as it was expensive camera equipment and was able to stow it so that i didn't have to check it at the door. Most appreciated their sensitivity.

Cons: The United crew really needs an attitude check. How can someone be angry at 6 am?

Pros: Entertainment worked on this flight! And once again, I had an empty seat next to me - that's always a huge plus so I can stretch a bit.

Pros: The flight crew was very attentive and friendly. Probably one of the nicest crews I have encountered on my flights.
Cons: Me and this other person were waiting in the back for the two bathrooms to become available. We waited over 10 minutes.

Pros: So they lost my bag but where super helpful and nice!

Pros: Friendly service,. On time
Cons: Nothing

Pros: No delays
Cons: Everyone was super nice and gelpful

Pros: Quick and easy. Nice crew.

Pros: I was treated wonderfully and had an amazing times.
Cons: Everything was great.

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Attitude of gate agent, crews. Boarding penalizes all but highest level and they've demoted me since the merger and erased my 30 year history with UAL. Watched them mishandle a paraplegic passenger until another passenger swapped seats. Last choice for me.

Pros: First flight delayed once board to check a broken light. Then waisted 40 minutes taxiing on tarmac in Houston because they couldn't find a gate. Missed our connection. They put us up in a low end hotel overnight. Then we had our morning flight again delayed as we waited for planes to the take off, so further delays. Arrived in Costa Rica 1 hour late. Now with too many other flights so immigration packed and took another hour and twenty minutes (when we finished there was only a 5 minute wait). Thanks United
Cons: Coffee and cookies. Moscow mule

Cons: Snack offering was caramely sugar cookie

Cons: Cancelled flight. No true explanation. Lack of detail and delay caused me to miss other flight opportunities.

Pros: I was allowed to get off the aircraft to collect a bag I left behind

Cons: The airplane needed to be swapped, which caused an hour delay and made me miss my flight

Pros: The boarding process is terrible, because communication breakdown is inevitable. The crew on the plane are sometimes rude, and have no patience when passing seated passengers. One air hostess constantly bumped into my arm like a bull as she passed walking down the isle. Entertainment is practically non-existent on long flights unless you pay for it. Two of my flights were cancelled last minute with little to no remorse, and I had to wait 2 days to catch the next flight. That flight was even delayed more than an hour. I was sick by time I reached my destination. Overall, United would not be my 1st choice due to bad experiences numerous times.

Pros: Since we were the last ones to arrive at the gate because of our delayed flight they had to check our carry-on baggage with the luggage we didn't have locks and nomally what we carry in that bag are fragile or valuable things. They should at least have plastic gauzes or fragile stickers to put on the bags. I don't know the reason but the flight attendants left about the last 6 rows of passengers without pretzels or drinks. There was no device to view movies. Leg space too tight.

Pros: Just the crew
Cons: Now when I fly united i feel like flying with spirit or jet blue o any other cheap airline, they charge for everything but sodas. They don't even carry blankets. The fact that for a long (3h- 4h and 5h) flight (took 4 overall during the holidays) united didn't offered ONE movie for free at least was very disappointing. Not one of my flights were on-time!

Cons: Same. No ffood ..poor Service and allso charging. To much for extra weight. $200 for 3 extra pounds. Ridiculous. Also charged for one check in bag..Todo much

Cons: Viajar en United es desastroso. Los asientos son demasiado pequeños, yo mido1.57 metros y no me podía ni mover.

Pros: Staff was ok.

Pros: The crew were nice though exasperated with cramped new planes and crowded restrooms. Flight was on time
Cons: After three years of flying all around US, realized United is the worst of the three major legacy carriers. I'm star alliance gold and it's still a painful experience. Crew admitted in latest redesign of planes they've managed to squeeze another six seats in coach. My seat wouldn't go back but even if it did, would feel too guilty for person behind to do it - so little legroom on newer planes. They've also cut down on restrooms so for most of the flight there was a line of 5-6 people waiting in the aisle. American Airlines seems to have older planes but at least decent legroom (and I'm not tall - anybody over 5'10 would have to sit at an angle on new United planes!). Been very impressed by Delta's service lately. United feels more like Spirit

Pros: At least I made it
Cons: Flight attendant for United 426 to Chicago was rude, flight delayed and they weren't very helpful

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Lack of updates

Pros: Everything's on time
Cons: No,

Cons: The snack

Pros: The flight itself was uneventful and went as expected.
Cons: We were instructed to hand in our hand luggage before boarding the plane which meant we had to wait in a long one after the flight to get the luggage back. HOWEVER, the plane had plenty of overhead luggage room to accommodate our luggage. We were told by the cabin staff that the gate personnel don't always check what size plane it is before requiring everyone to hand in their luggage.

Cons: About two hours before my flight, it was canceled after previously making an airplane switch the night before after checking in online. The I received an email while I was on the way to the airport saying that the airplane that I was going to fly out on was canceled due to airplane maintenance. While I am happy they didn't fly the plane while needing maintenance, they should have planned ahead and known of the maintenance or had a backup ready to go. Obviously it must have been something they just found, but in the big picture of things. You have to pay an way to much for a flight as it is. They should have to solve their own issues to honor their part of the contract. We (as customers) can't cancel a flight with out penalties. Why shouldn't they have to do the same?

Pros: On the trip from Des Moines to Houston, timeliness of flight was great. The boarding went smooth and was done quickly. The crew were friendly and courteous. Overall the first half of the trip was fine.
Cons: I was extremely disappointed in the condition of my luggage when I picked it up plane side. The wheel was broke off and all the pockets had been unzipped and it appeared they had been rummaged through. I had to drag my bag through the terminal. I spoke with 3 individuals with United who referred me onto the next and each unwilling as the previous to help. I myself am in customer service and would never treat my customers the way I was treated by the employees representing your Airline. I would go above and beyond to make the sure that the customers experience was a great one in spite of the unfotunate incident so they would return. I have never flown United before, and I will not consider your airline in the future.

Pros: Nothing
Cons: They delayed the flight due to "operational difficulties". I understand this happens, however, their communication towards customers was unacceptable. They first announced a 20 min delay, followed by another 30 min, then 30 more and then 30 more than then 30 more! They basically kept us at the gate for 2 1/2 hours until the found another plane. For a business like United, and flying out of their hub this is completely unacceptable. We ended up leaving at 11pm for a flight scheduled at 8. They didnt give anything in the plane to make up for it. No food, no free wifi, nothing.

Pros: Nothing
Cons: I paid extra money for our seats so we cud sit together N I ended up on the front of the plane N my boyfriend clear in the back I'll never fly United again y the hell did I pay almost 25$ per seat to sit together to sit on opposite ends of the plane

Pros: The seat next to me was empty
Cons: United put my bags on the next flight to San Jose, so I had to wait an extra 2.5 hours in the airport for the next plane to land in San Jose, Costa Rica while my ride waited for me.

Cons: The seats were so small, with no space between rows that you couldn't even recline. The tv on the seat in front was so close you couldn't watch it. Miserable flight, and I'm only 5'5".

Pros: Crew was great!

Pros: Terrible
Cons: Everything

Pros: That the flight was on time. disenchanted flight attendants. Makes you want to not need her assistance.
Cons: Disenchanted flight attendants. For whatever reason, it is obvious that there is unhappiness. Not flat affect, just the look of disinterest, a look that tells you I don't care. In a customer based business it is so disheartening that the very person you may have to depend on to survive is not vested in the clientele that keeps her company in business, thereby insuring future paychecks. I'd like to communicate here that it wasn't all the attendants on either flight, but enough that it was obvious to anyone who paid even casual attention. I was flying home to California, so there were two additional flights a few days before the flights home. I never had any of the same flight attendants on any of the flight. As far as my observation of the attendants, as stated above, I think that speaks volumes. I will cite an example that happened on my trip from Iowa to Denver. I need wheelchair assistance, I walk with a cane, but not able to walk any distance. I pack a light carry-on, bring my purse, jacket and cane. I was being wheeled up the passageway in a regular wheelchair, and the man pushing me stated to the on-coming crew he "would be right back to get my suitcase, couldn't take both at the same time", and added " unless one of you could roll it up?". After an embarrassing pause, a female flight attendant said "Let the flight attendant do it. Add this to the list of responsibilities that aren't really my job." I actually twisted around to look at this person, I was so stunned to hear that! She grabbed my rolling carry-on handle and the look spoke columns. I was embarrased. Thank you. Debra K. Forsythe

Pros: The 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!

Pros: That you provided a direct flight
Cons: I purchased my tickets on 10/30/2015 for an aisle seat. I check in the day before and no seat assignment, get to the kiosk and no seat assignment. I see the agent at the gate and she gives me a middle seat, I complained and she gave me an aisle seat. I get to my seat and someone is sitting in that seat, I go back to the front of the plane and wait to be assigned to another seat. The agent said they changed the plane that's why everyone lost seat assignments, 6 out of the 8 people that all booked together sat in their assigned seats. Never fly with them again.

Pros: Leg room, fun crew
Cons: Not sure the point of flying the "no frills" airlines. It certainly wasn't cheap and no carry on and plastic seats makes we wished I booked Delta.

Pros: The staff was excellent and the boarding process was quick and smooth. While the flight was delayed, staff really did a great job moving everyone along quickly and safely.
Cons: This was my first time flying Frontier. The flight was 2 and 1/2 hours delayed. While the boarding process was quick, the delay really put a damper on the flight. Seats were very uncomfortabe and seemed smaller than other airlines I have traveled more frequently. The carpet had gum all over it.

Pros: Flight was on time.
Cons: Seats were really tight.

Pros: Great flight attendant
Cons: Seats too tight knees bump seat ahead

Pros: Orderly boarding; very friendly flight attendants who REALLY know their craft. Shortly after takeoff there was a medical energency that they handled with expertise and caring as well as authority. The lead flight attendant and her staff worked together like a well oiled machine. this is our first time flying Frontier and it was an excellent experience. We’lll be back! Oh yea, coffee was great, not that awful strong Starbucks stuff.
Cons: Can’t think of anything

Cons: Didn’t even offer water on a 3hr flight

Cons: First flight was delayed so we missed out connecting flight and Frontier wouldn’t do anything about it. Save yourself time and money (and actually get where you need to go) by using literally any other airline.

Cons: Waiting in line for checkin process to begin. Why can't they checkin before the two hour departure time?

Pros: The flight attendants were very friendly.
Cons: Boarding was VERY slow and not coordinated. It took longer to board this plane than international flights I have taken.

Cons: 3 + hour delay

Pros: Courteous flight staff. Plane was very clean
Cons: Flight was delayed 45 min

Pros: We got delayed for about an hour, but the made up the time.
Cons: When unloading the plane. They didn't let the people with connection flights get off first. I almost missed my fight, due to the start delay.

Pros: New plane and comfortable seats.
Cons: Frontiers markup strategy

Pros: Crew
Cons: Paying for carry on luggage.

Pros: The boarding went quickly and was well organized
Cons: That the price to take a small carryon was just as expensive as taking a large suitcase, ended up having to pay and extra $80 r/t for a small bag and I just that's standard for them. There were no barf bags in any seats, believe me everyone around us was looking as the person next to me was getting sick on the landing because it was crazy rough. When we finally were able to get an attendant over she was as rude as could be, I'm sure this sick person next to me was sorry she "inconvenienced" the crew member, if they just put bags in the seats pockets like every other airline this wouldn't have been an issue. The seats were very uncomfortable with no padding and not able to tilt. The tray tables were nonfunctional, too small and did not extend to get anywhere close enough to reach you. The plane ride itself felt like we were on a old school bus on a gravel road. I had a round trip ticket with frontier and both trips were equally as bad. I will never travel with them again, Most of us weren't even sure if we were going to survive take off with out the plan breaking or something.

Pros: Cheap and valuable

Cons: The 3 hour delay and continued to have to pay extra for food, carry on, etc. No apology for the delay. I don't know why I bother to show up on time for frontier flights. I've not had one leave on time.

Pros: The boarding process seemed to take less time compared to other airlines.
Cons: There needs to be portable electronic chargers on the plane. It would definitely help to keep children entertained.

Pros: Flights wer all on time
Cons: Frontier doesn't have plane wifi

Cons: Paying for carry one.

Cons: Plane was 2 hours late, no advance notice of the delay, and was on the hangar the entire time. No accommodations for delay and.

Pros: The crew on this flight was funny and outgoing! Great crew!

Pros: Friendly staff waived the fee for rebooking my missed flight
Cons: They close the counter 45 min prior to boarding. I arrived 35 minutes prior and there was no agent. I am TSA approved and it takes me 5 minutes to normally get through security. I had to miss my flight.

Pros: cute girl next to me
Cons: Gate agent at Denver, as we sat for 15 minutes waiting to deplane since they didn't have the jetway ready, TYPICAL, and do us all a favor Pilots, just gwt all happy about early arrivals since without fail there's always an unnecessary delay to screw everyone. lets do better next time

Pros: Staff great,
Cons: Setting

Pros: Pleasant & helpful service.
Cons: Crowded seating.

Pros: The flight attendants were very helpful and kind.
Cons: I felt like I was sitting on the person who sat beside me I wasn't really fond of touching some stranger...Water should be free I

Pros: Buying their bundle through Frontiers website that includes a checked bag, a carry-on, a seat, and zone one boarding was worth it for this airline.
Cons: The plane was definitely older and there was trash and something sticky all in and around my seat. The flight attendants were very stuck up and played on their tablets and phones for the duration of the flight, ate pizza, and looked to be drinking too. Not much customer help, but that's also because no complimentary items are given through frontier, no even a half cup of soda. There are no bonus features on board like wi-fi or tv's on seat backs to order tv or movies. The price of flight was offset by the cost of bags and seat, so I ended up paying the same as I would have via United. I will not be flyin Frontier again.

Pros: The airplane was a 14 years old plane so it was not comfortable to sit at all. Not recommended overall.

Pros: Frontier got me where I needed to go on time with no hassles.

Pros: Terrible. The charge extra for everything: $40 for a carryon bag, $11 to reserve a seat, $3.99 for a soda.

Pros: The crew was nice. That's the only thing that was good. Everything was terrible! If you can't afford the airline, close it! Instead of nickel and diming someone.
Cons: Everything except the crew.

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Frontier has got to be the worst airline in the country. This is America's Ryan Air. They close their gate 40 minutes before the plane leaves; you will be stranded if you are late (My son missed his flight in the past when we arrived 50 minutes before the plane left). They charge for everything; checked bags, carry-ons, even drinks. There is no room to store anything. The seats don't recline. There is no entertainment. The staff is surly. They are supposed to be a low-cost airline, but, after all of the mark-ups, it's about the same. They have the worst on-time performance of any domestic airline. Do not fall for it. If you have ANY alternative choice, take it!!!

Pros: The flight was super cheap, the flight crew was friendly, and the seats were fairly comfortable.
Cons: Though a sign was posted with a time when the counter agent would arrive, we (there were MANY of us waiting who had checked in electronically) had to wait over 20 minutes for her to show up to tag and take our checked bags. She was unkempt and unfriendly, and oddly insisted on looking at everyone's identification, even those who weren't checking bags. The flight crew was wonderful, and the rest of the flight was generally good. It's not effective for a travel business to begin a journey on a bad note.

Pros: I liked being able to have priority getting off my first flight to make my connection in Denver. I had to sprint but I made it.
Cons: I didn't like having to pay extra for my seat on both flights, pay for my carry on that didn't fit in your overhead compartment, and pay for my only carry on, a backpack. I paid for my flight, that should be the price of my seat and the things I need to travel. I pack light and I still had to pay an extra $100 on the day of my flight. VERY dissatisfied.

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Seats didn't lay back and had to pay for carry on luggage

Pros: I got to my destination eventually.
Cons: 2 1/2+ hour delay. No communication on why until just about to board. 1 hour sitting on tarmac when we landed waiting for a gate. Completely awful experience.

Pros: That I eventually got to Denver.
Cons: Sitting in the airport for 3 hours to be told that we were ready, then have mechanical issues that delayed us another hour. After arriving in Denver we sat on the Tarmac for 30 minutes because another plane was at our gate. All I received was a $50.00 voucher for a future flight with frontier.

Cons: Another subpar experience with frontier and my last

Pros: Not ONE thing!
Cons: It started with a 30 minute wait at the ticketing counter because the staff was at the gate boarding another flight. I was extremely surprised with a $40 baggage fee. The flight boarded and then we sat for over 2 hours because of a malfunction with the auto-pilot. The captain said they could fly the plane without the auto-pilot but there was an extreme amount of paperwork that had to be completed. Are you kidding me? Two hours to fill out paperwork--that is a complete waste of your employees time, let alone the 200 passengers that are stuck and delayed!!!! At least I now know that "cheaper" is a relative term when flying Frontier airlines. I have lifetime gold status on United...what was I thinking when I booked this flight?

Cons: Had to deplane, then get back on the plane, staff didn't communicate what was happening. We still didn't fly out for 45 minutes M. We had a sleepy, cranky baby because we were already flying out 2 hrs later than scheduled. No one checked in on is once. Very frustrating experience and I don't think we will fly frontier again if we can help it.

Pros: The girl who took my ticket was extremely accommodating; I had forgot to register my son as a lap child and she did it without a problem!
Cons: Paying for drinks is annoying and it was delayed.

Pros: Nothing. Flight was extremely late and delayed by almost two hours. Flight attendants were once again extremely rude and disrespectful.
Cons: Everything.

Pros: The crew was pleasant and helpful for those with screwed up flights
Cons: Flight was delayed the excuse given was lame so it was caused by the airline. I have not flow frontier in some time the delay coupled with the worlds most uncomfortable seat. Pretty much ensures I will note fly Frontier again for some time

Cons: Baggage charge $35. 1st bag going under should be free.

Pros: The price, until you lied about that!
Cons: An additional 70.00 in baggage for Roundtrip that is not disclosed until you check in...BS. delays, delays, and more delays!

Pros: It got me there
Cons: You buy a ticket and do not get a seat. Every thing is an extra. I knew what I was getting into. A single leg trip less than 2 hours. Would fly something other than Frontier if the distance was greater

Pros: Plane was clean and the flight was on time.
Cons: Frontier's baggage policies and fees are annoying. The seats are very small and uncomfortable. Like other discount airlines, they take the fun out of flying.

Pros: Every part of the dsm airport experience is simple and fast.
Cons: I wouldn't take frontier again. It's a class system that charges people for every minor convenience that should already be part of your flying experience. I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford all the stupid additional costs that I paid for in my ticket that, in actuality, made the total cost far more expensive than delta or United.

Cons: Checking in website didn't work, so had to pay extra for seat assignment and luggage. I tried 24 hours before to check in select seats and pay for luggage but had to call land line. Service personnel was friendly but couldn't help. VERY FRUSTRATING

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