Suggested Airline for Travel to London

May 12th, 2005, 07:47 AM
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Suggested Airline for Travel to London

I am supposed to fly United From DC to London on Sunday. United was my 1st choice for an airline since I can earn the frequent flyer miles toward my existing account with USAIR. However, I am a little concerned about the possible strike and so am also holding a reservation on British Airways. Do any of you have any thoughts on the strike and/or would encourage me to forgo the miles if you think BA is a much better airline to fly transatlantic? I need to make my decision ASAP since my travel agent needs to ticket me today. Thanks!
Sara79 is offline  
May 12th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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I would suggest click on miles and points and then the United forum. The folks over thier generally have good info on strikes etc...
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May 12th, 2005, 08:41 AM
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If United goes on strike, I would think you should be rebooked with another carrier at no cost to you. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has had this experience.
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May 12th, 2005, 09:00 AM
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If you need the USAirway Dividend miles, there are several one-stop choices out there. Besides US's own flight to Gatwick (via Philly), you can also fly Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), SAS (Copehagen) or fly up to Toronto or Montreal to connect to BMI.
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May 12th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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The US Legislature has passed a law which I belive requires US airlines to accomdate on a standby basis for a fee not to exceed $50 if a scheduled carrier quits flying.

The bigger problem would be getting a seat. I don't think there are tons of empty seats on international flights lately.
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May 12th, 2005, 07:52 PM
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Most international flights have priority to fly when it comes down to strikes. I would fly the airline that you have miles with (I take United everywhere). BA is a good airline. The seats seem to have more feet room than United (at least for a SFO - LHR flight). BA is partners with American Airlines so you can get miles with them; but I would go with the airline you have miles with to get that 3000 miles (+25% if you're premier).
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May 13th, 2005, 04:27 AM
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TransBuddie, I'm not sure if I'm reading this right or not, so please help me to understand what you meant. You said that BA partners w/AA so you can get miles from them. I can't see where AA fits into this scenario, as the OP is a member of USAIR's FF club. As for BA and AA being partners, that much is true, but they do not give points for each other's flights on transatalantic routes.
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