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High season

DecemberMost popular time to fly (24% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

$1,732(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal (return flight)

$1,324or less

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$781or less

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  • Morning departure is around 52% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 5 airlines serving Sydney Kingsford Smith to South America

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.3
Qatar Airways
Overall score based on 10,993 reviews
8.3
Boarding
8.2
Comfort
8.6
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
8.0
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Good service and better than average let room and overall seat confirm, which is a big plus on long haul flights. Will definitely choose to fly Qatar again."

Cons: "Qatar’s food is great! Feels like five star dining. Attendants are helpful and friendly."

Cons: "Food would have been better."

Pros: "Crew was nice. Seat was broken for recliner."
Cons: "Having parents with infants board with or after those needing assistance. It was an inconvenience having a fussy infant wait in a long line. We had bassinet seats so boarding first would not have slowed the seating process."

Cons: "Headphones- only one channel."

Cons: "Entertainment on the Boeing 777 suffered from access problems"

Pros: "From the ground crew to the flight staff, everyone was superb! Keep up the good work!"
Cons: "I can't think of anything to make it better."

Pros: "Food was good"
Cons: "The flight took off late more than an hour"

Pros: "The crew were very friendly"
Cons: "I was made to gate check my hand luggage."

Pros: "comfortable seats, pretty good food, extremely gracious cabin crew."
Cons: "Lactose-free breakfast option was fish... I get that some people like fish for breakfast, but to me it was a little nauseating. Just ate around it and was fine though. Overhead air vents could be improved. felt a little plane-sick toward the end of the flight."

Pros: "Smooth flying regardless of the air wake turbulence, excellent treatment from flight attendants. I felt safe during the flight."
Cons: "Give more time for checking in the luggage, Cancelation my flight with 0% reimbursed on my funds, on boarding time 10 minutes delay was truly unfair."

Pros: "Everything was good - food, entertainment, on time."

Pros: "I had never heard of Qatar Airways before I booked a 24hr flight to and from Sydney, Australia. I only did this on the suggestion from a friend that stated Qatar Airways was "alright". So for the price I thought what the heck! I was extremely pleased with the service from the cabin crew. They are always polite, professional, and well trained compared to my previous favorites Delta and Lufthansa. The seats were comfortable (as comfortable as Economy and 24hours of flying can be), the entertainment and aircraft were state of the art, and the food was outstanding for airline food. If I get the chance in the future I will definitely choose Qatar Airways for long trips."
Cons: "Other rude or snotty passengers taking up the crews time and attention for no reason. But as I stated in the "positive" side of this review, the crew handled these impolite individuals with a smile and polite attitude. Kudos to Qatar Airways."

Pros: "The overall experience"

Pros: "Flight duration was short"
Cons: "Nothing in particular"

Pros: "Very affordable flights, good value for money. Most of the journey from Sydney to Oslo (via Doha) went qiluite smoothly)."
Cons: "The only thing I didn’t like about the experience was the fact that you can only check in one piece of luggage on economy class, and one very sour individual at the gate when boarding."

Pros: "quick eficient"
Cons: "long flight"

Pros: "Good leg room. Food was best airline food I've ever had....... By far"
Cons: "The added journey flying around Saudi Arabia. Adds extra time onto a very long flight. Would put me off flying Qatar again"

Pros: "the flight was empty and lots of room to get comfortable snacks and food were good boarding was easy"

Pros: "12 hrs transit must give Hotel, without Hotel it was bad!"
Cons: "More than 10 hrs transit must give Hotel !!"

Pros: "Flight Attendants were really helpful especially when one of my child had a nose bleed, we had at least 3 attendants, tending to our needs when that happened and they did not leave until the situation was resolved."

Pros: "Boarding was quick and I liked that they didn’t make many announcements which can often keep passengers awake when they’re trying to sleep. Lights were kept off for the duration of the 14 hour flight which was good."
Cons: "I felt that the service was slow and the food was poor. Water was not offered during the flight as is the norm with other airlines. Toilets should be cleaned more regularly. Advertising at the beginning of the inflight entertainment became very repetitive when watching short tv shows."

Pros: "The crew service"
Cons: "The cost of internet access"

Pros: "There were a lot if security checks but the boarding crew was very helpful and let me check in a bag at rhe last minute with duty free shopping items that i would not have been able to carry with me on-board the airplane."
Cons: "No internet and the food was mediocre at best."

Pros: "Plane, crew, boarding"
Cons: "Coach class is not for long haul flights"

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Pros: "I would definitely travel again with quatar. Amazing trip long hours but they sure take care of the passenger. Love how they took care of my child"

Cons: "the wifi was average at best. I get that we there are limitations...but if the service is going to be this poor, make it free & unlimited."

Pros: "All the stewards were so friendly and helpful. The facilities were very well serviced and so you forget that the plane was 100% full, despite long queues to the toilets. I would fly again with Qatar Air for sure."

Pros: "on my flight from bkk to Doha all the flight attendants were very helpful. One in particular with the name Mary Jane, was very helpful and she stood out among the rest. Thank you for your kindness and help when I couldn't eat some of the foods on board. Whom can I write an email to so that I can be sure that she gets noticed for her work? Thank you"

Cons: "They announced everything in English and Arabic and repeated the same announcement multiple times. The entertainment is good but frustrating that it is constantly interrupted with announcement about everything. I have never heard that many on any other plane. The announcement about customs paperwork was long and done 2 times in English and 2 times in Arabic. There safety video is soooo long and again is done in two languages. It was just all too much. Besides that everything was great."

Cons: "The customer service is terrible. They refused to accommodate me for a 19 hour layover with a complimentary airport hotel stay, claiming there was an earlier flight--that was still 12 hours away, that I would have to pay to book anyway. Pure scam to get you to pay to upgrade your flight, pay for hotel or be condemned to stay in there airport for a whole day. Never ever again! Don't fly them!"

Cons: "Front row with a toddler meant that we couldn't lift the armrests up and get her to lay down. She had to lie on the floor, but when we hit some turbulence, we had to wake her and sit her back up with us. The second part of the leg was much better as we were on a normal row seat"

Pros: "same"
Cons: "same"

Cons: "Poor communication about transfers. I also had to throw away 20 pounds of things or get charge $800"

Cons: "The legroom is ok but the space between two seats is very tight and felt very cramped throughout."

Pros: "Good service, plenty of entertainment options, modern aircraft."

Pros: "Actually I can't even explain everything is good"

Cons: "no one came to help even after asking for assistance"

Cons: "All connecting flights to US are pretty long flights (14-16 hrs) and I personally, don't want to travel and try to avoid taking those long flights."

Pros: "On time, good crew, easy connection."
Cons: "Hard and tight seats for such long night flight."

Pros: "Qatar airways 3 hrs short flight was spectacular at all levels"

Pros: "Crew Boarding"
Cons: "Food Not so comfy"

Pros: "Food, service, staff at the counter"
Cons: "Cant think of any"

Cons: "Very cramped space on a 14 hr flight. Very slow food & drink service. Toilets were dirty No opportunity to choose seats despite checking in online the day before - we were allocated 2 adjacent seats but there were none others shown as available on the entire aircraft."

Pros: "The crew were very friendly and helpful."
Cons: "I am a very tall man and was unable to have an exit row seat. It was not explained why just that they were not available. When I booked the flights I was told to get to the airport as early as possible as exit row seats cannot be booked."

Pros: "I like each part of service"

Pros: "Amazing service the whole way, extremely polite and helpful even though I'm not one to ask for much. Food was great and also the entertainment, definitely flying with them again."

Pros: "The quality of service, food, plane and attention was superb."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Five hours of delay are unacceptable"

Cons: "Respect the scheduling!!!!"

Pros: "Comfy seats, great entertainment"
Cons: "Boarding process they don’t check in bags at the gate... food was gross. Flight crew didn’t speak English."

Cons: "Na"

Cons: "All good"

Pros: "The seat was very comfortable"

Pros: "Crew was courteous,helpful."
Cons: "Food."

Pros: "Was beautiful"

Pros: "Crew"

Pros: "service, great plane, always on time. With Avianca you cannot go wrong. if you find a Delay is usually not because of them"

Cons: "Less time to get out..."

Pros: "Was the crew amazing"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "Everything was great"
Cons: "Keep up the awesome work everyone does"

Pros: "Everything ran as expected, easy boarding, quick flight, ok drink service."
Cons: "Not sure why they sat someone else in our row if the plane was nearly empty. Unnecessarily uncomfortable."

Cons: "The plain was too small"

Pros: "Service"
Cons: "Food"

Pros: "None"
Cons: "To go back to terminal due to computer plain problem."

Cons: "Asked to move repeatedly between gates, and an hour late without explanation or apology"

Pros: "Speed and On time"
Cons: "The plane"

Pros: "Puntuales Cordiales Avión confortable Todo el personal en Colombia se mostró amable y simpático, de verdad los felicito por mantener ese espíritu entre sus colaboradores"
Cons: "Nada"

Cons: "Very delayed departure (1 hour late), priority luggage was anything but priority."

Pros: "Service, food, entertainment"
Cons: "Everything was great!"

Cons: "The food was gross the flight was four hours late. Horrible service"

Cons: "Super late as always"

Pros: "They were almost an hour late in departing"

Cons: "N/a"

Pros: "The flight was 5-hours late. We boarded, stayed at the gate. Had to disembark and wait another 1.5 hours."

Pros: "The complimentary movies are the best."
Cons: "Did not allow purchase of cocktail in flight."

Cons: "The delay!"

Pros: "Everything was good."
Cons: "The transport from gate to gate . To far"

Pros: "THE FLY WAS ON TIME GOOD SERVICE"

Pros: "Food and organization"
Cons: "Nothing.... everything was great"

Pros: "The flight was smooth and the staff was very friendly."

Pros: "Everything was great"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I never got to my destination on the date I want it"

Pros: "Not exceptional but very good"

Pros: "The service was excelente; on time."

Pros: "Nothing, missed our flights. The service was horrible and they were talking badly about us in Spanish, knowing we were English speaking. They didn't realize we knew Spanish."
Cons: "Horrible customer service."

Pros: "No Meal compensation"

Pros: "The plane was on time and all of the staff were friendly."
Cons: "I didn't like that there was no ice for the drinks."

Cons: "Ya van varios retrasos por mantenimiento."

Pros: "I really enjoyed every part of the flight. The staff was great and as well as the ride. Thank you"

Cons: "The personnel in the airport were at times confused about the Bogota-Cali departure time. It has become a habit to change departure time and gates."

Cons: "The flight was 1 hour late"

Pros: "I'm embarassed to admit that while I was sitting near my gate the whole plane boarded without my knowing. I thought people were only boarding the plane next to it. So when I finally went up to the desk to ask, the lady looked at me and said that all of the boarding was finished and I was too late. She quickly pulled up the rest of my itinerary on the screen and immediately started re-booking my short domestic flight to the next plane. I didn't have to argue, beg, plead or pay anything. I'm supremely grateful!"

Cons: "Boarding was very slow."

Pros: "excellent service on board"

Cons: "The flight was delayed in Bogota and I lost my connection with the fligth to Madrid, and I had to stay 1 day in Cali, I lost other connections in Madrid due to the delay and hotel reservations. besides that I had to buy new tickets to my connection in Madrid and Avianca didn't help at all."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "After lost my connection (10:50 pm) due to delay from San Juan it was transfered us to the next flight (1135). After one hour inside the airplane it was returned to the gate and the flight was suspended. They transfer us to the next flight at 0535 after two hours complaining. Its original plan was accomodate all passenger in the first three flight to Cali. We felt that they fail to indemnify correctly if it considered the high price of the flight tickets."

Pros: "Everything is perfect in this app"
Cons: "Take long time to take the money from the bank"

Pros: "Pilot announcements were very clear"
Cons: "Too many oversized cabin bags"

Cons: "Delayed"

Pros: "They change my seat from middle to window, but that’s all."
Cons: "Flight delayed. Food was salty and cafeteria like."

Cons: "Much better"

Pros: "Amy was absolutely amazing! She was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly! One of the best flight attendants l have ever met."

Pros: "Flight was excellent crew awesome."
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "No delays"

Pros: "Good service"
Cons: "Old plane, no power chargers, cold during the flight"

Pros: "The crew was good"
Cons: "The entertainment on the plane should be upgraded and wifi should be provided"

Pros: "Great pilots and communication. Good boarding and gate crew."
Cons: "No entertainment, limited drink service. Flight was rerouted and very poor reimbursement provided."

Cons: "Despite most of the plane being offered refreshment I never was as staff not organised enough to have time to do so, even though other airlines have managed easily."

Cons: "Big difference between aircraft and crew on syd to singapore and the excellent sin to lhr sector"

Cons: "A longer connection so I didn’t miss the flight."

Pros: "Friendly crew, new release films"
Cons: "Quicker boarding and better food"

Cons: "The request for Wheel Chair at London was never registered...Had to run around with impaired leg on a short connection (1.5 hours). The service for Wheelchair request not being honored saying that there was no such request."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Staff/crew were fantastic, extremely friendly, very down to earth, like family"
Cons: "I thought the food was very ordinary. Selection and type of food could have been more interesting. Bread stuffs did not seem fresh, but thawed from frozen items"

Pros: "Love your airline nothing"

Pros: "Spacious seats"
Cons: "Very hot airplane before take off"

Pros: "The privilege of getting business class perks"
Cons: "The business class seats are economy class seats with the middle seat blocked, the leg space are same as economy."

Pros: "As above"

Pros: "Regret I am overwhelmed with catch-up. Number one was the price of the flight. Food was plentiful but average (less than that when compared with what we had just experienced in Italy), and service by phone was phenomenal, given the special consideration of seating and menu details accorded to me."

Cons: "The flight was late and the info was not shared. The attendants were not helpful and were unkind. The food was served in a strange timing."

Pros: "Timely"
Cons: "Nithing"

Pros: "Did not rate the food as we slept through the meal"

Pros: "It got me to where needed to get to. First flight in 12 months that wasn’t delayed."
Cons: "Poor value for money. The food & drink selection (that you have to pay for) is abysmal. UK Border is a joke, 20+ passport desks but only 2 are ever occupied, ePassport gate DOESNT work (won’t eork if you have kids). Zero f**ks given. #BrexitBritain #BrokenBritain"

Pros: "Very smooth landing"
Cons: "Lots of turbulence"

Pros: "Professional pilots. Good flight."
Cons: "Unprofessional and rude flight attendant. Not enough food available on an 11 hours flight."

Cons: "British Airways continued giving us hassle about guitar carry-on even though there has never been a problem with finding room for it by plane crew once plane is boarded."

Pros: "The crew were friendly, helpful and professional."
Cons: "Those headrests need an upgrade in economy!"

Cons: "For long trips I do not think I could do the standard class again. There was not enough room for me at 2 meters tall and I was rather uncomfortable in the middle seat"

Pros: "Our connection flight was delayed and the crew from British Airways waited for us and escorted us through the whole airport in London just to make sure we don't miss our next flight"

Pros: "The crew was nice."
Cons: "Is this really the British Airways business class within Europe? What a disappointment. Felt like I was in economy except the only difference was I got my drink served in glass rather than plastic. Why don't you get some tips from Emirates considering from Abu Dhabi to Doha you had 10"+ tvs infront of you, tons of leg room and actually good food offerings."

Pros: "See my notes on the Chicago London leg."
Cons: "Same as the likes..."

Pros: "Friendly crew; okay food and nice movies. Security screening went fairly quick. No abnormal long lines."

Pros: "The crew"
Cons: "The seats were very small for overweight person"

Cons: "A fellow traveler needed to check a bag and BA charged more for the bag than we paid for the flight. They said that because the flight was not full it cost more??? Ridiculous! If flight not full she should have paid less.... Very unhappy with this policy."

Pros: "Service was good. 2.5 meals, lots of water and drinks, kind service, kind help desk. Good room between seats"
Cons: "Seat bottoms were painful. TV screens were super old, but thats a very first world complaint."

Pros: "It was the beginning of school holidays so mobbed but we all got on the plane"
Cons: "Security at Edinburgh was tough for thise of us not used to the 'clear bag' policy. One steward (German guy? ) seemed to be in a permanant bad mood. And once we got to Heathrow, the jet bridge did not work, so we could see our luggage leaving the plane before we did!"

Pros: "Honestly nothing"
Cons: "The whole flight was disastrous and we Are old gold card holders"

Cons: "The only issue I had was having to check my bag. I didn't feel it was necessary."

Cons: "Horrible service I had to have my flights changed completely twice."

Pros: "Comfortable seating"

Pros: "very friendly and helpful staff. by chance small upgrade to comfortable seats next to the emergency exit."
Cons: "no food, no entertainment system, no facility to charge cell phones."

Pros: "We arrived 15 minutes early at closest gate to passport control"
Cons: "No entertainment, expensive food, had to pay to check a bag"

Cons: "See above."

Cons: "did not have vegetarian food display of journey on 3d map a very very poor one - poor screen control, graphics , speed"

Pros: "Clear instructions on board Food was good Service from the crew was good"

Pros: "The flight attendants were cheerful and ever so attentive. Love & appreciate the hospitality rendered. I like that there is a vegetatian meal option too."
Cons: "I could do with a little more leg space but I suppose it is not possible. An ice cream as replacemenrlt perhaps?"

Cons: "British airways boarding always seems like a cattle call. Everyone thinks they're priority and it's not well defined who is, so the initial boarding call always just results in everyone rushing the gate."

Pros: "The crew was amazing the flight went well."
Cons: "I payed extra to be in premium economy and ingot put next to free upgrade and the flight was empty behind me so I had no room and I payed more just an unfair and ridiculous waste of money if I have people all around me and none behind me I shouldn’t have to pay for something if there giving it to the people so I get less riom"

Pros: "That the flight ended"
Cons: "Everything. In a flight from Miami/Orlando (full of families) you are not allowed to choose seats, at the gate (where you supposed to change seats) the staff was rude, inside the plan people make their own changes and it gets a mess. Terrible experience."

Pros: "Nothing. The plane was late. The WiFi didn’t work. The plane was hot in 90 degree weather and after travelling almost 19 hours I needed a little comfort."
Cons: "At least make the WiFi better."

Cons: "Better customer service, better customer experience, no delays"

Cons: "Full plane with no Main Cabin Extra seats left over = painful flight for someone over 6 feet."

Pros: "The legroom."
Cons: "There was nothing not to like."

Pros: "New Plane interior"

Pros: "Perfect!"

Pros: "Very attentative crew"
Cons: "Charging for WiFi"

Pros: "Great crew, good food served several times. Entertainment was very flexible."

Cons: "F/a’s are haphazard and disinterested in their customers. Below average experience."

Cons: "Past was dry... It was the first time but changed my experience"

Pros: "My flight is tomorrow"

Pros: "We arrived safely. We were late but arrived safely. When we had to spend the night en route, the customer service desk was very kind and helpful."
Cons: "Crew was grumpy and very unhelpful Lots of mechanical delays Kept being assured we would make our connections despite leaving late. In the end we had to change our route in order to have a chance at making it to our destination that day. Even that didn’t work though; we had to spend the night in Charlotte."

Pros: "It got me there safely without delays."
Cons: "Food isn't good. the connections can be offered in a much better and time efficient way but they were not. I had to change airports in NYC with a 7-hr layover while they could've flown me to JFK (there was available flights). Same thing with coming back, a long layover in Texas."

Pros: "For the long flights business class is the way to go."

Pros: "Priority boarding."
Cons: "Food is horrible at AA, in special breakfast!"

Cons: "Cabin crew seem frustrated and don't like the work"

Pros: "Great movie selection and beautiful plane!"

Pros: "everything on travel is good."

Pros: "We hit a very bad bout of turbulence. They were concerned as to our wellbeing and comfort throughout the flight."

Pros: "My wife and I have flown on many airlines. This was one of our best experiences. All the staff that we came across were ridiculously helpful and very understanding. Despite us getting held up in traffic and running quite late, staff members of both American Airlines and Qantas were extremely calming and reassuring the whole way through. Flight was extremely comfortable and entertainment was fantastic. Made the trip really easy."
Cons: "Food wasn't the greatest. Barely touched the breakfast and dinner meal. Supposedly the flight had free wifi, but I honestly couldn't eat that to work for me."

Pros: "They have a huge selection of movies"
Cons: "They do not have gluten free options"

Pros: "Like the drink & snack bar that is always open. Crew kept bathrooms maintained reasonably well."
Cons: "They were out of some of the drink and food options. The Vegetarian special meals were poor."

Pros: "The guy at the initial ticket counter was wonderful and took his time addressing my needs."

Pros: "QF operated by American Airlines. First time flying AA from LAX to SYD (typically do this trip once a year). Overall a good experience, much better than I was anticipating. They diid not charge for surfboard, which was great. Plane is smaller than Qantas Airbus 380, so boarding and getting off plane was quicker. Would fly again."

Pros: "It wasn't bad for an American based international flight, but also not wonderful. Crew was great. Snacks were good. The extensive entertainment options were great and enjoyed extensively."
Cons: "The vegetarian options were AWFUL. Like, really really bad. Seats seemed smaller than previous flights."

Pros: "We flew with 4 different airlines on our trip to New Zealand and American Airlines was by far the best. We were comfortable and had plenty of good food and free entertainment. I would fly with American Airlines again."
Cons: "I can't think of anything."

Pros: "I liked because it was my mom first international trip and she got all the support from the crew. She loved it!"

Pros: "Decent movies"
Cons: "Seats are incredibly close to one another. I'm pretty short (5'5") and I felt cramped to say the least. The food isn't great, it's okay but don't expect to be wanting seconds."

Pros: "I loved the Qantas plane that took us from LAX to Sudney. It was so quiet and smooth, and each seat in coach had very slight improvements , such as a head rest that moved, and cushions that atually felt comfortable. I think it was a new Dreamliner or something similar. AA should use these."

Pros: "Overall, it was a decent flight. Tucked way in the back, but no major issues."
Cons: "One flight attendant spent the majority of the flight flirting with the guy behind me. Another had a voice so loud that I could hear him through my earplugs and Bose headphones while trying to sleep on the overnight flight. I also don't like that I booked with Qantas and ended up on an American flight."

Cons: "My itinerary said 12pm departure from Sydney to Los Angeles. However, the departure time was 10:15am, and not on Qantas airlines, but on American. It was luck I found out about the changed time. Also, since the airline changed, it took extra time to find the correct counter to check-in."

Cons: "American Airlines isn't as friendly or accommodating as other airlines or staff."

Pros: "overall best airline I flew, steve"

Pros: "Flight crew was fantastic. Pilot did a superb job. Whole flight was like sliding on glass."

Pros: "The crew was really nice, food was good, movie selection was also good."
Cons: "Too crowded. Too many seats made it too hard and inconvenient to get up to stretch out or walk around on such a long flight. Which is recommended to prevent blood clots."

Pros: "Most of the flight attendants were cheerful and helpful."
Cons: "One flight attendant may have been under the weather - not cheerful nor helpful."

Pros: "The seat was a lot better than the first leg. Also the entertainment screen worked."
Cons: "The food was okay but not that good, The male crew steward was very friendly with a couple across from me and gave each of them 8 glasses of wine, even without asking for them, He would just show up with two glasses of wine every 30 mins. All the lady's working were great and friendly."

Pros: "me and my wife, enjoyed the flight. flight crew served very very well."
Cons: "no complaint so far."

Pros: "Food was good"
Cons: "American Airlines gave away my upgraded seat that I paid for. Eventually gave a refund, but was unapologetic."

Cons: "The airlines cancelled my flight. I had an early morning meeting in Sydney so I couldn't fly out on the only other Qantas flight (which was 2 hours earlier than my scheduled). Spent 4 hours on hold with American and Qantas before being rebooked for the following day. Had to pay for another night's lodging and food."

Pros: "Great flight"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "We arrived to our destination safety."
Cons: "My seat was changed on me last minute without notifying me. I was moved away from my friends. It took a while to get this resolved with my seat. Once it was solved my chair was broken and could not recline. It took them 3 hours to get this fixed and were rude to me the entire time. I told them I had never been treated so poorly on a plane."

Pros: "I liked a lot about our flight, especially that we didn't crash."
Cons: "For a 12 hour flight a little more leg room would have been nice."

Cons: "I have dietary restrictions and called Qantas and ordered a special meal. Little did I know I was supposed to call American Airlines so I never got a meal I could eat. Apparently Qantas doesn't relay the meal requests to American. Awful service!!"

Pros: "The entertainment system and wifi price were great."
Cons: "We prepaid to select our seats and when we went to check in our seats had been changed. No apologies or effort was made to fix the situation. They said it happens all the time. They should never charge for seat selection if they do not honor it! Total rip-off"

Pros: "Excellent flight service; good meals, comfortable, enjoyed the wine and beer as drinks and with meals."

Pros: "The people were amazing. They were the sweetest people and were so eger to learn. I have never been so neverous. We experienced a place where I need to help the ppl of the island and hopefully make the experience better. Fijians are so generous and amazing I will be back"

Pros: "Flight was safe and early then estimates timd landing"
Cons: "Meal is not enough for older people (my mom over 60y) then i think that is not enough to adults too Meal is not good tatste like before when fly with quatas only No appetizer like before too fly with quatas we can eat 6 - 8 times include snack"

Pros: "So few people aboard. Allowed for great service by flight crew."
Cons: "Catering in COVID era leaves a lot to be desired."

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Upgrade seating"

Cons: "Economy seating legroom could be better for long-haul flight"

Cons: "We had to wait for about seven hours at the airport because the flight was delayed."

Cons: "The flight was delayed for almost five hours."

Pros: "Boarding went fine"
Cons: "Inflight Entertainment was terrible. I had to watch the trailer 3 times before it started. If picked another, started at a different point in movie. The flight attendants kept making announcements every few seconds interrupting movie instead of just one long one."

Pros: "Nothing"

Pros: "No problems"
Cons: "No issues"

Pros: "People caring for people. We flew for a familiar emergency and the personnel on board understood the situation and was very kind."

Cons: "Despite dozens of empty seats in Economy Plus, flight attendants refused to allow anyone to move into the 8 vacant rows keeping us crowded in coach economy."

Cons: "Such a long domestic flight should have entertainment in business class at least"

Pros: "That they had blankets"
Cons: "Unfriendly aura over l and no food... I much prefer Delta"

Pros: "Good seats, service, express baggage handling."
Cons: "None."

Pros: "I like the entertainment screen"
Cons: "The mini pretzel.,,"

Pros: "Food could be a lot better and healthier."
Cons: "Plane was not overbooked."

Pros: "Food was great"

Cons: "A very old B757. late departure. No explanation."

Cons: "This airline was by far the worst I have used in years. Their staff, service and facilities need improvement"

Pros: "The international flight was very good. Staff were excellent and very friendly."
Cons: "The international terminal at LAX is terrible as far as people being on hand or being able to offer assistance on getting to your next connecting flight. Getting 30 minutes to make a connecting flight that is on the other side of the airport with noone being able to tell you where your connecting flight is is almost impossible. The in-flight entertainment console was broken and was unusable during the flight. It would work for 5 minutes then glitch and the screen would flash until you stowed it away and waited 10 minutes to try again."

Pros: "Left on time, friendly crew, comfy flight."
Cons: "For reasons I still don’t understand my baggage didn’t travel with me and I was not able to get it until several days later"

Cons: "The wireless connection was super spotty"

Cons: "No food is lame"

Pros: "The flight attendants very sincere & nice. I love that their was a lot of leg room on the flight as well."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "There was no entertainment alternatives."

Pros: "Safe flight, arrived early"
Cons: "Flight attendant on my side was not friendly. Insisted the only thing left for a meal was curried chicken for my 4 yr old. It's an 8 hour flight- and she wouldn't even bring me an extra roll for him. His seat was paid for like everyone else's- you have a plane full of children - and you have nothing to offer but curried chicken? Bullshit."

Pros: "The flight attendant and getting to the location early!"
Cons: "United in general"

Pros: "That the plane got me back to the US."
Cons: "Flight crew should learn how to smile. In general, not even vaguely friendly. Food was the absolute worse I have eaten in many, many years ( I have millions of miles of air travel). Seats old and hard and extremely close together."

Cons: "I booked 2 seats in order to sit next my wife. And the seats were not together. I didn't realized till after booking"

Pros: "Personal, friendly service from the staff. Smooth flight and perfect arrival."

Pros: "We traveled with 4 kids and staff was great to make the flight as comfortable as possible. 787 Dreamliner was awesome"

Cons: "AC was extremely cold"

Cons: "Had to pay for wifi, snack was really small,"

Pros: "The seamless service from reservation to arrival at destination"
Cons: "Would have appreciated a lower fair"

Pros: "Lots of entertainment options and friendly crew."
Cons: "It was just a very long trip, so the seats became uncomfortable after a while."

Cons: "Ko"

Pros: "The crew was comfortable and friendly, overall cruisy for a 14 hr flight."
Cons: "We departed 1.5 hrs late, over a baggage discrepancy and had to return from the tarmac to the gate, which seemed unnecessary and probably had something to do with the same passenger they were calling every five minutes for over an hour before we even began boarding. We then arrived late, which extremely rushed my already super tight transfer in LAX and cause a lot of stress and frustration with the airline."

Cons: "The only disappointment was that internet via WiFi was all but unusable. If the service is not viable while on this route, it should not be offered."

Pros: "Any"

Cons: "Lack of leg room"

Pros: "The newer plane with good leg room and the flight attendants were great."
Cons: "Small overhead bins. Had to check my carry-on"

Pros: "Very little good things to say besides it was a new plane"
Cons: "They had one of four meal options left by the time they got to me, a platinum member. The seat also would not recline to 180 degrees"

Pros: "Flight was short and pilot and crew were trying to help those with connecting flight. Passengers were also nice and civilized and allowed those with connections to deboard first."
Cons: "1 hour delay due to another plane in our way that wasn't moving. Also would have been nice to have water or beverages offered to us during the 1 hour wait on board."

Pros: "Trip and treatment were ok... but tv is way expensive. Avianca offers you a wide range of movies and tv series for free."

Pros: "My whole experience was easy and comfortable. A big thank you to the woman who helped me check in at the United kiosk in Sydney. She saw that I was struggling and assisted me until completion. The flight was uneventful, which is really good! I also had the entire row to myself which gave me room to spread out for the 13 hour flight. Great experience:)"
Cons: "The food was probably the weakest part of my flight from Sydney to Los Angeles. The eggs had no taste. I'd prefer a simple oatmeal or cereal for breakfast."

Pros: "The veg meal was better than anticipated and the entertainment system had many options"
Cons: "Small child in the seat in front of us wouldn't quiet down on the red eye flight. More delays on this flight due to a maintenance issue."

Pros: "They gave us free entertainment"
Cons: "We took two hours in taking off"

Pros: "Price we paid was excellent."
Cons: "It was just my wife and myself and we didn't even get to seat together. They want extra for being able to select your seat in advance. Food was terrible. Seats recline probably 2" at the top of the backrest so no comfort there at all."

Cons: "It seems a bit ridiculous to have to pay $8 for any television/entertainment options. We did it anyway, and by the time we were able to get headphones from the flight attendant all of the movies were about an hour in. Our only option was to watch the end, and then watch the beginning after. If I'm paying extra, I would expect the type of system where I can select my movie and watch it from the beginning. On top of that, once we did start watching, the headphones were terrible quality. We had to turn the volume all the way up, and still couldn't hear over the static. Disappointing."

Pros: "The Qantas agent controlling access to the International Terminal from the Domestic Terminal in Sydney was the best I have ever encountered. Not only did he unravel a very complicated situation created by United, he helped get cell phone to the connecting flight after I left it on first flight. Service on the flight was good and better in Economy than Business First on United."

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