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Soooo...am I being witchy to want more? (Airplane story!)

Soooo...am I being witchy to want more? (Airplane story!)

Sep 5th, 2018, 10:15 AM
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JetBlue's seats are NOT more comfortable than AA's First seats, and you know it.
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Sep 5th, 2018, 10:35 AM
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I am not sure who you are addressing but I have never flown anything other than cattle class.
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Sep 5th, 2018, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Amy View Post
My return email expressed my understanding of this but asked if there was any further incentive they could offer for me to fly American again; quick answer back this time, all squiffy that they were sorry I wasn't completely happy but that basically they didn't have to do anything. Yay for you, American Airlines.
Sounds like my one and only attempt to address AA for redress.

They assured me that while they acknowledge that they suck, they work hard to only suck as much as the industry average (barring unforeseen or unplanned circumstances, at which time they reserve the right to suck completely)

That said, so far they haven't yet sucked (at least in my presence) quite as bad as United has. But they'd have to make a real effort to be that bad.
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Sep 5th, 2018, 07:23 PM
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And neither of them quite compared to Aer Lingus, where I had to stand most of the way across the Atlantic because my seat fell apart about an hour into the flight.

Literally, there was a bare spring sticking up from a hole in the seat portion. Then the back wasn't screwed down and when I tried to lean back to get off the spring, it sort of fell off (on one side) into the person's lap behind me. Meanwhile, after the naturally expected complaint to an FA, I was still being told in an irritated Irish brogue to "please sit down." It was like a surreal segment from the holiday episode of Father Ted.
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Sep 5th, 2018, 07:52 PM
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Somehow that reminds me of this classic Irish ditty:

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Sep 5th, 2018, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by jahoulih View Post
Somehow that reminds me of this classic Irish ditty:
Thank you for that a 1000 times over.
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Sep 6th, 2018, 09:09 AM
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That "Irish ditty" was great.

I have to comment on this. My Lufthansa flight from Seattle to Frankfurt was cancelled due to a strike, I think in Germany. I had used frequent flyer miles for the flight, so while all the paying passengers were getting new flights, I was stuck making calls to United Mileage Plus, waiting close to an hour to speak to an operator. Twice. So after much drama, I was finally able to be re-scheduled. However that took so long that I couldn't make the flight that day, so the operator arranged the flight for the next day. I went to the counter to see if my luggage was still there. It was, and in addition to giving me back my luggage, they also gave me a voucher for a hotel for the night and also for $25 worth of dinner.
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Sep 6th, 2018, 10:57 AM
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Glad you enjoyed the ditty, CC and Peg. I think I first saw it when PatrickLondon posted it here, so some of the credit goes to him.
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Sep 8th, 2018, 05:09 PM
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Try writing to Christopher Elliott; he's taken on some tough cases and persuaded the airline to do the right thing. Eventually.

https://www.elliott.org/subscribe.php
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Sep 9th, 2018, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jahoulih View Post
Glad you enjoyed the ditty, CC and Peg. I think I first saw it when PatrickLondon posted it here, so some of the credit goes to him.
Jahoulih (and PatrickLondon) that Irish Ditty made my day - and made me even more eager for my approaching trip to the UK. Many thanks.
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Sep 12th, 2018, 10:04 AM
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I loved the ditty, thanks for the smile.

I did take a Jet Blue flight from Boston to LA called Mist. We went cattle class, but the seats were wider and farther from the ones in front of us than on other lines and after the initial service, you could go to a snack area for non alcoholic drinks and snacks if twenty peanuts wasn't plenty for you
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Sep 16th, 2018, 08:40 AM
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FWIW, if someone is flying from PHL to a European destination that requires a connection, I can recommend the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, especially if you can spring for premium economy. I've been taking it from FRA to PHL and back for 10 years in a row now. PE is in a separate cabin with just three rows (business has four) and in a 2-3-2 config, so it's usually quiet and the seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room. Moreover, you'll be the first off the plane on arrival, even ahead of business. From FRA there are direct flights to many European cities, along with direct rail links to destinations in Germany, Switzerland, etc. The only downside is that in FRA you will never pull up directly to a gate (or leave from one), there's always a bus ride involved. Other than that, it's been the most pleasant non-biz way for me to get back and forth between continental Europe and PA.

The flight from FRA to PHL leaves early afternoon, so you can try for an early morning flight from other European cities. I catch either an early flight from Basel or train up to FRA the night before and spend the night at the Hilton or Hilton Garden Inn, both excellent and both located in the airport complex along with several ok restaurants. https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en...e-squaire.html
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Sep 16th, 2018, 09:06 AM
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Thanks, Weisser! I'm not sure where my next trip will be (although probably not Europe) but I would like to connect through Frankfort with a long layover if I'm going in that general direction--one of my former students is now working there for the National Bank. We got a chance to meet up in Prague, but it would be nice to do so again in his home territory.
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