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Old 11-02-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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yes, Premium doesn't seem to me an actual upgrade after all, I'd rather do my homework on Seat Guru and hunt for the most desirable seats in coach....Premium seems to me a device to line up the pockets of Airlines exploiting the gullible.
That is a big assumption. To many people, the extra cost is not a lot of money. For the most part, those people know exactly what they are getting for their money. To those people, they are paying a little bit more money for a little bit more comfort.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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they are paying a little bit more money for a little bit more comfort. Your answer is proof that you Americans don't have the same conception of money as most of the outside world! to pay a seat 85% to 50% more , just "a little bit more money"? 99% of us Europeans couldn't afford that upgrade.

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Old 11-03-2016, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ/Amagansett, NY
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they are paying a little bit more money for a little bit more comfort. Your answer is proof that you Americans don't have the same conception of money as most of the outside world! to pay a seat 85% to 50% more , just "a little bit more money"? 99% of us Europeans couldn't afford that upgrade.

Most Americans cant either. That's why first class only spans the front portion of the plane. But those that can afford it are not gullible, as you have asserted. To them, it is well worth it.
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Old 11-03-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Wink Canada doesn't count, and I won't go back to Mexico

For me, paying half-again to double the price of a coach seat, assuming I don't have the status or miles for an upgrade, is absolutely worth the added expense. I can only get away from work for a week once or twice a year, why waste my limited time off suffering in coach?


Upgrading to first class (for an international flight) also means access to the departure (and often arrival) lounge, plus a bearable in-air experience, and a truly reclining seat that makes restful sleep somewhat less of an impossibility.

I can take a red-eye flight to another continent, arrive at my destination in the morning not feeling like a sore wreck, take a shower in the arrival lounge, and actually make use of my full vacation time instead of wasting the first morning in a new country recovering from my flight and waiting until I can check into the hotel so I can finally shower.

That and not dying from DVT are worth the premium to me. The "free" drinks are just icing on the cake.

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Your answer is proof that you Americans don't have the same conception of money as most of the outside world! to pay a seat 85% to 50% more , just "a little bit more money"? 99% of us Europeans couldn't afford that upgrade.
In general, Americans get fewer vacation days than Europeans, and have a lot longer to travel to leave the country.
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I have only flown first class once, and that was on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to SFO.

The cost is usually prohibitive if you are not a frequent flyer.
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Old 11-07-2016, 05:54 AM
 
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I asked for an upgrade on Business on my return trip from CPT on Kenyan (I'm proposing a bid of 475$ and on their website it says I have a "fair chance" of getting it, but I don't quite buy it, since that sum represent about 60% of the price of my ticket in coach). Anyway, we'll see the result of the auction in a few weeks, I'll tell you if I get to travel Business finally or not .
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