Here's a question for Economy travelers* only.
Which is worse: American or United?
I know. I know. Probably the toughest question you can ask a domestic traveler. Sorry. But with nearly 800,000 lifetime American miles, and 500,000 lifetime United miles, I still only have a theory. So I need your help.
My theory: The worst carrier is whichever one you’ve most recently flown.
So, as of today, May 11,2006 – 36 hours after returning to NYC on AA Flight 18 – my answer is this: American sucks the most. The carrier seems to do nothing innovative to make flying coach more pleasant. Its fleet feels ancient. The staff seems universally depressed, and most definitely ancient. Not only do they serve no food, but the food they sell is unhealthy and unappetizing. Plus ... they’re based in Dallas.
* this means every reader of Upright & Stowed except Billy.