Post # 1
Trying to book my flight to Barcelona from NY. Im used to short flights, 4 hrs being the longest. Im not sure which airline to pick for a transatlantic flight :/
Any suggestions? I was debating between Delta, Iberia and AA…
Post # 3
Before you choose either, do they all fly the exact same route at the day / time you are wanting to fly? And is there a price difference?
Post # 4
Iberia all the way. Unless you’re flying business class/first class, there’s not much difference in the comfort or service between the three, but the EU holds airlines to much higher standards in terms of compensation for delays/cancellations/lost baggage than the US does. Because Iberia is based in Spain, which is part of the EU, these rules apply to your entire journey, and not just your return as they would on an American carrier. While the vast majority of flights go exactly as planned, being able to be properly compensated when they don’t is huge.
read up on EU Air Passenger Rights to fully understand what you are and aren’t entitled to, and when the compensation doesn’t apply.
Post # 5
@Nic01: We want to flight in September, leaving later afternoon or evening anything under $1200 it’s fine and we prefer non stop. Most of them are about the same price with a difference of about $200. I’m just worried Ill be uncomfortable.
Post # 6
@fishbone: Thank you for the link 🙂
Post # 7
@MrsTamboril: You can check out the planes on http://www.seatguru.com before you choose your seat. The site gives the measurements of all the seats, the pitch, and tells you which seats to avoid.
We usually try to book an overnight flight so we can sleep most of the time. Take your own earplugs, an inflatable neck pillow and a pashmina that can be used as a blanket,
Post # 8
Generally, I like European Airlines more than the ones we have here in NA… so of this set, I choose Iberia.
Also of Note, Skytrax who keeps track of various Airlines Performance Records and has a Website for Customer Reviews… (they also hand out annual Awards, the 2013 Winners can be found here http://www.worldairlineawards.com/ )
Anyhow they list all 3 of your selected Airlines as 3 Star Performers.
You might want to read the Stats or Reviews for each here…
American Airlines = 3 Stars = http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/am_aa.htm
Delta = 3 Stars = http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/delta.htm
Iberia= 3 Stars = http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/iberia.htm
OF NOTE – I saw a recent add for American Airlines saying they were now offering inflight Wifi on their “overseas” flights (previously an impossibility). So that might be something to consider… BUT lol, knowing my experiences with AA, there is a good chance that what is advertized and what is actually available can be quite different things.
Hope this is helpful,
Post # 9
I flew delta (business elite though) to Barcelona. The overnight flight is great. We arrived very early in the morning from JFK and the hotel held our bags while we did some sightseeing and came back to check in. We flew delta in coach to Italy 2 years ago and upgraded for 60 each to economy comfort seats for more legroom. The seat configuration is key – ours were two by two so pretty private. Check out seat guru.Our delta flight didn’t have personal tvs yet so I’d check out the plane assignment on American, too. Delta has been renovating and upgrading their fleet but I’d just try to compare the seat layout and seat product itself to see what you prefer.
Post # 10
Thank you all for your help. Got them with Iberia 🙂