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kiki02
04-10-2012, 12:14 PM
with (if you had choice) if you had XXXTRA luggage?


delta
airtran
spirit
american
united

thanks all. i'm on their sites searching this, but want live opinions.

DVC-Don
04-10-2012, 12:33 PM
None of the listed ones.

katrina1122
04-10-2012, 12:36 PM
The one with the best times for the best price/least fees.

lost*in*cyberspace
04-10-2012, 02:10 PM
United, because I am a FF of that airline and get free checked luggage (which I usually don't need because I almost always do carry-on only). They also give free checked luggage to military and their families, so I could take advantage of that as well. Plus I get free E+ seating, which is a big bonus.

Out of your list, the airline I would never fly would be Spirit, for many reasons.

Jestocost
04-10-2012, 02:23 PM
Delta or American.

Spirit doesn't serve my airport but I would avoid them if they did.

Never flown AirTran.

United has a proud tradition of stranding me places that no other airline comes close to matching.

Esmerelda
04-10-2012, 05:36 PM
Yes to Airtran; have flown with them probably 100 times with no real issues.

Delta has the most constant delays for me and lost baggage. It's so bad, I've avoided them for 5 years.

I would consider American.

Best of luck to you

DebbieB
04-10-2012, 05:40 PM
Whichever has the most convenient service from your airport and the lowest fares incl baggage.

StacyMarie
04-10-2012, 05:43 PM
Flown Delta and AirTran. Both were fine. In order to get a decent price on Delta though we had to drive 3 hours to a bigger airport. We were able to fly AirTran last year out of our home airport for a great price. That's not happening this year. We are flying Southwest out of Chicago but we got a great rate, not too early morning non-stop flight, and no baggage fees so it is worth the 2-1/2 hour drive for us.

HoosierDisneyDad
04-10-2012, 07:02 PM
Whichever has the most convenient service from your airport and the lowest fares incl baggage.

I definitely agree. Except for Spirit, I've flown all of those airlines over the past 3 years and I would say they're all pretty much the same and the only reason I would choose one of them over another is based on price and convenience. My two favorite airlines are Southwest and JetBlue, but they aren't on your list.

dudspizza
04-10-2012, 08:12 PM
I am curious what XXXTRA luggage means? Lots of suitcases? Oversize or weight luggage? The fees vary and can make a huge difference in your choices...

Brer Chump
04-10-2012, 08:32 PM
I would eliminate Spirit and then go with the flight that had the best times. If there is a tie I would pick the flight that uses Boeing aircraft.

Inkmahm
04-10-2012, 08:41 PM
Airtran with an upgrade to Business Class to get 2 free suitcases for each person.

Shelly F - Ohio
04-10-2012, 09:19 PM
I would avoid Spirit. They are a small company and I am surprised they dont' charge you to use the bathroom on the plane or to put your bag in the overhead bin.
We love Airtan. Mainly because rows of seats are two on one side so there less of a chance of being stuck with a middle seat.

robinb
04-10-2012, 09:26 PM
Whichever has the most convenient service from your airport and the lowest fares incl baggage.This. That being said, we fly Delta a lot because my DH is a frequent flyer and our bags fly for free.

ironpig70
04-10-2012, 10:15 PM
I would avoid Spirit. They are a small company and I am surprised they dont' charge you to use the bathroom on the plane or to put your bag in the overhead bin.
We love Airtan. Mainly because rows of seats are two on one side so there less of a chance of being stuck with a middle seat.



Spirit actually charges for carry on bags. And they may charge you to put them under by the legs of the flight. So if you have a lay over thats 2 legs.

Here is a chart I found that compares all the airlines you asked about.

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/3801089/airline-baggage-fees-chart-updated/

Per this website Airtran is the cheapest.

goofy4tink
04-11-2012, 05:42 AM
I prefer AirTran among this group. You can find some decent fares with them. Yes, there is a baggage fee, but that's the norm lately.
I have had no issues when flying AirTran....can't say the same thing for Delta.

lost*in*cyberspace
04-11-2012, 08:26 AM
We love Airtan. Mainly because rows of seats are two on one side so there less of a chance of being stuck with a middle seat.

This is true if the aircraft is a Boeing 717-200, not true if you are flying on a Boeing 737-700.

Kathi OD
04-11-2012, 08:34 AM
We love Airtan. Mainly because rows of seats are two on one side so there less of a chance of being stuck with a middle seat.

We love Airtran, too. BUT...we've only flown on planes with 3 seats on both sides, so definitely depends on what size plane you're on.

NancyIL
04-11-2012, 08:55 AM
The one with the best times for the best price/least fees.

I prefer AirTran to Orlando for the non-stops. However, they will no longer service my local airport after June 2. I am flying Delta to Orlando next week because they had a $134 roundtrip fare! American is my choice because I like using their FF miles. If they ever beat Delta's fares, I'd prefer to fly them to Orlando.

keishashadow
04-11-2012, 09:54 AM
Airtran with an upgrade to Business Class to get 2 free suitcases for each person.

true, if the numbers don't crunch, I'd still go with AT coach, and pay for the extra bags not to include overweight ones, scary charges! Might be worthwhile for OP to look into shipping extra baggage if items are really needed while on vacation.

aubriee
04-12-2012, 07:47 AM
I prefer AirTran to Orlando for the non-stops. However, they will no longer service my local airport after June 2. I am flying Delta to Orlando next week because they had a $134 roundtrip fare! American is my choice because I like using their FF miles. If they ever beat Delta's fares, I'd prefer to fly them to Orlando.

I'm in the same boat. Air Tran got pulled out of Dallas last Nov 23rd.:sad2: I usually used them to fly to Orlando 4-6 times a year. Love them and am so sad they are gone. Yeah, they changed their flight times sometimes, but their fares were nearly always cheaper than Delta, American, or Southwest. Planes were always clean, customer service great, and I loved their direct flights.

I'm giving Spirit a try for my upcoming May trip and am already unhappy with them. I got an email saying my departing flight had been moved back several hours and my returning flight moved up. I am now losing about eight hours of my vacation. I am used to getting into MCO around 9:30am, but am now not getting in until 6:20pm, so am losing almost all of my first day.:mad: I called to tell them the new times didn't work for me, but was told there was nothing they could do. They have only one flight in and out those days and refuse to refund my money. Air Tran always had great customer service and would switch you to another flight or even refund your money, if they changed the flights by just a few minutes. Spirit was alot cheaper though ($148.00+ the seat and luggage fees) compared to over $450.00 on American, Continental, Southwest, or Delta. Plus all but Southwest also had luggage fees. Before Air Tran pulled out of Dallas the base airfare from DFW to MCO was always around $220.00, but we could always find fares on sale for $158.00-$198.00. Air Tran kept the other airlines in check, but with them gone American has more than doubled in just the last four months. The base fare now seems to run over $400.00.:eek:

DopeyDame
04-12-2012, 03:22 PM
Like others, I would avoid Spirit like the plague (flew them once, never again.) Love Air Tran. all the others are just fine, so just go with whatever has times and prices that work.