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1. Posted by Daviesgang (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

We are in Perth, Australia and we are planning on going to Canada for two weeks in September. My family lives in Trail BC and we have been asked to fly into Spokane for ease of being picked up and getting back to Trail. I was looking online for different airfares and I found a good one, well it was until I realised it was flying with United. I have just heard too many bad things about the planes, the food and especially the service So even though we were saving ourself a small fortune we are going with a different airline. Any airline will do...well almost any.

We managed to get into Escape travel today and we got a quote of $1878 AUS each including all taxes and fees. That is flying with Virgin blue from Perth to Sydney and then flying with Delta to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and finally to Spokane. I am a bit bummed about the number of stops but we are going to 3 other travel agents tomorrow and we will see if we can get a more direct route or at least a better price. It is obvious that the cheaper the fare is, the more stops you are going to have to put up with.

So now does anyone have any experiences with flying Delta Airlines that they would be willing to share? Good, bad or otherwise.

2. Posted by born2ski (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Ok, what about Air NZ, Perth/Auckland/Los Angeles $AU1179 (inc all taxes) - booked on Air NZ website

And then either

Alaska Airlines via Portland $AU325 (inc tax)
Delta Airlines via Salt Lake City $AU325 (inc tax)

GRAND TOTAL......$1504.............And you don't have to fly United !

(based on 29 August departure, return 12 September)

3. Posted by Daviesgang (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

Hi Born2ski and thanks for replying. The problem we have is we have to leave no earlier than the 31st of August as it is the stepdaughters 18th birthday on the 30th so we have to be here for that. 31st of August is the only day we can fly really as we have a wedding to participate in on the 5th of September and I will be needing time to recover as I don't fly very well and I also have to try and find a bridesmaid dress before the 5th as well. Talk about cutting things fine. I will definately look into your suggestion though as I will do pretty much anything to save some money here (except fly United that is).

4. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

I believe that Air New Zealand was doing Auckland - Vancouver non-stop a couple of years ago - I don't know if it still is - and I assume that there must be connecting flights from Perth to Auckland. Have you considered this route? At least it would mean that you wouldn't have to go through US immigration (with the fingerprinting checks and all).

5. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

I was going to add, should this not be in the North America forum?

6. Posted by Daviesgang (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

I figured seeing as I am a newbie and all that the mods would move this if it wasn't in the right place.

So I have booked our tickets and we have gone with United as no one could beat their prices. They were also the shortest flight with the least connections so they win. We realised that no matter how much we paid it was still going to be a long uncomfortable flight so we figured we would go the shortest flight. So we are leaving on the 1st of Sept nice and early and we are flying Qantas to Sydney and then changing to United to fly onto San Francisco and then onto Spokane. A total of 23hours and 55 minutes. Not too bad considering if we went with Delta it was 4 separate flights with an extra 15 hours travelling time.
We ended up getting the tickets for two people for $3501. That is including all the taxes fees and charges. I am purchasing our travel insurance on the 16th of July as I couldn't come up with the extra $450 needed to pay for that today. I am not willing to take the chance on travelling without insurance even though it is only 15 days. I would rather be safe than sorry.

7. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y

Hello Daviesgang-
I'll be honest- I have flied almost all the major N. American airlines at some time, and frankly if you are in coach, I don't see much of a difference between any of them- All are in a tough position financially, and none have the same service that they used to 10-20 years ago. United, Southwest, American, ... you will hear complaints about all of them... Almost all try to squeeze everything they can out of the passenger- from extra charges for bags, to cutting food service, to less leg room ( and more passengers).

If you can fly business class ( or first class) it is much more comfortable, but for my pleasure travel the cost is a bit out of my league usually.
I see form your last post you went with United in the end- I think that is the right move, if they offer you the best price, and the most convenient flight- as far as time and connections.

Good luck.

8. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

The town of Trail itself is a godforsaken dump but the surrounding area is a wonderland out outdoor opportunity.

9. Posted by Daviesgang (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

Thanks for the replies.
Samsalmon: Yes Trail is a dump but my family lives there so that is where we go. Home is where the heart is and all that..so Trail is beautiful to me just because they live there. We are planning to have a look around this time but with only 15 days and a wedding in that time we will be staying reasonably local. We are going back for 6 weeks next year and we are hoping to go coast to coast for that stay.

Canadaguy: Yeah we have gone United as they had the quickest flight with least amount of connecting flights. That makes them the winners. We realised that as we have no choice but to fly cattleclass that the quickest flight was the way to go. The countdown has begun with 55 sleeps to go from today. Now the panic has set in as we need to get so much done in so little time. The MIL is moving into our house and caring for our 4 sons, the dog, 3 cats, 2 galahs and hundreds of fish. We need to sort out somewhere for her to sleep as she refuses to sleep in our waterbed (silly woman). Also being my MIL and all, I am about to turn my house inside out and clean every nook and cranny until you could eat off any surface. Can't give the MIL any ammo to use against me.

10. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y

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