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Old 07-27-2015, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Last time I flew 1st class was in 1989.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:14 AM
 
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Aww yeah that Better than First-Suite Class seems very awesome with the full size bed. New meaning to mile high and great to bring the significant other along....though not sure if the crew frown upon that.

If I ever win the lottery, that would be one thing on my bucket list to do. And then stay at the Marina Bay Sands hotel once arrived in Singapore!
The suite isn't entirely private.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:46 AM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Talking Basically the A380 suite is like a really upscale office cubicle.

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The suite isn't entirely private.
Correct. They're open at the top, and while there is a "door" which slides closed, most of the opening is covered by a light-filtering shade which allows some visibility and sound through.

Not much different from a really upscale office cubicle. With a bed. And drink service.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Correct. They're open at the top, and while there is a "door" which slides closed, most of the opening is covered by a light-filtering shade which allows some visibility and sound through.

Not much different from a really upscale office cubicle. With a bed. And drink service.
Well it is a plane after all. You are limited to what you can do.

Plus most flights are not going to exceed much more than 10 hours so you would be fine with that.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Aww yeah that Better than First-Suite Class seems very awesome with the full size bed. New meaning to mile high and great to bring the significant other along....though not sure if the crew frown upon that.

If I ever win the lottery, that would be one thing on my bucket list to do. And then stay at the Marina Bay Sands hotel once arrived in Singapore!
You don't need to win the lottery. A lot of people in the cabin have not paid an ounce.

It works for business people as they can gain miles via spending on their credit card. It is also possible to gain airmiles through quizzes.

I cannot get a free ticket but it is possible for me to upgrade from economy up to Business at a fee of as low as 7,000 air miles.
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Once on a domestic flight. It was an upgrade for no reason. (I doubt they do this much anymore.) I was too exhausted to enjoy it and the attendant's attention was more of an annoyance. LOL

Once got an upgrade to business when I missed a flight (due to previous carrier being delayed). I just went to the airline staff and asked politely what could be done since I had one more connection to make after that one. What really helped me was that a slew of people before me had gone up to this staff member and had treated her so poorly just because they were not happy. I felt so bad for her. I didn't want to make her day even worse. She was actually visibly relieved that I hadn't come to berate her and I was upgraded on the next flight.

A few years ago, returning to the US from Europe. In Barcelona, my flight was delayed for some reason and I had to wait and wait for another one. I think it was the summer the pilots in Barcelona went on strike. Lots of us were pretty much stranded. We waited forever. It was awful. Along with us in the terminal, there was a family of a mom and four young children and they had missed a flight and subsequently ran into all kinds of difficulties. They could not communicate with anyone it seemed. It was so sad to see them. They were exhausted. Mom was distraught. The toddler was literally asleep standing up!

Well, a group of passengers waiting (with me) and I joined together to get this family situated. Finding translators, alerting the airport/airline staff, trying to accommodate the children, food, everything. We were so involved with helping the family that it made our long, tedious wait bearable. The airline finally was able to get them situated and all was well.

We continued waiting for our flight (there were about 5 of us) and seating was tight for the next one out. Our 'group' was called one after another. We were bumped up to first class. We never asked. We were just identified by the airline staff who helped the family get on their way. It was great. Non-stop champagne. The best food and lots of comradery.

Airline staff often are undeservedly abused/maligned. Your fellow travelers may need your help.

The moral of the story: BE VERY NICE, be very patient, go out of your way, especially with the airline staff, and you may get an upgrade! It is definitely more comfortable.
I'm flying tomorrow and i've been worrying about this. I want my space and would prefer if the flight attendant would only come if asked or to serve food.

I have seen the likes of Emirates and Singapore and the flight attendants there seem to pester the passengers. Definitely not my cup of tea anyway.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Thumbs up Luxury air travel includes a "Do Not Disturb" sign

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I'm flying tomorrow and i've been worrying about this. I want my space and would prefer if the flight attendant would only come if asked or to serve food. I have seen the likes of Emirates and Singapore and the flight attendants there seem to pester the passengers. Definitely not my cup of tea anyway.
Airbus has thought of this.

If you look at my neighboring suite with the window in the picture I posted earlier today, you'll notice there is a light above the door?

Each suite has a "Do Not Disturb" button.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Airbus has thought of this.

If you look at my neighboring suite with the window in the picture I posted earlier today, you'll notice there is a light above the door?

Each suite has a "Do Not Disturb" button.
My seating is the same as the Jetblue mint product. I am booked into a chair that has dividers on both sides, however, the dividers are only partial so they do not close fully.

Honestly, I don't like all the fanning about i'd just prefer them to give me the food and then stop. It's nice that they are being kind but I feel guilty that they are serving us like kings/queen.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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Never. Who can afford it? I never acquired enough miles to upgrade.
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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I can't justify paying full-fare for a first class ticket on a flight under 4 hours which is pretty much any domestic flight in the continental US. If I get upgraded, sure, but not with my own money. Not to mention a lot of flights these days are on one-class regional connectors.

If I flew to HI though, I could probably justify an upgrade to Economy Plus. I did fly an ORD-Maui roundtrip leg in coach, but this was a number of years ago and by now the planes are probably much more uncomfortable.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I've flown first-class on business. It was okay. I don't think I'd ever come out of my own pocket for the experience. And I wouldn't even use my hard-earned points/miles for it. I'd fly economy on international trips and save the points/miles for a completely separate trip.
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