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IAD — SFO
Aug 11 — Aug 181
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1 adult
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January

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June

Cheapest flight

$113

Average price round-trip

$493

Good deal round-trip

$417

Good deal one-way

$209
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Top 4 airlines serving Washington, D.C. Dulles Intl to San Francisco

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8.3
Alaska AirlinesOverall score based on 31041 reviews
8.5Boarding
8.2Comfort
8.8Crew
7.8Entertainment
7.8Food
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In first class, our flight attendant was completely absent! She was playing games on her phone, never offered such basic things such as Estes, and allowed trash and service items to pile up throughout the 6 hour flight.

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In first class, our flight attendant was completely absent! She was playing games on her phone, never offered such basic things such as Estes, and allowed trash and service items to pile up throughout the 6 hour flight.

Pros: "yes"
Cons: "Not on time."
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!"
Pros: "Everything was smooth"
Cons: "Courteous and servient steward!"
Cons: "The plane’s electrical system was not working and we sat on the plane for over an hour with no A-C. Several solutions that were tried were also broken and we were told that the plane itself need to have additional electricity to start the plane for the past 4 days! Unacceptable on a usual A+ airlin"
Pros: "Smooth flight, easy on and off."
Cons: "Staff could have paid a little more attention to what the were doing. Asked 3 times for apple juice and got orange juice. By time I realized what he had given me, he was gone ☹️"
Pros: "Great crew, a lot of space in the aircraft"
Cons: "More entertainment"
Cons: "5 hour delay, forced $40 Lyft ride instead of Bart since it is past midnight/last train. I was not provided a taxi voucher."
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: "I love the new plane interiors and love how you wrote about the features in the in-flight magazine. I’m a designer and it was so nice to read about why you developed those features. Love the lighting. Bravo!"
Pros: "Sfo is ridiculous... we sat on the tarmac for an hour waiting for a shuttle bus"
Pros: "Each seat had its own built in free movie option."
Cons: "We were delayed for three hours and they really had no other options and didn't offer any apology gifts in condolence. I had two small children and they didn't even offer a snack."
Pros: "Kind crew and comfy seats."
Cons: "The seats were too compact, and the water tasted funny. Also IAD is not well equipped for snow."
Cons: "More plentiful food selections? Everything served had dairy which I can’t do."
Pros: "Lots of entertainment options"
Cons: "Need a snack on a six-hour flight. Also, didn't receive drink service until a couple of hours in and was only served about 1/4 cup worth of soda. Disappointing"
Cons: "Delays"
Pros: "Modernized flight, no delays, military member service"
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: "On time and the flight crew kept everyone well in formed."
Cons: "The plane was too hot...way too hot...for most of the flight. The cabin crew was very polite but not very attentive. It took forever just to get a glass of water...plain water."
Pros: "The boarding was fast and easy. Since Alaska airlines have bought virgin and uses some of the fleet it was nice to have some free entertainment and leg room."
Cons: "Well food still not free except for the usual complementary drink and cookie. I think since you pay a lot for the flight plus baggage fees the least they can give you is better food."
Pros: "Flight crew was wonderful."
Cons: "They ran out of cups......"
Cons: "Sony handycam and cables were stolen out of my carry-on suitcase during TSA screening. on Sept. 29th, about 8:00 - 8:30 time frame. This was to be used for my Dad's full honors funeral service at Arlington Cemetery on Oct. 1. I had gone through Alaska Airline check in, then to TSA screening where the crime took place."
Pros: "Smooth no delay"
Cons: "Na"
Pros: "Very friendly crew. On time flight. New airplanes. Free movies."
Cons: "Please provide more meal options available for purchse."
Pros: "The plane was on-time. Boarding was easy. Flight attendants were very helpful. They helped passengers get to their seats, find places for their luggage. Entertainment options were good. Bags arrived within a reasonable amount of time"
Cons: "I wish they would provide more food options or at least stock a few more of the ones they have. The fruit and cheese tray sells out early making it a long flight without real food. I don’t consider chips and cookies lunch food."
Pros: "Very faster arrived."
Cons: "No meals."
Pros: "One beverage cart pass during a very long flight. No food available unless preordered. Not even the obligatory mini pretzels."
Pros: "Crews and service are nice"
Cons: "Flight was an hour late."
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"
Cons: "Very good"
Pros: "The flight attendants were very friendly and attentive. The Red system makes the flight much easier. It has entertainment, you can order your food and keep track of the flight stats"
Cons: "The plane had problems delaying the flight by 3hrs. Alaska really should change how they load the plane. After all the special people (first class, mvps, etc.) then passengers without carryons then people with carryons. This would speed up the process and keep people from getting stuck behind people who are messing with their bags."
Pros: "Not a lot"
Cons: "The crew was rude, they weren’t helpful. And they were talking bad about another customer infront if other customers"
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."
Cons: "I was told repeatedly I was in the wrong seat and told to show my boarding pass because I did not appear to the stewardess to belong in first class. No other passenger in first class was treated this way. It was rude and embarrassing, and frankly very unprofessional."
Pros: "Flight said canceled but they rerouted it to Oakland but no where on any monitors does it say this. The screen for boarding said Cancun even while boarding to Oakland. No one helping people when they got off the plane to transport them to SFO. Standing in the rain waiting for shuttle.Poor experience"
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."
Pros: "Even though my flight was only 1.5 hours, the airline gave us access to free entertainment using their Wi-Fi, and they gave us a mini snack box with three tasty items. The seats were comfortable as well and each seat was equipped with a port to charge your cellphone or laptop, which I found very handy & considerate. It was a pleasant experience."
Pros: "Delayed"
Cons: "Terrible delays"
Pros: "The crew was very attentive and had great personality. They anticipated any needs we had."
Cons: "We weren't alerted there was a chance of delays. Over two hours late."
Pros: "Nothing to like."
Cons: "Cabin was way too hot despite complaining multiple times. Wi-Fi didn’t work the whole flight. The entertainment system was down. Seats uncomfortable. Inept crew. Worst flight I’ve ever taken."
Pros: "No food, late by hour"
Pros: "Excellent crew and clean aircraft"
Cons: "Sat on tarmac for 20 mins because we were early..."
Pros: "Quickly moving through the airport."
Cons: "Take out old planes. It was really run down."
Pros: "The crew was communicative and courteous."
Cons: "There was a flight delay in LAX due to a maintenance issue. The captain and crew informed us before we boarded the plane which was excellent. However, they could not figure out what was wrong with the planed and delayed the boarding for another 3 hours, putting our 1900 departure time to 2100."
Pros: "The plane was nice"
Cons: "I’m still sitting in Minneapolis so I would have liked to be at my destination. And I had to pay for the overnight accommodations."
Pros: "Crew was friendly."
Cons: "Wish the seat was more comfortable. Landing was jittery and bumpy."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I came from a long trip from France, the seat I was assigned was not reclinable, close to the restroom. I was totally exhausted from the previous flight, not able to sleep at all and when I tried to stretch my legs by sitting sidewards on the aisle a crew member keep bothering me to keep my legs out"
Pros: "Very comfortable, no complaints."
Cons: "No delays. And have the terminal bridge in working order"
Pros: "Crew was friendly, capt. had smooth take off and landing."
Cons: "Late gate change threw me for a loop. Had dinner with some friends in terminal before they caught a different flight. Walked to my gate only to find flight had changed to a different terminal and gate. Ended up fine because there was a delay with the lane switch, but made me a little anxious."
Pros: "Yes"
Cons: "Took off late. Other than that very comfortable and great experience"
Pros: "Flight was smooth, arrived early..crew was prompt and courteous."
Pros: "I really enjoyed the service on Delta. The entire process was better than what i've come to expect on airlines. My flight attendant was Kate, and she was awesome - super friendly, professional, thoughtful."
Pros: "It is a busy travel day and this flight was unbelievably smooth. The entire crew was competent and friendly."
Pros: "Overall service was great."
Cons: "Flight was delayed 5 hours."
Pros: "Having three seats."
Cons: "I had three seats to myself! After getting elbowed all the way from Amsterdam to Minneapolis, I was tired and I slept three good hours."
Pros: "Better than average entertainment system for domestic flights."
Cons: "Boarding done against logic: my seat was in the last 5 rows of the cabin and I was scheduled to board in the final group. When I got to my seat the first 30 rows were nearly fully, but the back of the plane was half empty. The whole time the gate agent was urging passengers to move faster through the aisle, but Delta should really rethink its boarding strategy. It shouldn't take 40 minutes to board a 757."
Cons: "Kayak a howed my gate as something that didn’t exist at the terminal. I went to a kayak help desk to have a ticket printed that showed my TSA precheck because it wasn’t showing on my mobile ticket, and no one was there to help. I waisted for 10 mins. It then took me nearly 2 hours to get through security. I asked if I could get through quicker and was told I could not, despite it being passed my boarding time. I then ran to my gate where I waited for another 10 mins (no one was there, again) and then an employee came out and said they couldn’t let anyone board once the door was shut. He then directed me to the delta help desk (there was at least 20 people behind me who missed their flight). I then had to pay an additional $75 to get a later flight. The whole experience was awful and I’m disappointed with Kayak and the gate confusion, but mostly Delta and the lack of customer service."
Cons: "Sat on the runway for over an hour to get the gate. Unacceptable."
Pros: "Fly attenden alwas with a beautiful smile"
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Take a long time to taxi to the gate & getting off the plane."
Pros: "Everything was great, easy boarding, great idea (board ahead of your zone if you check bag free at gate), courteous staff, good food choices, arrived ahead of schedule, good movies."
Pros: "Great and friendly crew"
Cons: "baggage rules, check in with baggage, change fee for flight when it was not customers issue that caused the 5 min delay! Unable to reach reservation desk on line or via phone (neither was the gate agent)"
Cons: "Seeing as I’m still waiting for my flight, more than five hours later I am not inclined to rank it highly. This airport is an embarrassment and I will try my best to never fly Delta again. Weather is no excuse for this."
Pros: "The movie selection is very good"
Cons: "Both boarding the flight and getting off the flight were severely delayed. The flight attendants also seemed to ignore half the plane when handing out drinks and when picking up trash. I had to flag someone down after they had simply walked past my row both times."
Pros: "Being on time."
Cons: "Force me to take a bad seat"
Cons: "Delayed two hours"
Pros: "We were not happy with our flight my flight got cancelled 3 times I miss work they need to reimburse us and also reimburses the hotel cuz we had to stay at a hotel because they cancelled our flight three times and then our flight that we went out on Monday was late because of a flight attendant arriving late to the hotel to the airport"
Pros: "I didn't get a chance to get the gentleman's name at the gate, but he was able to get me on the earlier flight (since I had NO luggage and only 1 carry on that fit under my seat) and didn't charge me the stupid fee for filling a seat that was empty when I was giving up a seat on a later flight that would accommodate those who missed this earlier flight. Nice to see kindness in an industry that seizes fees on every opportunity."
Pros: "It got me to SFO earlyish"
Cons: "Was told to go away and wait for name to appear on screen for seat assignment. Was seated apart from travel companion. Got to sit next to folks with questionable hygiene, seat broken. Seatbelt broken. Stuck in back of plane window seat and was supposed to be “happy”. I was brilliantly ignored by crew. Seat back entertainment broken snd flight crew never answered the call button. Got to watch bag handlers throw and drop luggage like true gorillas. Delta, this time you truely are the worst. Wont book you again."
Pros: "We'd paid extra for main cabin so hot to choose seats and got in flight entertainment.. Staff were friendly."
Cons: "No free wifi."
Cons: "There delay"
Pros: "The crew on Delta create a welcome atmosphere every time I have flown with them."
Pros: "The entertainment options and noticing the little touches that Delta is making to improve the brand and experience."
Cons: "Seems like there are legacy "attitude" issues with the crew. I sat on the aisle yesterday, and SEVERAL times I was bumped, quite rudely, by passing crew. In one instance, as they passed to pick up trash, they took two of my three items. They started walking on, and I tapped them as they passed to pick up the third. She brusquely turned and said: don't touch me to get my attention. No please; quite rude, and unnecessary."
Cons: "Flight was delayed for very 4 hrs sat in plane for 2.5 of those. Flight was delayed dye to strike in Barcelona. But replacement plane had fueling problems delaying the flight another 2 hours"
Cons: "Zero communication to the passengers as to why we were delayed for almost an hour sitting on the plane"
Pros: "The crews were very friendly and everything went as planned. It was a nice flight."
Pros: "They arrived on schedule."
Cons: "Seated in the rear middle seat. I had no options to select a seat when I checked in or made my reservation that wasn't an extra charge. I'mover 6' tall and middle seats are painful, especially cross country. Airlines need to be a little more attentive to their customers' needs. If a passenger is taller than average, and the flight is more than 60 minutes, provide comfortable seating at no extra charge. If a customer has a short layover, which their system knows about since it is the sourve of the flight plans, put the customer toward the front of the aircraft since these flights are habitually late and customers end up having to sprint through airports to try to make connections."
Cons: "I didnt like that my flight was canceled and rebooked for no reason. This created me big problem in Athens that they couldnt find my ticket in delta. Also I didnt like that i had to stand and wait for 3 hours in the line because my flight was canceled but no one could let us know if there gonna be any flights within the day. I slept in the airport because i couldnt find a hotel to spend the night close to the airport. They were all full and i had no time to find one since I was waiting there for 3 hours with no informational. I slept on the floor and delta didnt even offer us a blanket. That was my worst trip ever."
Pros: "Crew was polite"
Cons: "Rocky takeoff"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Being scammed by the Chinese, China Southern"
Pros: "Decent food and drink. Flight attendants were very nice, although not quite as excellent as on the other Air France flights which I had on this trip"
Cons: "The seat is angled when fully reclined so there's a feeling that you'll slide off the seat, making it difficult to find a good position to sleep. Video screen seemed quite large. Headphones were noise canceling and worked well"
Pros: "Delta treats diamond medallion members better than any other airlines treats their elite members"
Cons: "No in seat entertainment"
Pros: "Seats were comfortable"
Cons: "Provide coffee at least"
Cons: "The seats are extremely restrictive and in a aisle seat I had the gentleman sitting next to me with thighs touching and attendants brushing by me as I squished to left to avoid contact with him. Entertainment screen between center seat and window seat so I just didn't even try to look at it and mostly just leaned forward to have a little space. Also another inch or 2 was taken by person in front of me putting their seat back. With such restrictive space why is this even possible??? Flying has become ridiculous and I try not to as much as I can."
Cons: "50 minute wait for a gate to deplane. How could there not be a gate at 10:30 pm? It’s not like our arrival was a surprise!?"
Pros: "They had the AC on while we were waiting on the plane at the gate for 1.5hours"
Cons: "That the flight was delayed for 2 hours, information was inaccurate/missing, they knew we'd miss our connections but did nothing except, "they'll deal with it in San Francisco" and when we landed there was no one in sight to help us--no escorts/expedite to gates, no one to tell us where to get rebooked, and after going back and forth between terminals, waited in line an hour to get rebooked on a series of flights that would get me in 22hrs later after my original flight."
Pros: "The seats were decent for a domestic flight. Everything was timely."
Cons: "More food. Better entertainment."
Cons: "I'm expecting more from AA. We were delayed for 2.5 hr since we didn't have a pilot !!!!!"
Cons: "Speaker volume was too high."
Cons: "salt free option for snacks; flight could have not been delayed but that’s not the flight crew’s fault. winds at sfo caused us to delay our takeoff"
Pros: "Flight attendants were friendly and thoughtful."
Cons: "Seating is too tight. Hard to believe that in 2019, major airlines still have seats without any electrical or UBS outlets for charging devices."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Tiny seats, no snack or napkin with the drink. Noise in back."
Pros: "Everyone was so nice and I appreciated the chance to pre-board with my toddler! Thank you."
Pros: "Plane was clean"
Cons: "My belongings stolen"
Pros: "Entertainment system was up to date with personal screens."
Cons: "Flight was delayed by an hour. The new departure time was moved twice after we were already invited for boarding. Attendants failed to communicate new times or make any announcements absolutely whatsoever. Just stood in line to board for almost an hour."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Was missed due to delayed flight"
Cons: "The flight was delayed. The food was not great. There is not a lot of space in these planes, and it was a long flight. There is no power supply."
Cons: "No signage for checking bags. Was total cluster. No one knew where to take bags or what line to be in. Employees kept telling us we were in the wrong line but didn’t seem to tell us what was the correctly line."
Cons: "Aircraft at least in our section was very cold the whole flight. My young son was very cold even in a sweatshirt. I was very cold in a sweater, shirt, and jeans. I asked a crew member if they might have a blanket to cover my son, he brusquely replied “No blankets, no pillows!” So we just froze for 5.5 hours."
Cons: "headphone jack defective but more importantly the SFO arrival gate not available for over 45 minutes...."
Pros: "Flight attendants actually seemed to care about what they were doing. Seats were pretty comfy for once."
Cons: "Flight delayed with no explanation or apologies. Putting two and two together from the airport monitors it looks like they had to swap planes due to a scheduling or maintenance issue. Just another chapter in the neverending saga of delayed American airlines flights"
Cons: "Because they canceled my flight and i had to buy another ticket for 380$ and after that I realized my chair was available and i took a picture. It was really bad and i never choose again American Airlines."
Pros: "The only positive thing to be said for the flight was that the seat was not uncomfortable."
Cons: "Entertainment system did not work during entire flight; crew (stewards) lied to passengers on the ground that it would work after takeoff, only admitting after we were in the air that they had been told by the technicians it would not work at all. Crew did not respond to call lights when pressed (in First Class), nor did they know how to operate the power system."
Pros: "Flight had very few people on it so everyone could stretch out for the 6 hour flight."
Cons: "The original flight turned around 45 minutes in and I missed my connecting flight. AA refused to try and get me on another flight the same day so I could make it to Sydney on the original day I was supposed to land. We waited 2/3 hours to board a whole new flight, and AA hardly compensated. If anything they should’ve provided a meal at least instead of a bag of pretzels. Flight crew seemed very inconvenienced and it showed."
Pros: "Flexibility and helpfulness of staff."
Cons: "I no longer fit in the seats because they keep shrinking the pitch"
Pros: "The boarding process was ok."
Cons: "The entertainment system failed again."
Pros: "Quick and did good job"
Cons: "After flying Japan Airlines I wish there were more free food and entertainment"
Cons: "No personal TV for entertainment"
Pros: "Landed early"
Cons: "The seats were not as good as the ones on my BA flight to Heathrow and then Rome. Also, cross country flight but no in flight entertainment. Arrived early in PHL and American would not let me move up to an earlier PHL-SFO flight since it was a code share booked with BA. Should not be my fault as when booking it indicated all four of my flights were with BA. Once booked it indicated the return flights were code share with AA. American should have allowed me on the earlier flight. That would have opened a seat on the scheduled flight which had people waiting on standby."
Pros: "Plane was new and entertainment was free. Great service too."
Cons: "American has improved a lot"
Pros: "Friendly crew"
Cons: "No entertainment."
Pros: "Flight was on time."
Cons: "For a flight five hours or more I was disappointed that there was no complimentary food. It otherwise it was fine"
Pros: "blanket made it comfortable"
Cons: "No entertainment options"
Pros: "I really enjoyed the movies on this flight and they had us change to better seats before we took off"
Pros: "See above"
Cons: "See above"
Cons: "Surprisingly, AA provided the worst experience of the overall itinerary, compared to Aer Lingus and Iberia. The AA plane was outdated, cramped legroom - despite having purchased an "upgraded seat" and departed 1hr late"
Pros: "No entertainment nothing"
Cons: "Nothing"
Pros: "The flight crew was great and it was a very smooth landing."
Cons: "Had to pay extra for seats so we could sit together, near the front of the plane (not really, and no bathroom nearby, very small seats with zero legroom). we were delayed twice (40m then 1h10m) then told to go to a different terminal because now our flight WAS leaving on time! so we hauled over there only to be delayed again several times. we know it was a weather thing, but just wish there was more accurate info about when we would actually take off. seats on outgoing flight from SFO to CLT were GREAT, very roomy, comfortable. Coming back- not so much."
Pros: "Crew"
Cons: "Before I booked the flight I noticed it was only on time 53% of the time. True to that number we were delayed almost an hour before takeoff. Why schedule fights so close if almost half the time it's delayed? Something needs to change."
Pros: "Pilot did a great job coming into SFO airport. Had to abort landing and do it again."
Cons: "Unless we slept through it, no food or snack was served. It was a 6+ hour flight. I was awake for water and soda offerings but not even nuts. To be fair, I may have been asleep but I woke up every time a drink was offered. We came from a connecting international flight with no time to get a meal. We grabbed a bagel as we rushed through the airport. I didn't pick the flight so we couldn't have more time."
Pros: "Good communication"
Cons: "I don't understand why you boarded the flight when it seemed you knew there would be a delay to take off to SFO. We boarded only to learn we would sit at the gate for 30 min and the wait on the tarmac for anothe 40. Why not just delay the flight an board an hour later? It would have been a lot more comfortable in the terminal."
Cons: "Multiple delays, ended up having to change flights, then 2nd flight was also delayed. The only silver lining was the customer service representative, I think named Sofie(?) was astoundingly wonderful and helpful."
Cons: "People still using mobiles as we were taking off. Crew seemed not too bothered."
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Customer service was not great. They canceled my flight without any great reason. While I learned about another situation regarding my flight, I was not treated well on the phone by costumer service. I don't think I want to fly with American Airlines again."
Pros: "Nothing absolute nightmare .. no water .. are you serious"
Pros: "Boarding the plane from the back first saved longer queues. Unfortunately people cheat and the boarding officers don't send them back to the right queue. Toilets were clean. Staff excellent. I was glad all my flights were stuffed to the gunnels. Presumably that is best for the environment rather than lots of planes with fewer passengers in each."
Cons: "Passport control with new computer ID checks was fast. Baggage was slow coming. I booked through Netflights and they didn't book me a good seat. If I could have changed it myself they should have told me. On the way to Tampa on 3rd March I couldn't check in within 24 hours and had to wait half an hour while they changed our plane. BA used to do short science programmes which I loved. Shame these have finished."
Cons: "Sits were not comfortable."
Cons: "My flight was delayed for 3 hours and they where rude about my flight being delayed"
Cons: "As I mentioned in my last comment I was seated at the back of the plane on over four and a half hour flight by the time the food got to me they had ran out that I mention that I'm a diabetic with high blood pressure so I have to sit and suffer for over 3 hours will never ever fly American again"
Pros: "Things went ok"
Cons: "The plane was old"
Pros: "Comfortable seats. Flight left on time"

Good services

Air travel has become a “human cattle call” but United tries to make a bit better. However, getting across the USA in one day is awesome!

Cons: "Food"
Pros: "Good entertainment options"
Cons: "They did not even pretend to care about passengers who did not wear a mask. Very disappointing."
Pros: "I was able to change my seat."
Cons: "Five hour delay, no entertainment, no food... A really poor experience."
Cons: "6 hour flight did not have meal or entrainment. There were no blankets available. The cabin temperature was warm in the front of the plane and cold in the back of the plane"
Pros: "Once we took off everything was good"
Cons: "We boarded and pushed off from the gate on time. Then the plane was forced back to the gate because of some mistake the ground crew made when loading the jet. This caused an hour plus delay getting to SFO"
Cons: "More frequent drinks/water"
Pros: "Friendly crew members."
Cons: "issues with the entertainment system. Food is not very palatable, just passable."
Pros: "Smooth flight"
Cons: "Bigger seats"
Cons: "The fuel mishap made us late which is just not ok.g get it right."
Pros: "The staff and crew were excellent"
Cons: "Legroom was far too tight, by at least an inch. Entertainment such as recent movies, available on other airlines for free, was available only for pay."
Pros: "Plane was airborne"
Cons: "Departure delayed, no wi-fi, poor cabin service, lack of personnel, more interested in charging for drinks(wine/beer), dirty, smelly seats, and lavatory, unstable charger port"
Pros: "The captain and first officer were top notch! They were very polite and kind. The plane seemed clean."
Cons: "One of the female flight attendants was passive aggressive to anyone she didn’t agree with. She wasn’t out right rude but nonetheless, she doesn’t need to act like that."
Pros: "Everything wasnt bad."
Cons: "Had seating in the very back row in 38 middle seat, was very cramped and uncomfortable, felt claustrophobic. Other than that, probably will avoid the back row from now on."
Cons: ":)"
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: "Comfortable, no issues."
Pros: "Everything except meal. For a 5+ hours flight they should at least give a full can of soft drink instead of sharing it to 4"
Cons: "In cabin service."
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: "No e service"
Cons: "Food was not included entertainment was not include at that price"
Cons: "Old plane even though we upgraded to first class it was just bigger seats no entertainment cold draft just horrible felt like we were flying back in the 80s. Lastly our luggage didn't come with our flight it came with the next flight. Horrible horrible experience"
Pros: "Helpful agent who rebooked. Food vouchers but didn't nearly cover the cost of airport food."
Cons: "Getting to airport early only to find at the last moment the plane was delayed causing us to miss our connecting flight. Had to rebook and spent the entire day in airports arriving at our destination very late at night. Wasted a day of vacation."
Cons: "No leg room, even sitting in Economy Plus! Very disappointed on this flight. 5 hour flight on 737."
Pros: "New plane, good entertainment system"
Cons: "Horribly uncomfortable, anti-ergonomic seats -- now back pain, lower back pain, leg cramps, etc. Very, very bad seat design. Even despite Economy Plus -- still bad."
Pros: "Everything was perfect!"
Cons: "The flight was delayed 2 hours"
Pros: "At least they made the TV free"
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."
Cons: "Food was inedible. Refund requested and received. Male flight attendant was inattentive, careless, and a poor attitude. Seats are crowded beyond reason."
Pros: "Wi-Fi through the United app is a nice feature; able to watch two movies during IAD - SFO. Newer plane had more comfortable seats than older 320."
Cons: "Arriving at terminal early and having to wait on the tarmac for a gate to clear."
Pros: "nothing"
Cons: "1. Delayed flights- I took a round trip SFO-IAD. Both my flights were delayed by 3 hours each. Reached my destination at odd hours and was never compensated. 2. Not apologetic !"
Pros: "The stewards were nice and they were prompt. The plane seemed to be well cleaned inside and they were quick to get everyone boarded and bags stowed underneath. The pilot knew what he was doing and I had no worries there. Everyone was doing their jobs as well as they could be done."
Cons: "The air nozzle above my seat was broken and would not turn off so I freezing the entire flight, as well as the tray table seeming like it was meant for the lap of an infant versus myself and I can't imagine how someone with longer legs than myself dealt with the way it folded down. The take off was rough either seemingly due to tires or perhaps a rough runway. The wifi on the plane would not work. It worked ok my first flight but not on the second. I don't know why and no one knew why either, had the latest app and it was updated to the current version."
Cons: "No in-flight entertainment, unless you purchased Direct TV. And if you did not -- you had a super bright Direct TV commercial flashing in your eyes for 6 hours. Seat was broken and did not recline. I had a tight connection to make (20 minutes) and upon asking if they could call the gate or help me deplane quickly, stewardess's response was that "there are other flights tomorrow". Very unhelpful. It worked out, because my connecting flight was cancelled. At which point United told me they could get me on another flight FOUR DAYS later. Or a 9-hour bus to my destination two days later. Yes, a bus. So I ended up taking another flight two days later to a destination three hours from my original itinerary and renting a car at my own expense. Worst flight experience ever -- I will never fly United if I can't help it."
Pros: "not much"
Cons: "rude lady"
Pros: "No Lufthansa?!"
Cons: "No Lufthansa?!"
Pros: "Roomy seats"
Cons: "Have to pay to watch movies"
Cons: "My flight had 90 minutes delay."
Cons: "The seats were the worst ever. They would not recline and the un detachable pillow on the seats were even more uncomfortable."
Cons: "Booked a seat and paid for it then got moved without any notice."
Cons: "$8 to have any entertainment. No power available for personal entertainment."
Pros: "The notifications via apo"
Cons: "My connecting flight was cancelled when I got to Dulles, all of the passengers had top make changes to flights on their own, I was placed on standby twice, so I didn't have time to stop and eat, and I finally got a flight, there wasn't even food to buy, only snacks, I got terribly ill, because I went about ten hours without eating. My connection was changed to Austin, where I had a layover then tooto San Francisco. This allowed me to get at 7, local tone instead of waiting until ten local time. My flight got in so late, I was unable to drive the additional 4 hours I was supposed to, so I had to get a room, because I arrived after being up for nearly 24 hours. Very disappointed in my arrival flight,I hope my flight home is better. Couldn't access the free entertainment on the app I installed the day before."
Cons: "Flight was delayed for mechanical reasons... Almost missed my connection in San Francisco. My bag got lost."
Cons: "Should have a better food than a very small bag of snacks. Should have some movies or series free to watch. United international planes are better for that"
Pros: "The Captain did a great job of letting passengers know when to expect turbulence ahead, time of arrival (we arrived early), etc. Crew was friendly"
Cons: "Complementary food selection was poor - would like to see healthier snack options (100% all natural, organic, etc.) and allergy alternatives (gluten free, soy free, non GMO, etc). Seating was uncomfortable (economy class) and AC adapter plug was loose (iPhone charging adapter wouldn't stay secure in outlet below seat) Wasn't seated next to my spouse although tickets were purchased at the same time (on same transaction)"
Pros: "2 hour delay leaving Dulles for a multitude of constantly changing reasons"
Pros: "I have RLS, & usually am in agony after 1 hour of sitting, even with pills . The ride was so comfortable I made it 5 out of 6 hours without pain . The higher seats in the larger plane were a lifesaver ."
Cons: "The zesty ranch snack burnt my mouth, maybe have a substitute.?"
Cons: "Three hours delayed"
Pros: "Boarding was pretty quick. The crew was very friendly. I have to say United is one of the best airlines to fly. I really like how they come to offer food/drink, then snack, then water, then coffee. It's nice to have the constant attention. Trash is picked up right away. it's great service."
Cons: "when I just paid 7.99 to watch a movie and the crew makes really long announcements, interrupting the movie. They could make some of those announcements before the inflight entertainment starts. I think announcements should be quick and to the point, nobody likes to hear someone trying to remember what they were about to say. Also there was a problem getting the thing that connects the plane to the building when it was time to be let off and everyone was getting really hot while we waited 30 minutes to be let out."
Pros: "Pleasant but not available"

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