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

Average price round-trip

$372 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$190 or less

Good deal one-way

$167 or less

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  • Morning departure is around 1% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 4 airlines serving Des Moines to North Carolina

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

7.9
Delta
Overall score based on 28,925 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
8.5
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
7.5
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Everything was amazing"
Cons: "Nothing really."

Pros: "Great crew, spacing of passengers, comfortable, on time"

Pros: "Quick boarding"
Cons: "Arriving over a half an hour late"

Pros: "Crew, atmosphere, timeliness. I was satisfied overall"
Cons: "Gate number changed couple times before flight departure"

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

Cons: "Better accommodation for handicap passengers."

Cons: "The girls were sweet as usual!"

Cons: "Late and bumpy"

Pros: "Crew was great"
Cons: "I actually can not complain"

Pros: "There were minimal passengers on the flight so I was able to have the entire row to myself. The flight was also very short which is always nice."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Short and easy"

Pros: "Video access"
Cons: "Too hot, too crowded"

Cons: "Didn’t get our beverage and snack till we were almost ready to land at Charlotte"

Cons: "Nothing!"

Pros: "Great experience. Left on time and landed early. Comfortable and great crew"
Cons: "Wish there were more snack options"

Pros: "Super friendly flight crew."

Pros: "Really nice staff all the way through from gate agent to flight attendants. Flight left on time and landed early. Night and day vs American"
Cons: "Nothing. Flight was perfect."

Cons: "I didn’t appreciate that your rude flight attendant allowed another passenger to move suitcase and she got an attitude with me. Delta there is always something on your flights."

Pros: "Like the smaller contingent of passengers. Boerding a lot quicker and simpler. Captain gave us some interesting details about plane and its capabilities."
Cons: "Exit row seats were were very uncomfortable, very little padding, although there was plenty of legroom. No snacks or entertainment. WiFi did not work."

Cons: "I was the very first person in line for Zone 3, and they automatically told me I had to gate check my bag, which would mean adding at least 20 minutes when I landed. I took it on the plane anyway; and there was PLENTY of space in the overhead compartments. This feels like I’m being treated as a second class citizen because I was unwilling to be nickel and dimed for seat or boarding upgrades. It’s infuriating"

Cons: "Delayed"

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: "Delta personnel were very pleasant/friendly"

Pros: "Flight attendant was nice. She changed my seat to the front cause the guy behind me was kicking my chair."
Cons: "They cancelled my flight from the day before and when they rebooked my flight, they could of gave me a better seat."

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

Pros: "Non"
Cons: "My return portion of my flight was canceled and had to purchase a new ticket. I would like a full refund of my expenses."

Pros: "Left on time!"
Cons: "Too cramped"

Cons: "I understand gate changes happen, but I got 4 texts switching the gates back and forth. Is that necessary?"

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

Pros: "The flight attendants were very nice and the boarding crew. From the time I walked up to the counter at LGA to the time I exited the plane in CLT, I was treated so kindly and with such respect. Kudos to the Delta Crew."
Cons: "The FLIGHT!!!!! There were delays. Scheduled take of time was 6:59 PM. We took off at 735 PM. Once I was on the plane, I started kicking myself in the you know what because I knew immediately I was scammed. I had purchased a 1st Class ticket for $400+, only to find that my comfort would be the equivalent of that if I purchased a ticket in economy. My long legs would still be cramped. For the past few years, I have been purchasing 1st class for it's spaciousness. On this flight, on the RCJ700, I did not fly comfortably. The space was very tight, and I was able to stretch my legs as if I sat in economy. This was by far, my most uncomfortable flight ever. SMH; A WASTE OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY!!!!!"

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: "But, this wasn't bad at all, even though we were on the very last seat of the plane. We were next to one of the flight attendants during take off and landing and she was very kind and we were speaking with her. The flight was smooth"

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

Pros: "We spent 90 min in line to take off on the tarmac. Pilot kept us informed. Crew were very pleasant."

Pros: "The flight was on schedule and landed early, and the pilot landed that plane very gently. It was quite impressive."
Cons: "I purchased a first class ticket in hopes that I would have a lot more comfort during the flight. It took me quite some time to get comfortable. The seat was ok, but I found the pillows to be very small and flat. I needed multiple pillows. The head rest was not adjustable, so I also found this to be uncomfortable. Usually when I fly AA, the headrest is adjustable. My final dislike was that the beverage selection was limited. I'm quite sure there was plenty of alcohol, but what about those customers who do not drink alcoholic beverages? I asked for hot chocolate, there was none. I asked for hot tea with honey, there wasn't any. So all in all my flight was okay, but that is solely because of the flight attendant and pilot. They did their jobs and they did an excellent job."

Pros: "I got a seat in the exit row with lots of leg room. The entertainment that I didn't use offered a great selection with very recent movies, etc."
Cons: "I didn't like that I had to take a bus to my terminal. I didn't like the fact that my gate was changed more than five times. I didn't like that my flight time was changed more than 15 times with no reason why until boarding time. I didn't like the fact that I did not get a seat assignment until boarding the plane. I didn't like the fact that they couldn't manage to scramble another plane and crew, but instead forced us to wait over four hours for one that was stuck somewhere else in the country."

Pros: "Speed and comfortable kind bars were a nice touch"

Cons: "Luggage went elsewhere"

Pros: "Plane left 2 hours late."

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

Pros: "The boarding process was very well done. Gate agent and flight attendants on top of their game. This is how it is supposed to be done. Thank you."

Cons: "Although weather played a part in the poor experience, it wasn't the only factor. Delta was unprepared."

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

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: "I paid for the upgrade to Delta Comfort Plus for an aisle seat & for some reason they reassigned our seats and I got Putin a middle seat. It was not what I paid for and it was very uncomfortable. If people pay to upgrade to specific seats we should. It be reassigned to whatever seat they want to put us in."

Cons: "The aircraft was older and visibly dirty in the corners. The baggage took well over the guaranteed 20 mins."

Pros: "The check in personnel was fantastic - very helpful and friendly with a very relevant story that made me feel more relaxed. Our not so good seats were somewhat compensated by the plane staff that gave us each a full beverage can, extra pretzels, and some cookies."
Cons: "Our seats that we'd picked out seemed to get changed when we checked in and we got out in the last row, which had no window, and smelled strongly of bathroom cleaner."

Cons: "Due to last minute and absurd changes made to my itinerary by Delta without my knowledge, I was not on this flight."

Pros: "Boarding was not a problem at all! ."
Cons: "The pilot was very rough maneuvering the aircraft. Starting from take off the pilot took off from a halt and accelerated so fast that I believe takeoff took 3sec or less. Also taxi into the airport about to land His maneuvering was Preety rough compared to the other two delta pilots that were perfect. There wasnt any food offered."

Pros: "Arrived safely."
Cons: "Bumped from business to coach and given a lousy $300 voucher."

Pros: "787 seats have better legroom & recliner"
Cons: "Vegetarian food needs lot of improvement"

Pros: "Left on time, arrived early!"
Cons: "When checking in, it indicated a smaller plane. I was not in a window seat and I had to check my baggage (and wait at the baggage terminal)."

Pros: "The flight crew was fine considering it was 2 in the morning."
Cons: "Our flight was delayed 3 times; from 10:40pm to 12:55am to 1:25am because “the copilot was late on his flight from Chicago.” When another American flight arrived around midnight and their copilot offered to step in (he had not exceeded his flying hours), he was refused by management. Exhausted passengers were extremely angry. Each time the flight was delayed, the gate agents waited until the “Boarding in...” status screen reached 0 before announcing the next delay. Not cool."

Pros: "AA flights are always a pleasure. Staff is cheerful despite the early hours I fly out of Philadelphia."
Cons: "There is a complete lack of airport personnel at 3:00am and the fire alarm went off and sounded for about half an hour or so."

Cons: "This is my second time bad experience with ticketing desk crew. The lady (Her name is Maria) at issuing boarding passes was real rude. First of all she doesn’t know how to enter India OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) information. She was keep saying I do not have a visa to go to India. Which I do not"

Pros: "The crew was great!"
Cons: "American has had maintenance delay nightmares all week. Including this flight, where we switched gates and still was delayed significantly."

Pros: "On time,"
Cons: "WiFi didn't work."

Cons: "Ticket agents were horrible at FAY. Worst I've seen."

Cons: "Great flight great crew. Only issue was something was wrong with the entertainment system on my seat. Never worked"

Pros: "Pleased to get luggage with tight connections. Exceptional crew RSW- Charlotte. Good legroom in overseas flight . Please do on all flights"
Cons: "Tv screen didn’t work on trans Atlantic flight"

Pros: "Everything"

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

Pros: "Very very helpful I will fly AA every time I can"

Pros: "Liked sitting in the bigger leg room. Short flight was a bonus."
Cons: "Sat on tarmac a lot at both airports. They boarded all 9 groups so back to back, there was almost no line speration."

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

Cons: "First plane's engine caught on fire."

Pros: "It was a short smooth ride, no delays and the crew was nice. The snack was fine."
Cons: "I wish they offered drinks more. Like a bottle of water along with something else to drink."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight left late, once in Charlotte sat on taomac 20 min, waited 20 min for our forced to check carry on and missed our connecting flight. They gave away our seats and were not helpful. Eventually wander to a customer service desk. Anitbef ling wait. Finally got a flight out."

Pros: "It was okay"
Cons: "We loaded late and than sat in the plane awhile before we left. No explanation was given. Once we arrived in Charlie we sat on the tarmac for 20 min. No explanation. Than we waited 20 min fir our carry on luggage to arrive. We were told we had to check it. By the time we arrived at our gate they had given outlet seats away. They were not very polity ir helpful."

Pros: "I like that American offers free movies thru their app but there was a glitch and I couldn't get it to work!"
Cons: "Couldn't get the entertainment app to work"

Pros: "the crew and the people at the desk for boarding were great. the app helped me keep up with the changes"
Cons: "delays and changing gates"

Pros: "Both American flights (on Airbus 321, I think) I've taken in the past two weeks had comfortable seating with great legroom. My knees were not knocking the seat in front of me! Seat width also comfortable. Not sure how I lucked up on both flights!"

Cons: "Very poor boarding. Crew late but did not start screening and checking passengers until late. Had to ride bus to plane and walk a short distance in the rain which was moderately heavy."

Pros: "Extra blanket and pillow. Empty seat to sleep in. Fairly clean interior for the most part."

Cons: "The plane supposedly was running out of fuel, which I've never heard of such thing. So we had to go down 20mns before reaching Charlotte to a nearby airport to get fueled up and then went back in the air. The whole ordeal made me miss my connection flight to Barcelona! And I wasn't able to get on a flight until the next day. To make matters worse I had to flight back to New York to catch the flight to Barcelona! Unbelievable. I was beyond disappointed. I chose American Airlines for a reason, a good one at that. Yet this happened."

Pros: "Dinner"
Cons: "Boarding was confusing. By the time groups 5&6 boarded the first groups had not finished and there were no longer any lines to control the crowd, just people trying to get on board to assure overhead cabin space."

Pros: "Timely and prepared flight."

Pros: "The crew was super friendly and got lots to eat. Flight was pretty much on time."

Pros: "Flights attendants were super friendly and the plane was very clean"
Cons: "seats are uncomfortable"

Cons: "The first class flight attendants were VERY RUDE to the passengers getting on the plane, especially the male flight attendant. While serving drinks, instead of saying things like "pardon me", they would say "move" (as was said directly to me) and get out of the way" (as I herd him say to another passinger). Very disrespectful way to treat a person, let alone a paying customer! Btw...I am a middle class 5' 11" tall college educated male."

Pros: "They checked my carry on"
Cons: "Seemed unprepared my movie screen nonfunctional"

Cons: "The plane was 2 hours late . It was in the hsngar. They said they were fixing the plane. It was an old plane. No Screen anywhere . It was 5.5 flight across country. Only pretzels. I will try not to fly American again."

Pros: "Nothing"

Cons: "I paid $75.00 to take an earlier flight and Americans crew error nullified this. I feel ripped off."

Pros: "Polite and professional:-)"

Pros: "The crew, as always"
Cons: "Being sectioned off from 1st class"

Pros: "Flight attendants were nice"
Cons: "Being charged for everything. Wifi was free for my sister on Delta."

Pros: "The blanket and pillow, good selection of movies."
Cons: "Maybe the food quality could have been better"

Pros: "the flight was on time"
Cons: "the plane was small the plane was not comfortable"

Pros: "Well.....it was canceled so I had to go to charlotte after to London and at the end at Rome and every one of them had delay's"

Pros: "The comfort"
Cons: "The food i have a pretzel bag that someone throw in the floir step on it and the give it to me"

Pros: "Individual screens worked well, food was good."
Cons: "Flight attendants with carts bumped my boyfriend's shoulder repeatedly, nearly every time they went by, without ever apologizing. They were also really rude when we asked for additional beverages. I travel very frequently, and I was shockedz"

Pros: "Nice boarding head schedule friendly service."
Cons: "Poor entertainment but other than that it was a great flight until we got to Charlotte the ✈it was thousands of feets to make touchdown went took off again a was scary moment for all the passengers."

Pros: "I liked that I landed in time to get to my next flight."
Cons: "I didn't like that I had a child kicking my seat back the whole flight and that the in flight movie that I purchased skipped more than it played."

Cons: "The delay"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The AA employee at the counter in Batoj Rouge informed me that I would miss my connection at Charlotte Airport due to a delayed in the incoming flight. Hebgave me the option to flight the next day or flight the same day, and after a 2 hour delay flight to Charlotte where I would be provided a hotel room and a meal for the night. I asked several times if that information was confirmed and he repeatedly said yes. At my arrival at Charlotte Airport (near midnight) every AA employee said that they did NOT have any more hotels. It was obvious that everything was a staged lie since over 100 people had to spend the night in one of the the terminals where we were provided a pillow and a blanket. I am terribly disappointed for the lack of transparency in AA. I was told my some friends that they also have had experiences like that at the same Charlotte Airport. You have damage once again your reputation and from no own in will expect THE WORST from AA."

Pros: "Arrived home safely"
Cons: "Arrived very early due to logistics and our flight was not leaving for 9 hrs and the AA Representative would only put us on a earlier flight if we paid a large fee, so we waited then the original flight was delayed 2 hours and we nearly missed our connection in another city, it all could have been avoided if a little flexability and care were involved to put us on a earlier flight"

Cons: "Zero flexibility"

Pros: "Crew was very nice and welcoming. I enjoy having more choices then just pretzels and peanuts for a snack."
Cons: "The boarding process seems like it is hectic and not very well planned. A lot of people still standing in line that are not actually boarding yet because they are not in the correct group. This made it hard to actually board and know where the line was. Once on the plane the seats just seemed very uncomfortable."

Pros: "Upgraded to 1st class for balancing purposes; flight attendants really friendly and professional"
Cons: "Flight movie didn't work"

Cons: "The pilot didn't show up. A replacement came 1 hour later. Horrible service. It seems that United is never on schedule. They also over booked the flight again........."

Cons: "The flight was canceled and was given another longer flight and had to pay for the luggage twice. Totally disappointed."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "United delayed my flight so I physically couldn't make the next plane, furthermore they didn't compensate my expenses from my extended airport stay which was 12 hours"

Cons: "Our flight was canceled, we were then placed on another flight and when we got to the gate that flight had been cancelled also!"

Cons: "Flight delayed since the aircraft needed to get oil changed. Passengers were made to board and wait for this routine maintenance."

Pros: "When we finally landed after hours of delays"
Cons: "Absolutely everything about my United experience. The delays weren't communicated well, we sat on the runway for about an hour and the AC didn't come on for about 20 minutes. I'll never fly United again. My flight from CLT was supposed to take off at 3:30pm and we didn't take off until 10:30pm. Never again."

Pros: "Food was good, entertainment was excellent, comfortable seats"
Cons: "It was delayed several times and we didn't leave Denver until 7:43 pm and it was scheduled to depart at 5:19 pm"

Pros: "Flight left right on time and arrived to the destination early - which was great because i had an extremely short layover"

Pros: "The flight was good and we arrived on time, despite the fact we left Denver late. Didn't buy any food."
Cons: "The Entertainment choices on this flight were lousy...I also didn't like the fact that I had to buy Economy Plus because my wife and I were not only not assigned seats together after booking, we were not assigned seats at all. When I booked the flights I was only allowed to choose seats for the first flight - Charlotte to Houston...but not for the other three legs of our Charlotte to Seattle trip. The only two seats together from Houston to Seattle were in the very last row. And, on our return flight we had to purchase Economy Plus in order to sit together."

Pros: "Decent room on the flight. No food or drink."

Pros: "Not very many people on plane so we were able to space out more."

Pros: "Left on time and landed early"
Cons: "N/a"

Pros: "It was the worse. She is 80 years old. Had wheelchair assistant and the person who take care of her did no have idea where she was flying,"
Cons: "Thanks god after 5 hours one of the crew helped her to sit on the right area to take the flight to Charllote and contacted me ."

Pros: "Everybody was so friendly"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Everything was on time and we even arrived in Charlotte early."

Cons: "back of lane smelled like lavatory - ugh"

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

Pros: "Roomy space. Nice staff"
Cons: "N/a"

Pros: "Quick and easy. Nice crew."

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

Cons: "Severe delays"

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: "Flight not full so had 3 seats to myself. Very cold in plane and again, no music or tv."

Cons: "There was a guy that seemed to be a United employee but he was dressed in baggie jeans, a sloppy oversized shirt, had crazy unkempt hair and smelled bad. Not sure what his position was but he was walking the aisles informin us.the flight was delayed and was directing people where they could place their luggage....not a very professional representative for the aitline"

Pros: "At the gate while we were waiting for 3 hours the United Crew brought out snacks for us to have for free because of the wait."
Cons: "We were delayed 3 hours, and didn't get in until 2:00am"

Cons: "Tight seats, full flights"

Pros: "The crew worked quickly to get me another flight when I was not gonna make my connection flight."
Cons: "The plane malfunctioned and their time management of telling us when it was gonna be fixed was poor."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Crowded, overbooked, made me check my carry on which made me miss my train. Took 4 flights to get to my final destination. Small seats, uncomfortable... list goes on and on"

Pros: "Smooth boarding process and on-time departure. Saving 20 minutes on such a late flight was really appreciated."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "I was fine"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "space"
Cons: "boarding zones were off"

Pros: "Flight was on time."

Pros: "In flight entertainment. Was able to watch a movie for free."

Pros: "Getting to Charlotte"
Cons: "Plane dirty. Windows dirty. Extremely bumpy. Seats clostraphobic. Sat too long leaving"

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: "First off - thank you for putting food back onto what you offer when people fly united. It's a drink and a small snack. It's not much to ask, so I appreciate them putting that back in. I also liked the wifi which allowed me to check where my flight was in the air for free. Overall, I will say united is much improved from where it was - though I'd appreciate some free entertainment."
Cons: "Boarding was a little bit of a mess with our flight. We had a LOT of people on standby that were standing in the boarding lines because no one was communicating to them where they should be and where to go. This is something that should be worked on by them."

Cons: "I did not like having to check my carry on after all. I was told the overheads were full so I could get it in Baggage after the trip. For health reasons I did not want the trip to baggage and I did not want to risk my bag being lost. I drive 3 hrs o the airport and I did not want to drive back or wait 3 days for a lost bag to be sent to me as I have before. The person at the gate was rude when I said you won't lose my luggage will you? he said Probably. I said really, and he said well you did ask."

Pros: "Friendly helpful courteous"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "I was surprised on how clean the plane was, considering it was an express. The attendance were pleasant as well."
Cons: "How small the snack bag is."

Cons: "Obnoxious crew, repeating the same instructions over and over. No food, no entertainment. Short flight though."

Pros: "The flight attendants were very pleasant."

Pros: "Boarding was pretty quick and staff was friendly. I was in an emergency row so I had a little extra leg room in my middle seat. Also had wifi on this flight."
Cons: "Snacks need to be updated. I prefer the good old fashion pretzels, so maybe providing an option would be better."

Pros: "Flight was not only on time, but early both ways."
Cons: "Gate change at Newark."

Pros: "Everything worked out just perfect"
Cons: "No snacks served"

Cons: "I was flying out of De Moines, IA to DC with a layover in Chicago. I received an email stating that my flight was changed to 3pm. While the email stated the flight number it didn't state the destinations or the airport. It turns out the email was referring to the layover flight that I had in Chicago. I even called the number provided in the email to verify the change and instead of giving me information on my flights it gave me a status update of the flight at that particular time of the day (Which was the day before when I called and was not something I particularly cared about). This wound up being very bad for me because I slept in and missed my flight. I booked another flight for the next day but a very bad snowstorm hit the east coast and was unable to travel back to DC for 5 more days. I had to get a hotel room in Chicago and spend over $500 in expenses because of this error. United should be more specific when notifying its passengers of any changes by email. This messed up a lot of things for me and I'm very upset with how United handled this"

Pros: "Kayak did a great job with updates."
Cons: "United has failed me once again. Delayed flights, no information, the crew didn't know a thing..didn't leave out until 2am and was suppose to leave ar 855"

Pros: "I was satisfied with my flight..9.5"

Cons: "We were grounded for over an hour, no fault of United. Spent a half hour on the runway, it would've been nice to be told that before taking off."

Pros: "I requested a wheelchair. My foot is in a boot and I am not suppose to walk any distance on it. I was told there were only 2 wheelchairs and that they were for 2 elderly passengers. I passed 8 more wheelchairs that were not being used. Very rude airport employees. I had to use an escalator and almost fell."

Pros: "Got from point a to point b"
Cons: "30-40 minute delay to board, charge for drinks, snack, carry on, and checked luggage."

Pros: "Timing"
Cons: "Do not offer even water w/o pay"

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "Plane delayed for 45 mins"

Cons: "Pilot was very confusing with messages, ended up going back to gate to get gas after we began to taxi then sat on the tarmac forever. Only received water and a small granola bar after the third hour on the tarmac began. Pilot kept saying 30 more minutes, 30 more minutes. All in all it was just over 4 hours from the time I boarded to the time I took off."

Cons: "I cancelled my flight a week before the time of departure they said that it'll cost me $99 to cancel the flight and $86.45 was supposed to be refunded. the lady told me it will take 7 to 10 business days when I called 3 days later on the 10th day I called and the gentleman told me that I don't get a refund I get a credit of the $86.45 that I can use to October 7th to use on any flight. My problem with that is I don't fly often and I had to cancel that due to my job. I feel that if I cancel a flight way in advance before the flight is being departed I should be able to get my refund back I'm sorry to say it is but I would never use this airline company again because if I knew that the first time. I wouldn't have done it. Oh I also found out because I keep getting updates from kayak of the flight that the flight was supposed to been I believe was 8:30 p.m. but due to rain it didn't leave Philadelphia Pennsylvania until around 11:45 p.m. so I'm kind of glad now I didn't go because my family member who I was going to visit would have been very upset because they had to stay up an extra 4 hours and they had to go to work the next morning."

Pros: "Easy check in, on time, friendly staff"
Cons: "On the way back no free water"

Pros: "Crew was great. Boarding was better than many others."
Cons: "No free snack or drink, but was expected on a discount airline."

Pros: "smooth flight, from takeoff to landing"
Cons: "how small and cramped the seating was"

Pros: "Perfect"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "I like that the flight left on time."
Cons: "My seat wasn't comfortable at all and I paid extra to have a reclining seat and bear got one...I was very uncomfortable . I will not fly frontier anyone"

Pros: "Captain was hilarious.... AND he kept us updated on the crazy maintenance happening to the plane. The flight attendants at the front of the plane were perfect. Funny, but professional. I felt like so was in a TV show."
Cons: "You have to pay extra for a carry on. You have to pay extra to choose your seat. You have to pay extra for a soda. You have to pay extra with a debit car for water!!!!?!?! Nothing "extra" is included. Plane was filthy."

Pros: "Price was reasonable."
Cons: "Checked bag price. Tall people should have the priority for aisle seats."

Pros: "Easy... Smooth flight"
Cons: "N/a"

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: "Easy boarding"
Cons: "Packed flight, additional fees"

Pros: "Direct flight."
Cons: "Too many extra charges."

Pros: "No charge for my carry on."
Cons: "Plane could be cleaner."

Pros: "The crew was great. The pilot lightened the mood with humor and the announcements were useful ( weather, time zone changes, ETA etc... ). The plane was clean and the price was low."
Cons: "You have to pay forty dollars for a carry on and for any beverage or snack on the flight. There was confusion about the seats as we boarded, which we did by zones, but still had aisle traffic which defeated the purpose. My connection was moved to another gate and they failed to announce it ( yes it was on the screen, but I don't travel that often and was lucky to notice it just as we were boarding... luckily just a few minutes walk away ). The plane offers no entertainment at all ( which is fine for me, but worth knowing... bring a dvd player or something for long trips )."

Pros: "quick"
Cons: "another delay, not as bad"

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

Cons: "Paying for carry one."

Pros: "Friendly staff. Quick to board. No delay"
Cons: "Seats. No wifi. Very uncomfortable"

Pros: "Crew was nice"
Cons: "We boarded 15 min late due to maintenance issues and reseating on the plane Arrived 30 minutes early and had to sit on the plane for 30 minites because another plane was in the dock/port Plane was nasty/dirty 40$ for a checked bag I will never fly frontier again . I recommend flying with another company a few extra dollars go along way!!!!!"

Pros: "Direct flight"
Cons: "Flight attendants to busy talking to the desk girl about her cell phone One very rude flight attendant to another passenger Another one that set down behind my row ate and read a book with the lights this was a red eye flight The seats did not recline They charged for everything I will never fly frontier again"

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

Pros: "The cre was very friendly."
Cons: "I was warned in advance abount Frontier's pension for delaying flights, but I took a chance anyway. We were supposed to leave at 7:15 but wound up leaving at 9:30."

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"

Cons: "Four hours delay and workers not prepared to handle the situation."

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

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Even when paying extra for better seats they were still terrible. First flight had a rude flight attendant. Never really one to complain when flying, because no one really enjoys flying, but this was an experience that will make me never fly Frontier again."

Pros: "uh the "big front seat" was decent? fairly roomy and still cheap"
Cons: "fuckin screaming children everywhere, it was horrendous"

Cons: "You really need to explain what a carry on bag is, before people pay for a computer bag."

Pros: "The crew of the actual flight were lovely."
Cons: "No real information updates during the delay. No way to guarantee that the flight wouldn't be canceled. Just had to "wait and see"..."

Cons: "Gate changes and delays with excuses like waiting on paperwork to be approved. Really? Didn't you know we were taking off soon?"

Cons: "Comfort and space"

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 was surprised at the great price, the lack of issues, and the smoothest landings ever! Will definitely book Frontier flights again. Thanks!"

Cons: "Chairs were not comfortable to try to sleep in and we had a red eye."

Pros: "The color of their uniforms were very nice and professional. The animal themed planes were fun as well!"
Cons: "Poor customer service. We got to the airport 3 hours ahead of time and it took well over an hour for them to check in baggage (keep in mind we checked in our bags online and there were only 8 people in front of us) we made it to our gate 30min ahead of time. It was terrible. Tried to be kind to the staff but they were not having it. Very inconsiderate of others and doing their job in a timely fashion. They also lost my luggage. Since the airline is so cheep they don't keep staff on hand to handle issues after the flight lands. No desk to report to, no phone number to call; as if you never even flown with them. It was very alarming as I had important clothing for an interview, medicine, and other personal items that would not easily be replaced. Never flying frontier again."

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: "The room between seats in the cabin."
Cons: "Our flight was delayed 2 1/2 hrs. We were told we would be updated every 15 min. Not! Finally a plane was coming from 2 terminals away. It took over 45 min to get to our gate, with no updates every 15 min. Emails updating our flight status reached us as we were on board the airplane. Not helpful. We reached home at midnight when we had planned to be there by 9pm, in order to shop before Sunday. Even though we weren't in a time crunch to arrive, my time is obviously not valued by this airline. I will make every effort to NOT fly this airline in the future."

Pros: "The staff and crew were very professional"
Cons: "No dislikes. We were delayed taking off but such is life on a red eye flight."

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: "Longest security line I have ever seen and I travel in a lot of countries all over the world that have outrageous security lines. Had an hour and a half to get through security and still missed the flight. Nothing could be done because the next flight was in 3 days."

Pros: "Flight was good, even got to Charlotte early."
Cons: "Took an hour and half to get the luggage. Seems they forgot to unload those of us that didn't continue on to Orlando and added new passengers bags on top of ours. Plane was ready to leave and we all were standing in baggage claim waiting while they offloaded all the bags and found the Charlotte bags."

Pros: "NOTHING!"
Cons: "Frontier staff, beginning with check-in were unprofessional, unfriendly and not customer focused. Our flight was late and there was very little communication as to why. It turns out that the lock on the lavatory door was broken so they had to duck tape it shut. A woman fainted as she was boarding the plane --- the paramedics were called. No announcement was made about the situation and passengers continued to board, stepping over this poor woman laying on the ground. The seats on the plane were incredibly uncomfortable and the crew unfriendly."

Pros: "The crew was entertaning and polite"
Cons: "No free beverage or cary on lugage."

Pros: "Efficient crew."

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