can you seasoned travellers please advise me which would be the better option to choose. price is the same. about me: early 20s, first time solo traveller, female, nervous about missing my connecting flight! never had a layover before & longest flight was 4.5hrs.
dub-jfk-sfo, leaves DUB at 10.35am, 2hr 21min layover in JFK, arrive in SF at 6.53PM local time. total journey 16hr 18min
positives: personal inflight entertainment on both legs, first leg will be slightly shorter
negatives: heard jfk is harder to navigate, delays more often
dub-atl-sfo, leaves DUB at 8.40am, 2hr 10min layover in ATL, arrives in SF at 5.20pm local time.
positives: earlier departure, arrive slightly earlier in SF
negatives: dub-atl is a 9+ hr flight on older aircraft with no inflight entertainment, overall journey is 22min longer (not a big issue)
i was considering pulling an all nighter before the flight, since they leave early and i'll have to be in the airport a few hours prior (and travel there, which is about 1.5 hrs from my house) and try to get my body used to the time difference by sleeping on the first leg...not sure if this is a good or bad idea. if good, it would mean the in flight entertainment would not matter. i will probably be taking an ipod with movies/music anyways.