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Trying to decide which carrier to use

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Rome next May. We'll be flying out of Indianapolis and, thus, will have to travel to one of several hubs to catch a direct flight to Rome. We have a 10% off voucher on United, but since price isn't my only concern, I'm willing to consider other carriers. My biggest concerns are on-time performance, especially on the way to Rome and arrival time. We are flying coach (yuck) and want no more than one stop.

On United, we'll have to fly out of Dulles and Newark. From a layover standpoint, I prefer the itineraries out of Newark. I typcially build in a decent layover on both ends and the Newark itineraries are better in that regard. I also like that the Newark flight gets into Rome at 7:45 a.m.. We have to catch a train from Termini to get to Umbria, and I'd sure prefer to make the train that leaves just before noon. But neither airport is known for its on-time performance, and that's a definite concern.

Delta has a flight out of Atlanta that gets into Rome at 7:30 a.m., so that would be swell. Atlanta appears to have better on-time performance, too. Granted, we may end up paying a bit more without the assistance of the United voucher, but getting headed out on time is worth some money.

The remaining airline I've been looking at is US Air out of either Philly or Charlotte. Those flights get in later and we'd also get home later, so they're not my ideal. AT this point, then, it would appear that the two top contenders are Delta and United. Does anybody have any preference themselves as between the two--with their respective departure airports in mind?

So far, the other airlines--American, Air France, British Air, etc., are not competively priced, but I am keeping an eye on them. Some fly out of Chicago--an airport that I'm familiar with and which there are many flights to from Indy.

Thanks for your advice and help!

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