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Old 06-11-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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Did it once SF to Munich via Zurich... had miles that were expiring and could never get a seat... in desperation said this is ridiculous and the agent said I could redeem all my miles for a First Class Ticket and that is what I did...

It was the best flight ever... part was code share on Swiss... had my own steward and the Captain personally welcomed me on board and said not to hesitate if there was anything I needed...

My steward was disappointed because I told him to put the bar away... last think I wanted to do was get tanked.

He did bake fresh chocolate chip cookies and ice cream sundaes were nice...

Real China and real Silverware... every meal was outstanding.

The lounges were superb... also arranged a layover in DC on the way back to visit friends... all in all an excellent trip.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Twice.

1) I was the last person in line to board, and the boarding clerk ran out of tourist class boarding cards, and just grabbed a first class pass and handed it to me.

2) Nearly the entire plane was occupied in second class by a loud cackling bunch of retirees from New York City who were getting set to play Canasta all the way to Curacao, and the flight attendant asked my wife and me if we'd like to move up to first class.
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Old 06-11-2015, 03:42 PM
 
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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?
I fly the long haul routes in biz class. As an example, last month I flew Delta from Atlanta to Anchorage on short notice. It was only a couple of hundred more to fly in biz class than economy $1565 vs $1365
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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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?

Domestically, almost never.

However, if the flight is over 5 or 6 hours, I do. Examples Hawaii from the eastern Midwest.

So, every few years. Generally, I fly to get from point A to point B. As long as there is no plane changing involved, I am fine in economy.
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Old 06-11-2015, 05:49 PM
 
Location: coastlines
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Depends on the route and the flight; if it's a red-eye--a long flight--or I'm really tired, I always fly first.

Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the premier seat (united, more leg room) that comes with being a tiered member.

I fly 2-4x a month, so first comfort isn't necessary or mandatory, but it helps to keep me from being cranky-lol.

More important: Bose noise canceling headphones--worth their weight in gold. I never leave home without them.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:25 PM
 
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More important: Bose noise canceling headphones--worth their weight in gold. I never leave home without them.
Very true - helps a lot on turboprops.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:50 PM
 
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Very rarely since most of my travel is domestic and flights under 4 hours at that. I can't justify tripling my ticket price on a narrow-body plane for a slightly bigger seat and a sandwich.

I wouldn't pay much extra to fly first class on a narrow-body. If I get an upgrade or the cost difference is very very minimal, it's one thing, but otherwise no.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:20 PM
 
Location: coastlines
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Very true - helps a lot on turboprops.
and crying babies and loud talkers
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Austin
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7 MILLION?

I'll send you my AA awards info if you want to contribute to southkakkatlantan's travel charity fund by donating some miles
I flew every week for almost 20 years. 90% was on American. Exec Platinum every year. It got really old and I love flying only 4 -5 trips per year now.
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Once, when the airline gave me a free upgrade because they overbooked the flight.
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