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Average price round-trip

$379

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$132

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$83
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DeltaOverall score based on 31471 reviews
8.1Boarding
7.8Comfort
8.5Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.5Food
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Pros: "Crew was exceptionally nice. Live DISH TV unexpected and appreciated."
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Pros: "Crew was exceptionally nice. Live DISH TV unexpected and appreciated."
Cons: "Flight was freezing. Crew was overly concerned about my tree nut allergy. Been flying for 40+ years and this was the first time any one has asked...appreciate it but they went overboard"
Cons: "Great"
Pros: "Great crew great pilot great entertainment"
Cons: "The way we board feels very classist."
Pros: "As always the Delta crew was super friendly and helpful and made the trip very enjoyable."
Cons: "Everything was perfect"
Pros: "Comfy"
Cons: "Seats a lil tight"
Pros: "The crew was amazing and polite."
Cons: "Nothing needed to be done"
Cons: "Not having a delayed flight."
Pros: "Crew did a great job communicating what was happening while we were delayed"
Cons: "Compensation for our time or schedule mishaps."
Pros: "The crew rocked!!!! Professional and fun. We enjoyed the music."
Cons: "WiFi didn’t work well. Still great flight."
Pros: "I like being able to charge my devices"
Cons: "Better movies"
Pros: "Yes the crew was amazing"
Cons: "Stop being LATE!!!!"
Pros: "Crew was very kind and entertainment was good when available"
Cons: "WiFi in all flights"
Cons: "The ticketing counter gave very bad guidance for when I arrived, thus refusing to allow me to check my bag. And insisting that I had to cancel my skymiles ticket and purchasing a new ticket. Show up at least 2 hours before at DCA for intl flights, employee incompetence could cost you $$$$"
Cons: "Virgin Atlantic has had better days. Living off of a long gone reputation. Great staff but old and worn out planes. Code sharing has done them no favors!"
Pros: "The flight"
Cons: "The flight"
Pros: "Baggage came quickly. Flight was on time."
Pros: "Boardin process was Ok"
Cons: "Due to several issues we were delayed in 3,5 hours"
Pros: "Arrived"
Cons: "Delta changed our seat assignment and our seats sucked"
Pros: "Easy boarding process, on-time departure and arrival and extremely comfortable!"
Cons: "NA"
Pros: "Quick and easy."
Pros: "On time. Seat upgraded seat to Delta Comfort plus, courteous flight crew, music before take off and landing."
Pros: "Meal was provided at no additional charge. Pilots were informative on weather conditions. Good crew service."
Cons: "Almost an hour late leaving the gate."
Pros: "Upgrade to ComfortPlus"
Pros: "Staff was friendly."
Cons: "During boarding, the sign wasn’t updated after Zone 1. I was watching the board from a distance while on the phone, waiting for Zone 4 to come up. Fortunately, I heard them say “final boarding” over the intercom; otherwise I could have missed my flight."
Cons: "Delayed flight"
Pros: "The crew were nice and friendly. The plane was new with lots of amenities"
Cons: "The new plane has NO leg room at all. It’s the worst leg room i’ve Experienced for such a large plane. I’m 6’1” and my knees would only fit if I spread my legs wide and sit back deep into the chair."
Pros: "The movies"
Cons: "We boarded late, then sat in a hot plane for an ester 30-40 mins because the route got cancelled. They wouldn’t serve us beverages while it was so hot inside. We landed over 49 mins later into Lax"
Pros: "Free movies"
Cons: "N/A"
Cons: "Crew wasn’t very friendly"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything fuckin sucks"
Pros: "The in-flight movie was very much appreciated."
Pros: "Good in general."
Cons: "No wifi, no leg room"
Pros: "Very grateful they moved me to an earlier flight when mine was delayed due to weather. Impressed with entertainment options."
Pros: "The plane went where it was supposed to go."
Pros: "Short flight"
Cons: "Loud"
Pros: "Movie selection and cable channels"
Cons: "My connection was abruptly changed, it took a long time to straighten out, but they eventually did."
Cons: "The male flight attendant my section was very unpleasant to the elderly passengers in my area and just left me very uneasy about the flight"
Pros: "Happily, the flight was completely non-eventful."
Cons: "The food and snack choices are quite limited."
Pros: "Customer services"
Pros: "Service"
Cons: "Comfort"
Pros: "I board sky priority or sooner so it always goes well."
Cons: "Delta could do a little more to align people behind the right zone pillars when lining up for boarding. Passengers especially those not used to flying or flying with Delta are always confused. Maybe some stripping on the floor could help or pillars at the front and midway back."
Pros: "Delta fo"
Pros: "Great service very courteous crew. Smooth takeoff and landing."
Cons: "Nothing"
Pros: "Crew was good."
Cons: "Plane was late"
Pros: "Good experience overall. Pleasant staff. Movie features were wonderful and helped pass the time."
Pros: "The service. The plane (seemed like an international plane). Food options. The service and the service. There was a problem getting on, they allowed premium members to board but when I got to the plane, I was scolded by the cleaning crew lady (maybe the Mgr) that they were not ready and that she had informed 'them' of that and that no one is allowed to board while they are cleaning."
Cons: "Why did aa.com make a connection with alaska airlines? I had to LEAVE the airport to switch termknals, go through security again, then my luggage never made it to the next flight."
Pros: "Smooth price getting boarding pass and we were anytime sit together"
Cons: "All good"
Pros: "Crew was great seats like always aren’t comfy"
Cons: "Better seats"
Pros: "Flight diverted. Poor communication"
Cons: "Realistically explain options of what may happen due to weather issues"
Pros: "Movie selection was good"
Cons: "Fortunately I ate breakfast before getting on because I was only offered two stale cookies on board"
Pros: "Landed in one piece despite weather."
Cons: "WiFi was down"
Cons: "more room, better boarding procedure, on time take off"
Cons: "Lack of a crew delayed flight 4 + hours."
Pros: "Flight was on time"
Cons: "Carry-on luggage needs to be monitored more closely. I saw one passenger with three pieces. Meanwhile, I had to stow my bag 10 rows behind me."
Cons: "Too cold"
Pros: "Was not long enough"
Cons: "It would have been helpful if American Airlines would notify passengers when they have selected a window seat where no window exists. I am very broad shouldered and that extra 3 inch well the window creates is crucial for me. Terrible 4 1/2 hours in a very uncomfortable position."
Cons: "Landing was rough."
Cons: "We were delayed at the gate after getting on the plane. While the crew was communicative it would have been better if we were alerted before boarding"
Pros: "One of our fellow passengers was willing to change seats so my wife and I could sit together."
Cons: "I'm not a fan of American's Basic Economy, where they nickel-and-dime for every little thing. Choosing seats while checking in online does not cost the airline any more than assigning them, so charging for the privilege of choosing your seat is simply a money grab."
Pros: "everything"
Cons: "snacks"
Cons: "Wi-Fi was spotty."
Cons: "The seats were SO uncomfortable and my legs were cramped up into one position because there wasn't enough room for legs and knees."
Cons: "Flight delayed and bot enough overhead space."
Cons: "Tecnical problems dellay no good american arlines i dont recomended"
Pros: "Flt attendent was really nice, friendly, courteous"
Cons: "Flt not on time. A/C did not work properly."
Pros: "Easy. Efficient. Crew follows regulations and applies rules fairly and firmly."
Cons: "Signage unclear no ticket less check-in cpfisong announcers are rude in person and inaudible over PA system."
Pros: "I am so glad that there is a direct flight from Des Moi es to Philly. Our flight home arrived a little early and the crew was very responsive and professional."
Cons: "X"
Pros: "The crew was helpful and fast in turning plane over."
Cons: "Flight delayed from 1015 pm departure to 1135pm, so I had to making my arrival at 1am. Hard are the person picking me up. Despite the fact that they moved my flight they closed the Aa lounge at 10 and kick you out, even though they moved my flight"
Pros: "We left right on time. Plane was clean and had option to charge phone"
Cons: "You had to pay to check a bag and you had to pay for food. Ridiculous."
Pros: "Boarding was efficient"
Cons: "There was NO ROOM for my legs when the man in front of me reclined his seat. I could not work on my laptop because it was such a ridiculously tight fit. I am 5'9" tall, and i have never been so cramped on an airplane."
Cons: "Potable water was down so no coffee, tea, or more important... water to wash hands. Then they didn’t have my second choice of beverages after coffee either."
Pros: "boarding process was efficient and the seats on this aircraft seemed a bit more comfortable"
Cons: "lack of in-seat video and no free wi-fi and no power connections"
Pros: "Vegetarian meal was actually good!"
Cons: "They didn’t give me ice cream :("
Pros: "On time, good service."
Pros: "Nothing really, very upsetting start of a vacation."
Cons: "The layover in Boston was an hour or so, but the miscommunication between American Airlines and Iberia was such, that my luggage never left the US. I am very upset cause Iberia did not even provided any good ground help in Lisbon - Portugal, with the most rude personnel I ever had to deal with that was actually annoyed I was complaining they lost my luggage, they offer no assisatance."
Pros: "We did eventually reach our destination safe and sound"
Cons: "In flight service on AA was very disappointing. This was a cross-country flight of 5 hours at the dinner hour. The plane was full [ as usual these days ] seat space was tight [ as usual these days ], but cabin service was practically invisible. The two stewards made one pass with the beverage cart, and that was it for the duration!! On a five hour flight!! When I went back for a beverage, the stewards were chatting at the rear compartment. This was the poorest American Airlines service that I have experienced in fifty years. I will avoid them in the future. Don"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Lost connection"
Pros: "Nice crew"
Cons: "Delayed departure; plane too hot to board on time after it arrived; delayed at Akron"
Pros: "it was easy to check in and short layovers"
Cons: "planes were really old and uncomfortable, I could not sleep at all, the seats are ridiculously small and not fit for a grown up. One of the worst flights ever for sure"
Cons: "We boarded, sat on the plane for a while, backed up from the gate, then sat for a while longer. 3 hours later, we had to go back to the gate because we reached the legal limit they can hold us on the plane on the tarmac. Another hour and a half or so later, we finally took off for JFK. We missed our first connecting flight and the second connecting flight I was able to rebook."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Cannot believe how American a treated it's passengers. 3 hour delay to JFK. No apologies. Missed connection to Paris. Not any customer service agents to be found in JFK at 11:30 pm. No explanation on what next. No hotel.. Nada. I'll never travel with American again."
Cons: "You make me deplane just to take my bags from me because they don't fit the plane when I just flew 4 hours across the country."
Pros: "It was my first time I was a little scared but not anymore it was a smooth ride. Don't change nothing keep up the good work. Thanks for letting me explore"
Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"
Cons: "My flight was changed to later time; however I didn't receive any notification. Flight was later and didn't get seat I requested on original flight."
Pros: "The gentleman at the departure desk was first rate. Polite and accommodating he was just what you would expect from an airline. Especially American Airlines. The crew was the same and I was happy to have decided to use AA."
Cons: "The departure was delayed approximately an hour."
Cons: "No entertainment, ran out of meals by the time they got to the back of the plane."
Cons: "AA was slow to act or communicate and was half hearted in their attempt to make up for the cancelled flight"
Pros: "Good flight."
Cons: "A little crowded"
Cons: "Having to check my carry on bag. Brought only a carry on to avoid baggage claim, but was forced to check it anyway. There is NO organization to the boarding process, so in the free-for-all at boarding, people in any boarding group are let through with WAY MORE than 1 carry on and 1 personal item, leaving no room for my bag and I was in group 2 (not sure how many groups there are). Horrible disorganization at boarding. Board from back to front for goodness sake...its common sense."
Pros: "The plain went to the runway then stated that needed more gas due to weather so we returned to the gate, three hours later we finally departed. In two flights in three days I was delayed 9 hours"
Cons: "The 9 hours delay and zero compensation"
Cons: "We were never offered our drink or snack. Then the male attendant called my wife "sir" when asking her to put up the tray table"
Pros: "By the time I boarded the plane three hours late nothing short of a flux capacitor to make the plane fly back in time would have made this trip even decent."
Cons: "It was just so late."

I like that I'm by my self on the row ( seat) And I wish the plane has internet and charging station.

My family in Arizona didn’t have a printer to print our return flight tickets, so I took a screenshot of our tickets on my phone. Apparently, when you go through security they enlarge the QR code, which makes it blurry, so it can’t be scanned. We had to go back to the check in desk and pay $5 for each ticket to be printed. Lesson learned, print out all flight tickets before you leave.

Cons: "Sat on the runway and at the jetway at LAX for over an hour because they couldn’t locate a ground crew to get everyone off the plane. Changed gates to try to help. What airline can’t get their customers off the plane?"
Pros: "Excellent leg room in standard seating. On-time with quick and efficient boarding process."
Cons: "Give complimentary water"
Pros: "Great crew. Everything was on time. Loved it"
Pros: "The passengers were spaced out, so we could actually social distance."
Cons: "Not all passengers wore masks. During a contagious pandemic. What the actual hell? Also, the tray tables are too small to use for anything, and we didn’t even get a free drink. Water and soda are so cheap, it’s absurd. I’d never take Allegiant again if they weren’t basically the only airline operating out of my town’s small airport."
Pros: "Allegiant does a great job of turning flights and getting you out on time in general. The crew is friendly and helpful."
Pros: "Crew, check in and access"
Cons: "Seats are getting a bit tiny and the trays are small. Comfort and baggage prices are starting to drive the price out of competitiveness."
Cons: "Seats are uncomfortable"
Cons: "I tried to cancel this trip but was told I would have to pay more in order to receive a refund. Very disappointed customer as I have traveled with Allegiant many times and the one time I try to cancel my flight, I’m told I have to pay a fee which was more expensive than the actual price of the ticket. Waste of money."
Pros: "Cheap and direct no frills"
Pros: "The crew were very friendly."
Cons: "the seats were pretty uncomfortable, that was my main problem with the flight."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"
Cons: "2 hour weather delay. Flight didnt arrive in Tampa until 1:30am. Hard time finding transportation from airport that late"
Cons: "Everything went quickly and smoothly. Great flight; even the weather was less turbulent than expected."
Cons: "Very dissatisfied with boarding and told we had to pay for our luggage but noone else did .I had prepaid for 1 incase I brought big luggage but I brought carry ones. So I was charged 100..but everyone else's was larger"
Pros: "Arrived ahead of schedule."
Cons: "Airbus seats are as uncomfortable as school bus seats."
Pros: "The plane was very clean and well lit. The crew was excellent. Very friendly and nice."
Cons: "The seats are pretty uncomfortable. They are so close together and there is no room to store anything. The tray tables are a joke, you can't even fit an iPad on them. The bag check process was trouble at both legs. They have lower weight limits than the major carriers and that really should be highlighted better when you book with Allegiant. Also, bag checkin for the flight I was on started at 7:45am. There were only 2 people at the checkin counter and one of them was busy doing something and ignoring the customers. So that was a little annoying."
Pros: "Friendly pilot."
Cons: "My reading light kept flashing off and on. So I couldn't read my book."
Cons: "5 delays between for a 4:27PM flight that eventually took off at 3:15am. My biggest issue is the unrealistic delay that could have left us in the airport for 11+ hours. Very thankful that they did allow me to change departure locations to another airport at no charge. That flight went well, even arrived early."
Cons: "4 hours late. No explanation. I have flown Allegiant 3 times. Late twice."
Pros: "Great flight. Great staff."
Pros: "Friendly staff!!"
Cons: "Hour delay on flight"
Pros: "People in my row."
Pros: "Cheap fare, nice crew, clean plane"
Cons: "Small seating, small snacks , extra charges for anything"
Cons: "The seating is terrible. Everyone is like sardines packed away."
Pros: "For a “no frills” airline I like the modern aircraft, professional and friendly crew and on time departure and arrival. The flight is too short for entertainment or food service but the snacks and drinks for sale are varied and acceptably priced."
Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "Last minute delay due to a plane malfunction. Was told very last minute. Seemed like there were no quick resolutions in play. Had to wait over three hours to fly out, doesnt that entail compensation by law?"
Pros: "Attendants are the deck and on the plane are use to getting asked why is there a charge for this is have short answers ambitious are friendly."
Cons: "I was charged double for my ticket, was not told I had to pay for bags till confirmation, I then called them to see why, because I was charged 2 times for Flight my card shut off, they would t even comp my bag. had to pay for my seat, 5$ to check into the flight at the desk, 17$ for a bag online, $50 at the check in counter. $2 for bottle water on the plane?? I will avoid them entirley"
Pros: "Cost"
Cons: "Left late"
Pros: "Love the ticket price, but charging $44 for a carry-on? C'mon man! Added charges that were worth it? Priority boarding: $15, Exit row seating: $25 Also be advised that all food & drink is for purchase and must be purchased with debit or credit card - absolutely no cash."
Pros: "I had 44 min they wouldn't give me my boarding pass then the flight was delayed to 5:30 and they still wouldn't allow me up."
Pros: "Price of flight and it was non stop to Fort Wayne, IN."
Cons: "Flight was delayed 60 mins, no explanation given. We flew in a Sun Country Plane instead of an Alliegiant plane. Sun Country had more leg room and free non alcoholic drinks. So it was worth the delay and plane change. Made it safety to Fort Wayne."
Pros: "Considering the fare was advertised between $350 and $700 with other carriers on Kayak, I took this one for $179, roundtrip, direct from LAX to Grand Junction."
Cons: "When the crew runs to get coffee in the terminal, make sure to do the same. I brought some snacks, but wish I had brought coffee. The man next to me kept creeping into my space which was incredibly annoying, but it was a relatively quick flight. Beats the two day drive from L.A. to Colorado."
Pros: "Food"
Cons: "Not enough options and what was available was pricey."
Pros: "Good for Domestic travels"
Pros: "I like the flight. It was on time"
Cons: "Nothing"
Pros: "The fight"
Cons: "Security"
Pros: "It was so fun to have a flight attendant that had a great sense of humor. She kept us in stitches throughout the flight."
Pros: "The crew was exceptionally friendly and helpful."
Cons: "Seats don't recline."
Pros: "The Bacardi"
Cons: "How small the bottles are."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "5 hour delay. They offered meal vouchers. For 8 dollar like wtf? But of course they offered them after every place closed in the airport."
Cons: "That you charge for every little thing...surprised you don't charge to use the bathrooms. Don't appreciate having to be your clean up crew either."
Cons: "The LA to Eugene leg was delayed in departing, but this was an improvement on the cancelled flight from Eugene to LA. Arrived at the airport 2 hours early per their instructions to find the flight was delayed. Thirty minutes later they cancelled the flight and then provided no information concerning the new flight the following day."
Pros: "Excellent flight! Down side no wi fi connection and no Internet, you must buy all food and drink but hey for cost of the trip worth it!"
Cons: "No internet or wifi"
Pros: "Cost Flight Crew Deplane option from Front and rear"
Cons: "Only 2 flights per week Delayed flights All the "additional" charges $40 to check a bag $30 to bring a bag on board $12 for priority $12+ to book a seat in advance The method for Boarding that put every on in zones 2 and 3 in line before letting people who paid for priority get on board $22 for water"
Pros: "Very friendly staff very attentive"
Cons: "Very small and uncomfortable seating will probably fly Delta for the same price"
Pros: "I had a great experience with Allegiant. The airline had a great rate, professional staff, and great service. I'd recommend Allegiant to all my friends."
Pros: "Cost"
Pros: "The business seats were comfortable & our service excellent"
Pros: "Nothing to like"
Cons: "Everything could be better. From the boarding process to the on board service."
Cons: "6 hours of delay"
Pros: "Good flight, decent crew. Food was okay."
Cons: "My entertainment set didn't work because the headphone jack was broken so that was a major bummer."
Cons: "we had a 9 hour delay"
Cons: "Nice exp and service"
Cons: "The delay was horrible and the captain said it was because they needed extra sleep. I found this offensive as i was trying to complete a very long trip and was exhausted."
Pros: "The staff and crew were excellent"
Cons: "Legroom was far too tight, by at least an inch. Entertainment such as recent movies, available on other airlines for free, was available only for pay."
Pros: "boarding was fast, flight was on time, nice crew"
Cons: "pretty basic creature comforts, seats so so"
Pros: "We landed in NYC -- although it was first announced as Dulles."
Cons: "This flight was on Canadian Air under the auspices of United. I was not allowed into the United Club lounge despite the fact that I had business class ticket. I was informed that a business class ticket isn't sufficient for using the lounge when flying domestic. It is only good when flying international. They call that customer service. I generally avoid domestic airlines because of the customer service. The flight attendants were not happy to serve you. It's a small flight but they didn't even offer a snack -- you had to ask for it. And then they brought over a small basket with nuts, chips, candy bars, and a muffin. I took a muffin and it stuck to the roof of my mouth -- very poor quality. When I asked for a snack the flight attendant replied cocktail or soft drink never saying whether or not a snack was available.. She said this a couple of times before I could repeat that I wanted a snack to which she replied you want something to drink with that. I've been on many short flights in Asia and they will deliver a full meal and you don't have to ask for it. There was no entertainment but United did send an email explaining how I could purchase entertainment to play on my own device."
Pros: "Flight was delayed by 3 hours. Hostess was super loud repeated destination at least 100 times."
Cons: "Pilot was calm and understanding"
Cons: "The flight was delayed by five hours due to a mechanical problem with the plane. Little information was provided by United. Frustrating experience."
Pros: "The flight attendants, service and comfort were very good."
Cons: "Because of plane maintenance the flight was 4 hours late. I stood in line for two hours to get my flight changed since I missed my connection in Frankfort, and never got it changed. I got to Frankfort and stood in 3 more lines to get on standby. I’m hoping to get to Naples before the last ferry to Capri in order to make my sister’s wedding."
Pros: "Quick flight, faster than schedule. Flight attendant was good."
Cons: "Absolutely no leg room or arm space in the seats on US express jets. If the flight were longer than an hour it would make for an absolutely miserable experience."
Pros: "Snack menu, the plane was moderately clean compared to the last. Good communication about late flight."
Cons: "Staff was mostly rude, tired. The plane was 30 minutes late due to weather. Internet would not work, the captain kept trying to reboot it, no entertainment. An older plane in moderate disrepair. Economy seats were much more uncomfortable than American Airlines."
Pros: "On time, friendly crew."
Cons: "Even though we reserved well in advanced my wife and I got middle seats in different rows. Fortunately, we both got aisle seats (the last ones available) but of course in different rows when we signed in for our tickets."
Pros: "Got a window seat and had an amazing crew. Everything went smoothly! Dinner and breakfast served!"
Cons: "Everything was perfect!"
Cons: "Never got the chance to make it to Norfolk with United. They would not provide us a plane same day or our money back or money for the rental car we required."
Cons: "We bought this on swiss air with the terms that included free skis. When we arrived at the airport, Unites airlines informed us that skis would be $200 to check. A pretty awful surprise to start our vacation. Perhaps it should be made more clear that the operating airline’s fees with predominant - not the fees we originally agreed to at purchase. United’s planes are awfully old and small."
Cons: "First flight was delayed so we missed our flight. The least they could have done was given us a pass to the lounge to relax considering we came in on a red eye or a lunch voucher. The staff was a bit rude."
Pros: "All of it was good."
Cons: "Nothing."
Cons: "2 short a trip to serve food"
Cons: "The prior flight was delayed because after taxing, a crew wanted to remove an uncooperative passenger and went back to the gait. Subsequently, we arrived in Washington DC with only a few minutes before our next flight Albany was scheduled to leave. Because we had to do check our carry-on bags, we were 5 minutes later to the gait where the airline refused to wait for us to board although another passenger who did not have to wait for her bag was able to board the flight Albany. We therefore had to take a shuttle to Reagan international Airport, fly on a different airline to Hartford Connecticut, rent a car and drive 2 hours to finally reach our destination in Albany."
Pros: "It was hot...the whole flight"
Cons: "Hot hot hot"
Pros: "Pilot candor"
Cons: "In flight service"
Pros: "The flight was smooth and staff was courteous."
Cons: "Temp inside plane was freezing cold. Pilot was asked 3 times to adjust. People were bundled up, hugging themselves and had blankets over their heads to try to stay warm. After third request to pilot, the temperature was set to so hot people were sweating and complaining. Typical United Airlines crew who think they are driving a cattle car"
Cons: "The flight was supposed to arrive in Greenville at 6:41 pm, we never arrived until after 11 am."
Cons: "- The flight out of IAD was overbooked and left late. - My hand luggage was taken from me with promise of delivery at final destination - Staff in EWR was unhelpful and just short of rude - My luggage did not make the connection at EWR - There was no United staff in PoS to take my report of lost luggage -"
Pros: "The crew was very nice, attentive and brought extra water without asking."
Cons: "I do not like the "something Asian chicken- or pasta" selection, never taste good."
Cons: "Old plane even though we upgraded to first class it was just bigger seats no entertainment cold draft just horrible felt like we were flying back in the 80s. Lastly our luggage didn't come with our flight it came with the next flight. Horrible horrible experience"
Pros: "On time flight. And the upgrade was wonderful"
Pros: "I liked that I finally made it home despite all the drama."
Cons: "I didn't like that I booked a flight nearly 2 months ago to only find out I didn't have a seat. I do understand its legal but I don't get how you are putting customers first by causing this drama. I understand how that DR felt when your guards ripped him out of his seat. I spent nearly 3 hours trying to find babysitters and alternate rides all while the snotty lady at the desk kept saying "you may not be flying out today but I cant tell you for sure". So to insure the bottom line you overbook then bump people at your leisure? This little game effects many lives above and beyond just the passengers. I don't plan on booking with United ever again. Why would I? There are many other options that take customer service more seriously. I would love to speak to someone higher up in this organization. But, im sure that will never happen."
Pros: "Large selection of movies to keep me entertained throughout a 13 hour flight."
Cons: "The food did not sit well with me. Seats became uncomfortable after a while, made it difficult to sleep."
Pros: "The personal are very amability"
Pros: "With these short flights on small planes, the best we can ask for is an on-time departure and smooth flying - which is just what we got."
Cons: "There was a delay after boarding / door closing. We just sat at the gate without explanation so we arrived late in Boston. I assume we were held for some reason by the tower but an update from the pilot would have been nice."
Pros: "The Argentinian lady that help us at the counter. She safe us from missing the flight."
Cons: "The long waiting with customs and that the connection were too far away to drop the baggage"
Pros: "One of the friendliest and most customer friendly flights I've had in a long time."
Pros: "During sleeping somebody took the pillow and the blanket from the adjacent seat. Unfortunately with my amenity kit and the Bose headphone case. The kit was found later by the personnel, the case not. Not reccomemded to sleep during flight at this airline."
Pros: "Flight attendant was extraordinarily kind, especially for the couple sitting next to me with their adorable 7-week old baby."
Pros: "Meals, for a coach ticket, were surprisingly good."
Pros: "Service"
Pros: "Everything went smoothly"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats"
Pros: "Pilot was excellent, didn't even feel the wheels touch down at RDU. It was a turbulent flight with thunderstorms (barely too bumpy for drink service) but Captain made it as smooth as possible and also kept us well informed what to expect. Plane was also on time, though many flights that day were late."
Pros: "We arrived 10 minutes early which allowed me to catch connecting ground transport"
Cons: "4 hr delay on the flight, terrible experience never flying with United again."
Cons: "Flight was canceled and United offered no reasonable options for returning home that evening."
Pros: "Flight was on time."
Cons: "Plane was freezing cold. Even with numerous empty seats I was assigned a seat in the last row next to the laboratory and not permitted to change. Flight attendant had a poor attitude and was generally not helpful."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "My husband, sister, brother-in-law and myself flew into STL. We thought we had booked the same flight but when we got there found out our departure flight was different. We asked about moving them to our floght but it was over booked so we asked if we could move to there flight. They had 15 open seats. They told us no. There would be a charge of 500 dollars if we wanted to change. We decided to just fly out first and meet them there. We stood by the counter to speak about meeting. As we did we could hear them telling the next couple that they would have to move to the later flight. It was a huge problem for them as they would miss there connection. We then offered again to take the later flight so they could take our place on the over booked flight and make there connection. They where unwilling. Then we get on the flight and the plane was nasty and dirty. We put out tray table down and there was drink and dirt all over it. When asked if they could be cleaned we got an attitude. They never came back to do it. Luckily I had a wet wipe to do it. The plan smelled like urine. Same was true for our return flight. The plane was very old and not taken care of. This is not the first problem is we have had with United. We will not be flying with them any longer."
Cons: "Terrible seats. Mean flight attendants. No snacks. No WiFi."
Pros: "Flight attendants were amazing when I had a tear filled meltdown because of family issues."
Pros: "Check-in was very professional and friendly. The baggage fee should just be built into the coat of the ticket."
Cons: "Crew wouldn’t allow those who needed to use the restroom to pass their drink cart until they were finished which took 45minutes."
Pros: "Arrived early"
Pros: "The direct flight ."
Cons: "Waiting in the same line for bag drop off with people that did not use the Kiosk. The restrictions on times to check in and when the last bags could be dropped off. I prefer to arrive early and go through the process before most people arrive. There should be a bag drop off line separate from the general line. The trays on the plane were too small for me to work. The space between the rows was too restricted to open my lap top."
Cons: "The seats are hard and they don’t recline. You have to pay for coffee, soda or a snack. The baggage fees are outrageous. The staff checking bags were very rude."
Cons: "Paying for soda"
Pros: "The Captain greeted passengers."
Cons: "See headline and it was a 4 hour flight with no movie and no water service. Overhead baggage containers looked dirty as you looked up from your seats."
Pros: "Frontier is a low cost budget airline. You have to expect that you will get zero comfort and nothing complimentary. Staff was cordial and flights were on time."
Cons: "I disliked the check in/bag drop situation departing Denver at the front desks. The line was insanely long and took over 45 minutes just to drop a bag off that you've already paid for. You can't even get a cup of water on the flight without paying for it. Hopefully nobody's dehydrated."
Pros: "The flight went well and the customer service was great."
Cons: "We were 1 hour delayed but luckily I was in no hurry"
Pros: "The online price."
Cons: "All of the hidden fees."
Pros: "We arrived 15 minutes early"
Cons: "The seats made my body ache"
Pros: "The aircraft was clean."
Cons: "The flight was delayed for weather. No big deal it happens. However, the flight attendent said we were the plane flying out to San Diego for the connecting, which was false information. When we landed in Denver they had nothing figured out and had all of the unfortunate passengers going to San Diego forced to stay overnight in the airport."
Pros: "Customer service, flight crew was great. I paid for extra leg room so that was nice. I also paid for seat choices and luggage ahead of time."
Cons: "Charge us for snack and drink? I think not. Seats are very basic and not the most comfortable."
Pros: "Left on time, arrived early"
Cons: "Long wait for bags"
Pros: "It was a clean plane"
Cons: "Was so irritated that I couldn't pick my seats when I bought my tickets! When they finally allowed me to do so I had to pay to pick my seats! A soda for $2.99?! Have to pay for your mixer if you buy an adult beverage?!?! They savings will have to be truly significant if I am ever to fly Frontier again. No service at all, felt like I was riding a fast bus"
Pros: "Staff"
Cons: "pay for tea-never!!!! I got hot water instead- next time I'll bring a tea bag..No other airline has asked me to remain thirsty for a flight of 4 hours. Add getting on and off the plane and to the gates and baggage claim and you are without anything to drink for 6 hours or more.... Pay for water is above and beyond. Some people arrive late and literally have to run to their plane. Hydration is a huge factor in maintaining a good outlook, being able to think clearly, and maintaining ones health-avoiding blood clots etc. . For safety reasons, please offer water! This should be poured and not in individual plastic bottles which are dangerous and polluting."
Pros: "incompetent reservation personnel. nickle and dimed. no space between seats. i was offered a coke for $2.99. what more could i want?"
Cons: "From the get go this flight was terrible. Frontier at DCA doesn't open their ticketing counter until 2 hours before the flight leaves - this means that even though there were 15 people in line, the worker just walked away and left an empty desk after she finished helping the flight before us. The flight attendants were unhelpful and condescending; a man complained because something from the overhead bin was dripping on his head and he received one cocktail napkin in response. They made you pay for sodas (despite me taking this exact flight from DEN to DCA 7 days earlier and getting sodas for free) and overall it was a disappointing experience. I sincerely hope Frontier gets their act together soon, they've become a disappointment of an airline."
Pros: "Not much. They charge for everything...even water."
Cons: "The fact that they nickel and dime you the whole flight experience...carry-ons cost more than checked bags...really so now I have to wait for my bags or pay extra to save 15 mins...that's dumb."
Pros: "I liked that none of my luggage was lost."
Cons: "I did not like all of the unexpected costs that kept coming up...I was never notified that I would be charged for my seat, my luggage, adding my own email address, etc."
Cons: "Took over 30 minutes to check a bag."
Pros: "While the planes were kind of old feeling, the pilots were top notch - giving us some of the smoothest landings I've experienced. :-)"
Cons: "Dinky tray tables"
Pros: "Crew was very friendly and accommodating"
Cons: "Very comfortable seats and not much space. We should be able to have a free carry on to store in the overhead compartment."
Pros: "MORE ROOM BETWEEN SEATS!!!!"
Cons: "Food tray tables are too little."
Cons: "Why I have to pay more money on select seat when I check in from home? No option for me to check in from home with out select seat. Why I have to pay for carry-on? Too much - no more buy ticket with Frontier if they not change the policy"
Cons: "Frontier, what's the deal??? I get having to pay a fee for a checked bag (sort of), but why should I have to pay $40 dollars to carry-on a bag. Seriously. I carried the bag myself, lifted it myself, got it down myself...I shouldn't owe anyone $80 for a round trip flight! What a racket!! AND, I was supposed to be able to pay $35 if I checked in early and online, and, NOPE, charged the full $40. It's ridiculous!"
Pros: "I had low expectations since Frontier's switch to low budget. But after accepting the inevitable add-on costs for carry on, seat reservations etc, I found the flight comfortable and efficient. Only gripe is that the seat did not decline, which I assume helps them cram more seats into the cabin."
Cons: "Watch out- Frontier charges you extra for everything, down to choosing your seats on the plane!"
Pros: "There's was nothing good about this flight"
Cons: "Everything"
Cons: "We arrived to Denver late - than sat on the tarmac for over an hour on the plane waiting for a spot to open."
Pros: "Crew was nice."
Cons: "Charges were added for checked bag and carry on bag on Frontier Airlines. The airfare rate was not satisfactory once you add on the additional fees for baggage. We changed gates at Denver airport 3 times. Flight #156 was supposed to leave Denver to Des Moines at 445 pm and we boarded the plane at approximately 615 pm and were on the plane on the ground for 2 hours and 15 minutes. That is too long to sit on a plane; there were microburst winds in Denver and then they lost our manifest also. We arrived at our destination in Des Moines about 4 hours later than scheduled. I will not recommend Frontier Airlines to other people."
Pros: "I got to my destination."
Cons: "The flight was delayed an hour without any notification. There were two employees at the gate desk; neither of them communicated any info, even when questioned by multiple passengers. Frontier's site didn't update and the arrivals board at the destination airport displayed incorrect information."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Size of tray table, no entertainment, no wifi, literally just sit uncomfortably and stare straight ahead. Man I used to love frontier but y'all are terrible now."
Cons: "Plane arrived late. We were told that we could make up time in the air by flight crew before we took off. Then were rerouted and the flight actually took 45 min longer than we were told. When we landed, there was no gate for us so we sat on the runway for 10 minutes. We were told where our luggage would arrive. After it did not show up, one lady happened to see her bag on a different carousel. We were never told of the change."
Pros: "Not much."
Cons: "Having to land in Colorado Springs instead of Denver because we needed to refuel. Scary. It was 14 minutes in the air between the two cities. How little fuel did we have?? Then we were on the ground in Colorado Springs for 3 hours before our 14 minute flight to Denver (which was super turbulent the entire time). Then upon arrival, we waited about an hour and a half for my bag. Ridiculous."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Seats are very comfortable"
Cons: "Traveling with a child is trying enough, not to mention a delayed flight too Denver and then on the way back. Poor communication from staff letting the restless passengers know what was going on .... flight attendants were not friendly, didn't even acknowledge our child. The seat back trays were awful and poorly designed."
Cons: "Never made the flight!"
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "The man at the check in counter was rude and I sat in line waiting for over 30 minutes though I arrived at 2. The flight attendants were rude and not very courteous. The flight was also very turbulent. Worst flying experience and I've been flying since I was 5"
Pros: "The crew was nice and the flight was smooth. Can't complain too much about the price, although they try to nickle and dime you for everything (charging you for carry on bags)"
Cons: "They really cram you in there. I'm 6'-1" and basically couldn't move my legs. This is definitely a no-frills airline with no entertainment, power outlets, mediocre snacks, and then they give you a five minute sales pitch about their credit card."
Cons: "The website didn't work well to check in both times, but frontier didn't care and charged us the "check in at airport" fee"
Cons: "there was a charge for carry on that was not disclosed when i bought the ticket. further, i was unable to get the ticket from home so had to go through the extra time to go to the ticket counter."
Cons: "The flight addtendent crew was the rudest crew I have ever flown with"
Pros: "Flight was on time"
Cons: "No wifi on the plane, nor any other form of entertainment and the Flight attendants tried to sell you a credit card app."
Cons: "Despite the missed connection the woman at the ticket counter insisted that I would be charged for a carry on bag. I flew American instead and will be seeking a refund."
Cons: "Very uncomfortable cramped seats that do not recline. The price does not reflect that you have to pay for everything, checked bags, carryon bags, snacks, soda's. No entertainment even during a 4 hour flight."
Pros: "Well the cost was great until the add ons!"
Cons: "In economy, carry-on $45, 1st checked $40. Advance purchase discount available. Also lets not forget the added charge to pick your seat?"
Pros: "Frontier is an awful company, I do not recommend them"
Cons: "They have many hidden fees (over 70 dollars for two bags), cranky employees (one stewardess reprimanded a passenger for talking during the safety presentation, and actually stopped the presentation for the whole plane until he didn't make a peep), uncomfortable seats with basically no useable tray back, and display a general overall sourness."
Pros: "Service was excellent at check in. and staff was excelllent."
Cons: "Was not pleased with the baggage fees."

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