I flew ATA to Chicago and back for the Meshforum conference.
- Nice comfortable seats.
- They let me check in at a kiosk, and choose my seat – and exit rows were an option! I had nice legroom going out.
- On the way back, I had switched my flight, but I got to the airport very early, and they put me on an earlier flight for no cost, not standby – a real ticket. The nice woman at the desk even offered me the seat behind the empty space where the exit door is – super legroom and a whole row to myself.
- Midway. It is a lot closer and there’s much less bother and fuss there than O’Hare. There’s even a way to get downtown via the “L” subway.
The less good:
- No food. Lots of pretzels and soda, though.
- Fee for switching my ticket, which had been a $300 round trip restricted fare, to a flight a day earlier – $142. That’s about the price of the one-way for the math-challenged. I think that’s high, even for a same-day switch. They did help me out when I got to the airport early, which did take some of the sting out.
- Their LGA terminal shared space looks like it was rennovated. In 1969.
Bottom line – I’d use it again.