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Old 06-10-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Altadena, CA
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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?
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:12 PM
 
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Only once. I paid about $1200 to fly from Toronto to Tokyo, stay for week then Shanghai, and then return nonstop. This cheap because of the promotional frequent flyer points program. I slept like a baby.

I would never pay more for short haul flights where you essentially get a wider seat and better food.
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Only once, so far, but it won't be the last time! I use credit card miles....and it's well worth it for a flight over 3 hours, IMO!!!
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I do it fairly regularly these days, for the added comfort. The wider seat makes a difference in my case. If you fit in an economy seat width-wise and just want more legroom, economy plus gets you that for much less than first class prices. And of course comfort matters more on longer flights.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I fly regularly on business and only buy coach seats. Due to my status, I get upgraded to first over 60% of the time. the only time I have ever "paid" for first was a family vacation and I paid in frequent flyer points for the seats.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:06 PM
 
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I fly regularly on business and only buy coach seats. Due to my status, I get upgraded to first over 60% of the time. the only time I have ever "paid" for first was a family vacation and I paid in frequent flyer points for the seats.
Exactly the same with me, although I don't think I ever payed for first in my life. My upgrade percentage is about 75%. If not, I always get the economy comfort seats for free.

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. I would never consider it worth paying extra for, never (well, some airlines have specials where you can upgrade for a small sum, maybe that would be worth it). For international flights - a coach class ticket can be $1,000 and the business class $10,000. I use frequent flyer points for that when I want international business - again, all free for me.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Never have and never will unless someone else fronts the bill.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:18 PM
 
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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.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I've only flown first class once. And I didn't even pay for the ticket (it was a ticket upgrade after the airline failed to call or email me that my cancelled flight was now on again . . . and I was right at the airport, too). I'm not even sure if I'd purchase a first class ticket if I could afford it. To be honest, the best thing about first class was the added attention from flight attendants and better food. This and any extra room isn't necessarily worth the extra cost for me.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:43 PM
 
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I do it fairly regularly these days, for the added comfort. The wider seat makes a difference in my case. If you fit in an economy seat width-wise and just want more legroom, economy plus gets you that for much less than first class prices. And of course comfort matters more on longer flights.
This. And I'm slender in comparison. But comfort is key for me on a flight of at least 2 hours.

The other thing is, it includes meals, checked bags (if needed), etc. It's an all-inclusive ticket rather than nickel-and-diming like the do now in economy. I much prefer paying for everything in one shot anyway.
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