I've belatedly listened to the Airline Travel Basics podcast from 2009 and had a few questions.
First, are there any readers that have advice on a primary airline to pick in Kansas City? There are twice as many flights in/out of here on Southwest (to a bunch of random places...which in the past has worked out well for me) versus any other airline. It looks like American really only flies to/from ORD and DFW. United has a few more flights than Delta, but not significantly. Most of my available miles and historical miles are on Delta, but not enough to do anything currently: ~19,000. So...what airline to go with? I have been pleased with Delta in the past and even remember my Skymiles number still by heart from flying them weekly 12 years ago.
Second, this may sway the decision, I may be traveling a fair amount to a client in Houston, though that may change in the future as clients change. United does have several non-stop flights there and Delta doesn't. But the advice on the podcast said to take your chosen airline the vast majority of the time even if there's a layover. It did talk about direct flights which are different than layovers where you have to change planes. Does it make sense to fly Delta through Atlanta with a plane change just to get the points vs. using United for the non-stop flights if I wanted to use Delta as my primary carrier?
Thanks in anticipation!