Maybe it's routes or airframes. My direct from houston on BA is a lot better than United. Two meals, they're pretty good, plenty to drink, good features & service. Honestly I'm a fan. Comparatively united sucks.
However, my last trip was via Miami on a BA 747 and it was not nearly as good. So, routes/aircraft? Not sure.
I recently got put on my parents retiree flight benefits with united, so I'm real happy financially but a bit disappointed not to get the BA food/service. However, my mom flying standby like that has often been able to get business or first class, so hopefully that'll materialize.
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Agree that United blows, but hey reduced/free fare is still reduced/free!
This "new" BA service went into effect mid August last year, all classes impacted in different ways. They have been refurbishing the 744 fleet (for the most part) - I got a refurbed aircraft to Chicago and the entertainment was great and the new seat covers were nice. The service? not so much. Some of the crew were pretty appalling down economy.
Don't worry about missing anything on BA - they are just about down there with United at this point. Also - Houston may have been exempted due to oil revenues but make no mistake, this CEO is out to cut and cut some more. My other half had a better flight on AA coming over this summer (we flew at different times), which is pretty shocking.
The best ever flight deal I got was $200 return LAX to LHR over December of 2000 on Virgin Atlantic, next to the $120 return ORD to LHR in November 2008 on United (a mistake fare they had to honor). I also think there may have been a $250 fare from Madison to LHR (2009? 2010?) when Delta bought NW - one checkin agent showed the other that my base fare was something like $70.
This is (apparently?) my dumb hobby and I like to watch planes, read trip reports, keep tabs on things
I made a distinct stipulation that our next flat must have an outside space with a clear view of takeoff or landing patterns for Heathrow so I can sit out with a beverage and my binoculars.