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Old 06-10-2015, 07:14 PM
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Never paid for it, fly overseas dozens of times. The cost was just too much.

Have flown in first class a couple times.....very nice.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by MItoBH View Post
Since my primary flying tends to be overseas for my vacations, I've become accustomed to paying an avg of $1500 for a r/t ticket. I'm considering biting the bullet and paying only $1,068 for a first class non-stop from Detroit to LA on my next trip out there, instead of the $450 in economy. It's a 4.5 hour flight and if I can treat myself to first class seats on the longest continental US flight I'll have for my purposes, I think it's a good investment. I have travelled first class in the past, in the 90s, twice, so I'm up for an upgrade on at least one route I'll be using regularly.

How often do you fly first class?
Interesting question/post. I from now on, for any long flight, will put up the chump change for First Class. I refuse to be herded into a cattle car and put up with the crushed together, legless space, for any discount. The first and last time I ever actually experienced claustrophobia in my entire life, was on a flight from Honolulu to Dallas. I thought I wasn't gonna make it. If they would have at least let me go in back to stretch my legs, get out from underneath the fat hillbilly next to me, and have a ciggie...but no-o-o-o!...most horrible experience ever. Never, EVER again. At least not until they figure out that smokers are no more a nuisance than these people 1.8X the size of a conventional plane seat. I say, over 220 pounds (weigh them at check in)? You MUST buy two seats.

When I die, will I really need that extra cash I saved? What...for my "loved ones" to fight over? No way, Jose.

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Old 06-10-2015, 07:45 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Originally Posted by Dd714 View Post

I try to tell people, otherwise, that first class isn't THAT big of a deal - you are still traveling in a stuffy metal tube..
It is THAT big of a deal when you are 6'5.

We fly FC or business whenever feasible.

My husband is a big, muscular guy (not fat) and after September 11th, we got upgraded to FC all the time.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:48 PM
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:45 PM
Location: NW Indiana
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Never. I'd love to fly first-class or even business-class, but I'll never have that kind of money.

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Old 06-10-2015, 09:18 PM
Location: Seattle
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Until health issues curtailed our travel a couple of years ago (but due to resume next year) we were using a combination of paid business-class round-the-world tickets and the miles earned on them to leverage around 22-24 business or first class flights over a period of 2 years for around a total of US$5500 per person, or an average of $250 per flight. Decent for JFK-Miami in American first class, terrific for JFK-Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific business class, or Johannesburg to Sydney in Qantas biz. Of course you need to travel enough to justify that kind of spend, but we just did 2-year strategic travel plans (i.e. put the bucket list on a calendar) and dived in. Thanks to this approach, and on the miles earned, and except on single-class planes, I haven't ridden down the back in ten years.

Lots of rules of course, and not for everyone. If interested, here's a little FAQ-type thing I did on TA.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:33 PM
Location: Western Washington
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Originally Posted by PBob View Post
I'm mainly a business traveler. 100,000-250,000 miles a year, almost 30 years now. I've been in first class once on a (paid) medical evacuation ticket and in business class once on an upgrade. I don't really value first/business over coach. Just not my thing.
If true, you are doing something very wrong. Even flying on 2-4 different carriers will get you some level of elite flyer status, and that will automatically result in some first class upgrades.

I tend to hover between gold and silver status, which means I get bumped up to first class about 25% of the time.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:43 AM
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Domestic, I would only pay for Jetblue's Mint class or Virgin America's first class for flights 4 hours+ because those have truly awesome seats. I'm going to book a first class seat on Virgin for a domestic flight in August because its so much better than coach.
Other domestic first class, like United or American is kind of silly because you get a slightly better seat and mediocre food. I sometimes upgrade if it's a $100 special but other than that I'll pass.

International is a whole other level. Business class is sooooooooo much better than coach it's ridiculous. Flat-bed is standard in business nowadays vs. ****ty 17" wide seats with 31" pitch in coach. Unfortunately it's also wayyyyyyy more expensive than coach. My last itinerary to China was $1600 coach vs. $8000 business and $15000 first.
I try to use miles for international business class for vacation. I can't afford $8000 out of pocket
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:32 AM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Well, I must be a martyr. My mind and body routinely suffer the agony of 9-13 hour non-stop flights in tourist class. The last time I even priced a business class flight from Copenhagen to SFO, it was nearly 3x the price of a tourist seat, same with London or Munich or Amsterdam to SFO.
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:35 AM
Location: Texas
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Anything over 4-5 hours is a strong consideration for me unless I travel with wife and son bc he is only 3 and his seat gets turned into extra room for all of us.

Saw a deal for round-trip nonstop first class to Hawaii and back for $2800 and that is a total bargain in my opinion. Snapped it up for my mother and myself. 8 hours each way makes a difference. It was SO pleasant and wonderful. It made the flight an actual pleasant part of the trip instead of the part I dread.

Anything short I don't bother. Most domestic airlines they use for short flights don't have much of a first class at all.
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