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Whats Better BA or AA Metal?

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holdenvxman

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Hello

Im going JFK>LHR on BA at this stage but i was reading on seatguru that the seats a slightly bigger on the AA 777 plane in coach.


Comments anyone?

Thanks heaps :D
 

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No brainer, go BA. The AA service is dire. Just go online at T-23 and check in online and nab a bulkhead or exit

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Dave Noble said:
No brainer, go BA. The AA service is dire. Just go online at T-23 and check in online and nab a bulkhead or exit
Less than a no-brainer, anyone who has to ask the difference between a LOTFAP carrier (AA) and a non-LOTFAP carrier (BA) hasn't really travelled, I would take a non-LOTFAP carrier any day! Particularly now that most LOTFAP carriers have started charging for drinks on INT flights.

Dave
 
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thadocta said:
Less than a no-brainer, anyone who has to ask the difference between a LOTFAP carrier (AA) and a non-LOTFAP carrier (BA) hasn't really travelled, I would take a non-LOTFAP carrier any day! Particularly now that most non-LOTFAP carriers have started charging for drinks on INT flights.

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Why would charging for drinks make it better?
 
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It may be a no-brainer for travel at the back of the b*s, but for premium cabin travel the choice is much closer. In fact, for a daytime flight in business class, I would be taking AA over BA as I find their seats more comfortable for sitting. But for a night flight, I would select BA if confined to business class cabin.

But now that I have some AA candy to collect (just as soon as they post my QF flight from yesterday), I would be looking at the option to move into F on AA rather than confined to J on BA.

However, as this thread was asking about economy travel, there are a few things to note. AA seat pitch is better, but IFE is very poor. AA does have in-seat power throughout the economy cabin (not every seat, so select sear carefully) and BA does not. So if you want to use a laptop during the flight then AA is better.

FF earning on the QF program is also affected by the fare basis purchased. Many fares will only earn 25% mileage on BA but will earn 50% on AA. OneWorld Explorer and Global Explorer fares book into L class and this is going to earn better on AA than BA.

So when it comes to IFE, service, food, drinks etc, then BA wins. When it comes to in-seat power, FF earning (on QF or AA program), then AA wins. Which is more important to you will depend on your personal situation and preference.
 

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NM said:
However, as this thread was asking about economy travel, there are a few things to note. AA seat pitch is better, but IFE is very poor. AA does have in-seat power throughout the economy cabin (not every seat, so select sear carefully) and BA does not. So if you want to use a laptop during the flight then AA is better.
The seat pitch is 31-32" on BA and 31-32" on AA so I wouldn't say that AA has a better pitch. AA does have some seats with laptop power ( cigarette lighter style ) but that is the only thing going for them

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Dave Noble said:
The seat pitch is 31-32" on BA and 31-32" on AA so I wouldn't say that AA has a better pitch. AA does have some seats with laptop power ( cigarette lighter style ) but that is the only thing going for them

Dave
Oops, I was thinking they still had MRTC on the 777, but I must be living in the past. I have not been beyond row 13 on the AA 777, so had not witnessed the sardines being compacted :shock:.

The in-seat power is the same in coach as in business class. You just a Targus power adapter (now, where might I find one of those things) :mrgreen:. Oh, and by the way Dave, it works a treat.
 
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