Prices for this flight are the same on both United and Qantas. Which airline is better?
Better is subjective. Which class of travel and which aircraft type is showing on the flight for your day?
Just my opinion, but I'd always choose Qantas in such a situation.
If same price I'd go with Qantas
United Dreamliner which I've been in 4-5 times and thinknits lovely.
Economy Plus travel.
Aircraft are Qantas 747 vs United 787-9.
I'd normally go with Qantas, but I think I'd choose United if it was on a 787.
When we have flown that route, it was on UA 744's, before the 787's, so a while ago.
Then, the UA flights were great, but things might have changed.
Never have flown QF, so cannot compare.
Nothing remotely 'dreamy' about the Dreamliner in cattle class - especially if you are in the middle seats.
The width of the economy seats is about the same in both (17.5 vs17.5 inches) but Qantas give you and extra inch of pitch (32 vs 31 on UA).
My own experience of Economy is that the service is better on QF than UA - but that's based on only one flights on UA in Economy -that was enough! In Business Class it's good on both airlines.
If you are planning on upping the ante to Economy +/Premium Economy, then QF outshines UA in all areas - 38 inch pitch as against UAs 35, 19 inch seat width vs 17.3" and the recline on QF is also bigger.
All else (like price) being equal, I'd always opt for Qantas.
Definitely Qantas. The 787 is an utter nightmare in economy class. The Qantas 747 experience is hardly palatial in economy (far from it) but not as awful as a 9 across 787 for 13 hours. On such a long flight the small things like food and service become more important imho. I have never once received pleasant service on United, but admittedly it's a long time since I've flown them (for good reason). Better food, wine and entertainment on Qantas as well.
Plus the Qantas frequent flyer points you can earn on a trip to SFO shouldn't be sneezed at - enough for a short domestic trip, domestic upgrade or items from the Qantas store upon your return to Australia.