We rented a car through National Rental on vacation in Aruba. The car was exactly what we needed for our vacation and was in great condition. We were very happy with the rate and the helpfulness of the staff.
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Atlanta GA, and was very pleased. It felt like a luxury experience from the moment I was greeted at the entrance. The decor was modern with just the right amount of opulence. The staff were pleasant, helpful, and always ready with a smile.
I loved the idea of ALoft Hotels and the one I stayed at in Homewood AL was nice. Some aspects of the room were not as well maintained as they could have been (the multi use wall in between the bath and beds was off its railing) but over all it was modern and pleasing.
I stay in Holiday Inn Expresses all over the US and am never disappointed. The staff is always friendly, courteous, and helpful. The rooms are clean and comfortable. It's a great way to earn points with the Priority Club and always have a nice room to stay in.
Delta is an average experience. Nothing to write home about. The attendants were fine, a bit tired, but fine. The plane was a bit worn out but not smelly. We arrived on time which was nice. The price was affordable.
Not to kick a dead horse, but United is little more than a cattle car for the air. The representative yelled at us boarding, the attendants seemed put out, and the air craft was dirty and ill maintained. But we did get there.
Clean, prompt, and polite. It was a stark contrast to my US based air carriers. The food was edible. The attendants were courteous. The air craft was seemingly well maintained. I did not feel like cattle herded into a shoot.
My last trip from Birmingham AL to Orlando FL on Southwest was nice. No serious frills, but the attendants had a fun attitude and made light of the drudgery that is air travel these days. Better than many experiences I've had!
American Airlines is pretty much par for the course as far as air travel goes. They herd you in; they herd you off. But you do get there. I have had neither stellar nor deplorable service. It's just average.