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Airlines - Inernational

I am going on the RS tour - Best of Italy in Sept. out of San Francisco.

What airlines do you like to fly for international flights? Just curious. Had a bad experience on Cathay Pacific.

Thank you for your input.

Posted by
1730 posts

The general consensus seems to be to go for European airlines across the the atlantic since they in general offer better service and it means both of your flights will be EU261-protected. Also, avoid any trip that involves going from one airport to another on the ground. And in general avoid connecting in the UK if your final destination is not in the UK.

From San Fransisco there are several options. If you are flying economy the difference between the airlines tend to be rather small, but if you are willing to spend more it can be worth to be a bit more picky in selecting airline.

Posted by
1076 posts

Check out Norweigian out of OAK-you can fly with 1 stop to either Rome or Milan.

Posted by
6554 posts

Sorry, but Norwegian Air Shuttle no longer flies out of Oakland. They will begin flying from San Francisco to Rome on April 1st, 2020, however.
From San Francisco, Alitalia will start flying to Rome on June 1st, 2020. And Air Italy flies to Milan seasonally--whatever that means. Flights will otherwise have to be through a connection in another European city. KLM flies to Amsterdam from San Francisco.

Posted by
141 posts

And in general avoid connecting in the UK if your final destination
is not in the UK.

That pretty much rules out flying AA.

Even worse, they make it quite difficult to avoid flying trans-Atlantic on their partner, BA, when booking a business class ticket using miles.

$500.00 and higher "Taxes and Fees" flying BA in and out of LHR.

No thank you.

Posted by
5530 posts

Note that Lufthansa is buying Alitalia so United miles mightbe able to get you there. We often fly with United and/or its alliance partners Lufthansa and Swiss out of SFO.