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Hedge fund Pardus Capital Management which owns 2.6% of Delta and 4.82% of United is urging them to merge.  While this might be good for Pardus, as a frequent traveler on United out of DIA, this sounds like a really bad idea to me.  Probably 50% of the flights that I’ve been on since United came out of bankruptcy have had some sort of problem (mechanical, routing, crew delay, undermined) and I have several situations where the plane simply didn’t show up. 

I’m actually starting to be impressed with the TSA folks – in comparison to United.  At least my experience with them is more random and entertaining – I never really know what to expect.  With United, I’ve become conditioned to just expect that things aren’t going to go as planned.

  • http://barefootmeg.multiply.com barefootmeg

    Our family has been repeatedly impressed with Frontier Airlines.

    Rob flies weekly to San Francisco. With Frontier, he receives a free trip after every 15,000 miles, and as a Summit member he gets free television and free beer during flights (as well as the usual bonuses of better seating and early entry onto the plane).

    As a mom with three kids, I like the fact that they've never screwed up our seating and generally seat me as close to the kids, if not directly with them, as possible. On other airlines, we've been given crazy seating assignments (with my then 4 year old son and 2 year old daughters expected to each sit on their own) and been told that I'd have to fix it myself by asking passengers to move.

    We've even been impressed with their disaster response. Rob was on a plane that lost cabin pressure and had to plummet 10,000 feet in a matter of seconds. They had counselors at the door afterwards and had everyone (who was willing to get back on a plane) on a plane and to their destination with amazing speed.

    Rob feels that their staff and crew are generally happier than what he's seen on other airlines.

    And there's the added bonus at DIA that you can use the security checkpoint at Terminal A rather than going through the usual notoriously long lines at the main security point.

    Despite the fact that United has hubs in both locations, Frontier has better flight times between DEN and SFO. We gave up on using United within the first few weeks of Rob starting this commute.

  • Chris Adams

    If the markets open, it's a good day to sell the airline stocks. If the markets open and gas prices are rising, it's a good day to sell more airline stocks than you own.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/barefootmeg389 barefootmeg389

    Our family has been repeatedly impressed with Frontier Airlines.

    Rob flies weekly to San Francisco. With Frontier, he receives a free trip after every 15,000 miles, and as a Summit member he gets free television and free beer during flights (as well as the usual bonuses of better seating and early entry onto the plane).

    As a mom with three kids, I like the fact that they've never screwed up our seating and generally seat me as close to the kids, if not directly with them, as possible. On other airlines, we've been given crazy seating assignments (with my then 4 year old son and 2 year old daughters expected to each sit on their own) and been told that I'd have to fix it myself by asking passengers to move.

    We've even been impressed with their disaster response. Rob was on a plane that lost cabin pressure and had to plummet 10,000 feet in a matter of seconds. They had counselors at the door afterwards and had everyone (who was willing to get back on a plane) on a plane and to their destination with amazing speed.

    Rob feels that their staff and crew are generally happier than what he's seen on other airlines.

    And there's the added bonus at DIA that you can use the security checkpoint at Terminal A rather than going through the usual notoriously long lines at the main security point.

    Despite the fact that United has hubs in both locations, Frontier has better flight times between DEN and SFO. We gave up on using United within the first few weeks of Rob starting this commute.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/chris_adams2307 chris_adams2307

    If the markets open, it's a good day to sell the airline stocks. If the markets open and gas prices are rising, it's a good day to sell more airline stocks than you own.

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