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Old 06-13-2015, 01:34 AM
 
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I have never flown first class. However, my son was once upgraded to first class.

Interesting story. He was about 8 or 9 and was flying as an unaccompanied minor. My son said that when they moved him to first class the business man in the seat next to him complained to the stewardess even before he sat down. My son said that he just played with his wrestling action figures during the whole flight and the man next to him never said a word to him.

My son had no idea why he was moved to first class. Hmmm, I wonder why the stewardess moved him rather than an adult?
Because she felt like it. She has that authority. I wonder what was wrong with the fellow he sat next to.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:21 AM
 
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I have never flown first class. However, my son was once upgraded to first class.

Interesting story. He was about 8 or 9 and was flying as an unaccompanied minor. My son said that when they moved him to first class the business man in the seat next to him complained to the stewardess even before he sat down. My son said that he just played with his wrestling action figures during the whole flight and the man next to him never said a word to him.

My son had no idea why he was moved to first class. Hmmm, I wonder why the stewardess moved him rather than an adult?
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He was probably the only unaccompanied minor on the flight?

I'd suspect that it's easier for flight attendants to keep an eye on him up in first class, as the ratio of staff to passengers is better.
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Because she felt like it. She has that authority. I wonder what was wrong with the fellow he sat next to.

We told our son that it probably was because he was an unaccompanied minor. But since, I believe that there were other unaccompanied minors on the same flight we theorized that it may have had more to do with the man in first class that they put him next to. Of course, we had/have no way of knowing why the stewardess moved him instead of someone else. My son really, really enjoyed it because he received a meal plus extra soda and cookies had plenty of space to play with his many wrestlers (action figures) during the flight.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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We told our son that it probably was because he was an unaccompanied minor. But since, I believe that there were other unaccompanied minors on the same flight we theorized that it may have had more to do with the man in first class that they put him next to. Of course, we had/have no way of knowing why the stewardess moved him instead of someone else. My son really, really enjoyed it because he received a meal plus extra soda and cookies had plenty of space to play with his many wrestlers (action figures) during the flight.
Knowing there were other unaccompanied minors, the FA probably liked your son and decided to give him a free upgrade. That's all. An FA would not knowingly put a minor next to a problem passenger.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I have to call BS on this (and that seems the consensus here). International first class is usually along the lines of 5x or 10x the amount of coach unless you got some very extreme and very rare sale.
There are a large number of blogs and message boards devoted to finding premium cabin sales and flash sales. Business class is easier (and often not that much more than coach on summer transatlantic flights) but the first deals do happen.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:44 AM
 
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I travel on business, and am amongst the vast horde of semi-elite passengers who get upgraded on occasion, but not consistently. For me the principal difference between business/first and cattle-class is the shoulder room. I'm not a large man, or overweight, and leg-room or hip-room are never incommodious. But as a consummate weightlifter, my shoulders protrude from even the most generous coach-class seating (Qantas A380).

On flights between the US and Europe, it has become rare to obtain an upgrade solely on miles (United, my airline of "choice", typically requires a cash copay). But often the gate-agent will find for me a seat where the adjacent seat is empty - and that makes a staggering difference... literally.
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Old 06-14-2015, 02:24 AM
 
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There are a large number of blogs and message boards devoted to finding premium cabin sales and flash sales. Business class is easier (and often not that much more than coach on summer transatlantic flights) but the first deals do happen.
Yep, I just got ORD LHR (roundtrip) for $3700 in lie-flat bed business class on BA when premium economy was $2200. Travel is in July.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:39 AM
 
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I don't think that I have ever flown first class although I have flown business class quite a few times with a free upgrade.
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:21 PM
 
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We told our son that it probably was because he was an unaccompanied minor. But since, I believe that there were other unaccompanied minors on the same flight we theorized that it may have had more to do with the man in first class that they put him next to. Of course, we had/have no way of knowing why the stewardess moved him instead of someone else. My son really, really enjoyed it because he received a meal plus extra soda and cookies had plenty of space to play with his many wrestlers (action figures) during the flight.
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Knowing there were other unaccompanied minors, the FA probably liked your son and decided to give him a free upgrade. That's all. An FA would not knowingly put a minor next to a problem passenger.
Well, my son was (and is) a pretty gregarious guy. He may have just charmed a flight attendant who decided to move him rather than another unaccompanied minor or another passenger into first class.
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:43 PM
 
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Never, it is only 14 hours at the most, I would stand if they would let me if I could save money. Even me being 6'4", I do not find economy uncomfortable enough to fork over money for an upgrade for such a short amount of time.

I have had free upgrades though due to overbooking.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:37 AM
 
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Well, my son was (and is) a pretty gregarious guy. He may have just charmed a flight attendant who decided to move him rather than another unaccompanied minor or another passenger into first class.
Wait till he is not a minor - he may be charming FAs on a regular basis :-)
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