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MSN — DCA
Sep 30 — Oct 71
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February

High season

June

Cheapest flight

$156

Average price round-trip

$357

Good deal round-trip

$405

Good deal one-way

$218
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Most popular time to fly with an average 34% increase in price.
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Top 4 airlines serving Madison Truax Field to Washington, D.C. Reagan-National

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7.9
DeltaOverall score based on 31471 reviews
8.1Boarding
7.8Comfort
8.5Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.5Food
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Pros: "Crew was nice and friendly"
Cons: "The economy seats in an A321 are uncomfortable and there is very limited legroom."
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Pros: "Crew was nice and friendly"
Cons: "The economy seats in an A321 are uncomfortable and there is very limited legroom."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Terrible flight experience from delta"
Cons: "The DCA airport was having some problem. 1.5 hours late. Not very good."
Pros: "Reliable Airline - on time - kept up to date on flight timing - Great crews."
Cons: "Good stuff."
Pros: "No delays. Easy boarding."
Pros: "Internet access. Waiting area at JFK with charging stations for every seat and a tablet to order food & drink."
Cons: "Seem that they turned off the air conditioning once we landed in the cabin got on the warm side."
Pros: "Customer service on the phone."
Cons: "Delays all day on delta. On my way out and on the return flight."
Cons: "Flight was delayed by an hour. No explanation given"
Cons: "It took longer to get from nyc to dc that it did Venice to NYC. Horrible....got home at 2am"
Pros: "The service on plane was great and so was the opportunity to check luggage, although I was happy I didn't have to."
Cons: "Boarding from DTW to LAX, we had to stand for a long time on the jetway and it was really cold. It was the holding place after they checked my ticket. Otherwise, it was a great experience flying Delta."
Pros: "On time boarding. Good entertainment options, friendly staff"
Pros: "Crew was good"
Cons: "No idea why there was over a two hour delay."
Pros: "We were able to fly standby on our original 2:30p flight but had to return to DCA for checked baggages later that day"
Cons: "Connecting flight from JFK to DCA was moved from approx 2:30p to nearly 8p, making our layover 7+ hours, as opposed to 1-2 hours. No reason for this change was provided. Delta crew member in JFK was rude and unhelpful. The second agent (who ultimately booked our standby tickets for our original connecting flight) was more pleasant."
Pros: "The service, free entertainment."
Pros: "The efficiency of having my boarding pass on my phone (Apple Wallet). The Kayak and Delta apps streamlined perfectly and I was able to check in and pay for luggage through Kayak! I just need to do better at checking my phone due to both apps sending me updates about flight delays and luggage locations"
Cons: "Lack of space from being confined to the middle seat but the passengers next to me were nice and the plane ride was over before I realized it."
Pros: "The flight itself was fine, boarded on time and arrived on time."
Cons: "A pet peeve of mine is having to check my carry on. They said the overhead bins were all completely full, so I checked my bag at the gate. Come to find out, there were a few spaces left and it wasn't necessary. Really annoying."
Cons: "There was no rhyme nor reason for who boarded first"
Pros: "Everything went as planned!"
Pros: "Great service by gate operators."
Cons: "TSA process"
Pros: "Staff tried to be helpful"
Cons: "Silly series of events. Maintenance problem before flight left previous city, got to us and we boarded only to deplane for more repairs. Ended up with another plane, five hours later. For a 44 min flight. Would’ve been easier to drive!"
Cons: "There really needs to be a way the airlines can better make seating assignments. I was in a window seat and the woman in the middle seat was so large that her arms took all of the arm rest and some of my seat area. Even crossing my arms I was unable to not have her arm up against me."
Pros: "The free small meals are a nice touch. Everything was great. The flight was on time and lived up to my expectations for the best US airline."
Cons: "One of the flight attendants didn’t seem super happy. Not much to complain about on this flight."
Pros: "Arrived safely"
Cons: "Crew arrived late from Buffalo (?!?!) so our 7:59 flight didn’t start boarding until very close to that time. That delay, as Delta well knows, dominoed into LGA’s ATC issues and resulted in an arrival at DCA well after our scheduled arrival."
Pros: "Thanks to Angel in the ATL airport who helped ensure I had a more comfortable flight. He was very kind and I appreciated his help."
Pros: "The seats."
Cons: "In typical Delta fashion they boarded, deplane, board it again and then beat the plane. Blamed it on weather even though a full maintenance crew was beneath the plane in the entire time and, for the coup de gras moved a new flight an hour later 30 gate down. Classic Delta hopefully they'll be out of business in a year"
Cons: "Disgusting smell to urine and else. It was a two-hour bad experience"
Pros: "I will always fly Delta. I have tried other airlines and they don't conmpare to Delta's service"
Pros: "Nothing!!"
Cons: "Delta is terrible!!! $100 extra for everything!!! Terrible!!"
Cons: "Being late"
Cons: "Flight attendant took my complimentary new order but then forgot to bring me the food."
Cons: "Seats are so tight so uncomfortable"
Pros: "I really enjoyed the just a little bit larger seats, extra leg room, and the ability to watch a movie on a screen that wasn't my iphone 6 screen."
Cons: "It would be nice to have gluten-free snack options on the flight, since I have to be gluten-free."
Cons: "The plane was late to JFK and then we had to wait for them to deboard and prepare for us to get one. Now we are in DCA and we can’t even get to our gate for another 10 mins"
Pros: "Allowed Pre boarding of infant (which American no longer does), complimentary food, entertainment on domestic flight, and friendly staff. Delta is upping the game!"
Cons: "Flight was late by almost 2 hours!!!"
Pros: "The flight was uneventful and although we took off late, we arrived on-time."
Cons: "The rows of seats are so tight that when the big guy in the seat in front of me leaned back (not even putting his seat back) his seat banged into my knees. A combination of cheap seats and too many seats. Made for a very uncomfortable flight."
Cons: "No entertainment. Wifi didn't work."
Pros: "Flight"
Cons: "no access to sky club"
Pros: "Good food and entertainment choices on board. Little to no feedback from captain regarding inflight turbulence."
Cons: "Getting through security at the LAX Delta Terminal 2 was chaotic and the slowest I have ever encountered. There were two lines which moved at very different speeds. My husband got through his line 15min before I was finished in the other line. One line required iPads to be other, the other didn't. Something was seriously wrong with how things were being handled. Bathrooms onboard were a pigstie."
Cons: "Wifi didn't work (network wouldn't show up)."
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "left on time - landed early. Gate checked my luggage for me."
Pros: "Friendly crew"
Cons: "The cost of the ticket"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Employees at the Atlanta airport have a SERIOUS chip on their shoulders. Just when you thought seats couldn't get any smaller or closer together. Paid for priority boarding but the boarding pass still said zone 3. Employees could care less."
Cons: "Delayed"
Pros: "Got lucky, and got an upgrade!"
Cons: "Good staff on the plane very sweet like. Actually arrived early. Thought we would get breakfast on the flight from Madison Wisconsin to New York City."
Cons: "Cancelled my flight then re-booked me for the next day; was able to then find a flight same day but 7 hours later. That then was delayed another 4 hours and I had to buy a rental car to drive home instead. Thus far they have been unresponsive in getting me a refund for my travel. Don't fly Delta."
Pros: "I was delayed coming from an international flight and was so thankful for the help from delta at the counter and at the gate. I did lose my bag but that was my fault in the confusion of jfk. I got my bag in 2 days."
Cons: "When i got my bag back the handle wouldn't go down fully. Baggage handlers must've mishandled it and bent something."
Pros: "On time...great service!"
Cons: "Seats were a bit narrow."
Cons: "Faster baggage pickup at DFW"
Pros: "Eh"
Cons: "No delay. Seats were horribly uncomfortable."
Pros: "Nothing. As sucks."
Cons: "Planes auck. Terminal suxks."
Pros: "Very competent flight attendant."
Cons: "Flight was a half hour late. Pilot could have communicated with passengers. Gate 35X at National Airport is a terrible situation. We go down stairs to deplane, then wait for a bus to take us to the terminal. Not acceptable."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The explanation for why the flight experienced so many delays wasn't given. The flight was clearly overbooked and the organization of the crew while boarding the plane was poor."
Cons: "I had little leg room"
Pros: "It was on time"
Cons: "The crew, the flight attendant was very rude"
Pros: "na"
Cons: "AA has a tendency of delaying flights."
Cons: "Delayed more than 2 hours"
Pros: "Crew was great"
Cons: "Delayed rerouted delayed again horrible airline this is why I stopped flying American"
Cons: "The wifi was out so I was unable to do what I needed to do and I was unable to stream music"
Pros: "Clean and comfortable main cabin."
Cons: "Lead flight attendant too casual. Didn’t wear jacket, didn’t even know he was a member of the crew until he walked the aisles mid flight. Wore Bluetooth headset around his neck. Inflight WiFi entertainment didn’t work at all. Internet (AA.com) seemed to function."
Cons: "that my flight got cancelled and wasn't going out until Saturday and I would have been less than 24 hrs in Boston"
Pros: "Flight attendant was great, plane was comfortable and clean"
Cons: "No WiFi, it was delayed, bags came off a different belt so we didn’t find them for 30 minutes... but at least we found them"
Cons: "Paid for gogoinflight, then is had a big error red screen, that said keep trying back in a few minutes. Never worked. Was not happy. Long flight."
Cons: "Baggage lost."
Pros: "Unlike previous AA flights, the process was smooth everywhere it mattered. Attendants and crew were friendly, service was prompt, flight was smooth."
Cons: "Attendant was unable to upgrade me to first class due to a system error they couldn't fix. Boarding was unnecessarily delayed because the attendant on staff was not the scheduled attendant and they were scrambling to catch up."
Pros: "Stairs cause me tremendous pain due to a 4 year misdiagnosed ruptured SI joint. Usually, we have no way of knowing that our flight will end with a downstairs walk rather than a ramp. I emailed American Airlines last week but hadn’t gotten a response yet so when they announced that we would exit by stairs, I was almost in tears as I gathered my belongings. To my surprise, American Airlines had a ramp for us to use. I don’t know it it was a coincidence or if they responded that quickly knowing I was on the plane through todays’s technology. I will be a fan and a customer forever."
Cons: "On time, loaded quickly,ramp access to exit the plane."
Pros: "Crew was nice and kept us updated."
Cons: "Flight arrived 20 minutes early and we still deboarded 20 minutes LATE. Wifi on flight is ten dollars instead of being free and they use plastic cups for the drinks which I am sure is not recycled."
Pros: "I landed safely"
Pros: "Late..."
Pros: "Everything"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing was good about this flight."
Cons: "An 8 hour delay to get from DFW to DC, after an 18 hour flight from Sydney. No one knew where the plane was and the delay changed from 3 hours, to 5 hours to finally 8 hours. The former, refitted United Airlines plane, with no frills, no electric outlets, uncomfortable seats, and the joke that is the "recline" position."
Cons: "American is always delayed, every single flight."
Cons: "we arrived and it took 15 min for a gate agent to bring the jetbridge out to the plane....sad!"
Pros: "Liked the plane which looks new and the entreteinment was good too"
Cons: "Didn’t like the crew wasn’t nice and the snacks are always terrible"
Cons: "They lost our luggage even though we have 50 minutes between connecting flights."
Pros: "The flight attendant was super super nice and helpful"
Cons: "Had to rush to catch this connecting flight. At boarding time, which we just made, the previous flight had just landed and people starting to deplane. All we would have wanted was an accurate announcement versus an unfriendly feeling from the gate agent"
Pros: "Was a little slow in starting leaving too little time to drink my coffee and I was one of the first to be served."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flighr got delayed resting in connecting flight missing, AA didnt bother to comp the 6 hours of waiting by providing a hotel. Instead AA pretended to give a discount for a Hyatt which would end up costing 100 usd anyway, the same peice for hotels in that area anyone can fond on hotwire for 4+ hotels. Bad customer service, bad expectations management."
Cons: "Too cold on the plane"
Pros: "Have not travelled AA in a long time due to my disappointed but today's flight changed my opinion. Was impressed with every thing except that 1 cookie and a cup of water. Not a deterrent though"
Pros: "I did not die"
Cons: "planes were old, they lost my checked bags, the seats did not recline on a 5 hours flight, the movie was the same for everyone on the plane, food was a disgrace, seats were so small I was pretty much bitting my knees the whole trip. Overall, I am ever flying with American Airlines or Latam ever again."
Cons: "I wasn't able to fly Alaska Airlines due to storm in Washington DC. My first flight American Airlines from Charlotte to Washington DC was cancelled. The second flight Alaska Airlines from Washington DC to Portland was delayed, but I never flew. I got a direct flight from American Airlines from Charlotte to Portland instead."
Pros: "Flight was fine."
Cons: "Diverted due to low weather and low fuel. Sat on the tarmac for almost two hours before we could get fuel and be on our way."
Pros: "Ground delay but we still got there in time and I made a close connectionshort flight"
Cons: "Flight from Miami last night was delayed 3.5 hours (which was a 9:30pm departure to 12:30am departure) There was horrible weather that prevented the Flight captain to arrive on time for our flight. (he was en route from NYC to MIA). But instead of providing accommodations, the times changed and then they boarded us on the plane where we proceeded to wait almost an hour on the plane before take off. Arrived at DCA at 3 am....not a goo start to a work week."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight cancelled. Thanks, Obama."
Cons: "Flight was good until, after arriving 30 minutes early to PWM, our plane had to wait about that much time for our gate to open. Once pulling to the gate we waited another 15 minutes for someone to figure out the walkway and open the door tom the plane-- all with no communication from the crew."
Pros: "General professionalism of crew"
Cons: "Food selection was poor, small quantity, and bad value. Online boarding pass didn't work for return flight first time, but worked a second time."
Cons: "Plane from BDL was delayed which led do a missed connection in DCA. Rebooked on the 335 pm flight which is 3 hours later than my original arrival time. Very inconvenient for me as I had previous plans."
Pros: "The flight was quick and efficient. Got lucky with nobody in my row. The passengers were always informed of any info and we landed on time. A very positive experience."
Cons: "While I can't cite anything specific...the flight attendants seemed a bit off putting. While they did everything they were supposed to do, I sensed a bit of an attitude. Also, they only offered food service on request because it was a short flight. Why not give the chance for a refreshment or two. I know they want to save on costs but man...I'd almost rather fly on a foreign airline. They go above and beyond customer service. I'm just nitpicking here. It was pretty good overall."
Cons: "i decided to purchase a separate direct flight at a different time instead of changing my flight, only to be informed later when i tried to hop on the back end of my original flight, that they had canceled my ticket since i hadnt boarded on the front end of that flight. i had spoken to a customer service rep about my option before purchasing the extra ticket, and she did not mention that this would be an issue. then i had to pay extra to get back on my original flight."
Pros: "Seats were really neither notably comfortable nor notably uncomfortable. I think they were slightly on the comfortable side."
Cons: "Would be nice to have more modern aircraft amenities, like power outlets for device charging, and display screens with at least some complimentary entertainment, or at least flight path tracking. Boarding counter lady was obnoxiously strict about not letting our carry-on bags to be carry-on. She made us test them in the size device and said they were too big, even though they could easy be pushed into the space, and regardless of the fact that we just flew on an American Airlines flight with them as carry-on and were only on a layover with them! Regarding the previous AA agent who let them be carry-on, she said "shame on them." Complete opposite of the positive experience we had with her counterpart in Phoenix. ಠ_ಠ"
Cons: "I didn't like how we were 20 minutes early yet after 1.5 hours of sitting on the Tarmac that I missed my connection by a few minutes. I wish the crew hadn't falsely informed the passengers onboard that the other planes would be delayed with the communication issue @ Reagan (DC)."
Cons: "Worse experience ever."
Pros: "Due to an earlier late flight, missed my connection, so this flight was just 2 hours later and not too inconvenient. I slept the whole way."
Cons: "Was very hot before takeoff"
Cons: "Was initially told there would be a 2 hour delay because of weather, as the sun beamed down and announced this 2 minutes prior to boarding. Ticket agent at the gate desk was less then helpful, " I don't know what to tell you Sir""
Pros: "The American Airlines crew was very friendly but completely clueless about the details of the delay, our connection and the connecting airport."
Cons: "The American Airlines staff assured us that if we got stuck in DC we would receive hotel vouchers. Not only did we not receive hotel vouchers but we were denied access to our rescheduled flight the next day and forced to rent a car to get us from DC to Massachusetts in time for our event. This "misunderstanding" cost us 2 days of our trip and an additional $500 all together. I have never been more disappointed by an airline in all my years of travel! If we'd been told the truth from the beginning we would of rescheduled the flight for the following day from our original destination and saved ourselves 2 headaches and a ton of money."
Pros: "The only saving grace were the extremely helpful people at the front desk of American Airlines that worked tirelessly to get my boyfriend and I on a flight to New York for our event that night."
Cons: "I did not take this flight in the end because I got a call AS I WAS BOARDING that my flight was cancelled from Washington to New York and was advised by the American workers at the counter to not get on the flight to Washington since there were less flights to New York from there than RDU."
Pros: "The crew was helpful accommodating, the flight was smooth and it was just a very pleasant experience overall"
Cons: "Seats are REALLY small"
Cons: "There should have been food for purchase."
Pros: "Boarded on time in challenging weather in Chicago. Got to Orlando on a day we could well have had problems getting a plane with the weather."
Cons: "The seat was the usual uncomfortable coach seat."
Cons: "Able to choose own seats"
Pros: "Quick boarding. Nice crew. Newer clean plane."
Cons: "No screens provided. You have to use your phone with the United app and that’s assuming you have headphones and they gave me ear buds but they don’t work for iPhones...so yeah."
Cons: "Everything was excellent. I got upgraded to first class, the flight arrived early and I was on the left side of the aircraft so I had an excellent view of DC as we came in for a landing."
Pros: "The seat was very comfortable"
Cons: "Wasn't expecting to have to run all the entertainment through my mobile device. I'd that's what you're gonna do, we're should get free wi-fi"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Late flight No room for bags for Group 2 in bulkhead row"
Pros: "Old and thus soft and comfortable seats"
Cons: "Old plane overall"
Pros: "Service was nice & early."
Cons: "Delays and poor communication. Ended up on other airline and 14 hrs to get from Madison, WI to Baltimore, MD"
Cons: "Seats are not very comfortable. Food selection is not very good.."
Pros: "Good equipment. Pilots communicative."
Cons: "First class food choices were both heavy ( meat ravioli or braised beef tips). I had a nice grilled chicken wrap from Coach. Flight attendants were pleasant and professional but not very attentive."
Cons: "THere was no entertainment"
Pros: "We flew for only 45 minutes on a flight that had been scheduled for 1.3 hours."
Cons: "The long delay seemed strange, as the plane had arrived from Costa Rica. Why would an airline schedule the same plane for an international flight and then a short hop from Newark to DC without adequate time in between? The departure gate at Newark was absolute chaos! Announcements were overlapping and not understandable. There was inadequate seating."
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours."
Pros: "Availability of flights out of Chicago"
Cons: "Availability of flights out of Chicago"
Pros: "The actual crew on the flight was lovely and apologetic, did everything they could to help us despite the delays. At least that's something."
Cons: "Delayed for over an hour but not notified of the length of the delay in a fashion which would allow me to drive the 2 hours to Chicago in order to make my connection. Repeatedly told the connecting flight was the last one out of the entire airport to my final destination. Heard other travelers discussing that they had been rebooked onto an alternate airline and then found a later flight on Kayak, walked up to podium and asked to be rebooked on that specific flight, which they grudgingly did. Of note, I was repeatedly reassured that they were "sure" I would make my connection without a problem and to stop worrying so much. My flight left out of Madison 2 minutes after my connection departed Chicago. I usually fly a different airline, whose flights out of Madison were all on time that day, and will do so in the future despite more expensive ticket. The actual crew on the flight was lovely and apologetic, did everything they could to help us despite the delays. At least that's something."
Pros: "Cheap tix"
Pros: "There is nothing positive to say."
Cons: "Plane was delayed by 8 hours. We boarded and unboarded the plane 3 times. Why didn't they just cancel the flight? I missed my connecting flight. No food or beverage service. Didn't even let us use the airplane bathroom after a long delay. I paid to check my luggage and they LOST it and sent it to the wrong airport."
Pros: "Seemed like an older jet, so the seats felt larger and more comfortable than most newer aircraft these days. I was surprised they could land a 757 at DCA, but we did!"
Pros: "Got home earlier than planned because I was able to get on an earlier flight."
Cons: "Nothing."
Pros: "Everything was fine."
Cons: "Everything was fine."
Cons: "Bag didn't arrive on my flight"
Pros: "Flight was on time."
Cons: "Seats are uncomfortable and cramped."
Pros: "I got to my destination."
Cons: "Here is no entertainment. The snacks are minuscule and pretty boring. And we sat on the tarmac at both Houston and DCA for a long time."
Cons: "This was horrible. There was a delay and there was no announcement in the terminal. If I had not been checking my email I would have had no idea. I kept getting emails from UA with different times and they were all wrong."
Pros: "Punctual departure, arrival ahead of schedule"
Cons: "The man in front of me thought it was obvious that he should enjoy 130% space, leaving me with 70%. I couldn't even read my magazine. I've paid full price for my seat. Slow service. Half an hour wait for baggage claim."
Pros: "It was a quick flight. The flight attendant was friendly."
Cons: "United"
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Cons: "Crew did not communicate well with ground crew on maintenance issue, causing us to sit on plane for 2:20 hours."
Pros: "I took 4 different flights and all the crews seemed to all be moody."
Cons: "Terrible delays and little to no communication."
Pros: "Standard 2 hour flight. Efficient with no frills."
Cons: "Standard 2 hour flight. Efficient with no frills."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Delays sand discomfort!"
Pros: "Nice"
Pros: "Not impressed with United - they are just going down hill in evert aspect"
Cons: "Not impressed with United - they are just going down hill in evert aspect"
Pros: "Able to sleep the whole way"
Cons: "Nothing in particular"
Pros: "On time..nice staff"
Pros: "It's was a very pleasant flight"
Cons: "Nothing"
Cons: "Long waiting time to get luggafe"
Pros: "Tsa stopped all in my party for private screening to run us very late.."
Cons: "Everything"
Cons: "After three on-time flights from the other side of the world, I was stuck in Chicago for a 3 hour delay. The flight finally arrived at Reagan 2 minutes after the runway closed so we were rerouted to a different airport where we finally landed 4 hours late."
Pros: "Uncrowded flight so there were lots of extra seats!"
Cons: "No food or snacks provided for free."
Pros: "Left on time and arrived on time. Flight attendant has a rock star!! Did her job above and beyond what I have seen in the past."
Cons: "Nothing."
Cons: "The only thing that was not good was the wifi-- we used it on our first flight from LAX to Chicago, but from Chicago to DCA we were unable to connect."
Cons: "The fact that the tv is on constantly without the option to turn it off is annoying. The viewing length to passenger is too short to really enjoy (Probably not your fault). PLEASE permit us to turn it off."
Pros: "Boarded and left on time, arrived early."
Cons: "On board media could be upgraded."
Pros: "not much"
Cons: "United was happy to charge me $75 to switch me to an earlier flight, then that flight was an hour and a half late because they were missing a flight attendant. So they basically defrauded me out of $75."
Cons: "It was delayed so I had to take another flight. I've been trying to get this flight refunded"
Pros: "The flight was on-time."
Cons: "The seat, again, was the bad news."
Pros: "Clean airplane"
Cons: "Crew seemed short tempered (not just one individual) in response to basic questions. No snacks offered for free and I paid $50 to bring a carryon but there was no space for it. It may be the low budget business model makes a lot of customers unhappy and over time the crew naturally becomes a. Little defensive. Next time I’ll pay more to ride with another airline."
Pros: "Crew was friendly and professional"
Cons: "Seats were not comfortable and didn’t recline. With $40 for a cheked bag made total cost equal to a ticket from a non discount airline"
Cons: "Mechanical issues before flight delayed flight. Also don't tell me that there are mechanical issues right before takeoff, it freaked me out."
Pros: "The flight was generally acceptable"
Cons: "Late departure, warning of turbulence - with no actual turbulence. Fight attendant wouldn’t let me use the lavatory during the un-turbulent turbulence. You can’t get anything to drink without paying at least $2. The fees are annoying. I miss comfortable full service airlines."
Pros: "Great crew, easy boarding."
Cons: "Zero entertainment (no TVs, WiFi, inflight magazines or electrical outlets), very small tray tables, pretty uncomfortable seats"
Cons: "would have been nice to be informed that a delay was taking place..."
Pros: "Friendly crew."
Cons: "Not offered beverage. Flight departedate."
Pros: "Nothing. Cheap price is an illusion as they charge you for breathing."
Cons: "Everything. Frontier is the worst. Spend $50-100 up front and fly ANY other Airline (except Spirit, they stink too)"
Pros: "Took off on time, landed on time, very smooth flight. Baggage arrived in a timely manner. No problems."
Cons: "I wish Frontier didn't have so many fees and provided in-flight entertainment like television or movies."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Frontier is a horrible airline. They closed the gate early and wouldn't let my friends on board even though they got stuck in security. The service on the plane was horrible - flight attendants were very rude. I also witnessed an egregious security violation in the bag drop line which would make me too concerned to ever fly Frontier again."
Pros: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "The 45 minute wait for baggage, the crew that pushed too hard to get a frontier credit card, paying for a seltzer on a 4-hour flight."
Pros: "Both flights landed early and the pilot flew very smoothly (I tend to get air sick so I appreciated this). Easy to get on and off plane, no fuss. Great price ($250) to fly from DC to Denver, nonstop. Can't complain."
Cons: "The seats are very thin and feel like school bus seats, so it was a pretty uncomfortable couple of hours. Also, the check in at the kiosk is confusing and misleading. We were very prepared and did everything ahead of time (paid for our checked bag, knew that we'd have to pay for a cary on bag, etc.) but then when we checked in it asked us if we had a checked bag we needed to pay for. We doubted ourselves for a moment and almost paid for our bag, AGAIN, even though we had already done it. This payment should have shown up on our account and we should not have been asked about paying for our bag, that is confusing and misleading."
Pros: "The customer service line was very helpful changing our flight"
Cons: "Other flights to the surrounding easy coast took off and our explanation was that the plane we were scheduled to fly out on couldn't fly in weather... from Denver, CO... in January"
Cons: "The flight was delayed 2-1/2 hours departing from Denver. There was very little communication from Frontier regarding the reason for the delay. It was extremely frustrating being able to see our plane parked at the departing gate and NOT receive appropriate information as to why we could not board for 2-1/2 hours ! Frontier's newer passenger seat design is terrible ! I can't recall having to sit in more uncomfortable seats !"
Pros: "We didn't crash"
Cons: "--fee for carry-on, check bag (higher than industry standard), any beverage other than water --FEE IF YOU WANT A RECLINIG SEAT --started boarding the flight before the plane had been cleaned. Had the entire flight waiting on the ingested jetbridge for 15 minutes. In Denver. In winter. --flight delayed 1.25hrs as they had issues losing bags --took 1.5 hours to get my bag on the flight out."
Pros: "The crew on-board did a great job, but every other crew was a fail."
Cons: "Check in was not staffed properly, and took nearly an hour to do a bag drop. We paid extra for zone 1 boarding, but the first boarding announcement was for "all passengers, all rows". Once we reached our destination, it took a very long time for bags to show up. I flew Frontier for the direct flight to Denver, but I will be rethinking that in the future. I'm glad to pay a higher price for a higher level of service."
Cons: "Surprised to pay $45 for carry on! Surprised at the small seats and no leg room and no reclining seats. Very uncomfortable. On leaving the plane, the line was slow, when we got up closer to the front we saw why....the clean up crew had started and was in the isle. Very odd....and inconsiderate. Will not fly on frontier again."
Cons: "I miss my flight. It was move to another gate and my time is wrong because of the time change. It would be nice if they post it at the podium screen or glance the passengers saying it was move. I was move to another flight and i have to pay again. Gate confusion."
Pros: "Arrived early but then had to sit on tamark to wait for open gate. When able to check in at terminal desk, was able to go through TS-Pre check when I got my ticket."
Cons: "Seats too close together. Crew didn't come through cabin very often to check on passengers or pick up trash. Don't like use card for few dollars of drinks or food. Terminal desk wasn't open when I went to check in 2 hours early. Had difficult time with kiosk. Paying $40 each for carry on both ways and more for a window seat. Flight was delayed from Denver to Madison."
Cons: "Worst customer service ever - this flight is delayed almost 5 hours and counting due to plane maintenance in another city and the airline couldn't accommodate my request to get on another flight (I was willing to pay more!), not could they refund part of my $600 ticket (they said the connecting flight didn't contribute at all to the total cost of the round trip) so that I could book a flight with another airline. didn't offer a voucher or even comp the bag. I will get home after 3am (with work tomorrow). I explained that I've had food poisoning within the past 24 hours and feel weak, and am stuck at this airport with limited food options."
Cons: "Same screaming infants. They were able to sleep but allowed to roam aisles."
Pros: "cheap ticket"
Cons: "- Trays were about 10 inches wide and 5 inches deep - which provides no value whatsoever. You can't place anything on it b/c it's not big enough. - Chairs were short so I had nothing to rest my head on. - Cramped isle space"
Pros: "They gave us a $10 voucher to use in IAD while we waited...for 6.5 hours."
Cons: "The delay seemed like it could have been prevented with a better computer system; we paid for our bags ahead and others didn't have to pay when we checked in because the system was down, no offer for a refund on that."
Cons: "On both legs of the trip, we were delayed for more than an hour due to inadequate grounds crew in Denver."
Cons: "Seats - horribly uncomfortable, no recline Leg room - very tight unless you pay $50-$60 for stretch Hidden/extra costs - when I checked in almost all seats cost additional money; this is terrible for business travel and reimbursement purposes because it is considered an upgrade when really unless you take one of three middle seats at the very back of the plane, you have no choice but to pay. Carry-on fees are also ridiculous; it would be much better to be transparent and incorporate these costs into the ticket price. Food/drink - you offer no complimentary food or snack and when you buy something, there is a screen to add a tip - seriously?"
Cons: "Our flight was late, but the board and the frontier employee working at the time kept insisting it was on time (even when it was past our departure time and we hadn't even loaded yet). Very frustrating, as this meant I couldn't update my family about what time to expect me. Seats we EXTRA close together. I'm only 5'4" and I was cramped. My normal sized backpack didn't fit under the seat in front of me even..."
Cons: "Flight attendant in the rear (on the flight to Denver)... Unpleasant nag. I'm fine with a no frills cattle car that affords 0 leg room and military cargo plane seats, just as long as it's reflected in the price, not the personnel."
Pros: "Price was great."
Cons: "The seats are terrible, especially for anyone over 6 feet. Expect not to be able to rest the entire flight. They are short and unbelievably uncomfortable."
Pros: "Direct flight to DC."
Cons: "I should say first that I think it's a little crazy to ever be too critical of an airline because, at the end of the day, flight is a miracle and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to afford a plane ticket home once a year. With that said, Frontier is really the only airline that I've ever flown on where you hear entire rows of flyers chatting throughout the flight about how much they hate to have to be using the airline, which is actually kind of ridiculous, considering it's a budget airline that even markets itself as such. I think I've flown Frontier three times now, and there's always just a feeling of plane-wide resentment toward the business and a lot of new flyers saying "yeah, I don't think I'll fly this again if I don't have to." Ultimately, I guess we all are responsible for our choice to try flying Frontier, it's just not a choice anyone feels good about. But kudos should be given to Frontier for making their ticket prices low enough to make people think they're still getting a deal even after paying out the a** in baggage fees. For myself and probably most of Colorado, we'll still always choose Southwest or jetBlue if we can, because even though it's a pricier ticket, you don't have to worry about being comfortable enough to sleep or dishing out money throughout your travels. However, if I ever take a direct 1hr flight up to Bozeman from DIA, and I'm only bringing my wallet, a chap stick, and the shoes on my feet, I'll probably consider looking at Frontier flights first. Also, it is a bummer that customers are rude to the crew. The staff on the airline are actually always high caliber IMO, and they're not the ones who made the business model, so stop giving them a snarky face when they make you swipe a credit card for your coffee!"
Pros: "Everyone was nice once we were on board"
Cons: "Our well-working plane was clearly given to another group, and all we were told was that we had a gate change that then turned into a 2h delay for mechanical problems. If you're giving the broken plane to us because the other passengers have a connection and we don't, say that, don't just act like nothing changed. Also, it's been a while since I rode Frontier and I really disliked the dinky trays and poorly arranged under-seat storage."
Pros: "The plane went up in the air and came down safely."
Cons: "There were inexplicable delays in boarding and departure. Frontier charges for carry-on bags in addition to checked baggage. The seats are very uncomfortable (they've removed any padding that used to be there) and made everything smaller. There are no drinks or food served, save for water if you ask for it. Basically, you just get a seat on a plane."
Pros: "One of the stewards cracked a joke about my fiance's Green Bay Packers shirt, but was kind of awkward about it."
Cons: "Frontier is the new bottom-of-the-barrel in air travel. Bag fees for carry-ons? Who does that anymore? Especially when they all go on the same plane anyway. Seats are plastic buckets with no recline (which to be honest is great from the tall guy sitting behind you) covered in a very thin layer of pad and leather. No headrests, which means if you're taller than 6 foot, good luck being comfortable. Tray "tables" are a joke, it can barely accommodate a glass of water. Oh, and water? That's the only thing free with Frontier. Glass of OJ, Sprite, maybe Bloody Mary mix? Nah, you can pay for that. Brought headphones to plug in and watch a movie? Too bad, there's only the gray plastic in front of you. Basically, don't fly Frontier if you can afford not to."
Cons: "My 7:25am flight was delayed nearly three hours! Right around boarding time, we were told that the plane had to be pulled out of the hangar and go through maintenance checks, so our flight would be delayed an hour. Later, we were told the flight would be delayed until 9:15am, and we were given a gate change and plane change. We finally pulled away from the gate close to 10am. It's absolutely unbelievable to me that the first flight out of the day would be delayed when there were no weather issues. This demonstrates very poor planning on behalf of the airlines. We were issued a $25 voucher for the inconvenience, but I don't plan to fly with Frontier again. They charge you for everything! (seats?, carry-on bags?, soda?), the seats don't recline and there's no leg room. I'd rather pay an extra $100 to fly United or Delta and have a comfortable flight."
Cons: "When I was selecting my seats, I had to pick one that cost an extra $12, because the free ones weren't available. That defeats the purpose of choosing a cheaper flight."
Pros: "The flight departed on time and arrived ahead of schedule, and the pilots did a good job adjusting altitude to smooth things out when we encountered turbulence."
Cons: "Having to pay $40 per carry-on each way on top of an expensive ticket and $16 each way to select a seat is ridiculous. Not to mention having to pay for food, even little snacks, on board. I understand that the crew have very little time to clean a plane between flights, but I've never experienced seats quite as bad as I found in my row upon boarding. Little bits of corn chips everywhere (on the seats, between the seats, on the floor, even in the seat belt buckle) and sticky mess where soda had spilled on the seat. My girlfriend fought her way back to the front of the plane to ask a flight attendant for something to clean up the mess, they took so long bringing anything eventually another passenger offered some napkins which we wetted with our own water and cleaned everything up ourselves. No flight attendant ever checked on us or offered to help clean or even pick up the pile of trash. The seats are not comfortable for me since they don't recline and the headrest is not adjustable (I'm 6'-2", the headrest makes contact with the top of my neck). The little fold-down tray is a joke, it barely holds a couple beverages. Even the back of seat storage is too small, barely holding a normal magazine. Whoever designed the seating area didn't seem to take into account human physiology and ergonomics or human behavior."
Pros: "Nothung"
Cons: "Go screwed on baggage fees to the tune of $85 plane experience was extreme budget and was terrible. NEVER flying them again."
Cons: "Hidden fees edit everything-difficult for work justification. Poor option for business travel where expenses need to be tracked & justified."
Cons: "Plastic seats that don't recline. Mini trays that I can't put my laptop on. No wi fi. Won't be flying Frontier again"
Pros: "Flight was on time and crew was good."
Cons: "Seats are very crowded and uncomfortable ."
Cons: "The seats could have used those adjustable/folding headrests (with "wings" that prevent your head from lolling onto someone else's shoulder). With that, the experience of trying to sleep on the flight would have been 10x better!"
Pros: "The flight crew was great!"
Cons: "The flight was delayed over two hours and one of the persons giving updates was difficult to understand. The flight was also very bumpy."
Pros: "not much You pay for everthing incuding water, its like being nickled and dimed at every turn."
Pros: "Getting to my destination"
Cons: "Stiff non tilt seating shells very uncomfortable on a longer flight - anything over an hour"
Pros: "Touch downs of all my flight legs are so smoothly done."
Cons: "an hour delay is a big deal!"
Cons: "Seats never reclined (even in rows that they should), tray table was minuscule (all you can fit is a cup/soda), no entertainment on a 4 hour flight; flight was not cheap (>$360) and still had to pay for bags (carryon and check in), food/drinks (anything that wasn't water), seat selection (or you get assigned to a middle seat); on both flights (to and from Denver), the landing made me sick to my stomach with how wobbly it was (I'd never had this before and I fly quite a bit)"
Pros: "Flight Attendants were somewhat friendly"
Cons: "Tickets/Baggage check in was riddled with errors in both locations that held us back at both security and at the gate. Each location admitted to errors, while pointing them at someone else rather than taking ownership as a company and without offering ANY convenience help. Prices for flying Frontier are also MUCh more expensive, making the airline no cheaper than any of the others."
Pros: "Flight was on time."
Cons: "Dirty seat next to me. Flight crew in back chatting away while I cleaned it. Seat only average comfort. Had to tip for purchase of a drink. Cost of checked bag is exhorbitent!"
Pros: "The crew was amusing and friendly"
Cons: "the plane is so uncomfortable hard seats hard arm rests absolutely no leg room no place under seat to put your personal item I couldn't even "purchase" a beverage because once crammed in my space it was impossible to extract my bag to get money. The fare was low but by the time you pay for every additional charge. not a bargain I can not believe that you expect people to be caged in these tiny paralyzing seats. what are you thinkg?"
Cons: "There was no mention of a delay while boarding but it took an extra 40 minutes to get started. There were storms in dc and our plane had to be redirected to a different airport. We were not given accurate information or updated with any frequency. We would be told more information is coming in 15 minutes, then sit for an hour and hear nothing. i could not update my driver that was at the original destination airport. While stuck on the plane at the new airport we were told we could not get off the plane or we would not be allowed back on and if we decided to get off and drive we could not get our checked bags. Snacks were not offered for hours and more than one flight attendant said they were out of everything and running out of water. When they finally offered food, full price was still the only option and they had everyone line up in the back of the plane, blocking both lavatories. Half way through the line we were told we could close the doors and prepare to take off and everyone remaining was sent back to their seat. We waited another half hour to actually take off."

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