Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
|May||Best time to beat the crowds with an average 2% drop in price.|
|October||Most popular time to fly with an average 10% increase in price.|
Average price of a round-trip
|$1,666||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "I liked the cost, BUT..."
Cons: "I didn't like that it wasn't readily advertised you get put at the back of the bus, bottom of the pile, lowest point on the totem pole. In other words, I was booked on my return trip as Basic Economy- no frills, no thrills. Last to board, no carry-on allowed. I had to end up paying the same for that portion of my round-trip as I would have if I'd just booked through United. $60 in checked baggage. NOT happy with Kayak more than anything."
Pros: "Everything on Kayak was fast and simple!:)"
Cons: "Wi-Fi wasn't available"
Pros: "I like the entertainment screen and the food was tasty"
Cons: "My seat...not being able to pick an aisle seat. Also the passenger behind me kept doing something with her seat pocket and I could feel that everytime. Need more padding there. And halfway through the flight the screen quit working."
Pros: "The crew were very nice."
Cons: "The flight from Newerk to Tampa was very small and cramped but it was only 3 hours so it was ok."
Pros: "Waited on our late flight.. Very thankful for that"
Cons: "Seats too close together.. No leg room..and I'm a tiny person! 10:00am flight and only had lunch and dinner options and no gluten free options for real food..."
Pros: "The plane was very clean, modern, and it just felt safe. The crew is excellent, and the flight took less than three hours."
Cons: "The flight was delayed an hour. Boarding was a bit of a problem, there was a miscommunication of who boarded first and who would board next so the boarding process was a bit delayed and disorganized. No entertainment was offered."
Pros: "The Air NZ FLight from Aickland to San Francisco was operated by United Airlines. The seat had excellent leg room. The attendants were very pleasant and available throughout."
Cons: "When I first border the plane there was another passes egg in my allocated seat. The selection of movies available was only okay. their is only a minimal number of toilets for the number of passengers and one of them was out of paper when I went or use it. But they were always clean."
Pros: "Flight on time, bathroom was clean. Flight attendants did their jobs, but were arrogant"
Cons: "I checked in online and was asked to pay $25 for my 1 checked bag, but was told at airport i shouldnt have been charged bcuz 1st checked bag is free. Why did i have to pay $25?"
Pros: "The crew was friendly and tried to help the best they could"
Cons: "We were stuck on the plane for an hour with no a/c. I had my grandmother with me who uses a wheel chair and is diabetic. I am also 17 weeks pregnant. The entire experience was terrible. One lady on the plane ended up needing a paramedic because of sitting in the heat so long. All we got was a sorry."
Pros: "All good."
Cons: "Instead of a full can of soda with glass of ice, just recieve a glass with v ice and a bit of soda from the can."
Pros: "Clearly a recent D check plane, very clean and new interior"
Cons: "New screens are nice, but $8 to watch TV for a couple of hours? Take a hint from JetBlue, United, STOP NICKEL AND DIMING CUSTOMERS! This on top of there being two solid rows of economy comfort seating open, and not letting us move back one row to the economy comfort seats since ours wouldn't recline because they were in front of that exit row. On United website, it would've been $25 to upgrade each seat (not horrible), and the flight attendant told us we couldn't when we asked that they were $100+ seats and that there's nothing she could do. Thanks United. Guess I'll go back to being a JetBlue customer."
Pros: "The crew was mostly friendly. One crew member didn't look too happy to be there, but the rest were quite friendly. The flight took off on time or earlier. We landed and started exiting the plane about 15 minutes earlier than expected which is always good. Even though you had to pay for the entertainment, they did provide one channel without paying and played a couple tv episodes."
Cons: "I don't really have any complaints, it was a good trip."
Cons: "Gate crew was rude and I'm helping boarding process was terrible unorganized chaotic snacks were terrible only soda for drinks seats were terrible hard cramped no leg room very poor conditions no entertainment onboard systems did not work crew on board complaining about United Airlines"
Pros: "Comfort horrible in 2nd plane"
Cons: "Plane packed, delayed, and entertainment not working. Sucked."
Pros: "A very smooth ride"
Cons: "Too cramped, fligjt delay of over an hour"
Pros: "The employees were extremely helpful and friendly. I had just flown in with united from Hawaii and landed 6. 15 am that morning and the employees assisted as I was not familiar with the airport. Will definitely fly united again."
Pros: "On time, gates were close together"
Pros: "Very professional crew"
Pros: "Professional, friendly service."
Cons: "I had originally booked an isle or window seat and ended up in the middle This made it very uncomfortable"
Pros: "Seats where ok and they gave beverage"
Cons: "Literally no leg room space"
Pros: "Had an entire row for myself. Flight was quick and comfortable. Staff was helpful and friendly."
Cons: "The crew did not seem to enjoy their jobs and can the seats get any more uncomfortable? It really is okay to put some padding in the seat cushions. Is it really necessary to charge for the movies?"
Pros: "Willingness to check carry ons for sold out flights"
Cons: "Choosing of seats process. My traveling partner and I did not get to sit together on way home. Everyone was nice and got a free upgrade but would have been nice to sit together"
Pros: "I was delayed in EWR Airport for 4hours with very short notice after I cleared TSA.and was going to my gate From a 3:15 departure to 7: :15.Arrived in Tampa at 10:30pm. That was not good at all there was no plan made for that not a meal served after that long wait just a soda and a little pretzels."
Pros: "Since that flight was 2 hours late leaving I was not on it."
Cons: "Total lack of communication between silver airways and passengers. Also think crew scheduling was pretty lax in communicating with own staff."
Pros: "Getting to Tampa"
Cons: "Waiting 5 hours in the airport and landing in Tampa 3 hours before I had to work... In the MORNING"
Pros: "Flight attendants we good."
Cons: "It took 6 hours to get from Newark to Tampa, had to detour to refuel.. The weather on the ground seems decent but we were in so much turbulence for so long people were vomiting!! Worst flight experience ever and the pilot, thank God for his experience, was a bit sarcastic and said he wouldn't apologize for the bad experience bc it wasn't his fault."
Pros: "The cabin crew were pleasant and effective."
Cons: "Charging for movies? Charging for Snacks? Charging for my one piece of luggage?"
Pros: "Food options were varied, which was nice. Extra legroom helped a little."
Cons: "I upgraded to economy plus and still felt cramped in my seat. Width of seats doesn't allow for comfortable movement of arms. I'm not a large person, either. Larger issue for me is separate charges for everything. I'd rather pay for a higher priced ticket that includes everything. Maybe an opt-out model would help so people who don't want to eat or check a bag are happy and those who do don't don't feel nickeled and dimed throughout their entire trip."
Pros: "It boarded well."
Cons: "The seats are way to tight my shoulder was up against the stranger next to me the whole flight and if I leaned forward to sip on my drink the chair in front of me hit my head when the person moved. Also the tv's only showed one channel and wanted to charge me even to watch the in flight map. Stop being so cheap!! Also no one ever say please prepare for landing before we landed."
Pros: "Flight was on time"
Cons: "It was full"
Pros: "Friendly and reliable."
Cons: "No free snacks, entertainment hard to access"
Pros: "the crew was very nice"
Cons: "the seats were very uncomfortable, the rows too close together, with a general crammed in like sardines feeling. The angle of the recline was not right either."
Cons: "Leg room was so bad that my knees touched the seat in front when I crept them straight with my bud all the way in the seat. Very uncomfortable. Flight was going to be on time but then we waited a long time in small seats for a couple passengers from other flight that came in late. Some of these passengers showed up with food. So apperantly they did have time for that. Entertainment was pain to navigate and hard to avoid buttons on arm rest when using it as arm rest."
Pros: "Waited 9 hours while they "tried to find a crew" - then they cancelled it. Rude staff - completely disorganized. Had to wait in line for over two hours after it was cancelled to rebook for the next day."
Pros: "I loved the TV, the seats, the window view"
Pros: "Roomy seats, on schedule."
Cons: "Saw on the news United would finally be offering free snacks, so that eliminates my major complaint. Did think it was a bit stingy of the airline to expect passengers to pay for TV. Glad I didn't do it because shows were frequently interrupted by a notice flashing across the screen that the P.A. system was in use."
Pros: "Boarding was handled well. When we hit turbulence the pilot immediately made an announcement that it was storms and OK. Nice landing. We were on time."
Cons: "The cabin crew was nearly nonexistent, surly to the point of rude when any customer asked a question and more interested in chatting at the back with each other than serving customers. One drink cart (no snacks for a 3-hour flight) pass, then be prepared to keep your trash in the extremely tight space until the pilot starts the descent. Bare bones travel without the discounted price."
Pros: "Terrible absolutely disappointing experience.... No food on a 3 plus hour flight is unacceptable!!! Besides late flight causing more then a dozen grown up people to have to run to catch a flight Very unhappy!!!"
Pros: "If just two rows of seats could be removed it would make things so much better. I'm only 5' tall and still barely have enough room. My boyfriend is 6' tall and can't even move once he's in. Of course it's hard financially to pay $300 extra per ticket to visit family so we suffer through."
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "The seating, lack of food, being late"
Pros: "The staff was very pleasant on the plane and the pilot was excellent."
Cons: "Half of the plane was empty. Though the extra seats are considered "economy plus" if the seats are not occupied, there should be last minute seat upgrades at no charge for the comfort of the passengers, instead of trying to "nickel and dime" us. The passengers that get upgraded would have more room and there would be less congestion in regular economy seating and would amplify the pleasant nature of people while traveling."
Airlines flying from New Zealand to Tampa have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
Masks required on board, masks provided
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights