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Postby ironman » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:40 pm

Not sure how many of you fly regularly but I thought I'd see if anyone had thoughts or insight about something.

Next January I'm flying out to Southern California for my buddy's wedding. I'm most likely flying out of Quad Cities but looking at the various airlines to choose from, they all connect in different places. Of all the flights I've seen it looks like the four main cities that I could possibly connect to are Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, and Chicago. Now keep in mind that I'm flying in January, so the thought of connecting in Minneapolis or Denver has me concerned about being snowed in. Atlanta wouldn't be a problem for snow but I've heard and read nightmarish stories about their delays, plus the thought of flying from the Midwest to the Southeast, to the Pacific Coast seems silly. Then there's O'Hare which can have problems with both weather and delays.

Anybody have flying experiences that might be helpful to me?
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Postby Madison » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:46 pm

I wish I could plan tomorrow with any accuracy whatsoever. Trying to plan 10 months from now would be impossible for me. :*) Heck, airlines go out of business in that amount of time. :*)
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Postby knapplc » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:51 pm

I've connected through Minneapolis many times. I don't have any problems other than the fact that the International gates are about three miles (literally) from the domestic gates. For domestic-to-domestic connections you shouldn't have any problems. And they're used to dealing with snow in the winter, so unless it's a really brutal storm you should be OK.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:51 pm

we've flown through Dallas from Chicago to San Diego a couple of times.... ;-D
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Postby RugbyD » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:23 pm

Chicago or Minny is prbably best b/c the proximity reduces the chance that you might miss the connection if there is a problem.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:40 pm

i've been to Atlanta's airport and it wasnt bad...if you really are that worried about the weather it's probably your best bet
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Postby ironman » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:51 pm

knapplc wrote:I've connected through Minneapolis many times. I don't have any problems other than the fact that the International gates are about three miles (literally) from the domestic gates. For domestic-to-domestic connections you shouldn't have any problems. And they're used to dealing with snow in the winter, so unless it's a really brutal storm you should be OK.


That's kind of what I was wanting to know. Northwest is generally one of the cheaper airlines that fly from here so that may be the option to go with. AirTran/Delta fly through Atlanta. United flies through Chicago and Denver and American through Chicago. Someone flies to Dallas/Ft. Worth but I can't seem to find which one it is yet.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:58 pm

I've been to Minnesota, Chicago and Denver airport numerous times, Denver has been the least troublesome of them all. And they probably has the best airport too.
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Postby jlm53089 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:14 pm

ironman wrote:
knapplc wrote:I've connected through Minneapolis many times. I don't have any problems other than the fact that the International gates are about three miles (literally) from the domestic gates. For domestic-to-domestic connections you shouldn't have any problems. And they're used to dealing with snow in the winter, so unless it's a really brutal storm you should be OK.


That's kind of what I was wanting to know. Northwest is generally one of the cheaper airlines that fly from here so that may be the option to go with. AirTran/Delta fly through Atlanta. United flies through Chicago and Denver and American through Chicago. Someone flies to Dallas/Ft. Worth but I can't seem to find which one it is yet.


i think its southwest but dont quote me.
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Postby ironman » Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:19 pm

jlm53089 wrote:
ironman wrote:
knapplc wrote:I've connected through Minneapolis many times. I don't have any problems other than the fact that the International gates are about three miles (literally) from the domestic gates. For domestic-to-domestic connections you shouldn't have any problems. And they're used to dealing with snow in the winter, so unless it's a really brutal storm you should be OK.


That's kind of what I was wanting to know. Northwest is generally one of the cheaper airlines that fly from here so that may be the option to go with. AirTran/Delta fly through Atlanta. United flies through Chicago and Denver and American through Chicago. Someone flies to Dallas/Ft. Worth but I can't seem to find which one it is yet.


i think its southwest but dont quote me.


Yeah Southwest is cheap but they don't fly out of the Quad Cities. Northwest does and tends to be cheaper than United, Delta or American.
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