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Why does everyone seem to hate LOT Polish Airlines?


ACMILAN
19 Sep 2009 #91
I can only talk about flying within Europe, because I have never been outside of it.
The last years I have been flying a lot with different airlines, and there are some differences between them. I am from Holland and we have a very good airline wich I would choose if possible: KLM. The standards are high as well as the service. I spend my last holiday visiting Krakow, Poland and I flew with LOT airlines. The flight was to Warsaw with a transfer flight to Krakow (and back again ofcourse). Funny detail is that I have been in 3 different planes for the 4 flights. From Amsterdam to Warsaw and from Warsaw to Krakow in an Embraer 170, from Krakow to Warsaw in an ATR 42 (or 72 I am not sure) with a little more bumps on the way. From Warsaw to Amsterdam in an Embraer 175. About my experiences with LOT airlines: I have noticed very few differences with other European airliners. The people in the plane and at the service desk were nice and friendly. The last plane was very new. The food was not special, but not bad either. I would not avoid LOT in the future, they seem a professional European Airline to me. About the Polish people in general: I think the people are very friendly and helpful and made me feel well. This country has suffert a lot in past en recent history, but the people seem to be very positive. This is not the United States of America so don't try to compare them or call them a 2nd world country. It is not fair and not the truth! (reaction to a quote of 11111111).
seaman
26 Sep 2009 #92
All cancelation and 3-7 times in month not acceptible Lot have no future with this SERVIC
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
27 Sep 2009 #93
Just wait till' they'll get them brand new Boeing 787 next year, then they'll be begging to fly LOT.
tsaasdfasf
31 Jul 2010 #94
I think FinAir is a good option to get to Poland from NY. Brief stopover in Helsinki but really a decent flight with a good amount of free booze. As for Lufthansa, I would say beware. If things go wrong their call center people go out of their way to screw you. First I was told by one of their representatives that I'd get a waiver for a missed flight and that the person I spoke to would call me back to rebook. No call back, finally I call, a different representative answers, and am hit with all kinds of penalties for rebooking. LOT isn't terrible, but it's an overpriced option. LOT tickets to Poland seem to cost several hundred more than the competetion and I don't see what I'm paying for. Old planes, so-so food. Overall I recommend FinAir. As for the title of this forum, I think there's plenty of hate on the internet for all of the major airlines. People have a bad experience and want to vent. I can't say that I hate LOT. The worst I had to Poland was Air Lingus, an Irish airline that flew via Dublin, but that was at sh*t cheap airfare and the main problem was tiny seats with no leg room, i.e., sardine seating.
plk123 8 | 4,150
31 Jul 2010 #95
LOT tickets to Poland seem to cost several hundred more than the competetion

huh? it's the cheapest option between PL and USA most of the time
tsaasdfasf
31 Jul 2010 #96
Sorry, I just recalled my experience on Air Italia. That was the worst. The people at the airport in Milan where I had a transfer were on Italian time, which means screw you if you're in a hurry. Good luck making your connecting flight with such lazy slobs.

huh? it's the cheapest option between PL and USA most of the time

Really? When I used to buy at the ticket agencies in Greenpoint it was around $1000 during the summer months. The other airlines are cheaper if you book via Expedia, Travelocity, etc. LOT's airfares are a lot higher on these web sites. Certainly not the cheapest option, which are the "Frankenflights," composed of several airlines (fly to X on Delta, than to Warsaw on Air Italia, or whatever, the trip back is on two completely different airlines, so you don't know who the hell is responsible for you flight if something goes wrong.)
convex 20 | 3,978
31 Jul 2010 #97
I usually fly American from the US to FRA, and then hop over with LH, LOT, or AirConvex. American is pretty cheap and they're fairly generous with the upgrades... Nice 772s too :)
plk123 8 | 4,150
31 Jul 2010 #98
a $1000? most of the time it's 400-800 bucks.. and it's one straight flight from chicago/nyc to warsaw which even if a bit more expensive is well worth not having to worry about potential hassles.. no?

but you are right about expedia et al.. LOT doesn't do those..
convex 20 | 3,978
31 Jul 2010 #99
a $1000? most of the time it's 400-800 bucks.. and it's one straight flight from chicago/nyc to warsaw which even if a bit more expensive is well worth not having to worry about potential hassles.. no?

Unless you need to get somewhere else in Poland :)

AA gets me from my village to Frankfurt (via DFW), LOT/LH get me from FRA to Wroclaw...all under $1000. No hassle, pretty much door to door service.
plk123 8 | 4,150
31 Jul 2010 #100
village?

via.. is/can be the issue.. LOT flies non stop..
convex 20 | 3,978
31 Jul 2010 #101
village?

I come from a little town with feeder service into DFW.

I need to get from said little town to Wroclaw in the shortest amount of time possible. Doorstep to doorstep from sh*thole little town in the US to sh*thole medium sized city in Poland is about 18 hours.
plk123 8 | 4,150
31 Jul 2010 #102
18h? ouch.. Wroclaw isn't a poophole, is it? no direct flights, right? and LOT doesn't fly out of DFW, does it?
convex 20 | 3,978
31 Jul 2010 #103
18 hours from leaving my mothers house to flopping down on my couch, not too shabby really considering the start and end point.

LOT doesn't fly to DFW, even if they did, I need that first connection to keep from having to drive for 4 hours.

Wroclaw isn't that bad. Isn't that good, but isn't that bad...
plk123 8 | 4,150
31 Jul 2010 #104
for total time with layovers, that isn't that bad indeed but still a long arse day..
convex 20 | 3,978
31 Jul 2010 #105
that's where the magic of alcohol comes into play.
atsiang
22 Aug 2010 #106
I like to chime on this topic. I got the opportunity to fly LOT last summer 09 and this summer 10 from the US to Poland. Given the peak travel season, despite the high airfares, LOT is the cheapest airline to get to Poland and with the least amount of total travel time. However for the price you pay which was $1400 last summer from SF to ORD to WAW and this summer I paid $1800 from SF to ORD to KRK, what LOT offers inflight is rather unimpressive. The only thing that saves the trip from being a bad experience is the fact that LOT uses Boeing 767 with a 2-3-2 seating which is a rather comfortable arrangement. There are no individual tv screens and the food selection is rather bland. Also coming back from KRK to ORD a few weeks ago, the flight attendant did not offer myself and my travel friend a choice of beef or chicken or pork dish but just gave us a pork dish but gave other passengers options. (And no they didn't run out of beef or chicken) Granted that we are obviously not Polish, it would have been nice to have at least given us the option. Some of the flight attendants serving us last year and this year were not all that nice. However, I do have to commend on the male flight attendant or pursuer on august 1 on LOT 5 flight from KRK to ORD for being attentive to my meal and greeting me as I deboarded the plane.
beckski 12 | 1,617
31 Aug 2010 #107
The LOT airplane in Warszawa arrived TWO hours late. Therefore, I arrived two hours late at JFK Airport. In turn, I missed my flight to LAX. Almost had to spend the night in the Big Apple NYC. Fortunately, a few seats stand-by seats were available on a later flight to LAX that evening.
Harry
31 Aug 2010 #108
The LOT airplane in Warszawa arrived TWO hours late.

Were you more than three hours late in getting to your destination? If so, you can claim compensation from LOT.
beckski 12 | 1,617
31 Aug 2010 #109
We arrived aprroximately 2.25 hours late. Oh darn, missed compensation by merely 45 minutes :(
valpomike 11 | 197
31 Aug 2010 #110
I used Lot airlines a few times, out of Chicago to Warsaw, and they gave great service, good food, and lots of drink. They were also on time, or early, each time.

Now I have heard that they are owned by the Germans, is this true?

Mike
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
21 Dec 2010 #111
to the OP, i always wondered the same thing.

i've only flown LOT once, it was a short trip from Greece and it seemed no different really than one of those little Lufthansa prop planes. idk.
buket - | 4
21 Dec 2010 #112
i have experience with Lot also:) it was sandwich with chese and terribly loudly fly munich to wroclaw :) i didnt heard anything half an hour after fly:))
isthatu2 4 | 2,704
21 Dec 2010 #113
I wont have a wrong word said about LOT.
When I flew with them I had a very positive experience. On booking in for the flight home from Warsaw I found my bags were well over the limit(not really a surprise as they were stuffed with military collectables like helmets and gasmask tins lol) when the lovely girl behind the desk pointed this out to me and told me I owed $115 in excess I gave her a blank look and said "Dollars,sorry,I dont have Dollars,Im Scottish." ,honestly,I was mentaly unpacking my bags already,debating which clothes to dump and telling myself I could by more shoes when she looked at me with a straight face and said,"Ive weighed your bags again,this time Ive adjusted for the weight of the frame(it was a RuckSack) so,have a nice flight." and that was that,no excess when she had me bang to rights :)

Oh,that and the fact that when we had a near miss in bad weather over Manchester the Pilot took evasive action like a fighter pilot,I think I was the only passenger on board who saw how close we'd come,a relative works for the ATC and confirmed there had been a near miss incident......
Trevek 26 | 1,702
21 Dec 2010 #114
When I flew with them I had a very positive experience.

Im Scottish

Typical, save a Scot a couple of bob and they're your friend for life...
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
21 Dec 2010 #115
every time I fly LOT to Poland I always hear some fool complaining about the service (usually in Polish, btw) and I've lost count of the number of times I've heard such whingers describe them as the "worst airline in the world".

If that's the case and so many people are dissatisfied with the service after spending so much money on tickets, maybe the airline should listen and improve its customer service? It's the airline's responsibility to please the customer, not the other way around.

This is just another example of a company disconnect from reality.
isthatu2 4 | 2,704
21 Dec 2010 #116
Lol trevak,its a double whammy for me,I was brought up in Yorkshire and they say a Yorkshiremans a Scot with the fiscal generosity squeezed out :)
bimber94 7 | 254
21 Dec 2010 #117
You haven't met my family in Poland, then?
Trevek 26 | 1,702
21 Dec 2010 #118
Lol trevak,its a double whammy for me,I was brought up in Yorkshire and they say a Yorkshiremans a Scot with the fiscal generosity squeezed out :)

I have a workmate with a similar background. Thankfully there must be a genetic hitch as he more than buys the round.

My Dad was Scottish, Mum is a geordie and I was brought up in Shropshire... not quite sure what it makes me, but I do like a pint of mild!

As for LOT, haven't flown them since they stopped being cheaper half of BA.
bimber94 7 | 254
21 Dec 2010 #119
Trevek:
As for LOT, haven't flown them since they stopped being cheaper half of BA.

Ahhh, that probably explains why BA stopped trying to destroy LOT, as they successfully destroyed (Sir Freddie) Laker airways, and unsuccessfully tried to destroy Virgin.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
21 Dec 2010 #120
Ahhh, that probably explains why BA stopped trying to destroy LOT

It used to be that you could fly on a LOT/BA flight and pay considerably less for a seat on the same plane if you bought it via LOT rather than BA. Rather strange.


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