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VolsOut4Harambe
Atlanta Braves Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Sep 2017
5645 posts

Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I know Delta is considered top of the line, and United, JetBlue, Southwest, and American are generally considered mid-tier commonality carriers.

Just returned to ATL from a trip to Wisconsin. Flew into Chicago-Midway on Southwest and it was pleasant.

Return trip from O’Hare on American. Rude flight attendants, trashy fellow passengers, no TVs, WiFi broken, and they’re the only airline booking middle seats. Also suspended drink/snack service supposedly because of Covid, but everyone knows it really was done as a cost cutting measure.

I also should note that AA out of ORD was $40 cheaper than the Southwest or Delta flights out of MDW.

Is AA nearing Spirit and Frontier levels of trashy?


Eat Your Crow
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re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
AA is pretty expensive compared to Southwest and United, no?


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solus
USA Fan
Member since Dec 2019
453 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
No. But I'd never fly them Delta and SW. With major hubs throughout the south only makes sense for me.


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CrownTownHalo
Mississippi St. Fan
CrownTown, NC
Member since Sep 2011
1297 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
Didn’t even read your entire post...didn’t need to.

American sucks, has for years. Witnessed a flight attendant talk someone out of trying to get a job with AA.
But I’m in a hub city...so I’m stuck,with them


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geauxpurple
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jul 2014
5044 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I fly American whenever I can. I have friends who work for them who get me passes to the VIP lounge and bump me up to first class when they can.


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SpartyGator
Florida Fan
Minneapolis, MN
Member since Oct 2011
59022 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I don't think it's trashy, compared to a Spirit for example.

It's definitely a tier below Delta or SW. However, i've also had some decent experiences with them so I can't throw it all on them.
This post was edited on 10/12 at 5:24 am


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VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
27742 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
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and they’re the only airline booking middle seats


Not true. United is booking full rows as well.


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greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
3146 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I would pay extra to fly Delta over AA. They have a horrible reputation.


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tadman
Miami (OH) Fan
NOLA
Member since Jun 2020
146 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I fly lots. AMR can suck a fat one.

Few months ago they told us we were diverting from Charlotte hub to Knoxville, would have to refuel, due to storms. Turns out in my pocket I have a phone, with access to doppler, like we all do. No storms within 500 miles.

Worst part is they rebooked me, then un-booked that rebook because I didn't check in. While I was in the air on the first brokeass flight. I had some choice words for them.


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GOP_Tiger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
6731 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
AA and UA are definitely a tier below DL, WN and B6.


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HollierThanThou
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Jan 2012
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re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I'd pay a very slight premium for Delta over AA and United or fly Jet Blue if the route works out...but they are all about the same for the average flyer.


CuseTiger
Syracuse Fan
PNW
Member since Jul 2013
6355 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
AA went down the tubes about 7 years ago when AA merged with US Airways. Seemed like we got the worst of both airlines (no in-flight entertainment on the "ghetto" US Airways A321s and the leadership from US Airways) and the result has been a terrible product and even worse customer service. Had flights cancelled, diverted flights from DFW-EGE back to Dallas (we were already over Denver...), lost luggage that took a week to get, etc. I flew spirit last year and had less issues than I did with AA.

Tier wise in my view-

1. Delta, Southwest, Jetblue
2. Alaska, United
3. American, Spirit, Frontier


HollierThanThou
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Jan 2012
5924 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
quote:

1. Delta, Southwest, Jetblue
2. Alaska, United
3. American, Spirit, Frontier


I don't think i'd put Southwest in Tier1 but thats just me.

Oddly enough for the past 3 years i've flown nearly exclusively AA due to the ease of points acquisition.


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Hetfield
Louisiana Tech Fan
Dallas
Member since Jun 2013
3362 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
American has the rudest, most arrogant flight attendants. They hate life. SW are mostly friendly & happy to be there.


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
20147 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
Once you fly on tiger air in and out of Bangkok, every other airline feels ultra luxurious.


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Reservoir dawg
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Oct 2013
10030 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
Major U.S. airline guide

(Legacy airlines/The big three)

American
United
Delta

(Legacy airlines)

Alaska
Hawaiian

(Low cost majors)

Southwest
Jetblue

(Ultra low cost airlines)

Spirit
Frontier
Allegiant
Sun Country





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LSUShock
LSU Fan
Kansas
Member since Jun 2014
3832 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I used to travel for business primarily on AA in a smaller regional market. Always flew AA via DFW to get nearly anywhere in the country. ]

I really came to enjoy their service, especially with some status. My small regional hub had new planes and were always on time into DFW. Obviously some of the normal bull shite there, but for the most part, really good. Had some great flight attendants over the years as well.


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deltafarmer
Member since Dec 2019
14 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
The key to being treated well on most airlines today is to have status with them. I have a lot of miles with American and have been treated well and enjoy my experiences with them. Delta and United seem to get better reviews but when I fly those two airlines I am just another passenger.


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GreenRockTiger
LSU Fan
Member since Jun 2020
1023 posts

re: Is American Airlines considered trashy?
I've never flown Delta because the two flights I've had with them were cancelled after we boarded- for technical errors. So booked flights with other airines later that same day.

I haven't flown AA in years, though. I remember their stewards being rude in the 1990s. Maybe they're just trained that way.

It's been Southwest and JetBlue for domestic flights, and I've never really had a problem with them, or any passengers.
This post was edited on 10/16 at 5:26 pm


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