How is Aeroflot these days?

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How is Aeroflot these days?

Post by Chip_Oatley » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:51 am

End of this month, flying from Spain or Portugal to Washington, D.C.

Aeroflot and Air Maroc both only have one stop on the route (Moscow and Casablanca, resp.). Any feedback on the airlines, airports, routing?

Could also fly TAP again, Lisbon to Boston or Newark--I know that leg would not be too difficult, and it's a straight shot to the USA.

Am also flexible as to from where I can fly--have 2 weeks to get to there.

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Post by polardude1 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:57 am

I've flown it 2x in the past 7 years and they're no better or worse than your avg airline. I was less than impressed transiting in Sheremetyevo airport
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Post by GLimpet » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:07 pm

Aeroflot international is up there with the better European airlines. Not fantastic but good.
Their long-haul domestic Russia is pretty good too. I hear some of the short-hauls are not so great, but I generally use S7 for those.

SVO has improved immeasurably but I haven't transitted there so will take polardude's word for it.

You could try an LCC positioning flight (from AGP? €52 plus bags to AMS on 27 Jan) if you see a better deal from LHR/AMS/FRA/CDG/CPH etc.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:29 pm

Thanks. What does LCC stand for? That is what I am looking for.

I checked CDG and LHR and fares are not promising.

I got to Lisbon one way for about $400. Nice gate agent let me check one bag for free.

I'm SkyTeam Silver.

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Postby Chip_Oatley » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:51 am

End of this month, flying from Spain or Portugal to Washington, D.C.

and why would you want to fly through Moscow accept that they might be throwing out some low ball fare? They tend to do that. I flew from JFK to Tel Aviv via Moscow and saved around $400. With the added hours of travel, i would say it was marginally worth it
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:39 pm

WOW Air via Iceland for $183 "plus bags" including carry on. And then it's plus cheapo fare to AMS plus (perhaps) checked bag fee--could be $150 total.

Have you had to pay for carry on?

PD, I would rather not fly via Moscow, actually. Vodka is not my thing.

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Post by GLimpet » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:33 pm

LCC = low cost carrier = budget airline, easyJet, Ryanair etc.

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Post by GLimpet » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:46 pm

Seems like WOW does charge for carryon over
one small personal item up to a maximum of 42x32x25cm/ 17x13x10in (10kg/22 lbs) including handles and wheels, such as a small bag/backpack, laptop or a camera bag. The item must fit under the seat in front of you
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Don't think I've come across that before.

I think SkyTeam silver allows you a free checked bag on KLM, Air France and LCC subsidiaries Transavia and Hop! I just went to France and back on a Klm/Hop! basic hand luggage only fare but was able to check a bag for free due to being Flying Blue Silver. I think the SkyTeam silver is equivalent. You can check on FlyerTalk.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:29 pm

I'm flying Norwegian Air on Friday, on the dreamliner do-dad in premium economy.

SkyTeam flights looked OK, but I didn't want to blow so many points.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:41 am

Glimpet, what did you mean when you said that shipping a bag is a pain in the ass?

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Post by strife » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:15 pm

Chip_Oatley wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:39 pm
WOW Air via Iceland for $183 "plus bags" including carry on. And then it's plus cheapo fare to AMS plus (perhaps) checked bag fee--could be $150 total.

Have you had to pay for carry on?

PD, I would rather not fly via Moscow, actually. Vodka is not my thing.
WOW charges for carry-ons for each leg. Everything back to the States is through Keflavik, so you'll pay twice for each bag you have with you.
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:11 am

I'm all set. Even get to access the lounge for 5 hours in Oslo.

I'll be in NYC this weekend.

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Post by GLimpet » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:08 pm

Chip_Oatley wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:41 am
Glimpet, what did you mean when you said that shipping a bag is a pain in the ass?
Sending unaccompanied baggage.

All (most) LCCs charge by the leg, though some have blurred lines lately by offering check through.

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Post by simon_in_exile » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:40 pm

I’ve flown Aeroflot perhaps 40-50 times in the past 2.5 years. They’re not too bad actually - better food than BA and comparable with KLM, with adequate legroom etc. Transit via Sheremetyevo is OK - I prefer somewhere like Schiphol but have had many bad experiences with Paris CDG. If it’s not too far out of your way and the price and connection is good, I’d suggest Aeroflot via Moscow as an interesting (and not unpleasant) experience.

However... if you could fly Royal Air Maroc, I flew their business class 10 years ago and it wasn’t bad, it’s less of a huge detour than Moscow, and you don’t need a visa for Morocco (unlike Russia) so you could spend a few days in Marrakesh in the way - personally I’d do that. If you are masochistic enough to try apply for a Russian visa, I’d be happy to show you around Moscow - but I guess that’s unlikely to happen!
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:16 pm

I'm already baaaaack, Simes.

Glimpet, I meant how is that a pain in the ass? I have heard there can be screwups. Anyway, I'll just do better next time. Proud to say I hauled the whole lot on the NYC Subway just now. Got assistance when faced with two sets of stairs.

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Re: How is Aeroflot these days?

Post by GLimpet » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:23 am

The main pain is the price.

Which may or may not include customs clearance and home delivery.

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Re: How is Aeroflot these days?

Post by Chip_Oatley » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:40 pm

I had been looking at sendmybag. I did hear that there were customs issues for people who'd sent bags to the U.S. I imagine it's more straightforward from one EU country to another. Anyway, didn't do it.

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