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1. Posted by ViajeraRus (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

What I would like to know is, does anybody regret about buying a first class ticket instead of economy class? And is it really good to fly in business class area? Are they really worth paying big money? Do they have any really significant advantages?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I have never paid, out of my own pocket, for business or first class tickets, but have flown "up front" a number of times, either because I was able to get reward (air miles) tickets in business class, because work was paying for it, or because of up-grade opportunities.

Is it worth the extra money? Not to my mind. If my work pays for it, or it's going to cost me a couple extra thousand air miles (which I really consider "free" anyway, because I get them for work), then no big deal. But when the difference between lowest fare economy class and business class is $1,000 or more, I can't see any reason why I would pay that.

I like the larger seats to be sure, but mostly I am just sleeping on planes anyway, so as long as I can stretch out and sleep (which I, as someone 5'9" can) in a regular seat, the extra room in business isn't worth it.

Now, I do love lounge access, which comes with business or first class seats, but I tend to always get that because I am a frequent flyer and that's a perk of my status. But the ability to hang out in a private, quite, comfortable place with free food and free drink before the flight (plus, as I am doing now, typing on free use computers in the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge in the international section of Toronto's airport). That's a definate benefit, but not one that I have to pay extra for.

3. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I have never had chance among those elite !

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

all are the same....you finally reach the same destination....
Bill Gate too fly with eco class.....

5. Posted by ViajeraRus (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

I have never paid, out of my own pocket, for business or first class tickets, but have flown "up front" a number of times, either because I was able to get reward (air miles) tickets in business class, because work was paying for it, or because of up-grade opportunities .....

I only wish I had such job that would let me travel to different places! You are a lucky person!

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I paid extra last trip to fly "Premium Class" on a low-cost airline, and it really wasn't worth the extra. My ticket was the same price as an Economy ticket on a regular airline, so I thought I'd take advantage of being able to afford a bump up. The extra leg room was very nice, but other than free wine from a box, we got exactly the same as Economy. It wasn't a horribly disappointing exerience, but next time I'll make other plans for the difference I paid.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Namowami,

I was lucky enough to fly First Class to Boston once from Ireland. It was Christmas and flights were pretty packed. We were offered an upgrade to first. We didnt need to be asked twice!

What an experience! :) But I would definitely not say it is worth the money. In fact, I don't know how airlines justify the price of a ticket in first. They just keep plying you with food and drink. We were STUFFED and more than a bit tipsy when we landed in Boston

Definitely a nice experience but I wouldn't pay for it.

Ev

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Definitely not worth it in my mind. The leg room isn't worth it for me since I usually get up and walk around the airplane anyway. I'm not a picky eater or really need alcoholic drinks on a flight. I can maneauver myself around the cheap seats well enough that I've never felt the extra room was worth it. I suppose the only time it is useful is if I'm stuck by the window and want to get out. The first class seats have more room for me to slip out. The frequent flyer lounges are ok. But I think they're stuffy compared to the airport bar/cafe/restaurant, and I'd rather watch the airplanes from the terminals anyway.

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Ive flown business to New York and from San Francisco - it was good not excellent good - when you consider the difference in cost. One was a present and we got upgraded the other time.

You could pay £500 for a economy ticket or £2000 for a business ticket - what for - a few glasses of champange and a proper napkin instead of a paper one? Do the math - how many trips could you take for the price of 1 business ticket!

I do like lounge access - moreso when on long haul stop overs at least you get somewhere quiet for a bit of shut eye or free internet access. But l get this with a frequent flyer card anyway so no need to spend big bucks on business travel.

10. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

hmmm... I've always wanted to travel Business class just once... but after reading ur posts...?

well, I would only like to try it when being on the plane at least for 24hrs (like Austria-New Zealand). I guess then the legroom would be worth it, wouldn't it?