Besides price, what is important to you when booking travel?

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  1. UsingMiles

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    Aside from price, please tell us what's important to you when booking cash travel. Upgrades, leg room, WIFI status, etc. What else matters to you?
     
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    Ok, I'll go first! If I am paying for a ticket and price is out of the equation, then next would be routing and time of flight - but those are obvious. So after those, I would be looking at how full the flight is. If a flight is really full and there is another option where I can book a more comfortable seat - then I would go with that. I'm pretty short, so while this doesn't make for an easy time getting bags in/out of overhead bins - I do not have any legroom issues. DH does though, and he is a reluctant flyer as it is...so for his sake I would definitely be concerned with leg room. That is one of the reasons Gold status was so great to attain - I just was able to secure exit row seats for our upcoming trip. That in and of itself is a worthwhile perk!
     
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    My first concern is always routing and flight times.
     
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    Legroom is fairly important, but can be bought off. I would go with the onboard experience overall, as that is the reason I have taken less legroom to fly AC over UA when I could, despite being a 1P
     
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    i always look at the equipment options first. then move on to routing and times.
     
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    Upgrades and eqms... That's about it for me :)
     
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    1) schedule
    2) comfort
    3) frequent flyer program (earning, burning, upgrades & status)
     
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    Maybe it's just me, but I always focus on origin and destination.
     
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    Equipment and flight times for me.
     
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    Early morning flights.
    And trying not to get home after dark.
     
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    Early morning departure.
    Return flight not the last one of the day. I have spent too many night in ATL because the last flight to MOB was missed or cancelled.
     
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    Whether or not I have status on the airline and routing and flight times are my biggest factors. If I had to fly an airline that I didn't have status on, leg room would figure into the picture, depending on the length of the flight.
     
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    #1 Comfort. I have never flown internationally in coach (well except for 35 min flights SEA/YVR) and have no intention of ever doing so, so the ability to get into first is always my #1 priority. I must admit that I did once fly on a GV1 from El Toro California to Camp Hansen Okinawa, but I was very young and foolish at the time. ;)

    #2 Convenience of time. I hate flights that leave at 0'Dark Thirty, so, unless there is no other choice, always look for flights that leave during normal waking hours. Arriving someplace familiar up until midnight is OK, but for unknown foreign destinations, I like to get there during the day.

    Just out of curiosity, why is this thread in using miles?

    It sort of fits for me because these days Using Miles is my primary approach to flight, but it just seems a little odd.

    Now that I am an award flyer to Europe, I look for direct flights from SEA to wherever I am going so I can avoid long transcons in domestic first. Having a bed FRA/SEA is just so much nicer.
     
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    Legroom and simplify the hassle. Ever look at all the fare codes and rules behind them? You'll get dizzy. It would be nice if those can be simplified.
     
  15. travelingmore
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    the flight schedule (morning preferred) and the airplane type
     
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    LOL. I guess nobody else got it. :D
     
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  17. benchik
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    Probably because UsingMiles themselves is (are?) the OP.

    I'm assuming they're doing research to improve their reccommendations.
     
  18. Bob Smolinsky
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    Direct flights
    Timing
    Points, etc
     
  19. UsingMiles

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    That is precisely why we posted the thread. Thanks for all the great responses! This information will really help us build a better product.
     
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  20. Miles
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    Departure time (~11 AM being best), followed by legroom.
     
  21. Mangy
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    For me, it's the schedule is really important. I often find myself taking short breaks of 7-10 days, a lot of which is unpaid leave. If my schedule is bad, I can lose a day of vacation at each end, or a couple of day's wages. unfortunately, this means I seldom fly the same airline twice a year[​IMG]

    For my long summer breaks it comes down to comfort and service. For those I like SQ, QR and CX.

    Off to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in the summer. No idea what I need to fly there - Turkish to Azerbaijan I think
     
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  22. haydensydney
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    But for me, it generally is price. Secondly it's onboard product - as I usually fly J, I'm quite fussy with regards to aircraft and soft product.
     
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    i focus on value, not price.

    only thing re flights is now i pretty much book nonstops. if i had status, i might not be as concerned about it domestically.
     
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    Its a tradeoff between price/#connections/departure-arrival timings. As a tall guy, legroom is also important to me. Thats why I like LCCs in a way. I can guarantee a good seat by paying 30 bucks extra.
     
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    WOW... it is impossible for me to ignore price... that is my main consideration.

    After that, I guess I look for the way to maximize miles for future travel.
     

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