Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Melbourne
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Traveling in a 737-800, there is no displays at your seat. One must BYOD. Wifi was spotty."
Cons: "Lots of delays and sometimes confusing communications from the airlines about departure times."
Pros: "Seat extraordinarily comfortable"
Cons: "More room is what everyone wants. It’s unrealistic though. First class was pretty comfortable."
Cons: "Boarding is slow and awkward, with too many passengers with carryons that don't fit. AA did not enforce size restriction on carryon bags, nor help maximize bin space. Mainstream carriers really need to rethink boarding procedures. I've been spoiled by the speed of Southwest and the attentiveness of SWA staff to the process."
Pros: "Everything was great"
Pros: "Crew was nice and I was comfortable"
Cons: "Well on the way to Florida I had an entertainment screen that froze and in this flight the screen was blue needing maintenance so it was out of service too."
Pros: "Seat to tight"
Cons: "Better pricing"
Pros: "Everything went smoothly. Thank you AA!"
Cons: "Better WiFi and shows"
Cons: "The chairs can be more comfortable."
Pros: "This flight crew were upbeat and all smile. They definitely know what customer service should be."
Cons: "Only pretzels for food when you’ve been on a plane all day didn’t make me happy."
Pros: "Everything went smoothly. The flight landed early."
Cons: "Seat back in economy was uncomfortable for a shorter person. The head rest pushed my head so far forward that my back and neck were curved so much it caused upper back pain."
Pros: "I appreciate that I was able to switch seats thereby giving the cat and its owner more room."
Cons: "I have to say I was very surprised that there would be a passenger flying next to me with a cat in a carrier seated next to me."
Pros: "Seat very small"
Cons: "Flight was delayed, but there was clear weather in both Boston and DC. Did not get home until after 1 AM, completely exhausted."
Cons: "I’m not sure how this flight was as I missed it due to a delay from YYZ to ORD"
Pros: "Nice crew"
Cons: "Delayed and didn't try to speed up the delay"
Pros: "Son flew alone and everyone was very helpful."
Pros: "Boarding, comfortable seats, clean"
Cons: "Mediocre service, choice of food was down to one option (and I was on the 2nd row)"
Cons: "Today’s flight was extremely cold. Almost everyone in the plan was under the covers at some point."
Pros: "It had 1980 common program and not an in seat outdated"
Cons: "If you get to the airport too early and there aren't any American Airlines flight before yours you have to wait for the crew to get there to open the counter and check you in. Just a couple pounds over the 50lbs and you get screwed with a $100 fee. There is very little AC in the airport and very few outlets so if you have to wait for a flight make sure to charge your devices prior to getting to the airport. WiFi on this an all other American Airlines flights I've recently taken has been useless - almost impossible to use."
Pros: "Tom threatened to have me ARRESTED after inquiring as to why he was unusually and much more than personally and intentionally. I hope he’s enjoye his Career w AA. My Mom has worked there 30 yrs & he finished after messin w the WRONG SPICY Cajun Woman Who’s been oppressed and abused ENOUGH!!!!!"
Cons: "See above. I like Kayak"
Cons: "When I checked in my luggage, the price did not include local taxes."
Pros: "pleasant crew"
Cons: "CRJ900 is a small plane. no WiFi"
Pros: "Crew On time Boarding"
Cons: "Seat space very tight and I’m not a very big person Seat ahead of me fully reclined left me even less space Seats are very uncomfortable Expected more for the cost of over $200 one way"
Cons: "My flight was canceled and rebooked overnight, then delayed 2-3x. This wasn’t all the airline’s fault, but nevertheless, it was a very mediocre experience."
Pros: "Left on time"
Cons: "Some glitch said the flight was delayed, when it wasn't. Good thing I checked with the Check In Counter."
Pros: "Very smooth fast check in"
Cons: "The food"
Cons: "Seating ---- to tight"
Pros: "Seats had good leg room, and the current movies were free (unlike on the United flight I took a short while ago). Boarding was quick."
Pros: "The new clean plane. The pilot and crew were great."
Pros: "Attentiveness of Gate personnel Punta Cana airport and of the flight attendants. The entertainment options were excellent."
Cons: "Lack of variety in food options during flight."
Pros: "The seats on the plane were well covered and leather like that was helpful"
Cons: "The food was horrendous ant the staff unprepared for service . They don't want to be service oriented they want to be your equal they are two familiar and on the edge of rude."
Pros: "Liked that one of the flights ha a usb connection to charge my phone"
Cons: "It was slightly more cramped in the seating and it was very warm for the duration of the flight"
Pros: "Staff were friendly and seats were comfortable."
Cons: "My TV wasn't working and it was the same for a couple of others. They managed to get the others moved stright away but they kept telling me they would reboot it and sometimes it was slow starting up. They rebooted twice and after 2hours 30mins into the 8 hour flight they accepted that it wasn't going to work and they finally asked another passenger would they swap with us. They said that all TV were checked on the ground between flights but this was obviously not the case."
Cons: "I was expecting to be on an JAL flight but it wasn't JAL and was operated by american airlines and I feel ripped off."
Pros: "Fast flight"
Pros: "The boarding at GYE was very smooth and the GYE terminal is very comfortable."
Cons: "The check-in process at GYE needs to improve. Not many people in line and it still takes an hour get checked in. Plane crew waiting much longer to serve the food. That made sure I would get less rest on and overnight flight. Worst of all, after the crew served the food, the never came to pick it up. Just makes it uncomfortable to have a tray of trash on your tray table for 3 hours."
Cons: "I booked on BA I ended up on AA. US carriers to Europe gives inferior service vis a vis the competition if i wanted a US carrier I would have booked one. It was bait & switch. Compared to whats available in entertainment & comfort on flights, this was like a hires & buggy"
Pros: "Everything overall"
Pros: "Ricardo (flight attendant) was absolutely amazing. Extremely helpful."
Cons: "This was the second time this year I flew American Airlines And it wasn't satisfying. The first time (April) the crew was late which made me late to my connecting flight in which there were no more flights to my destination for the rest of the day (Jamaica) had to spend the night in Miami and miss a very important meeting. The second flight from Miami to NY 8/22 was delayed twice in which Im still not sure why but i had to deal with other angry passengers and they're rudeness which made my experience bad. I want American Airlines to be great. I just want to fly with them without a problem for once. JetBlue always gets it right"
Cons: "Horrible customer service"
Pros: "We arrived safe."
Cons: "Departure 1.5 hours late. Missed connection. Travel took 16 hours instead of 6 hours."
Pros: "The flight, attendants, timeliness"
Cons: "Unable to check in unless paying extra for only available seats. At DFW was scolded for nit checkibg in sooner and was assigned "the last seat" because of overbooking. Same today trying to check in JAN to DFW. Must pay extra or wait untill get to airport.Reserved months ago. Assign seat upon reservation!"
Airlines flying from Melbourne have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Melbourne
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Melbourne
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Melbourne
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Melbourne
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Melbourne