SYD to LAX on AA or QF in Economy, 2 Adults, which option?

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jakewilliamsjrw

Member since 25 Oct 2012

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SYD to LAX on AA or QF in Economy, 2 Adults, which option?

jakewilliamsjrw

Member since 25 Oct 2012

Total posts 7

I have the option of choosing QF or AA to LAX, are a member of AAdvantage and QFF. 2 Adult Males, both fairly broad, both the flights are the same price on qantas.com at the moment. Both flights arrive into LAX at almost the same time. 

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

In Economy, QF of course! 

God, has AA's marketing campaign in Australia made that much of a difference? The decision would have been a no brainer in the past.

ausJCP

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Aug 2014

Total posts 126

Agreed TRB! QF has better food, wider seats. AA's B777 can't compete with the QF's A380.

QF also has that little upstairs Economy cabin at the rear of the A380, which is silent as the grave & great for long-haul flights in Y-class. A good case to be made for purchasing bulkhead seats, or selecting them free if you're a QF P1!

Happy flying Jake!

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

The only time I would reccomend AA Economy SYD/LAX vv is if you're EXP with SWU to burn. The loads on that flight in Business is not as full as AA would like it to be. Your chances of clearing upgrades are relatively good. An AA dispatcher at LAX, who works that flight confirmed this.

msport2012

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 14 Apr 2013

Total posts 295

QF all the way 

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

If you're Qantas Gold or above (or Oneworld Sapphire/Emerald with a different airline), something to remember is that AA allows you to select the extra legroom seats at the front for free, whereas on Qantas there's a fee unless you're Platinum One or higher.

jakewilliamsjrw

Member since 25 Oct 2012

Total posts 7

Checked on seat guru and both have 3-4-3 in economy so not much different. On frequent flyers. Both flights are the same number of Any Seat points and leave 10 minutes apart.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

The extra legroom area at the front of AA (Main Cabin Extra) is actually 3-3-3 with 36-inch pitch and 18 inches of width, versus the regular economy further back which is 3-4-3 with just 31 inches of pitch and 17 inches wide.

3-4-3 on a Boeing 777 is also much tighter than 3-4-3 on an Airbus A380 due to the width of the cabin and subsequent smaller size of the seats to squeeze in 10 across.

So, if you have status, I'd pick AA for the Main Cabin Extra seating. If not, I'd go with Qantas.

GregXL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 26 May 2014

Total posts 303

I booked MCE seats on AA earlier this year, though for a US domestic flight.  Great perk of QFF gold to get MCE seats transcontinental for the all the family at no charge.  I had to book on AA US website to get the MCE seats.  I think the same applies for SYD-LAX.

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