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Delta Vs Southwest

New eNBa60
Feb 24

For those of you that do business travel I have a question. So I am a Southwest A-lister and I just completed Delta Silver Status Match. Would you rather continue booking work travel via Delta to earn their miles (and potentially Gold status) or would you use Southwest and earn points towards A-list preferred?

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  • Amazon cd54dg
    Elite status with Delta should get you free upgrades to first class. My understanding is that Southwest doesn’t have a first class cabin at all. I would pick Delta. If you don’t care about upgrades, then stick with Southwest.
    Feb 243
    • New eNBa60
      OP
      Southwest doesn’t have a class system or assigned seating. It is first come first serve. However, with A-list status you are prioritized in line so you will be able to sit wherever you want.
      Feb 24
    • Amazon cd54dg
      Anywhere you want in an economy seat, to be exact. For most leisure travelers, this is perfectly fine because they would never have a path to sitting in first class. For frequent travelers, you can do much better.
      Feb 24
    • Qualtrics
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      5*more
      Silver and even gold won’t regularly get you first class. You’ll 50/50 (not literal %) get comfort +. I’m platinum ff and get first class every once in awhile
      Feb 24
  • PayPal big nasty
    They both suck. Delta is brutal, will bump you from paid first class tickets without comp, lies about delays, etc. and Southwest doesn’t know how to assign seats and has no first class. Also, United sucks, American sucks. Asian and European airlines know how to do air travel, I don’t understand why American airlines won’t copy them.
    Feb 243
    • Jet.com gtfoorgtfo
      Europe has dozens of airlines, in America it’s like 3 major ones. Oligopoly not good for customer.
      Feb 24
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      We used to do that. Then we deregulated the aviation industry. Other countries air carriers are heavily subsidized by their governments.
      Feb 24
    • Jet.com gtfoorgtfo
      US airlines also suck lots of money from the federal budget, it’s not that hard to find out exact amounts. None of it goes towards increasing the quality of service, though.
      Feb 24
  • Microsoft HURi57
    My worst flying experiences have been with Delta. Delays at a higher frequency than with any other airline. So take that for what it's worth.
    Feb 245
  • RealtyShares klqk62
    Southwest always. Delta is crap.
    Feb 243
    • Accolade area69
      Any reason?
      Feb 24
    • Intel UGeJ58
      You can reschedule your booked flight up to a year - great for business travel.

      Delta is inclined to consistently overbook and kick people out of their paid and assigned seats - bad for business travel
      Feb 25
    • Accolade area69
      So only reason you like Southwest is because you can reschedule your flight. lol.

      FYI: If you do business travel, you can get preferred seat in Delta for free. After a few trips you will be in their silver tier where you can get upgraded to First class or comfort+
      Feb 25
  • LinkedIn quokk
    Delta. Southwest has no lounge
    Feb 240
  • IBM / Eng
    skiddie

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    Does Southwest go international?
    Feb 241
    • New eNBa60
      OP
      Yes. However they only fly to Central America and the Caribbean.
      Feb 24
  • I like Delta. Nice planes and free upgrades with elite status.
    Feb 240
  • Microsoft tfsUEwWt
    Delta always. Southwest is crap.
    Feb 240
  • F5 Networks Op64em
    OP: What city are you in? Is it a major Delta hub?
    Feb 241
    • New eNBa60
      OP
      DC metro so yeah, between Reagan, BWI, and Dulles we definitely covered by Delta
      Feb 24
  • New / Other
    Figueroa

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    Stay with Southwest.. easier to use points and they go a lot further.. if you are able to achieve the Companion pass it is well worth it
    Feb 250
  • Microsoft / Biz DevMemeGenX
    If you can afford not to fly Southwest then don't. There are few perks to SWA besides saving money.
    Feb 240
  • New / Mgmt
    FourHrWkWk

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    Depends on where you travel. For XC flights do delta to get upgrades and lounges.

    SWA is very convenient for short flights/ west coast travel including to small cities.

    I like being able to board SWA last minute - I’ve had delta close the door on me 15-20 minutes before flight time and was difficult to rebook. I’ve also had a lot more cancellations and delays on delta and United. SWA has always been smooth. Seems they can swap planes and crews more quickly when things go wrong. Booking, Checking in, Rebooking, and tracking miles on SWA is also very easy by comparison to other carriers.

    Also SWA gives drink tickets, which is half the benefit of upgrades at the end of a biz trip.
    Feb 240
  • New tLFu71
    I fly delta. I hate southwest it’s horrible and has no first class. A very ghetto budget airline.
    Feb 240

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