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20th-May-2017 07:12 pm
Poll #2067947 Flight and other things

When you fly someplace, and are able to select your own seat (in economy class, let's say) which of these three options do you choose?

a window seat
an aisle seat
a middle seat

Same question as above, do you prefer a seat closer to the front or the back of the plane?

closer to the front
closer to the back

So among the following choices, which seat would you pick?

a window seat close to the front
a window seat close to the back
an aisle seat close to the front
an aisle seat close to the back
a middle seat close to the front
a middle seat close to the back

Hypothetical: you're booking a flight for yourself. You have two choices-a flight on an airline that has gotten bad press for overbooking and removing a passenger off of a plane against his will (let's say hypothetically, it's United), or another airline that costs $30 more for the flight. Which airline do you chose

the cheaper one
the more expensive one
the more expensive one unless it's more than a certain amount of money more (tell us in a comment what that dollar figure is that makes the difference)

Now that most airlines charge for checked baggage, do you bring on as much carry-on baggage as they allow?

Yes, but I did that even when there was no charge for checked bags
No, I don't bring that much carry on baggage
No, I don't bring on any carry on baggage

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21st-May-2017 03:06 am (UTC)
Rather than bad press, I tend to go by personal experience. I will pay more to go with a more expensive airline if I had a crappy experience with a cheaper one. But, personal finances will also play a role. I would rather get somewhere on a crappy airline than not be able to go because I can't afford it. I have also paid a little more to go with an airline that doesn't seem to have planes regularly dropping out of the sky, so I guess the press can influence me a bit in that regard.
21st-May-2017 03:17 am (UTC)
It's interesting that you say that personal experience trumps bad press. When United had their bad press, it happened that I was flying home across the country later that week. My flights were on United. That worried me at first because I thought, what if they've oversold and I get bumped? Maybe it was just that they were on their best behaviour, but honestly, I've never had a better pair of flights. Both boarded on time, both took off on time and arrived early (giving me more time to make my connector). The flight was pleasant, the seats on the plane were comfy, and the staff were nice. Later I realized that all the stress of flying that day was self-generated.
22nd-May-2017 02:43 am (UTC)
Agree...my experiences with certain airlines (*cough* DELTA *cough*) mean I will never book with them if I have any other even remotely reasonable option.

Southwest is my favorite by far.

But there are airlines I would never fly with (WOW, Spirit, Frontier) no matter how cheap the ticket.

Edited at 2017-05-22 02:44 am (UTC)
31st-May-2017 05:46 am (UTC)
Years ago, I had a flight on Frontier and they were actually very good.
31st-May-2017 06:05 am (UTC)
I've also had good experiences flying on Frontier.
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