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First Class, Is It Worth The Money?  
User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 318 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7341 times:

This to so me people may seem like a truly idiotic question and of course when sitting in Y on a sleep deprived long-haul trip crossing multiple time zones I know where I would rather be, but is First Class really worth it. In my personal experience it isn't. My realisation came about something like this.

It was finally time to go to South Africa for two weeks after almost a yea of planning. We departed from HAM with BA, on to LHR and then down to CPT on an overnight flight. My father had booked the tickets through his BA Executive Club membership and put himself and my mother in J and then used his two free upgrade points to put them up to F. Meanwhile my brother and I were stranded back in Y, only to be greeted by my father in his BA pyjamas with some pralines in a linen napkin - way to laud it over us dad. Anyway the flight passed rather quickly and my envy died down and soon we were greeted by our well rested and relaxed parents. We had a wonderful trip and about 4 days before we were schduled to leave we got a text message from BA saying that our flight was cancelled. there must have been light loads if they would cancel a whole B744. Anyway after 4 days of batteling with the call centre ( which consisted of one decent employee surrounded by about 1000 others who had no idea what they were doing) now they managed not only to get us all on one flight but also to put us up in a hotel (no limit  Smile and boot us all up to first class. Now obviously this made me happy and the first thing I did was secure seay 1A just because I could, and then wait for this great trip to start. Now the food was just as good as Club, the seat as comfortable maybe a bit bigger but in truth the only reason maybe the bed was more comfortable was the fact that there was a slim mattress underneath. Now my question to you is do you really think it is worth paying for F if J is slowly reaching the same quality standards? And does the large sum of money between the two justify the overall experience?

Cheers and thanks for any replies.

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User currently offlineTreeny From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7314 times:

I would like to add an opinion here after recently flying the NGCW on BA.

On the basis of flying that class I would not pay the difference to fly F but then again I am not in a position of "money is no object" otherwise then I am sure I would fly F just for the little extras no matter how little they may be.

I think the key is the service while not onboard if that makes sense....Ground Service, lounges, priority immigration, luggage offload etc etc.

For me the NGCW was superb and a great product. I have heard many comments that NGCW is actually taking F passengers away from F and into C.....dont know the real numbers but it wouldnt suprise me.

Having said that I would not think twice about trying F on any airline but as I say, hand on heart as I am today I wouldnt pay the difference unless it was VERY little.



User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7274 times:

I think Club is great if your travelling with a colleague and want to have a couple of drinks and a chat, I wouldn't travel FIRST if I was with anyone as the cabin environment is (in my opinion) a bit more 'reserved'.

I suppose travelling FIRST is more of a status symbol than anything else, the cabin is more refined and a bit like a library LOL.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7262 times:
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Quoting Qantasistheway (Thread starter):
is First Class really worth it

100%, unequivocally, no.

I often get booked on the class when I fly international long hauls for work.

It's a waste of funds. Unless you use miles or the company is paying the tab, Business, Premium Coach, or Coach are the way to go.

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7238 times:

Quoting Qantasistheway (Thread starter):

I never really flew First class, but I always enjoy Business class and I am happy that I can use that. I am pretty tall and I always don't feel very comfortable in Y class and can hardly sleep. In business class i sleep a lot, have a lot more space for my long legs. So Business class is fine, first class just a bit too much.

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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7230 times:

Quoting Qantasistheway (Thread starter):
but is First Class really worth it.

Depends on too many variables to say yes or no; what airline, what route, what equipment, what is their business product like, what is the cost etc etc.

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7221 times:

WIth many domestic first class seats I'd rather have a row of seats in coach on an empty flight than sit in first.

User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7206 times:

No, I don't think first class is worth the money, but worth the experience. Maybe for a very special occasion, but if you are just travelling regularly and you want a good experience, travelling business will do fine. Most people who travel in first class aren't travelling on their own money anyways. But it is something that I want to do one day (long haul first class on CX or SQ).

User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 7185 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 5):
Depends on too many variables to say yes or no; what airline, what route, what equipment, what is their business product like, what is the cost etc etc.

Indeed. So on BA (or any other airline using flatbeds) it is hardly worth it, on any airline flying angled lie-flat seats in C it is.

However, you also pay for the fringe benefits like better lounges etc.

Wherever you go, there you are!
User currently offlineJgarrido From Guam, joined Mar 2007, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7163 times:

I've used miles and upgraded a few times on long haul fights. It's nice...really really nice. Whenever I get off the plane I can't imagine how I ever got along in coach, but when it comes time to make reservation I just can't stomach turning at $1600-$1800 ticket into a $3000-$4000. At my salary it would take over a week to pay for the difference in fare. 13hrs of "relative" comfort for 40 hours of work time...Not worth it.

User currently offlineErhard From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

I don't think the extra cost is worth it.
In fact, a lot of carriers are doing away with First Class and have a 'better' Business class instead.
I fly a lot of Business and am more than happy with the comfort and service levels and am happy to pay the extra.
I have flown some First and really did not see that much of a difference whilst paying quite more for it.

User currently offlinePITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1345 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7013 times:

On United States domestic? Absolutely, unequivocally, no. On longer haul, maybe, I dunno because I've never had the $$$$$$ to compare. The closest I've come was a trans-Atlantic upgrade to F which was nice, but I would not have paid for it even if the money fell out of the skies.

Business vs Y is a harder argument and depends on specific circumstances.

Fly, you fools! Fly!
User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6980 times:

Short answer. Yes.


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