Domestic or Foreign Airline?

Jan 9th, 2010, 11:19 AM
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Domestic or Foreign Airline?

Flying to Barcelona from Detroit in May. Never flown internationally. Some better traveled
friends claim I will get better treatment on a foreign airline like Iberia,Lufthansa or BOAC (more space, more comfort, etc.)
Have any of you had experience along these lines?
Ralph from Ohio
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Jan 9th, 2010, 01:06 PM
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I find pretty much zero difference between US and foreign carriers. Others disagree, but that's life. FWIW, I fly across the Atlantic at least 6 to 10 times each year. I usually fly on Delta or Northwest.

Regardless, I don't think anyone would consider Iberia to be a quality airline, so no need to prioritize them over an American carrier. Even if you like Lufthansa (I find them very, very ordinary), connecting in Frankfurt is a waste of your time. BA doesn't work, since it requires a double-connection (DTW-xxx-LHR-BCN).

Frankly, for this itinerary, the American carriers are decent options. Taking Delta/Northwest on DTW-AMS-BCN, would probably be my preferred option. Air France, via CDG would be good, too. Otherwise, connecting with Continental or Delta, via New York would be good options.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 02:30 PM
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BOAC became British Airways (or BA NEVER British Air) in 1974
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Jan 9th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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If you want a free drink (wine, beer, alcohol) go with the foreign airlines. If you want an airline that turns off the fasten seatbelt sign, go with a foreign airline.

But most people know this so if the price is $200 cheaper, go with the U.S. airline.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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Wally we already discussed that you get free beer and wine on Delta,remember?
I agree with Travelgourmet-either her itinerary or fly to and out of JFK or Atlanta nonstop to Barcelona.
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