Best domestic airlines in the USA?

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terra_67

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 04 Jun 2014

Total posts 14

Hi everyone, I'm wanting to know which are the better airlines to use in USA. . We are flying Boston to Miami , Miami to Dallas, Dallas to LA. I would like to stick with Virgin or associated airlines where we can use their lounges. Thanks

FrequentFlyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Mar 2012

Total posts 194

For Virgin partners you'll want to stick with Delta for Boston-Miami and Miami-Dallas (you're going to have to stop over, if you make it Atlanta you might get a more comfortable widebody plane).

From Dallas to LA, you could take either Delta or Virgin America, VX fly out of Love Field and Delta out of Fort Worth but I'd recommend Virgin for this one. 


Both Delta and VX have treated me really well w/ my Velocity status, if you have gold/plat or even silver you'll be well looked after! Have fun in the US! 

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

If you want lounge access you're limited to Delta, at least out of those ports. Virgin America is a better airline than any of the major US carriers, but Delta isn't bad in the scheme of things.

(Much less annoying than United, at least. I used to live in the US and fly United regularly, but flying Delta was a breath of fresh air after the frankly customer-hostile attitude of United.)

On the other hand, you might look at who actually flies those routes nonstop. AA certainly will since they have hubs at MIA and DFW, but Delta will probably require at least one or two stops via ATL or SLC. Whether the lounge access and status credits are worth the extra stop is up to you. 

rob01

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Nov 2011

Total posts 94

I flew Delta last year LAX-SFO. As it was my first ever domestic leg in the US I had low expectations but was pleasantly suprised. The staff were great, the seat comfortable and even on the short leg we recieved a snack and coffee. I'd definitely fly them again.

terra_67

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 04 Jun 2014

Total posts 14

Hi everyone, thanks for the help. I will start looking at Delta and Virgin, hopefully we can find a direct flight for the Boston to Miami. Just another question,  I have Gold status with VA, will we get prioity check in with either airline?

Thank again for your help.

Terra_67

FrequentFlyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Mar 2012

Total posts 194

Priority check-in, screening, boarding and luggage with both. You also get extra baggage allowance w/ Delta and every time i've flown with them they've upgraded me to economy comfort free of charge.

lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 230

I always liked US Air but they are merging with American and I have never liked them. Beware American domestic airlines are nothing like the full service airlines here

pab2025

Member since 25 Jun 2012

Total posts 99

One BIG thing to note, is that you wont be allowed access to the lounges when flying domestically.

The US has different poilicies that no matter your status with any airline, unless you have an onward international flight you are not allowed into the lounge (unless flying business class or above).

Also, Virgin status in the US is not always recognized as they arent a proper alliance partner, so it can be very hit or miss - a lot of staff have never even heard of Virgin Australia...!

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