Why I Now Prefer The Planes I Used To Hate

After the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in 2013, the two airlines operated separately up until 2015. All of the US Airways planes were eventually repainted and the interiors were rebranded but the amenities didn’t change. This led American Airlines loyalists to try to avoid these planes because they didn’t have the same features as American’s planes, like seat-back entertainment or power outlets.

Flash forward to 2019 and most ex-US Airways planes still do not have seatback entertainment or power outlets but I’d rather fly on one of these planes instead of one with the new American Airlines interior.

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Credit Card Offer Of The Year, Worst Flight In America, Spending 3,000,000 Marriott (Bonvoy), Rewards & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Airlines Will Never Get In-Seat Entertainment Right

Airlines spend a ton of money to try to enhance the in-flight experience. They have to try to distract you in some way from realizing that your seat is a little bit smaller and less comfortable than it was on your last flight.

The entertainment options have changed significantly since I first started flying. I remember getting to my seat and reading the playlists of each music station in the magazine to see which one I wanted to listen to during my flight. I usually ended up listening to the pop station or the Disney music station (but only if it didn’t include Celine Dion’s Beauty and the Beast cover).  Just wondering, did anyone listen to the World Music station???

When computers got smaller, I remember when an EmPower plug was the only way you could keep your laptop running on a flight. Admit it, it was a fancy way to get you to pay for an adapter so your computer could run off a a cigarette lighter.  We’ve come a long way since then, thank goodness.

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American Airlines 737-800 Has The Worst Economy Seat, And They’re Making It Even Worse

I’m sure American Airlines wasn’t thinking about the 737-800 when they put the ad telling you to rate the seat on Tripit into the seat back pocket. If they were, they might have tried a little harder to make sitting in one of their seats a less miserable experience. I can’t put my finger on exactly what made the seat feel as bad as it did. Was it the narrow seat width? Maybe it was the seat pitch (distance from the seat in front). It could have been we were already in a bad mood after having to deal with surly gate agents trying to check as many carry on bags as possible, even if they were the correct size.

I did some checking on narrow body jets we’ve flown on this year and American’s 737-8 ranks towards the bottom of seat comfort metrics, but not the worst. So why did American seem so much worse than it looks on paper and how could they make it any worse?

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My Favorite Seat On A Plane

I love to fly in fancy airline seats. There’s nothing like flying in a lie-flat seat and getting to recline back and catch a few ZZZs at 35,000 feet.


While I can book those flights with miles when flying over the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, most of our other flights are usually short jumps around the continental U.S. Those flights are often in economy on carriers like JetBlue or Southwest and their planes don’t have fancy first class cabins.

However, there’s one seat on the plane I’ll always take if available. I was lucky enough to snag this seat on a recent flight and since Sharon let me sit there, I owe her the window seats for both flights on our next trip (Note from Sharon: SCORE!).

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