Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "The leg room was really great!"
Cons: "Difficult finding room in over head bin for carry on bags."
Cons: "Crew service; food and general customer service"
Pros: "The employees were as good as they could be, given the atrocious handling of the situation by American Airlines and its policies."
Cons: "We were 1.5 hours late leaving for an unknown reason (not weather). Then, it appeared that we didn't try and make up the lost time in the air (we also landed 1.5 hours late.) This caused a significant proportion of the passengers to miss their connecting flights. American didn't do anything to help other than offer a "discount" of about $10 off of over $100/night hotel rooms in the Philadelphia area to sleep overnight in Philadelphia. This was absolutely lousy customer service by American, and will definitely make me avoid American Airlines in the future."
Pros: "The crew was friendly indeed."
Cons: "I was really surprised that there was a gate change that made the flight depart from a whole different part of the airport. I was sitting right there and didn't notice it but thankfully I had enough time to get to the different gate."
Pros: "On-time, crew was nice."
Cons: "Seats are too tight. Board from the outsides in, not front to back. Windows seats in the back go first (after first class, ADA, etc), and fill the cheap seats back to front. As it is, literally everyone with an aisle seat ends up on first and overheads fill before people have a chance to know, requiring a lot of against-the-flow foot traffic and delays pushing away from gate."
Pros: "We didn’t crash"
Cons: "Customer service . Better baggage service , hot food , non canceled flights"
Pros: "We eventually left."
Pros: "Crew was fabulous."
Cons: "Rerouted which made us late"
Cons: "Entreteinment. More room in the plain"
Pros: "Nothing was enjoyable."
Cons: "The flight was 4 hours late to leave and American did nothing to try and remedy the situation. Unacceptable that we are this late. I missed my meetings and they won’t offer any kind of voucher for future travel. But yet we have to pay for change fees!?!? I will absolutely avoid flying American."
Pros: "the crew was amazing and the seats were awesome"
Cons: "on this trip nothing"
Cons: "the bumpiest, harrowing flight ever"
Pros: "I was able to finish a movie I started on a different flight and found an additional enjoyable movie to watch."
Cons: "The airplane was uncomfortably hot. The flight attendant apologized and said it would cool off at cruising altitude. It never cooled off. The flight was full and very crowded. I was in the last boarding group even though my seat was in row 17. They required me to check my carryon due to space."
Pros: "Crew was great and helpful"
Cons: "Better weather"
Pros: "punctual and crew was very nice"
Cons: "old aircraft so each seat didn't have individual screens for entertainment"
Pros: "Upgraded seat on the Boeing 777 was near the exit, and I had plenty of legroom."
Cons: "Although British Airways and American Airlines are alliance partner companies, their systems don’t behave as such. It took me too many attempts to mention in order to simply upgrade my seat. The booking locator number is different for both airlines, and no one ever informed me of that critical information"
Pros: "Friendly and attentive crew. On time."
Pros: "The staff was great, they were on point tending to the needs of all passangers. Good leg room"
Cons: "The plane was old, it did not offer the amenities of newer planes. The jacks to plug the earphones weren't working"
Cons: "We boarded a bit late. No big deal. Once on, however, they made us deboard because they forgot to do a security check. Oops. Flight attendants made the experience much better -- funny, enthusiastic, hard-working."
Cons: "never made the flight. a day of misery thanks to poor communication within one world, AA rigidity, and chaotic long lines at FlightConnections, Heathrow."
Pros: "on schedule"
Cons: "uncomfortable sits impossible to sleep (red eye flight)"
Pros: "Premium economy is the way to go for a long haul flight. We were comfortable and able to get some sleep."
Cons: "The crew on the way to Sydney was a little more present. There was always someone milling in the galley between the business class and premium economy cabin. The crew returning came through the cabin often and were attentive if you asked for them but you had to seek them out."
Cons: "Just little delay."
Pros: "Like my AA rides > 90% of the time. The usual prob is sketchy gogo service."
Cons: "Nogo gogo"
Cons: "I got tranafered to 4 different gates aand my flight was delayed for 3 hrs with no explaination and the staff didn't try to help"
Pros: "The smooth boarding process and the enterainment."
Cons: "The limited food option. In general, there's not much vegetables. The food is either a pasta dish (quite heavy) or a meat dish with potatoes or rice."
Cons: "Taking a bus to the Tom Bradley terminal"
Pros: "Made it home in one piece"
Cons: "Business Seat power / entertainment system went out with about 2.5 hours to go. Crew didn't seem surprised and they were pretty relaxed about it. Every time I asked about status during the first hour or so after it was out they said they were rebooting system but nothing happened. Finally gave up on it. Was the "deconstructed burrito" supposed to be served cold/frozen? Warm or at room temp. would have worked better Luggage took good hour before it started unloading"
Pros: "The crew."
Cons: "Tiny plane, old. No leg space at all (I'm 5.5). Our connection before this flight was a 1 hour flight on a modern very spacious airplane, we wished we could've flown on the same plane for the 6+ flight to Paris."
Pros: "Courteous personnel"
Cons: "Almost wouldn't let me check my luggage to Europe as I arrived an hour in advance to flight from Austin to Dallas, ground crew claimed I should've been there 3 hrs early. Says so nowhere. Then flight departure was delayed! No individual video screens, no choice of movies. No food."
Cons: "Nickel and dimed. Only one checked bag on an international flight? Terrible food. Outdated entertainment system."
Pros: "Entertainment was good, except the system wasn't working the first 30min of flight."
Cons: "Parents left their 5 kids in the row behind me to horseplay. During the whole flight. Crew did nothing while they ran up and down the aisles. They parents and kids have been kicked off the plane for not being in their seats when told by the captain."
Pros: "This wasn't a British Airlines flight! We ended up being on a crappy, ancient American Airlines flight instead of the BA flight we had booked. It is very duplicitous to purchase a ticket for an airline with a great reputation and end up on a genuinely lousy flight on a totally different airline (especially one like American, that I would never book!)."
Pros: "The entertainment"
Cons: "There was nowhere to stow my purse and things i wanted to use during flight near me, my luggage got lost"
Cons: "No pre boarding for family with kids"
Pros: "I like that on American you still get a complimentary cup of coffee, a bag of pretzels, and a normal sized seat. I'm OK paying for that after trying some of the budget airlines!"
Cons: "Wish they had a gluten free snack, still that's really not a big deal at all!"
Pros: "Flight on time."
Pros: "Nice flight attendants!!"
Cons: "We boarded an hour late with no explanation then left even later because we were so far back on the run way. Also the last checking me in was not the kindest! Nor was the man who scanned my ticket to go on the plane."
Pros: "The flight attendants were beyond amazing! Throughout the flight they made sure we had plenty of snacks and drinks. Amazing!"
Cons: "I didn't like being told there were no seats together and being charged to sit together with my partner. I found out there were several seats available once we boarded. Disappointing."
Cons: "Would be nice to have some sort of entertainment for a 3 hr flight"
Pros: "Boarding and baggage."
Cons: "This was a long non-stop flight from Miami to Denver. Over 4 hours. So I took the plunge and bought first class. I always fly first class on any flight over 2 hours. However, I was disappointed. The food was so-so and insufficient. The drinks were also not enough. The video displays were small and poorly located for the movie. The seats seemed uncomfortable. All and all I have come to expect a better experience from American Airlines in First Class. The ticket was expensive."
Pros: "It was all good.it was"
Pros: "Good preferred seat."
Pros: "Entertainment system"
Cons: "Food was awful"
Pros: "On time, courteous flight crew, and a smooth flight"
Pros: "Getting bumped to First Class"
Pros: "We were very happy with the crew. They were very helpful and attentive throughout. One of the flight crew members even found me at customs to return a toy we had inadvertently left that belonged to my 13 month old. She certainly did not have to do that, so we are very thankful. Unfortunately, I did not catch her name."
Cons: "Unlike other airlines we have traveled that give priority to people traveling with children, American Airlines does not. That would be something that would be helpful for traveling parents. Allowing people with children to board first and get off the plane first would make things better for all passengers. Planes are also outdated. We have been traveling with other airlines that have individual screens. Much easier for people to travel on long flights when they have individual entertainment."
Pros: "The flight was smooth and the coastline views were amazing."
Cons: "No in-flight entertainment. Poor quality sandwiches."
Cons: "Baggage claim at IAD"
Pros: "lousy crew — one was too busy reading his newspaper to bother telling people who were waiting for the toilet that there was another unmarked toilet right behind where the people were waiting"
Cons: "a newer plane. the plane was so old that there were no monitors and the seats were very difficult tilt back (about two inches)"
Pros: "More leg room on Swiss Air flight I ended up getting rebooked on and smaller plane seating only 2 on the sides, so much better than bigger Air Canada plane on outbound flight to Europe"
Cons: "Again, I did not make the DC flight,not delayed as an email had announced but closed at least 20 mins prior to departure, so no one was let in (after running through Zurich airport, again, no help). Rebooking possible and easy for my route, difficult for those going to DC and further west."
Pros: "The food."
Pros: "Attentive crew. Current movies available. Economy seats were fine."
Cons: "In general, airline food stinks. In Economy, UA is no exception. Bring your own sandwiches or salads. You'd think they could do better on long-haul flights."
Pros: "Very nice FLY and fantastic weather. No turbulence THAT all. UNITED CAPITAN AND CREW, nice. Thanks to GOD a nice fly in ALL aspects."
Cons: "To be honest, everything was OK."
Cons: "We were late to catch flight to Washington. Our lodges were lost and we have to wait over two hours till they find it."
Cons: "The flight was delayed 6 hours. No notification till early morning of flight. If known ahead of time would have stayed in France a day longer. Picked for security which was fine except stood in line for 1/2 hr. while those suppose to check us were sitting and laying around. Make me too late for helping my husband ( in a wheelchair) onto plane."
Cons: "My parents were traveling, they dont speak english and I verified with Austrian airlines that they would be assisted at the gates and that they had the correct visas for each airport they had a layover in. I was assured there would be no problems. Upon boarding they were not able to get on their flight. I have never had so many communication issues and frustrations in the middle of the night with an airline. disappointed."
Pros: "Everything was great in the plane - service, pleasant stewards, food was tasty."
Cons: "The gate was changed at the airport after my boarding pass was issued. I would never have known except that another passenger was looking for colleagues to let them know. And the flight number was also changed, and different than my printed boarding pass."
Cons: "Not a kind service"
Cons: "Up graded seat but didn't get to board till last."
Cons: "The plane was over 3 hours late, and then at landing we sat for 30 minutes waiting for a gate"
Cons: "The boarding process took forever! Had to go through multiple questionare"
Pros: "Excellent service ample legroom"
Pros: "Crew was very nice."
Pros: "more room in the seats"
Cons: "movie choices were meh, but I guess that's a personal preference"
Pros: "The whole experience was good. This would be my favorite airlines in the future to travel anywhere"
Cons: "I would have preferred some more quantity of food"
Cons: "Mediocre service, cold bread, impolite staff"
Pros: "I upgraded to premium economy and was glad I did. Extra space and and empty chair next to me."
Cons: "For a 9 hour flight, food wasn't filling nor was there enough. I wouldn't have even minded paying a little extra for snacks but a small dinner and small sandwich as a snack was all there was. Plenty of drinks though. My day did not recline all the way, I only got it to move an inch or so."
Pros: "Great flight everyone was really helpful thank you United."
Pros: "Check-in Staff were friendly and efficient. Undersold flight, so they reseated several people to give them an adjacent vacant seat, so I got to sleep curled up. Great on an 9 hour early morning flight (7am check-in, up at 3:30). Boarding and flight staff were great too."
Pros: "Nothing!! And by the way this is the last time I travel with you guys. I couldn’t travel because of my itinerary doula -Bruxelle - Zurich- Washington Dulles . I was not told when I bought the ticket that I will need a visa to transit between Bruxel to Zurich. Now they told me that my only option is to buy another ticket . Thank God éthiopien Airline was more affordable."
Cons: "Nothing!! And by the way this is the last time I travel with you guys. I couldn’t travel because of my itinerary doula -Bruxelle - Zurich- Washington Dulles . I was not told when I bought the ticket that I will need a visa to transit between Bruxel to Zurich. Now they told me that my only option is to buy another ticket . Thank God éthiopien Airline was more affordable."
Cons: "Long check-in time, bad in flight service, dalyed luggage arrival."
Pros: "Finally home!"
Pros: "Crew was great. They obviously all liked each other and that feeling was felt by me and hopefully the other passengers 767 seat arrangement across the rows is very good (2,3,2)"
Pros: "Entertainment was very good"
Cons: "It was freezing cold. Apparently something went wrong with AC system as even despite numerous complaints by passengers nothing could be done. Spending 9 hours in a freezing cold plane already has affected my and my husvand's health as we are both now coughing and with blocked noses."
Pros: "Service 0"
Cons: "Service is very bad"
Pros: "Quick, on time easy."
Cons: "Short flight.... so no food. No entertainment. Had to put my bag under plane and forgot to take out my headphones. My bad"
Cons: "Flight was delayed. Then they told us they might turn us around and take us back. It was anxiety provoking."
Pros: "Good food and frequent water service. Pleasant attendant s"
Cons: "Malfunctioning seat in front of me"
Cons: "The food was mediocre and drinks served a long time after the meal. I had a log (daylight) flight and attendants insisted that all blinds be down and then the lights were turned off in plane. No one was sleeping and most watching TV. I as a reader of books was inconvenienced by low light."
Cons: "Because of the short connection time the group of people including me made it to the gate a bit late. However the plane was still at the gate and did not leave for another 15 minutes. But they refused to take us on board saying t was too late, as a result: They sent us with the next flight to Chicago instead of Washington DC. My whole schedule was messed up as i had to fly through Chicago. My luggage was lost and i only received it 2 days later. Will file the complaint."
Pros: "The crew and ground staff kept us fairly well updated"
Cons: "An excessive delay that included having a part flown to Monterey from Los Angeles"
Cons: "NOT ON TIME EVER THIS FLIGHT IS ALWAYS DELAYED HATE TAKING IT ONLY DO AS A LAST RESORT"
Cons: "Fly on AA"
Pros: "Fortunately I had three seats to myself so I stretched out and got some sleep after the meal. Many movies to choose from for entertainment."
Cons: "united food is the worst"
Pros: "Many selection of movies to watch. There were also a nice selection of shows to watch."
Cons: "The lunch services because they ran out of one the pasta section before they even got to my row. Also the landing was a little rough"
Pros: "Straightforward, routine, on time, cheerful staff."
Cons: "Announcements made in piercing tones' I understand the necessity and that they are made in several languages, however they were loud and jarring.."
Cons: "Touch screen did not work on display unit. Was fine because I read, but still."
Pros: "Very nice flight staff. Will be joining again"
Pros: "Short. Easy."
Cons: "Flight a little late. Waited outside at SFO before anyone could board plane 15minutes it was cold."
Pros: "Flight attendants were friendly and welcoming when service was provided. The food was delicious - quinoa salad was unexpected and delicious. Also enjoyed the ice cream at the end of the meal"
Cons: "The flight on the ticket stated it was a Swiss flight operated by United. When we arrived we asked which kiosk to check in and we were misinformed. It would be a time saver if the airlines would educate their employees on where the customer should check in."
Pros: "The flight was very smooth and the crew was friendly."
Cons: "Checking in at Zurich airport was a long nightmare especially using the terminals to get boarding passes (there were three, one was broken, and other people had such a hard time using those two that there was a massive queue and I worried I would be late!). Other than that it was very lovely"
Cons: "food is so bad, low quality and small portion looong period before main meal and last meal"
Pros: "The crew were nice"
Cons: "Boarding from the rear of the plane would be more efficient and quicker. Most airlines already do this."
Airlines flying from Switzerland to Monterey 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