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Old 07-18-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Going to hawaii next year, and wanted to go by train to Cali., then 1st class to oahu. I've been told not to waste money. Hubby nor I have flown in over thirty years, so maybe what's nothing to frequent travelers, would be great to us? We need the most leg-room .(vascular issues) HELP!
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:16 PM
 
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I fly to Hawaii First Class many times and the secret is what airline your using and destination. Airlines that carry passengers to HI who are paying first class customers are better than those whose first class are often filled with FF's. Time of day matters also as the US Airways redeye back to the mainland from lets say KOA has few First Class ammenaties because of the time of day.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Yes, IMHO it is a waste of money. Go to the website Seat Guru and see if you can't get the same legroom by careful seat selection. Don't hesitate to call the airline if you have disability issues. Most of them will bend over backward to help. Have a great trip!
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I fly to Hawaii First Class many times and the secret is what airline your using and destination. Airlines that carry passengers to HI who are paying first class customers are better than those whose first class are often filled with FF's. Time of day matters also as the US Airways redeye back to the mainland from lets say KOA has few First Class ammenaties because of the time of day.
Most passengers in First Class do not pay for first class the vast majority are FF with elite status.

First Class is nice but on some airplanes it is different then others. For example US Airways first class wont be as nice as American Airlines first class. But First Class on an United Airlines 767 will be the best since it is a larger airplane. If you have the large amount of money to buy a first class ticket go ahead and buy it. It is MUCH nicer then coach but it really all depends on the airline. Since it does not seem that price is much of an issue I would suggest looking at your schedule and then seeing what airlines fly to your destination with the most convenient times and schedule give us a list and I am sure some of us will be able to help you. As for extra leg room some airlines do allow passengers to buy seats that have extra leg room like the emergency exit row for extra money. However not all airlines do this because many airlines save this seats to give them to their loyal elite fliers. So what I would do is see the different airlines that have good flights there, call them up and see if they can offer and confirm you on extra leg room seats.
But if money is not an issue I would go ahead and buy the first class ticket. They are expensive though I am guessing on a LAX-HNL type flight at least $2,000 a piece round trip.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Well I'd never pay outright for a first class ticket, but one thing I would recommend is checking the aircraft type before you buy it, I surely wouldn't want to pay first class prices if I wasn't getting a lie flat seat, and I really doubt a LAX-HNL flight would run an aircraft with lie flat seats ;(
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Chances are, flying B-class will be no more expensive from your home city than LAX. Also, depending on where you are, you may want to look at routing. For example. Continental flies domestic business from LA and Houston to Honolulu, but a different seat configuration from Newark.

Do your homework and check with a travel agent, or the airline directly.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Thank-you for all the great info!
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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Chances are, flying B-class will be no more expensive from your home city than LAX. Also, depending on where you are, you may want to look at routing. For example. Continental flies domestic business from LA and Houston to Honolulu, but a different seat configuration from Newark.

Do your homework and check with a travel agent, or the airline directly.
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Yes, IMHO it is a waste of money. Go to the website Seat Guru and see if you can't get the same legroom by careful seat selection. Don't hesitate to call the airline if you have disability issues. Most of them will bend over backward to help. Have a great trip!
I will look into all the great advice given me. Confidence level went up a bit. Thanks, all, again.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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Most passengers in First Class do not pay for first class the vast majority are FF with elite status.

First Class is nice but on some airplanes it is different then others. For example US Airways first class wont be as nice as American Airlines first class. But First Class on an United Airlines 767 will be the best since it is a larger airplane. If you have the large amount of money to buy a first class ticket go ahead and buy it. It is MUCH nicer then coach but it really all depends on the airline. Since it does not seem that price is much of an issue I would suggest looking at your schedule and then seeing what airlines fly to your destination with the most convenient times and schedule give us a list and I am sure some of us will be able to help you. As for extra leg room some airlines do allow passengers to buy seats that have extra leg room like the emergency exit row for extra money. However not all airlines do this because many airlines save this seats to give them to their loyal elite fliers. So what I would do is see the different airlines that have good flights there, call them up and see if they can offer and confirm you on extra leg room seats.
But if money is not an issue I would go ahead and buy the first class ticket. They are expensive though I am guessing on a LAX-HNL type flight at least $2,000 a piece round trip.
This was very helpful info This vaca is honeymoon(after 17 yrs.)/hubby's retirement(38 yrs). I guess we're going all out! Thanks, again!
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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This vaca is honeymoon(after 17 yrs.)/hubby's retirement(38 yrs). I guess we're going all out! Thanks, again!
Maybe take a cruise ship to Hawaii ??? (if there is one ??)
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