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Average price round-trip

$303 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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$284 or less

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$171 or less

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  • Morning departure is around 63% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 4 airlines serving Raleigh Raleigh-Durham to Des Moines

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

7.9
Delta
Overall score based on 28,916 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
8.5
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
7.5
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "As always the Delta crew was super friendly and helpful and made the trip very enjoyable."
Cons: "Everything was perfect"

Pros: "The flight crew was so nice! Roomy seats and plenty of snacks!"

Pros: "No air conditioning. Sat at the terminal in 95+weather, many elderly on the plane in hot weather. Attendants said oh well well at least your not in the back of the plane. Also intercom was set to blaring with a high pitched squealing sound."

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!"

Pros: "Quick and easy."

Pros: "On time. Seat upgraded seat to Delta Comfort plus, courteous flight crew, music before take off and landing."

Cons: "Almost an hour late leaving the gate."

Pros: "Smooth. Fast boarding"

Pros: "Upgrade to ComfortPlus"

Pros: "Everyone is working the gate and on the plane were amazing!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The fact that I couldn't change flights on the day of travel"

Pros: "Great service, on time."
Cons: "Could not print subsequent AeroMexico flight segment boarding pass."

Pros: "flight attendants"
Cons: "As soon as we all were boarded we where told there was a mechanical issue. Sat on the boarded cramped flight for 2 hours until issue was fixed. If there was a mechanical issue then the plane should’ve not been boarded until it was fixed. Much rather have waited in lobby for 2 hours than on a plane with no food and water. Or at least alllowed us to deboard while issues where resolved."

Pros: "This was my cousins first time flying and the Flight Attendants made her feel very welcomed. They all were very personable."

Cons: "No Gluten free option"

Pros: "In flight Wi-Fi and entertainment is nice and helps pass the time."
Cons: "Boarding was slow, and contributed to a delayed take off to ATL. Flight arrived late and caused a missed connecting flight."

Pros: "Nothing... no movie, no food, just awful."
Cons: "I decided to cash in some miles for first class, what a waste. Never book first class on delta flying a short route, it’s just not worth the money. The flight attendant had the ATL attitude, if you know what I mean."

Pros: "Happy to get an earlier flight - and was put in ComfortPlus"
Cons: "Small plane, no entertainment (movies, music)"

Pros: "Delta is not a good place to be"
Cons: "Delta is not good on customer service"

Pros: "I loved the check-in reminders, up-to-date flight info, and overall friendliness and helpfulness of the attendants."

Pros: "It was on time. Flight attendants were courteous. There were snacks."

Pros: "Smooth quick flight."
Cons: "I had to rebook as opposed to it being done by Delta. Cancelation was due to equipment."

Pros: "Flew in First Class. Felt very pampered"

Pros: "The boarding was easy, crew was super and the travel was awesome."

Pros: "Flight attendants were extremely nice to my baby and me. Didn't feel rushed. Nice variety of snacks."

Pros: "there was NOTHING good about the trip from nc to atl to fl!"
Cons: "where should i start? my flight was delayed leaving NC to ATL. after standing in line for over an hr trying to speak to someone about the issue. i was notified on my phone i could keep my current flight or rebook of course i wanted to keep my current flight since it was my birthday weekend. i then called delta (in nc) for help since they told us we wouldnt make our 1030 flight and we might have to stay in a hotel that night until we could rebook the flight. not cool! i was told by a person (in nc)about what i should do once landed in ATL. they were beyond rude. they turned their backs or gave half answers. when asked about the hotel for the night they told me they werent going to handle that and i had to pay for a hotel AFTER i was just told by a delta agent that if i had to stay overnight my hotel was going to be covered. i then again called a delta agent in ATL after being informed that my status on the stand by list wasnt activated and i had less than 10 mins to make it to the next terminal and try to get activated and i would probably not get onto that flight to leave ATL. we were told that we had to stay in the terminal that night. my whole trip could have been ruined from the start from the flight being delayed in NC to talking to rude delta agents in NC and ATL. my flight status being one thing and then finding out it was something else. i never had to deal with something like this."

Pros: "Great!"
Cons: "Great!"

Pros: "Great gate crew. Cabin crew was nice, but busy. On time arrival."

Pros: "Everything was great. Staff were friendly and courteous, I only had one problem but even that was solved and I was taken care of."
Cons: "The only thing I didn't like was that wires got crossed and now I don't have my luggage because my check in agent from the start of my journey didn't send it to the right place."

Cons: "Flight was completely full and I was seated next to someone who required TWO seat belt extenders! I was so uncomfortable, they were sitting on top of me, couldn't even put down the arm rest. The flight attendant said there was nothing they could do."

Pros: "Customer service very courteous and friendly."

Cons: "Delayed 2.5 hours"

Pros: "Very friendly and accommodating crew"
Cons: "Uncertainty re connections at JFK provoked some anxiety but the pilot and crew were helpful in allaying that."

Pros: "Crew was friendly and apologetic"
Cons: "The AC did not work and we had to get off and hang out in the jetway for probably 45 minutes. Nightmare."

Pros: "Before we even boarded, the ticket agent happily found two seats together for my husband & I. The in-flight staff was particularly helpful. We had some medicine that needed to be refrigerated and they both provided a bag of ice for us to keep it in and checked back to replace the ice as it melted."

Cons: "With only one gate attendant, boarding was slow and unorganized."

Pros: "The cookies on board were tasty."
Cons: "There was no gate agent until another passenger went all the way to another gate to retrieve one. The flight kept getting delayed, but no one made any announcements about why or even that there was a delay. Passengers just kept noticing the time change on the flight info board. On board, if you didn't buy into Delta's classist system of paying for an "extra comfort" seat (which, by the way, is a regular seat), you were seated in a tiny shoved in extra row where even my 8 year old's knees bumped the seat in front of us while seated. I will never fly Delta again, particularly with them being one of the priciest options."

Pros: "Nothing really."
Cons: "Arrived at airport at 08:00a for 09:10a flight. Delay for weather, then crew rest, then cancelled ~6 hours later. All while sitting in the airport like a dope. Put on a flight with overnight in LGA, but they could not tell us if a voucher would be provided. Usual story since the govt does not mandate the airlines do better. Was not advised to try standby on other later flights, which worked. Finally landing in BOS, we sat for 45+ min waiting for a third person to flag the plan to the gate. Understand why, but really annoying after such a long day full of delays. Felt many areas could have been handled better. Each person individually tried, but in aggregate it was a mess."

Pros: "Fast boarding and short time from gate to take off."
Cons: "Not much."

Cons: "Flight was an hour late getting into Raleigh, so an hour late leaving Raleigh for MSP. That gave barely enough time to hurry straight to the gate for the MSP to MSO flight."

Pros: "The crew and everyone was very informative and helpful in keeping us informed about our delays."
Cons: "Our flight was delayed 3 hrs also, my baggage was damaged."

Pros: "Fast boarding the plane! Great snacks! Great flight attendants."
Cons: "We sat in the plan for 45 minutes before taking off and arrived 20 minutes late."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "This flight never happened bc they didn't have a captain for the plane. Not a delay - not maintenance issues - just didn't have a captain so sorry your flight is cancelled. Ridiculous"

Pros: "Although the flight was delayed we were deplaned during the delay, always a plus. The flight was fast to help make up time."
Cons: "Take off,flight and landing were a bit rough, but as it was only partially due to weather, understandable. A little difficult to endure the speed and sharpness."

Pros: "Everything was on time & comfortable."
Cons: "The cold I caught on the way to my destination, but, Oh well. Such is life."

Pros: "The crew was nice, the flight was fast"
Cons: "The flight was delayed 3 times and caused me to miss an appointment in New York. I could've driven back to New York and I would've been home faster."

Pros: "Polite attendants."
Cons: "Overall look of aircraft is poor. Ac Outlet was not working. Snacks were terrible. Dirty."

Pros: "Overall everything was fine."
Cons: "The plane was delayed quite awhile due to ice on the plane and loading baggage."

Pros: "The crew was friendly. Free movies available for those with computers. On time arrival."
Cons: "Boarding was very chaotic. No lines--just a jumbled mass getting on. Seems like it could be improved."

Cons: "More leg room"

Pros: "The flight actually arrived ahead of schedule!"

Cons: "Stewardess very rude"

Pros: "Yes, very satisfied"
Cons: "Provide more variety of snacks"

Pros: "Not a full flight"
Cons: "Not unhappy"

Pros: "It was on time"
Cons: "Delayed on the tarmac"

Pros: "Was with my husband and the crew was good"
Cons: "N/a"

Pros: "I would like that the seats were not so small I got 2 people with overweight and I was very uncomfortable the trip"
Cons: "in all the flight you did not have internet WiFi"

Pros: "The movie selection was great!"

Pros: "Service"
Cons: "Communication"

Pros: "Direct flight Good crew"

Pros: "Flight attendant was dilligent"

Pros: "On time, smooth flight. Service was meh."
Cons: "A USB port would be nice!!!"

Pros: "Crew members distributed drinks twice!"
Cons: "The plane landed earlier than expected, but still waited over an hour and a half to get off the plane. There was also no entertainment for 4+ hours on the plane :("

Pros: "On tume"
Cons: "American and all other airlines need to improve leg room in coach."

Pros: "Food was edible, flight left early, arrived early in philadelpia, the customer service helped out it my baggage."

Pros: "But the crew was great!"

Pros: "New aircraft with good entertainment system. Did not crash."
Cons: "Very tight seat spacing in pitch and width. Screen did not tilt so even with the very minimal backrest recline viewing was not ideal. This was to "punish" me for not buying the various seating upcharges American tag onto the ticket price. It was a low cost ticket on a very convenient transatlantic flight from RDU, "Easyjet" pricing brings "Easyjet" seating. I have flow a lot, 3MM miles on UA alone, and this reminded me why AA did not get much of my business! I will have to revert to the "Continentalised" UA (another sore point!)."

Cons: "They were late because of bad scheduling and the gate agent was rude"

Pros: "Comfy/roomy seats, friendly staff, female pilot!!"
Cons: "It was freezing and blankets were not available. It is typically cold on flights but this felt like sitting in a freezer. That is the o not reason I gave 4 stars and a 3 star for comfort"

Pros: "Pleasant crew; clean and generally comfortable"
Cons: "Check in / baggage drop : long wait ; rather unhelpful personnel at counter."

Pros: "Being able to board early due to husband's disability."
Cons: "Only being provided a warm cup of water. Paid extra $$ for seating with no other liberties provided."

Cons: "Flights out of RDU to Philly were late. AA will not let you get on another flight going to the same destination if your checked luggage has been committed to particular flight beforehand. You have to fly with your luggage."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Very cold on board"

Pros: "Was able to store my carry on and arrived early"

Pros: "Love the direct flights from RDU to West Coast. Wish there were more cities on the list. The flight was delayed about 45 minutes after we boarded for take off. I hate sitting on planes idling. The seats are already uncomfortable, then add more time onto that to sit. But we made up the time in the air for an on time arrival. Hmmmm?"
Cons: "For a 5 hour flight at dinner time and then the 3 hour time change, the snacks provided are not enough. You just have to remember to bring food on the plane and then risk annoying your fellow passengers with the food/dinner dining space. More checks of drinks would be nice too. Cost cutting measures, but minimal considering a packed flight and pretty high ticket price."

Pros: "- Great entertainment system and choices - Timely departure and arrival"
Cons: "- Marginal seat and leg room comfort for a 5'11'', 180lbs passenger"

Pros: "Boarding, staff, service, arrival all great"
Cons: "No issues"

Pros: "BA personnel were nice on phone, but couldn't help me check in when online systems were confused by BA/AA booking. I had to check in at the AA desk at RDU. Fortunately I already had a seat assignment and allowed plenty of time."
Cons: "Difficulty checking in online."

Pros: "Previous flight was awful but this flight was good. Everything was new and felt like first class."
Cons: "Remodeling old plans if not getting new ones"

Pros: "The entertainment was excellent! Flight was top notch! A+++ , very friendly people and nice to talk to!"
Cons: "A hippie beside me opened up his homemade fish and garlic hummus! But excellent on American Airlines end!"

Pros: "Lots of space and very accommodating. The updates via email were helpful"

Pros: "Everything was great. Comfortable seats & good service."
Cons: "Unfortunately, the flight was delayed because of a "problem with the plane"- we had to wait at the gate for 2.5hrs for the mechanics to work on it."

Pros: "Smooth, left on time. About an hour flight."

Pros: "I paid for extra leg room and I got it. The only thing I was in the row right behind first class they require you to put all of your carry-on above even a purse. I had never had that before but I guess that's common practice."

Cons: "Poor snack options"

Pros: "Outstanding crew and pilot dealt with some tough weather issues"

Pros: "Slick boarding"
Cons: "No movies on way out."

Cons: "Boarding started almost an hour late but the status never went to delayed (they just said it was on time but kept pushing the boarding time back). Arrived in CLT with only 20 min before the next flight departure."

Pros: "We made it home safely"
Cons: "Service and comfort are very poor."

Cons: "Checking one bag took 30 minutes. Very stressful"

Cons: "Flight attendants barely made eye contact and certainly didn't make us feel welcome in business class."

Pros: "The aircraft was not well maintained, middle holds were small and could not accommodate a normal hand bag. A side hold had to be taped to close it."

Pros: "Everything was good."

Pros: "On time. Helpful at check-in and friendly staff on board."

Pros: "Worst customer service I have ever experience"
Cons: "They canceled my flight to Florida due to hurricane then refused to refund my return flight ticket. How can I fly back if I never made it there. Bunch of thiefs kept my money and they never got me to my destination."

Cons: "They left my bag in RDU.."

Pros: "WiFi"
Cons: "For an airline that has been around as long as they have, their customer service is lacking signicantly. Communication was lacking to the passengers. As far as helpful, I cannot say they I witnessed anyone being helpful or trying to make a pleasant experience. The flight attendants seemed lacking in knowledge, friendliness, consideration, or empathy."

Pros: "Flight left about 30 min late but still landed in philly pretty much only time."
Cons: "I wish there was a way to request to not sit next to someone carrying on a pet."

Cons: "Why are there no more blankets?!?! Or if there are - they are for First Class only. Ridiculous"

Pros: "Flight left on time and arrived almost 30 minutes early."
Cons: "The general shrinking size of airplane seats is ridiculous. And one of the restrooms was not locking properly."

Pros: "Thankful for infight entertainment and wifi"
Cons: "United flight attendants (not former continental) really need attitude overhauls. Customer Service is your job, stop acting as though assisting passengers is an inconvenience to you."

Cons: "We were asked to be at the airport 8hrs ahead of time, so we arrived 3am. United desk workers arrived at 4am."

Pros: "The lead flight attendant was great. Great sense of humor and very informative."
Cons: "baggage delivery time at SFO is so far behind other airlines"

Pros: "Left the gate one minute early, sat on the tarmac for 20 minutes, arrived 10 minutes early."
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "Boarding was smooth, flight was in time."
Cons: "Entertainment cost $5.99 per seat .. which is high."

Cons: "You have taken the enjoyment of flying first class to a whole new low with the new seats they have designed and put in. The lack a privacy from the cabin as well as the design in how the seat is set, comfort and utility of the seat - my tray table didn't even function. It was an expensive 4 hour flight that was not comfortable ..."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Flight was cancelled, customer service was useless."

Pros: "was"

Cons: "I miss my appointment at 1:30"

Cons: "I was seated right behind first class. While still on the runway and for about the first 15 minutes of flight, There was literally a few frozen water drops, condensation I guess, dripping down on me because it was like a walk-in cooler. I asked for a blanket and the flight attendant said they were for first class only. He did then get me one and said "I had one left." Obviously a lie... but I was grateful for the blanket at that point because I was very cold. Other than that it was a fine flight and check-in was a breeze online."

Pros: "We liked the fact that George and Amanda were so very nice helping us when our flight was so late that we might miss our connecting flight. They assisted us getting seats on another carrier."
Cons: "We didn't like that they kept changing the times we might be departing. One minute it's an hour, the next it's 2. No consistency."

Pros: "Will bw traveling to chicago then to iowa"
Cons: "Flight delay and itenirary changed"

Pros: "It was spacious"
Cons: "When the captain talks on the radio it is super loud and when the flight attendant talked you could not hear what they were saying"

Pros: "Crew friendly"
Cons: "Flight delayed don't like the fact that sleeping in the airport don't accommodate hotel for passenger"

Pros: "Plane was on time, crew were friendly, helpful"
Cons: "Plane was very worn, entertainment was very limited, seat was not very comfortable for business class"

Pros: "Emergency seat spacing"

Pros: "Nothing I wasn't on it I missed it because of you"
Cons: "My plans for travel were ruined because when I arrived at the airport for my flight I was told it was too late to check my bags, therefore I had to be placed on a later flight which then set off a chain reaction where I lost my rental car and missed various meetings at the event I was supposed to be at my final destination. The main issue was that when I purchased my ticket throughout Kayak YOU NEVER SPECIFIED THAT I SHOULD CHECK MY BAGS 45 MINUTES EARLY OR I WOULD LOOSE MY FLIGHT. YOUR LACK OF CLEAR INSTRUCTION SCREWED UP MY TRIP"

Pros: "Comfortable seats"
Cons: "Had to wait and check in at the counter rather than the kiosk due to having an economy ticket and they had to make sure I only had a personal item"

Cons: "I did not like sitting on the runway for 40 minutes I did not like to have to run to catch the next flight I'm 63 years old I do you dont like to run to the next plane"

Cons: "I checked in in advance of arriving at the airport, and the United personnel still made me use the kiosk, and the sit in a line for 40 minutes to drop my bag! Horrific Service!"

Pros: "Thankful for safe landing , staff was fine."
Cons: "Flight was delayed, plan was leaking something that was discovered when we were taxiing from gate. 1hr 10 min delay"

Pros: "The people on the flight with me"
Cons: "The flight attendants were cocky and then my flight was worse overall my flights in all were horrible with united . I've never been sick on a plain and I got so sick for the landings"

Pros: "Friendly service."

Pros: "Arrival was late and United held the connecting flight! Thanks United."

Pros: "No-thing!!!"
Cons: "I was traveled no with my wife and my son to Des Moines andI documented our 3 bags in Mexico City and "the first surprise" was that they charged in Mexico n I he front desk about $27 USD per bag...it seemed that the bags were also passengers and " needed to pay"... The big other surprise was when we got to Des Moines and realized all the bags were opened!...my wife's jewelry was stolen!!!! UNITED AIRLINES SUCK!!!!!"

Cons: "Delayed 5 hours. We missed the window to depart because the originating flight was over an hour late. After which there was a ground stop at the destination airport."

Cons: "Had to run from complete opposite ends of the Denver airport to catch my flight. I had 10 minutes once off the plane and in the terminal to reach my gate to SF and I was in a walking boot do to an ankle injury. Once sweaty on board the flight was turned back to the terminal delayed three hours and I missed my flight home that day. I then spent from 11pm to 8am in the terminal"

Cons: "We were 3 hrs delayed getting out of RDU because a 'test button' wasn't working. Missed my original connecting flight and the two connecting flights they had me on standby for. got to ohare, the united customer 'service' rep said "there are no more flights to Madison today - I don't even have to look. If you want to get there today, you need to go get on the bus". They didn't even offer to pay for the bus ticket ! Just rude and no customer 'service' at all !"

Cons: "The plane was delayed again n again from ,7:30 pm to 11:45pm"

Cons: "My flight last week they had us board and then de plane do to plane maintenance after I traveled litterly all day it added an extra hour. Then this flight Washington connection to Detroit from raleigh the pilot never showed up and extra hour went by, we got a new pilots but, then leading to faulty paperwork that took another hour and thirty minutes after boarding the plan to get sorted. When we got that sorted they then proceeded to tell us that the flight atendent had to leave and we had to wait another 20 min for another atendent to arrive before finally making our way to Detroit. They said to file a complaint and we would be compensated for our wait. Not sure if this is the right spot but I'm giving it a go. Thank you Keith Www.keithschmidt.com"

Pros: "the handicap assistance was marvelous! Very friendly bunch of people and I didn't have to worry about getting to my gate."
Cons: "internet/movies at a cost. I thought there were free movies, or so it seemed, but I could not figure it out. Would have made more sense for a little instruction for the free movie."

Pros: "On time. Service was good"

Pros: "It's good flight, get on time"

Pros: "The crew and gate personnel were good. All aspects of the flight were good with one exception mentioned below."
Cons: "I was in seat 17b, behind me were two preteen? Children apparently traveling alone and they were obnoxious. They were loud and continuously banging on my seat and the gentleman's seat next to me. At one point they fought and one let out a very loud howl. The gentleman and I both had to turn around and give them looks to try and quiet them but that didn't really work."

Pros: "this flight was only an hour long but it was enjoyable. made it home earlier which is always great. I like having only two seats on each side rather than 3."
Cons: "as short as the flight was, there were a few disturbances. first, the two kids behind me were off the wall. it wasn't a baby crying, they had to be 5 and 7 just screaming and being so loud when their parents just laughed. at 8pm It would have been nice for a crew to quiet them down. second, there was a disturbance by a woman who had to be escorted off the plane which caused us to sit not knowing anything going on for the extra 20 minutes on the runway. I'm so glad they got her off for our safety but we were in the dark about the situation. And United, you need to up your snacks."

Pros: "The plane was exceptionally nice,"
Cons: "Although I purchased my ticket more than four months prior, due to some complication or miscommunication between SAS and US Air, my seat had been filled and someone had to be "bought off the plane" with a voucher and better seat. If someone wouldn't have taken the offer, I would have missed all of my flight waiting on a new connection."

Pros: "Short flight , every thing was good f"
Cons: "Flight was likeable short flight"

Cons: "Small glasses of water were offered very infrequently. Needed much much more"

Pros: "I flew from OKC to Houston and then home to DSM. The price was terrific for a one way flight. I bought at 2:30 am for $130. I checked later the next morning and the price was $455! United Airlines is a great airline. There was a wonderful agent who helped me at the kiosk for check-in. Very friendly. The flight attendant on this flight was very personable."

Pros: "Great wheelchair service for my disability."

Pros: "Got there."
Cons: "Small, cramped seating. Outdoor jetway upon arrival."

Cons: "The plane was delayed."

Pros: "We were well compensated for a traveling fiasco. Our plane died in Newark. Our new plane wasn't big enough for 12 of us. It was a pretty crummy to spend Easter Sunday at the airport while our entire family celebrated the holiday. I do really appreciate the travel certificates we received for our trouble."
Cons: "As I stated above, we were stuck at the airport for the duration of Easter Sunday. We were supposed to be home by 1:30pm. Kind of a bummer to have wasted the entire holiday; but I guess that's what you get for traveling on holidays."

Cons: "I paid the 25.00 for my small bag which could have easily been a carry on, but I had a purse and small carry bag. I felt that WAY too many folks had backpack and two small carry ones, but by bringing them to the gate - the announcement was made its a full flight so you can check your bag for FREE! Next time, I will not follow the rules and just simply check at gate?? That is message loud and clear from your gate folks."

Pros: "Nice Flight Crew"
Cons: "There was no leg room what so ever! I am 6 foot tall and around 275 pounds. The seats were made for children, not made for an adult. My seat was so uncomfortable my legs actually went numb, mainly for the fact that I couldn’t move because of how tight the seats were. I have flown many times and this was by far the most uncomfortable flight ever! I will never fly again if this is how planes are going to be."

Cons: "Last row and packed. United not willing to allow you to upgrade while in the plane, and their mobile app does not offer it either. Not to mention the other crew member dead heading and being less than helpful. Customer Service is not their thing."

Pros: "The whole experience was great, plenty of room in the seats and leg room. Fun flight"
Cons: "It was all good . Can't say the same for the flight from Huston to Seattle"

Pros: "After having worked Monday 10 am until 7 pm AND then10 pm to4 am i was exhausted boarding a 6:50 am flight. Needless to say i was asleep before we left the runway. No-one bothered me, and I slept the entire flight. Didn't wake up until we landed in Newark and the tires hit the runway. Thanks United!! I'll def be utilizing your airlines again!!"

Pros: "Plane was very clean and seats were comfy"
Cons: "Flight was delayed and no snacks were handed out."

Pros: "Nothing. Not even the refund compensated for the lost time and additional expenses incurred from Frontier"
Cons: "6 hour delay. Didn't board plane and still lost our bag"

Pros: "Landing was good"
Cons: "Surprise cost of carry on bags Flight attendents reguests over and over to clean areah"

Cons: "We sat on the tarmac in DSM for an hour!!!"

Cons: "Hidden Fees, thankfully we could afford the extra $20/seat. On the first leg of the flight it was 100 degrees in the cabin, and there were NO beverages available at all. We were told there would be a 5 minute wait on the tarmac before unloading...we've been here for 45 minutes with no end in sight."

Cons: "I contacted Frontier about a week before my flight to let them know my friend I was flying to visit had to make an emergency trip to see her father who was dying of liver failure. On the first attempt I was notified that only immediate family members were would be an excuse but that I could try to request through a different faucet of emergency circumstances. I put through another request and was never contacted. I did not fly to Salt Lake but I was still charged even though they could very well have sold my seat to another person and made double the money for the seat. I am very disappointed with the service I received from Frontier."

Pros: "The ONLY thing I liked about this airline is the leg room on the plane."
Cons: "All other airlines carge $25 for the first checked bag and carry-on is free, naturally I assumed this for Frontier. Frontier, $30. Then you would think the employee checking me into my flight would have told me or warned me about a carry-on fee. I had to find out at the gate that Frontier charges up to $60 for all carry-ons. Now I know why the tickets are so cheap, but if you have any kind of luggage, you might be bettet off just paying what the other airlines are charging for airfare (might be cheaper, especially after Frontier's luggage fees)."

Pros: "I liked that we boarded and left on time."
Cons: "Seat comfort"

Pros: "Visiting with them"
Cons: "Waiting 3 hours"

Pros: "The plane was clean and the attendants very nice"
Cons: "We waited on the tarmac in Denver for a gate from almost 45 minutes. We waited for 1.5 hours for our luggage to reach the baggage claim area."

Cons: "Ala cart pricing, the sales pitch of the Frontier credit card."

Pros: "Generally the experience was comparable to most flights except that the airline/plain is very stripped down. The seats don't recline, no n flight movies, music, or free drink service."
Cons: "Boarding started 15 minutes late and ended 5 minutes early. They literally announced that boarding would close in 2 minutes 3 minutes after it started. we had to run across the airport to make it on time."

Cons: "It would have been appreciated if at check in they told us you have to pay for carrying on and let us check our bag instead of charging us $60 at the gate and leaving us no other options. Super poor customer service!!!!!!"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "I enjoyed being in the very front for my flight because it didn't take as long to get off and I was close to the restroom as well."
Cons: "That someone on plane didn't smell too well and my neighbor kept digging and up his nose and putting his fingers in his mouth. I didn't really like you had to pay for a carry-on, along with paying for snacks"

Pros: "Fares. Toll free customer service was very helpful in rescheduling my daughter's flight."
Cons: "Wheelchair service at RDU not contracted with Frontier! Rude flight attendant, making inappropriate and sarcastic announcements! Understaffed check in counter = long delay = delayed departure :("

Cons: "There was delay on the plane due to mechanical issues with cargo door not being able to close The plane was stuffy"

Cons: "Outrageous delays every time I fly this airline. Not worth my money. Ruins plans and vacations."

Pros: "The process of boarding with assigned seats is excellent."
Cons: "I don't like how Frontier nickle and dime you to death. This was my first flight with them and don't agree with the luggage rates. I rather pay the higher ticket fee."

Pros: "that they make you buy food - i hate the waste of food that people don't need or don't eat / so having people pay for whatever they want is awesome"
Cons: "paying for check-in bag"

Pros: "The price was super, plane nice , people were great"
Cons: "It was extreemly hard to check in. took several attemps for both flights. Had to repete steps and informaion already entered"

Pros: "Boarded quickly"
Cons: "Boarded quickly to sit forever. We taxied in Chicago for 30 min..."

Cons: "Charge for carry on and drinks"

Pros: "Crew was much more personable and concerned that my luggage would not make it on board because of the late departure from my previous flight."
Cons: "Same no-frills flight."

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."

Pros: "This was my return flight and first time on Frontier, it was an effortless flight coming and going, staff were very nice and I will definitely be a frequent flyer on Frontier Airlines."
Cons: "There was nothing I didn't like the plane was clean and the staff were courteous."

Pros: "we had a sudden storm which required us to hold for over an hour before landing. Crew was very professional and pilot excellent to get us down after an hour and a half delay."

Pros: "Not a single thing. Horrible experience completely."
Cons: "The crew was rude and disrespectful. The entire trip was uncomfortable, ridiculously over priced for the quality of the crew and horrible all around."

Pros: "Direct flight"
Cons: "Paying for seat; paying for any refreshments besides water;"

Cons: "I was disappointed to find out I had to purchase my seat and that there was a carry-on fee for both legs of my trip ($86 on top of the ticket price)! I felt very misled. I would rather see a base price seat included in the ticket price with the option to upgrade if desired. Also, why a carry-on fee would be more than a checked bag fee I'm not sure. The website was not easily navigated either. Disappointing!"

Pros: "This was my second time flying Frontier. The first flight I felt very much little cattle. I also felt that they did everything for the dollar. This trip was very different however. Their customer service was fantastic and they were extremely accommodating, helping me move my seat closer to the restroom. (I'm 8 months pregnant!) The ground staff and the flight crew were wonderful."
Cons: "I hate that baggage is so expensive."

Pros: "Courtesy& efficiency of the crew"
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "This was my first airplane flight ever. I was extremely anxious. However I don't think it could have gone better. I had a cat with me and everyone was welcoming."
Cons: "The only things I'm upset about it there were no healthy options on the menu. Even sodas like Izzie or some Bolthouse Farm/Naked juices would be nice to have for those who avoid anything processed. Fresh fruit would be good too. i was also shocked that I had to pay $80 extra for my ONE bag to fly to and fro, and that my cat had to count as my personal item so I had no choice but to pay for one. I believe we should have a free personal item and 1 free carry on."

Pros: "Awesome helpful flight attendants. My bag needed to be moved because it wouldn't fit in front of my feet and the flight attendant moved it for me."

Cons: "Had to pay for snacks so I did not get any."

Pros: "Same as above"
Cons: "Same as above"

Pros: "The staff at the counter in Raleigh was very helpful and the flight crew was great. The lady at the counter there took extra time to help get us seats next to each other."
Cons: "It was not clearly stated that carry-on luggage would be charged $45 per item. This is an unusual policy and should have been clearly and prominently stated when purchasing the ticket. With my wife and I this added $90 to our combined ticket price and we would have flown a different airline had we known this. It seemed like a trick to get folks to pick a cheaper ticket only to make up the cost at the door what an individual would have paid for a competing ticket."

Pros: "Smooth flight, on time"
Cons: "The staff could have been friendlier"

Pros: "Uneventful flight"
Cons: "I asked the attendant for water, but he never brought it to me."

Cons: "At no point was there any info telling us about carry on bag charges. This added a 150 unexpected expense to our trip just for carry ons. Would have chosen a different flight of I would have known. Will never fly frontier airlines again. And will tell everyone I know that is planning on traveling what a terrible experience we had with them."

Pros: "Other than waiting a long time, everything else was fine."
Cons: "The flight left 40 minutes late and then once I got to baggage claim, it took 30 minutes for the bags to come out. Extremely long delay made me late to where I was going."

Pros: "Flight was amazing! I could not tell when we took off or when we landed! Smooth Flight! Awseome flight crew!"
Cons: "I was Excited about the cost of the flight! ($375.00) However, I was very disappointed about being charged for baggage(carry on and checkin $65 one way total of $130.00) and beverages (sodas and juice). Ummm? Had I known about all the fine print I probably would have gone with a different airline atleast I would have not been caught off guard after booking the flight."

Pros: "The only good thing about the flight was the friendly crew and the skill of the pilot. He had the best landing I've ever experienced."
Cons: "The seats the comfort sucked we have no space at all. The boarding took forever."

Cons: "The planes are so so uncomfortable. I would never choose frontier again unless the route was significantly better (i.e. Nonstop) than any other airlines. I would pay a lot more to avoid frontier otherwise."

Pros: "Crew = funny and helpful."
Cons: "We were on the plane for two hours before taking off, and the crew promised us a voucher that we would get in our emails, but I didn't get anything. Why didn't they check for maintenance problems before boarding everyone? And why did it take 40+ minutes for the maintenance workers to show up to fix the problem?"

Pros: "Boarding was fabulously easy."
Cons: "I did not know during booking about the carry-on fee or the seat fee (!!!! though I later learned that if you didn't select a fee for a seat they would assign you whatever was left, not that that is appealing). You had to pay for everything except water. There was no in-flight entertainment at all. Trays were tiny. I will never fly this airlines again."

Pros: "The crew's sense of humor made the mundane interesting."
Cons: "There was nothing special about the flight. It lacked any reason for me to want to fly frontier and be loyal."

Pros: "The price.. and thats it."
Cons: "Too much to mention"

Pros: "Low fare initially, but gouged by all the extra fees--carry on luggage, seat choice, even beverages weren't complimentary"
Cons: "No personal touch. All very formal and impersonal. Uncomfortable flight."

Pros: "Positive attitudes among flight staff Loved the polar bear decals on the wings Comfortable and relaxing flight"
Cons: "Only a lag with the check in counter machines"

Pros: "The flight was great,being that it was my first time fying."
Cons: "The restrooms have absolutely no elbow room, nor there was not enough space for anything, especially for a three hour flight from RDU-DEN"

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