Flight from Los Angeles to Barcelona
- Round Trip
- Number of Stops:
- 1 stop in Atlanta, Georgia
- Date of Flight:
- September 2009
- Seat Class:
I took advantage of a mistake by Delta to score this flight for $299, including all taxes/fees, and paid for it with free miles I got from the free credit card they offered. I still feel like I got ripped off. After a bad experience years earlier fly Delta to Europe from Priceline, I swore to never fly a USA airline internationally again, but this seemed like too good an offer to pass.
In addition to very poor food on the international leg (of course, no service on the 4.5 hour flight to ATL), very rude and uncaring staff (telling the customers to help close the overhead bins because they were too short or too lazy), I had an inexcusable 4 hour delay in ATL. There was a fairly minor mechanical problem, which they should have detected long before they were ready to leave the gate, and they had to try 3-4 different parts before fixing it. SInce we were at their main hub, where they have their best mechanics and the most spare parts, there is no reason that this issue (faulty APU) took so long to diagnose and repair, especially when they even admitted the part took maybe 30 minutes to replace, at the most. I had 4 hours to catch an unrelated flight in BCN, and of course I missed the flight and had to pay a rebooking fee, since the flight was not associated with Delta.
Whenever flying to Europe or Asia, alway book a direct flight to your destination, or at least a direct flight to the continent of your destination, and you will be rewarded with better service on non-USA airlines, as well as much better airports, as USA airports are the worst in the world. The food court in ATL is like that at an old and outdated shopping mall, only the prices are twice as high.