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SNA — SFO
Jun 30 — Jul 71
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1 adult
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Low season

January

High season

April

Cheapest flight

$45

Average price round-trip

$188

Good deal round-trip

$169

Good deal one-way

$94
Best time to beat the crowds with an average 19% drop in price.
Most popular time to fly with an average 22% increase in price.
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  • Morning departure is around 118% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 3 airlines serving Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty to San Francisco

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8.3
Alaska AirlinesOverall score based on 30676 reviews
8.5Boarding
8.2Comfort
8.8Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.8Food
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No snacks served, only water beverage. Waited on runway for 20 minutes after landing since another plane was at our gate.

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No snacks served, only water beverage. Waited on runway for 20 minutes after landing since another plane was at our gate.

Thank you for helping me change my flight! Everyone was so friendly!

Pros: "yes"
Pros: "Nothing because there was no social distancing. I did not think that airlines were allowed to completely fill flights and I had no choice once I was boarded."
Cons: "Please observe social distancing and DO NOT book completely full flights where seats can’t be left open. Irresponsible and stupid."
Pros: "The staff at both airports were amazing. (SNA/SFO) From ease of arrival at check in by Alaska Airlines staff to the airport security at SFO providing assistance to help me guide my ride to pick me up the best description of where I was to ease pick up. That’s not to mention the Alaska staff that allowed me to move my flight up to accommodate my schedule or the excellent staff at the gate and on the plane. Very nice experience!"
Cons: "Not on time."
Pros: "Very nice crew :)"
Pros: "The crew was accommodating during the long delays boarding and deplaning:"
Cons: "Delays were extremely long to the destination and upon arrival no gate was available for our plane which caused another long delay."
Cons: "$400 flight and they only offered orange juice and water. Cheap cheap cheap!"
Cons: "Flight delayed over 4hrs ruined my entire work day and travel plans"
Pros: "very attentive crews."
Pros: "Everything was smooth"
Cons: "Courteous and servient steward!"
Pros: "Great crew, a lot of space in the aircraft"
Cons: "More entertainment"
Cons: "Seats and the seating arrangements were poor. Seats were assigned at different places even if you are part of the same family/ticket. The aircraft do not have 3-4-3 seat arrangements. So it would be difficult for families with 2 kids."
Pros: "Fllight landed early and departed a few minutes early too - YAY!"
Pros: "Sfo is ridiculous... we sat on the tarmac for an hour waiting for a shuttle bus"
Cons: "They sent my bag on an earlier flight and it was not on the carousel at baggage claim."
Pros: "Friendly, courteous, efficient flight attendant."
Cons: "I would have liked a TV screen on the back of the seat. I didn’t see a place to plug in head phones. It was fine though, since I slept and read most of the trip."
Pros: "Roomier enough seats, polite crew"
Cons: "We were on the last flight of the night and they made us deplane out on the tarmac and take a shuttle into the terminal. It added extra 15-20 minutes to the trip"
Pros: "Good leg room."
Cons: "The seats did not recline."
Cons: "Delays"
Cons: "2 hours late, with no response as to why."
Cons: "The flight was delayed 6 hours. The snacks I wanted were unavailable. When we finally landed we were taken off the plane in the back of the airport down stairs attached to the plane and loaded onto a bus and taken to the airport underground. Worst experience ever."
Pros: "The staff were pleasant"
Cons: "The flight was late."
Pros: "Quick and on time boarding."
Cons: "WiFi didn’t connect until landing."
Pros: "Flight crew was wonderful."
Cons: "They ran out of cups......"
Pros: "Crews and service are nice"
Cons: "Flight was an hour late."
Pros: "I liked how fast the flight was"
Cons: "Getting delayed due to whether (out of anyone’s control) but the flight attendants weren’t that professional, one flight attendant snapped at a guest. And the one on the speaker had a hard time forming sentences."
Pros: "Flight from Newark to SanFran was smooth, and entertainment options were great!"
Cons: "Crew wasn’t overly welcoming (though certainly not rude at all), and boarding was rushed at the gate just to stand in huge line waiting to get on aircraft."
Pros: "Crew was very good and respectful. The pilot constantly kept informing us of flight route and possible changes. Even made the passengers aware of an amazing light storm outside the aircraft that was impressive sight to see."
Cons: "The seat I sat in felt as though I was slipping off of it. i was constantly having to reposition and get comfortable. My lone issue."
Pros: "On time, not bumpy, new chocolate snack, clean, easy boarding -- you did it all!"
Cons: "Flying."
Pros: "Liked the seats. Liked the service. The food on my previous flight HX60 was better."
Cons: "Flight was delayed. Other than that, nothing to complain about. Like I said, ordinary flight."
Pros: "entertainment"
Cons: "gate change and no display text on digital display that the updated gate was indeed the flight to SFO"
Pros: "- Flight left on time - Good entertainment selection, and you can text from the plane wif too"
Cons: "- Alaska needs more gates maybe. At SFO they always park somewhere and have to get shuttled to or from the plane. - Snack is just two small cookies - I prefer little peanut or trail mix things better. - Tiny plane, only four rows across."
Pros: "Ummm...I bought a ticket on Alaskan and it ended up being a Virgin aircraft."
Cons: "There wasn’t a power outlet at my seat."
Pros: "Everything was great! This was my first time flying Alaska Air and I could not have had a better trip! Everything ran according to schedule, I was comfortable during the flight, slept the entire time, staff was great!"
Cons: "The woman making announcements did not specifically announce the duration of the flight as we were departing. I was able to figure it out on the map option on the screen, but I would've liked to hear it verbally. Only suggestion I would have is an announcement on the plane for which baggage claim belt our luggage would come out of. I may not have heard it though, if there was an announcement. It was not difficult at all to figure out once I was in the baggage claim area, however if this was known while we were still on the flight, I prefer to know this info!"
Pros: "Nice movies Comfortable seats"
Cons: "Noisy air con Seat not reclining Headphone jack not working No storage space"
Pros: "Flew Alaska air - Plenty of leg room and much more than any qantas domestic flight! Empty flight and very short."
Cons: "Flight was delayed. Inflight entertaining streaming system was not working. Too many people insist on not checking their luggage under, so we almost didn’t have space for our carry on by the time we were allowed to board."
Pros: "It was quick and easy."
Cons: "N/A"
Pros: "Friendly flight crew"
Cons: "I like complimentary food and entertainment"
Cons: "Wasn’t given the opportunity to choose my seat and was put in last row."
Pros: "We love flying Alaska Airlines. Staff was very helpful. Lots of leg room. And we arrived ahead of schedule."
Cons: "Our original flight had to be re scheduled and we arrived later than planned but it all worked out well."
Cons: "Delays for 3h"
Pros: "Alaska staff customer service"
Pros: "Leg room was better than expected"
Cons: "Having to wait on tarmac when I arrived and then having to be bused to the airport. I arrived on time but spent 30 minutes to get to baggage."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I felt like cattle flying on flight 308 sea-sf. Obese intoxicated guy taking up 1/2 my middle seat that I paid $200 for. Pilot said we were 16 on take off line. I think he is being sarcastic - I hope he is. Not a pleasant experience at all. 34 min late & no wifi. 30 min to get to gate. BS"
Cons: "Arrival in San Francisco from Santa Ana airport at International airport. It was a nightmare for pickup person to citcle SFO arrival arrival terminal 2 to find the paasenger. I took a long time circling the airport many times even though passenger was at the curb site."
Cons: "Horrible. Just plain ugly. I miss virgin. Literally a big F U for my experience. Thanks for ruining my life you A holes."
Pros: "I was very pleased with the overall service. I needed a wheelchair and I was treated exceptionally well."
Cons: "Absolutely nothing"

An airplane that still has screens (which I appreciated!) but every time there was a PA announcement the sound would cut out for a good 10 minutes AFTER the announcement was over. Eventually I stopped trying to watch a movie because I was missing so much. Also, I really wish they wouldn't rush to get everyone on a plane when the crew is delayed and doesn't get onboard until 5 minutes before they're scheduled to leave. You know that then we're going to sit there for 30 minutes waiting for them to get ready and find us a new takeoff slot, so why didn't you just delay the boarding too? United's Basic Economy is also a scam, but at least I got a window seat. And we all know there are worse options (Spirit).

Cons: "Delay killed my travel plans and resulted in a nine hour layover in Munich Germany!"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "Get my bags to the airport on time!"
Cons: "Get my bags to baggage claim when I land. There was a 6 hour break between my first flight and arrival at destination. Seriously?"
Pros: "The pilots were informative with their announcements and we were informed of turbulence before it started. We also got in ahead of schedule. I also appreciated being able to ask for a glass of water between services as I had fallen asleep."
Cons: "The negative experiences started before we got on the plane. Boarding began slightly behind schedule and was very disorganized. People were all standing in the boarding area and out into the walkway for the concourse. I feel it would be better to have boarding groups come up individually or two at a time. (While group one boards, group two convenes. Once group one has boarded, invite group three to take their place.) Once group three had boarded, an announcement was made that there was no overhead bin space availble for the entirety of group 4. It seems a bit ridiculous that nearly half the plane wouldn’t have overhead space. It took awhile to board group 4 as everyone had luggage to check and once we finally got down the jetway, we had to wait another few minutes before being able to get to our seats as the flight attendant for first class insisted on taking drink orders while she stood in the aisle. I understand this is a perk of first class but I feel it could be better executed. These seats are boarded in group one so to have drink orders incomplete by the time group four is trying to board is irritating at best and incompetent at worst. Once finally at our seats, it became apparent that the announcement about lack of overhead bin space had been made a bit early. The bins were on the full side but they definitely had space available. Also, much of the space had been taken up by jackets and bags that would have fit under the seats; which I felt could have prevented nearly all of the checked bags. The flight was uneventful with minor annoyances like having to pay for entertainment and any sort of food. Even southwest provides entertainment free of charge and I consider them to be more of a budget airline. If I fly Lufthansa again, I will not take a domestic flight through United and will instead book via southwest to and from the international airport Lufthansa flies out of."
Pros: "Our flight was delayed for no apparent reason. Then the luggage will took more than an hour and finally another half hour delay at the AVIS rent a car."
Pros: "- Decent complimentary snacks - In-flight entertainment"
Cons: "- Flight was 2.5 hours delayed :\"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "After the entire flight was boarded & ready to go the plane had a mechanical issue before take off. Had to sit on the plan for 90 minutes before we were allowed to exit the plane. No other flights available For family of three until 3 days later! Had to demand to be transferred to another airline so my family & I can go home the next morning. Overall stuck in SNA airport for 8 hours. Didn’t get a refund for baggage, instead was given meal vouchers for the airport in the morning. United did provide hotel for the night but nothing special. United staff where nice to make the best of the situation."
Cons: "No leg space"
Pros: "They were on time."
Cons: "There is no TV. They give you free United wifi that you can use if you have a device to watch movies/TV on, but they don't have any outlets to charge the device, so it's kind of pointless."
Pros: "Service was friendly. Food ok. Entertainment acceptable for long flight."
Cons: "There is More Variety of entertainment on Delta and American Airlines but otherwise comparable."
Pros: "Delays because of fires , had to wait in line close to 90 minutes but when we finally reached the ticket counter the agent moved took great care of us and we made to Boise only an hour late even with all the delays and confusion . Excellent job , one of the better customer experiences I’ve had flying !"
Cons: "My flight was delayed, leaving SNA and I would not make the connecting flight to HNL. Lyn P. at SNA placed me on Alaska Air and I was able to make my connection. Howeer my bag is lost. When I inquire on the 1-800 Baggage resolution number, my bag has not been found yet. It has been 12 hours since my bag was placed on Alaska Air at SNA."
Pros: "Good"
Pros: "A 3-hour stop over for the connection was not enough!!! The flight to San Francisco was delayed another 90 mins, causing me to miss my 15-hour flight to Singapore, although we arrived 10 minutes before the United Flight! Ten other passengers missed the flight! A travesty! Worse, with "no hotels available", I was rerouted to Chicago for a flight via Tokyo at 1300 the following day! In short, a 30-hour trip became 48 hours of hell and of course an 18-hour delaed arrival in Singapore. But there was more: my luggage was "lost" and thus arrived two days late!!!!! The only saving grace: friendly and helpful UA staff in San Francisco and especially in Chicago. Wow! I deserve some compensaton, wouldn't you all agree?"
Cons: "Please see above!"
Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "Everything was trerrible on this flight! We were delayed from our first connecting flight out to SF to LA and we're put on a different flight connecting to Houston to get us home sooner. We were told by the gentleman at the check in that our correct boarding passes with our seats sitting all together would be given to us at the boarding desk. That was the biggest mistake ever to take this flight because we were then delayed 3 more hrs! Not only that but when I approached the next gentleman at the boarding desk in Houston he was super rude! He was yelling at me when I told them that "they in Dallas,the worker at the check in" told me to get my boarding passes in Houston. He kept yelling saying "there was nothing he could do that he could do that he didn't know who THEY were but that I was talking to him now and that's why he is saying" I tried explaining to him that I just wanted to make sure I got in the right flight home because this is what I was told to do by the employee in Dallas. Not only that but our connecting flight to Houston was horrible! The flight attendant (the male) was very very rude!!! He also was yelling at my niece and nephew when we were trying to put the carry on bags in the compartment. And telling us we could have anything underneath the seat when clearly we could have our personal item underneath. Overall we had the worst experience with United and will never again fly with them! I understand delays may happen but there's no need for the employees to be so rude. so much for their customers service!"
Pros: "In seat entertainment."
Cons: "Tight seating with little comfort."
Pros: "It's only an hour flight"
Cons: "Flight was 1.5 hours delayed with no explanation or communication given for over an hour. Uncommunicative crew."
Pros: "My flight was delayed where I would have missed my connection, customer service rebooked on another flight which got me to my final destination early. The upgrades and consistent service is handled very well."
Cons: "N/A"
Pros: "Super friendly staff, everything was great."
Cons: "Nothing"
Cons: "Crew member working at the gate told the lady next to me "get in line if you'd like to complain" regarding the continuous delays. Crew member let us know that united was aware of our delay ed take of 4:05 rather than 1:00pm several hours before yet, We were only informed through notifications in increments of 30 minutes. be transparent with your customers, the delay would have been much less frustrating had we known. Instead notifications every 30mins were teasing us that we're about to leave but it's clear united had not intention of taking off. Also crew member on board serving beverages "I need your money" is an extremely unprofessional and inappropriate way to ask for a card."
Cons: "As a frequent flyer, I'm used to slight delays, waiting around, and standard customer service across airlines. It's safe to say that this was one of the worst flying experiences that I've ever had....6 different 30 minute delays and horrible customer service."
Pros: "Nonstop BNA-SFO"
Cons: "United Economy Plus bulkhead was awful. I was seated in seat 7D - there was no bulkhead for me or middle seat - just a curtain. The screens and tiny pockets were only accessible over another passenger. The seat stuck out into the aisle so I was bumped by 200 other passengers at least once - not to mention the flight crew. Finally I had my emotional support dog with me and the crew told me I should. It be in that seat - the seat was assigned by the United Accessibikity Desk as a good one for a service animal - and I had zero choice in the matter. Baggage claim at SFO took over 45 minutes to start -I was home in San Francisco in only 20 minutes after getting my bag."
Pros: "Nothing your Service was horrible"
Pros: "The crew in Orange County was as helpful and proactive as could be."
Cons: "When we landed in San Francisco, I literally ran from one terminal to the other and they closed the door knowing I had landed. They were not apologizing for the fact that I could practically touch the plane but would have to wait four hours for the next one. That was a bummers"
Cons: "I thought it was ridiculous you had to pay to watch tv despite there being a monitor in each seat. That was the first time I've encountered that on a flight."
Pros: "safe"
Cons: "They where late coming for about 30 minutes and going back it was late 3 hours. very frustrating for picks."
Pros: "Pilot and stewards were upbeat and cheerful."
Cons: "sfo had shut down a runway so we were 3 hours late."
Cons: "Left late one hour."
Pros: "It was great"
Cons: "Nothing everything was fine"
Cons: "Everything"
Pros: "Punctual departure and arrival"
Cons: "The A319 that was used appeared quite tired. Strange irregular banging noises were heard and felt under the wing root area as jet taxied out of Santa Ana. After landing, a very high pitch squeal started and lasted 5 minutes after engine shut-down. Finally, there was a very loud "sawing noise" coming from under the aircraft after parking in the terminal that others commented about the loud sawing noise. Canadair aircraft was much nicer and quieter that was used from SFO to Santa Ana."
Pros: "The crew was polite and accommodating."
Cons: "After zone 2, no passengers were allowed to carry on the allotted amount of luggage. Boarding took a long time, passengers were rude, and the gat agents didnt notify anyone of the flight status until 30 minutes before boarding time. This changed three times."
Cons: "I was refused boarding after being told I could fly. A horrible experience--rebooking for my wife and I cost us 1,000 dollars."
Pros: "I love how polite and efficient your employees are. I was immediately offered assistance with baggage check in and with using the kiosk. You should be very proud of these staff for they represent United well. I thoroughly enjoyed every member I met.Thank you for a 100% wonderful experience."
Pros: "Economy Plus works well"
Cons: "United new seats are uncomfortable"
Pros: "-Fast check-in -Crew was friendly -Comfortable seat -Appreciate the beverage -Love the new safety videos"
Pros: "The aircraft"
Pros: "Anytime things are new, and the basic needs are met for service, I think people will be happy. But! Timing was estimate for an 8:56 arrival and we landed at 8:30, so great timing too."
Pros: "After all these years, still love United!"
Cons: "Loved everything!"
Cons: "Gate was changed.. Delayed one hour"
Pros: "They still offer drinks. It was a short flight, so all the bad things didn't have to be endured for as long."
Cons: "Every time I fly United, I realize they shrank the seat size, again. Oh, and the flight attendant spilled my drink on me. Only said, "sorry, buddy" and then got me a couple of napkins... Was friendly other than that, though. O.o"
Pros: "Great flight attendants on flight itself."
Cons: "Ridiculous price of flight from OC to SFO, the $200 cancellation fee when cancellation was medically related & notification was over 24hrs. 45minute flight delay."
Pros: "Flight crew was great. Easy, quick boarding."
Cons: "$25 for the first checked bag is a ripoff."
Cons: "Wifi on the first flight was great, unable to view any entertainment on the connecting flight"
Pros: "The price...for once, a weekend to SF was reasonable!"
Pros: "no delays. quick flight & boarding"
Cons: "Gate crew had no interest in helping with layovers affected by flight delay."
Cons: "Waiting in S.F. for flight to board. Crew announces flight will be 1 hour and ten minutes late. A few minutes later, announces the pilot is on his way and may be a half an hour late. The gate number was not announced until about a half an hour before boarding. We finally boarded and was told that co-pilot was not at airport. It was a terrible experience with United."
Cons: "Plane was old and dirty ...."
Pros: "Because I was unwilling to pay for seat selection, I was prepared to be separated from my husband and stuck in a middle seat. To my pleasant surprise, the agents put us in the same row by ourselves."
Cons: "Better directional signage in both the SFO and Las Vegas airports (arrivals). Las Vegas is a huge airport, requiring a tram to get to the passenger pick-up, even with directions it was confusing and not obvious. In SFO, half the plane walked halfway down the concourse in the wrong direction because of lack of signage and it looks like the right way to go. Drop Kiwi as a third-party for domestic flights, their customer service is clueless, handling charges absurd and flight requirements unnecessary."
Cons: "Website would not let me check in the day before or the morning or my flight. There was an error every time and I almost got to the end once. I could not change the time of my transportation and arrived 10 minutes past the check in deadline (an hour prior to the flight taking off). I was refused access to the flight and offered a flight 5 hours later. The staff was rude and not helpful. I had heard negative things about Frontier and now I know why."
Cons: "The crew personnel were rude enough to ask even a glass of water. The revolving belt at baggage claim area started so late. The ticket should include the laggage charges whether it is 100$ or 150 $. I faced so difficulty in paying the baggage charges because of non availability of credit card. As they don't accept cash. Kindly make it easy for passengers"
Cons: "They didn't know how to handle the unpleasant situation of having delay due to "the plane is having some problems and they will try to fix it asap before departure"."
Pros: "Clean new planes and very friendly crew."
Cons: "It got delayed on my inbound trip for over an hour and a half for no real reasons (all were excuses: weather, crowded landing at SFO, air traffic controller did not give the green light, etc.). On the way back we had to wait over 45 minutes for the plane in our gate to move out of the way so we can get in."
Cons: "The seats are barely glorified lawn chairs, and the crew was extremely insensitive to the fact that the flight took off over 5 hours late and while most people were trying to sleep, they were loud, kept the lights on and were uapologetic that the flight was so ridiculously late. There were children and infants on that flight with exhausted parents who had to take off at 2am instead of 8:50pm. It was awful. Plus you have to pay for a carry on? Ridiculous. I never want to fly Frontier again."
Cons: "Plane was 2 hours late, no advance notice of the delay, and was on the hangar the entire time. No accommodations for delay and."
Pros: "Nice staff, just oblivious to everyone sleeping at 2am while they carried on and on with their chatty gossip."
Cons: "Baggage took almost an hour to arrive on both legs of my trip. We were delayed in SFO but due to a long planned maintenance there. Airline could have prepared better. No early boarding with my two year old, but only after all the elite and a whole zone 1 of people. Seats have big gaps that allow things to fall and people sneezing on you from behind. Loud crew with obnoxious lights on during a very delayed flight that became a red eye. Why pay more for seats near the loud crew who doesn't take in the fact that we're all tired. You want to sell food? Choose better items. My $3.99 coffee could at least have more than a powder non-dairy creamer. Flight price is so deceiving when you charge for everything on top of it, including where I sit. Lame, awful, corporate money grubbing mentality. I'll stick with southwest (I later learned they had had fewer options for once because they actually considered that a runway was closed)."
Cons: "4+ hour delay in Denver caused us to miss the last airport hotel shuttle and made us spend more on food and drinks in Denver. Extra money for a cab in SF. My 6 year old slept on the filthy airport carpet at the gate because at the seats had arm rests. Not even an apology from the airline."
Cons: "First I bought a ticket from Spirit Airlines SFO to MCO for 309$, then I saw charges from frontier Airline, frontier airlines bought a ticket for me too for 287$, when I was just watching checking the price. Then I compared the tickets, both the time, but from Frontier Airlines was cheaper then I stayed with frontier and cancel the other reservation from Spirit Airlines the next day I see frontier airlines also cancelled that reservation and I had to rebook another ticket for 496$, the price went up, then I had to pay 187$ extra, IT WAS A FRAUD JOB FROM FRONTIER AIRLINES, I can prove everything above with the receipts and the dates on it, the worse experience I had"
Cons: "I was charged an additional fee for an actual seat on the aircraft. In addition to this, I was charged for my carry on item."
Cons: "Seriously, extra charge for a seat and carryon? Crappy plane, etc."
Cons: "WTF-need to warn customers about carry on baggage charge, plastic seats that do not recline and exorbitant food and beverage charges. Comment at gate by Frontier on $90 carry-on charge was "that's how we charge so little for tickets." Maybe so, but WTF? (Why the face?")"
Cons: "Old/loud plane, uncomfortable non-reclinable seats, fees for everything = not worth it for a cross country flight. If your flight gets delayed due to weather issues you'll be wishing you had those standard amenities most other airlines provide."
Cons: "Flight was cancelled 5 hours before I was supposed to get to the airport. They could not get me on another flight. I had to spend an extra $400 for a last minute flight."
Cons: "The plane didn't have enough gas to make it to SFO so we stopped in Colorado Springs to re-fuel. Despite being several hours delayed the airline customer service offered no solutions or accommodations."
Pros: "I'm going to go out of my way to try and never fly with Frontier again! How do you expect anyone to fly without baggage? $40 for a carry-on?! I thought I could go home for the holidays for under $300 but with this fee and the other, and the seats that no one seems to fit in comfortably, I am tired, $400 poorer, and have a kinked neck! To top it off, I can't remember the last time any of my flights left on time. Get your act together Frontier."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "We never boarded and they held us for 14 hours saying the plane was "delayed". What did we get for sticking it out that long while watching them make crying tired children sleep on the dirty floor refusing to admit their plane was cancelled, where they would have had to give us all hotel rooms. Oh yeah what did we get? $200 vouchers for future frontier flights. Really ironic because no one stuck in that hellish situation will ever try to fly frontier again."
Cons: "The price was good, before you realized the price was a lie and they scam you by charging $45 to carry on or $40 to check a bag! That meant the overhead space was unused and they were just charging more just to be inconvenient. The plane was stripped barebones. The crew were rude, did not smile, and gave me attitude for hitting my elbow with the drink cart. They charge for even getting a soft drink. Nothing about the experience said "we're serving you." It's worse flying a more expensive airline because the rediculous bag fees make it just as expensive and even things that should be free like pleasant staff were lacking."
Pros: "Crew was nice despite the circumstances"
Cons: "Late takeoff. Sat in a hot aircraft for an hour. Small seats. No entertainment. Tiny tray led to my spilling a drink. Pilot sounded sketchy. Oh, and be aware you have to pay $35 for a carry on."
Cons: "I did not expect, after purchasing a ticket I would have to pay an additional fee for a seat. When ones buys an airline ticket they assume the seat is included. Additionally, just include the cost of carry on in the price of the ticket."
Cons: "Frontier charges extra for a seat upon check in and also for a carry on! Terrible scam!!!"
Pros: "Flight was direct and smooth. Crew was nice."
Cons: "Most uncomfortable seats ever-and we paid an extra $45 per seat for extra legroom, hoping to be able to sleep-additional fees for everything, no beverage, snack or movie . Absolutely no frills. The seats are like molded plastic thrill ride seats with no padding. Awful."
Cons: "Arrived 45 minutes before flight, but attendant didn't accept my check in bag, and didn't let either of us proceed to the gate even though we both had checked in already."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I didnt like the fact that I couldn't talk to someone here in the United states for frontier. I didn't like that when I called customer service I was instructed to do the wrong thing and fill out the wrong form. And most of all I really hated that my flight was cancelled and my money put into a "shell credit" and when I went to re book the fight it cost 3 times the amount than I originally paid. Overall this has been a horrible experience and I will be tell everyone I know and even people I don't know via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and snap chat about my experience . Overall I feel your service and your service provider failed miserably."
Pros: "I liked the crew"
Cons: "The flight was stacked with hidden fees and charges after my purchase. We had to pay for seats - in addition to the ticket price?! We had to pay for carry-ons.. And their food and beverage service has a price tag attached to everything. "Surprise! Your $50 flight costs $150 by the time you actually arrive!" ..sneaky."
Pros: "The flight wasn't delayed 12 hours this time"
Cons: "The long layover in Denver and that I wasn't given a full refund for my flight there when I had to book with a different airline, nor was my $30 bag check refunded."
Cons: "1. They charge for every little thing. Each checked bag is $25.00 and each carry on is $35.00. They also charge you for a seat. So once you purchase your ticket, you then have to pay an additional fee to seat down. 2. The staff is unprofessional. Not only does everyone look sloppy, but the staff is comprised of individuals that don't care at all about customers and have been poorly trained. The quality is very low. 3. I was hit and then verbally abused by a gentlemen on the plane, they laughed and did nothing!!!!! 4. They only allow 15 bags on their plane! After 15, they will move your bags to a different plane without telling you. What kind of nonsense is that?!"
Pros: "The individual staff at Frontier were good, people working a job with systemic challenges they can't change. "We have been having problems with the ground crew" was the courteous response I got from the person at SFO who took my lost baggage complaint. He was not at all suprised that I didn't arive with my bag having checked in two hours early for an hour long flight."
Cons: "I made the trip for work to attend demanding class with no time to shop for the essentials I lost with my missing bag. I didn't like the first impression i gave wearing "preworn othes" to meet my professional peers. Thanks Frontier."
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "I'd rather hop to San Francisco than fly frontier. A 4 hour 7 minute delay is a different flight than I booked."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Another plane malfunction! Last time we flew Frontier we were stuck for 2 days in FL! Never was another plane brought in for us. Never was another flight to,Cleveland bumped so we could return home. At least you figured out that disaster and we were able to board a plane scheduled for Philadelphia, which bumped that passenger to a flight 3 hours later. And the stories of horror other passengers had last night...all about Frontier, one man previously had totally missed a cruise! This is not how to maintain nor run an airlines. I will not be giving Frintier another chance."
Cons: "I got a first email stating that it was an 1 hr delayed ! Then another 2 emails stating that it s on time ! When i called i got put on hold for 17 min !! Then sure enough the flight was 4 hrs delayed !!!!!"
Cons: "- Flights are even more cramped than normal - the trays barely hold the beverage cup - no in flight entertainment - bringing a carry-on costs money - my return flight was delayed hours in advance, but frontier still required passengers to be in the airport - updates were few and far between and provided no concrete information - after being in the airport for 5 hours they just cancelled the flight and forced us to wait in the ticket line to rebook the flight which was another couple hours from start to finish - frontier refused to give hotel vouchers to people with in-state licenses, even if they lived hours away - after finally arriving back home, there was no gate ready for us and we had to park and/or taxi for at least another half hour - in both directions there were unruly children (not babies) YELLING on the plane without any comments or effort to quiet them by the flight crew or their parents"
Pros: "The crew was very accommodating and pleasant."
Cons: "If I had known that Frontier charges for carry on baggage, I would have chosen another flight. I usually fly United or Air France and I shall do the same from now on. There was 0 leg room and the "tray" is only a few inches deep, which hardly fits a laptop. I was surprised they didn't charge for the use of the bathroom. I am sure that is next. I have to say the majority of people around me were expressing the same sentiments. I was also assigned the middle seat in the very last aisle. A flight attendant moved me to a better seat as soon as he could. I was very happy it was only a 2 hour flight."
Cons: "The airline charges additional fees every steps for the trip, including seat selection, baggage fees. We will not book on this airline again."
Pros: "Got me from point A to point B"
Cons: "Gate change at the last minute and the wrong destination city was displayed on the monitor for our flight, causing more confusion. Flight delay, as well"
Cons: "Seats don't recline, food tray very small, no free beverage except 1 cup water and most of all the unexpected 60 dollar charge for a CARRY-ON! Like the carry-on that easily fits in the over head space above and no one else charges for."
Cons: "Boarding - people who sit up front go first meaning that those that have seats in the back have to go in past people who are still in the aisles arranging themselves. I could not get a drink of water without paying. Is it really that esxpensive to give a coke and some peanuts??? Paying for seat selection means that some people get in the seats other peoiple want (like window seats) who don't want them. I tryly believe that Frontier is the nickel and diming airline. And I don't believe you had to wait for a gate and 11:30 at night."
Pros: "That they got me to my destination safely."
Cons: "This airline is a joke. Shame on me for booking late and choosing the cheapest ticket. BUT knowing what I now know, I would have selected the Delta flight for $80 more. Here's why: No TSA Pre-Check. This aspects alone is a deal breaker. Pay for carry-on bag AND IT COSTS $40. Pay for beverages, snacks. Seats don't recline - "pre-reclined for your maximum comfort." Whatever Tray table is metal and tiny. You couldn't even fit an iPad mini on it, let alone a lap top. So, I put my MacBook on my lap to work, but it's uncomfortable, MacBook slides off. You're hitting the person next to you with your elbows. AND I have to take off my jacket, to protect my MacBook against hitting the metal tray table, so I got cold. No internet. It's 2016. No internet. It's 2016. Never again."
Pros: "flight staff"
Cons: "OUTBOUND - confusion for me and others as gate changed and we had to go to international for domestic flight - thought it strange to suggest I pay additionally for a seat and a carry on. RETURN - again confusion for me and others as gate changed and no gate personnel at kiosk for quite awhile They don't even give a pretzel snack on these flights."
Cons: "Getting charged 60 dollars at the gate to bring my bag onboard and not being told at booking online that the price would increase isn't cool. This was my first trip with Frontier and will be my last. I am a business traveler who spends roughly 80k a year on travel-- and I'll never fly frontier again"
Pros: "The flight was punctual."
Cons: "I'm claustrophobic and was stuck in an aisle seat. My air vent wasn't working and I tapped the flight attendant, a woman in her late 50's to mid 60's, asking her to help me with it. She said she was about to give the presentation on safety procedures and that it was "more important than air right now." This happened pre-takeoff. I was upset about it and she never did help me with the air vent. Then, they do the service where they charge for everything and no one can get up to go to the restroom until they pass through, and they take a long time to do it. I was very unhappy, but kept to myself."
Pros: "overall the aircraft and schedule was ok"
Cons: "Our luggage did not arrive at our destination. It was an absolute nightmare to get it back!! I had to call the airline about 50 times, where most of the calls were not answered. I had to keep calling and following up. When the luggage did come they only delivered one of the 2 pieces. The calling marathon had to be resumed most of which went unanswered! We finally had to rely on the delivery company to provide alternate numbers where there was a possibility to get an answer. Absolute nightmare!!! Never never will I travel this airline."
Cons: "I was helping my mother - in - law check in and board - she needed wheel chair assistance. We were in line to drop off a bag that we had checked in online an hour before the flight. There were 5 people in the line with only 2 reps helping. Since I hadn't printed the boarding pass, I tried to print the pass at the self-help kiosks getting the message that I needed to see an agent. The cut-off for checked in baggage is 45 mins before the flight, however the reps were making no effort to expedite the service. In 15 mins they had helped 2 people making us the 3rd in line and the line had grown to an additional 5-6 people behind us. 45 mins before the flight they refused to take in any bags for checking - in. Since I was able to take the checked in bag with me, I asked that the agent print the boarding pass for my mother in law and call for wheel chair assistance. The agent called for wheel chair assistance but refused to print the boarding pass! The one thing that the ticketing / check in agent should be able to do is to print a boarding pass for a reservation that is fully paid. Because of this my mother in law had to miss her flight and we paid an additional $99 to get onto the next flight. I was so taken aback when the agent refused to print the boarding pass, that I did not even know how to convince her to do her job. This is probably the worst experience I have ever had with any airline!"
Pros: "The flight was short!"
Cons: "I am shocked at how Frontier has downgraded to uncomfortable seats, no entertainment, envelope sized trays, and charging for extra for everything!! So disappointed=("
Pros: "The crew was exceptionally helpful on both segments."
Cons: "The seats were not comfy at all- no reclining whatsoever and had to prepay for every bag."
Cons: "Double charged for checked flight there and the way back $40 per person twice that's $200 I could've spent on a way better flight. Upgraded to the nicer seats which didn't lean back or do anything actually least amount of comfy"
Pros: "Low fare"
Cons: "No beverage service-not even free water, really? Having to pay even to suggest where you might sit. One gentleman had to pay for his carryon, even though it fit in the baggage size indicator."
Cons: "Just a super cheapo airline that offered an "inexpensive" ticket that then they charge you for everything else, with no warning about the hidden fees. Like baggage: you can't take on more than one free, tiny check-in without paying at least $35, if not much more. Uncomfortable seats. The flight was 3 hours late when a neighbor flight to the same city (on Southwest) took off on time, and so they gave us this lame $10 voucher to appease us, and yet we couldn't use it anywhere, just pissing you off more. They wouldn't accept it at the airport or on the plane, so, what the heck?"
Pros: "this plane was way better than the last Frontier aircraft, the seats were leather and had head rests and they had TVs."
Cons: "TVs cost money."
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