Why exactly would someone fly United instead of a budget carrier in the US?

Why exactly would someone fly United instead of a budget carrier in the US? You're basically paying out of pocket for everything anyway. Is it literally just to avoid black people?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Also do you guys frequently use the carryon space without paying for it? It seemed everyone had a carryon on my last Frontier flight but very few people paid for assigned seats. Since those are bundled wtf?

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was a United frequent flyer for several years, because I lived in a United hub city and was an occasional work traveler. I didn’t fly quite enough (or on enough business-class tickets; I was one of those poor saps just low-ranking enough that work usually paid only for coach) to hit “1K” status, but I did just enough trans-Pacific long hauls to spend ~4 years at what was then called Gold status, and which had modest but noticeable perks—lounge access in foreign airports even on a coach ticket, priority boarding, free bags, occasional upgrades, some free miles flights.

    Everything I got is now harder and more expensive to get than it was then, and I don’t travel for work any more, and I no longer live in the United sphere of influence. But at the time it was worth going out of my way to pick United or an ally over a cheaper option.

    I had dozens of colleagues in more or less same boat. We all concluded that United isn’t the worst thing out there. Mediocre at best, but with a lot of superior alliance partners to make up for it when leaving the US.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As shitty as American, Delta, and United are, they actually give out good leg space if you pay. And I like having movies and other entertainment. Not having Black folk is just a nice bonus.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I always fly Delta and have no issues and see no reason to stop using them.

      Why do you say Delta is shitty?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        OP looked to be showing domestic flights. I view all US domestic flights as shitty. Cheap airlines like Southwest and Frontier pack you in like sardines with no entertainment or leg space, plus you deal with the shittiest passengers humanity has to offer. The main 3 of American, Delta, and United at least give options to upgrade to first class. But "first class" in domestic flights are not luxurious at all. It's just extra leg room, slightly more comfy chairs, and you sit next to fewer people. Maybe you get some higher quality snacks. God forbid they put you on one of the smaller, shittier planes though, then it makes even less of a difference.

        International flying really spoils you in comparison. It really is a completely different world, especially in first class.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          isn't American just as bad as Frontier/Spirit when it comes to flight cancellations?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            If there's a cancelation for American, they can get you to your destination in a timely manner.

            For spirit/frontier, they don't have enough flights to get you there due to their business model.

            Regular airlines have hubs that you fly to, then take another flight. Budget airlines don't really use the same model, they fly routes that focus on leisure travel.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >they actually give out good leg space if you pay.
      Same for Ryan/Wizz in Europe. Just pay the extra $20 for a decent seat and you're still hundreds of Eurodollars in the black, compared to a boomer carrier. Anywhere meaningful in Europe is 3 hours tops. Average is like 2, and with the popularity of these budget airlines, you get normal people on them too. While a young, unshowered Berlin girl with a nose ring taking off her shoes isn't my ideal seatmate, I'd take it.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Breakfast-time flights are usually the most expensive.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Those budget airlines are basically first come first serve. You don't choose your seat, there is a high chance your flight is getting cancelled or delayed for hours, it's uncomfortable, and yes, the cheap cost attracts bottom of the barrel types of people.

    But, at least they don't use any Boeings.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because I need to be somewhere early in the afternoon at my destination?
    Or I take united for a bigger carry on?

    Given the schedule I'd probably do Spirit but depends on what it's for+how far my hotel is. If I do Spirit on that chart I am most likely getting to my hotel around 1030, then have to eat some slop open late, and sleep.

    If I did United I could pace myself do some shit and get my lunch, check in maybe early, shower go about my day and not rush anything.

    Also If I am traveling for work I am in no way taking a budget airline. If you've ever had to deal with cancellations and rebookings budget airlines are absolute SHIT.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to think like this and went with Spirit or Frontier a few times over Southwest, United, Alaskan, etc. for some domestic travel. More often than not there were insane delays and shit that I would have paid the difference to avoid. I know it can happen to any airline, but if you read up on it, it does actually happen a lot more with the budget ones.

    Last weekend was the last straw for me and made me vow to avoid frontier forever. My 2:00 pm flight was cancelled because a crew member hurt her back or some shit, after it had already been delayed until 6:00. There was no replacement, and the next flight was the next day at 3:00 in the afternoon. I had a morning appointment and was forced into an 8 hour drive. Wish I had just paid $150 more for my ticket. The short of it is don't ignore the less obvious costs of the cheap airlines.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you land at MCO at 8:40pm you're going to spend $120 on a hotel just so you can sleep immediately after landing.

    If you land at MCO at 10:10 am, you're going to spend $120 on a hotel after spending an entire day at MCO.

    In this case, I would pay the extra $100 to be at my destination at 10 am instead of 8:30 pm.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Same reason people shop at Publix instead of Walmart

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The big airlines make their money from business travelers who need to be at places at a certain time

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I just got a 600 dollar flight from LA to India lol. Crazy.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Did the airline accept Google Play gift cards?

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    has anyone flown with Allegiant?

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