We booked a trip via Gate 1, independent travel but pre-arranged flight and rail tickets. It seemed the cheapest at the time. But I did not realize that the Al-Italia flight was actually Delta. Not doing homework well. We travel about once a year internationally but it has been on non American based carriers for the last 12 years or so and pretty good as far as amenities. In that same time frame, our domestic experiences have been on a downward spiral. So I have a vision of being thrown a bag of stale pretzels and a glass of water half way through the flight and forget about a blanket. Since we are traveling with a 12 year old, and the flights are a done deal want to plan ahead. Don't expect to be pampered in coach, but do not want to land starving and exhausted.