New York City
When you're buying a flight, what are the top 3 things you're considering. For example: price, convenience, awards.
1. Price for sure. For this reason, flyer miles are rarely a consideration. If the price is close, I'll maybe pay a bit more, but miles on an airline aren't worth paying another $100 or more.
2. If price is the same, then # of stops/flight time.
3. For international trips, I'll actually take a longer layover than a shorter one. I love leaving the airport to see a new city for a few hours. Totally worth it.
1. Convenience: Leaves from an airport that's easy to get to by public transport; sometimes, using an airport car park cost more than the flight does.
2. Timing: Does not depart/arrive at an ungodly hour.
3. Price ... or, rather, value for money. I spit on the 'budget airlines' that charge extra for almost everything (except for the shortest flights)
1. Price - I take into account all those "hidden costs" like baggage and carry-on fees. (Do you know that Frontier charges for anything other than a "personal item?!?) If two airlines offer a similar deal, I'll choose then based on points or comfort - I love extra legroom.
2. Time in the air. I will pay more if I'm saving several hours of my time. I prefer direct or minimal stops with reasonable layovers. A 13 hour flying day for a US flight? Not so much.
3. Itinerary. I want flights that maximize my vacation time and fit best into the schedules of those picking me up or driving me to the airport.
4. Points and perks.
Southwest Airlines has had one accident in 50 years of business. They are one of the most affordable airlines and they don't charge for 2 bags. Why look anywhere else? If they fly there I will book with them. By comparison, other airlines are stuffy and the crew is usually in a bad mood. Southwest has a phenomenal on time record. If something goes wrong, I mention it to them on their web site and they will usually send me $100 in travel credit. That is why I am totally loyal to them.
Price, # stops, and departure/arrival time. I depend on public transit, so I can't be leaving or arriving within a transit dead zone without making additional arrangements. I prefer to take late night flights and arrive in the morning after transit begins running.
1. Earning miles and book where I have status even if it cost more.
2. Non Stop
3. Connecting city, might as well spend one or two nights in a different city.
schedule convenience, affordability, airline quality
frequent flyer miles, number of stops, and which airline. Because the majority of my miles are through United, I try to fly Lufthansa. For those of you that don't have miles, time to get on these web sites and learn how to earn and books with miles. Just booked a round trip to Europe, business / first $410. Most important thing is frequent flyer miles.
2. Least amount of connecting flights
Good connection and good onboard service with free food and free wine is important for me.
I certainly look at the price too, but it's not the most important thing when chosing.
Good thing is that I can often get very good deals on airlines like Emirates and Qatar Airways where the onboard service is brilliant with free flowing wine and nice inflight entertainment.
I would have to say price is the number 1 priority. I think that is the case for the vast majority of travelers. However, there are a number of modifiers that make up the "best" choice:
I look for a fair price but if I can not find a solution, I might consider driving. With airlines providing poorer and poorer service, I will rule out airlines based on what they do not do. The thing that upsets me the most are airline schemes and bait and switch practices.
Price is usually my top priority. I can deal with uncomfortable seats and no food for long flights, as long as I can save some cash.
As long as the plane in clean, I'm pretty easy to please.
Price, 1- or non-stop, airline points.
-a good airline that's part of my alliance and has good service.
-a good aircraft type (I avoid certain aircraft on international routes for various reasons, but none of them involve safety concerns; I don't really care about aircraft as much for domestic flights).
-a good route.
I'm willing to pay a bit extra for these. I have a nose for a good deal, but I am convinced that the bottom line isn't the be-all, end-all.
We spend a lot of time searching for flights in between one destination and the next so we definitely have priorities when choosing a flight. Our top 3 are:
1. Price. It typically comes down to price in the end but we balance it with our remaining two top priorities and all other factors
2. Time. Depending on where we are, it isn't always convenient or cost-effective to make our way to the airport in the early morning hours. It also doesn't always make sense for us to arrive at a new location in the evening where we still need to locate our accommodations and/or navigate our way through a new city. We also like to make sure, if there are any layovers, the time is long enough to explore the layover city, or short enough that we aren't spending hours upon hours in the airport.
3. Carry-on Baggage Allowances. We travel only with a carry-on and a laptop bag each so we are always concerned about weight requirements of the carry-on allowances. Some airlines allow more weight and some combine the weight of the two allowed bags instead of weighing just the main carry-on baggage. If we have to check a bag, it will increase the cost so we always weigh that against the overall price of the flight.
2. Time gaps between flights.
3. Never forget earplugs!
PRICE. Price, price.
1. Price as money is my object cause if I had it, I'll be in 1st class.
2. Dates that work with my sked helps
3. Flexibility to switch out with cancellation, dates and insurance
boring answers, but my money is precious as I savour every morsel of vacation/travel time
1. Frequent Flyer Programm - Status benefits and status miles
2. Airline Quality / Airline Saftey
3. Affordable business fares