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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5959 times:

So I'm sure this has been discussed extensively but I couldn't find any overly-relevant topics upon searching. I just booked DEN-LHR-DEN for a trip in Nov. $950 for economy courtesy of BA. First class is $21,000. I'm guessing a First pax takes up about 2 or 3 times the space than an economy person does. Add in a few dozen bucks for some good food and drink and you're still way short of 20x the difference. Do they charge that much because it's still way cheaper then flying privately?


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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31436 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5942 times:
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They charge that much because the people who actually pay $21,000 don't care (they're worth scores of millions or more) or through corporate or other discount, the actual fare paid is significantly less than that.

User currently offlinephxa340 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 906 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

I would venture to guess that the majority if not all 1st class passengers get the seats in the following ways :

1. Point Redemption
2. Upgrades
3. Business travel where the company is paying
4. You are so rich , 21k just doesn't really make a difference


User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3602 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

Very few true F class tickets are actually sold. Most are A fares or similar...more than C, but not the $21K you have been quoted.

And around the world First Class (AONEX) fare with up to 16 legs is less than your $21K full fare RT


User currently offlineloalq From Switzerland, joined Jan 2007, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

The same way you can buy a regular bag for $20 or a Chanel for $5'000, it is a premium product. There are many people out there for whom the price of a first class ticket means nothing, and offers much more privacy, space and perks than the average business class of today (which is by no means bad, but fails to offer an appropriate environment for VIPs, top executives and the likes).

But in comparison, does anyone have an idea of how much a private charter on a small jet would cost on the same route?



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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5749 times:

Just flew PVG-ORD in F with AA. If I had enough money I would never go back to Y - just the piece of mind is worth the money.

User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3602 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5728 times:

Quoting loalq (Reply 4):

$5k to $10k or more per hour of flight.


User currently offlineBlueLine From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5502 times:

Quoting phxa340 (Reply 2):
I would venture to guess that the majority if not all 1st class passengers get the seats in the following ways :

1. Point Redemption
2. Upgrades
3. Business travel where the company is paying
4. You are so rich , 21k just doesn't really make a difference

5. Employees traveling when the upgrades don't fill the F cabin.


User currently offlinedcaviation From Poland, joined Aug 2011, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5410 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
They charge that much because the people who actually pay $21,000 don't care (they're worth scores of millions or more) or through corporate or other discount, the actual fare paid is significantly less than that.

Well, my company pays constantly $12K for round trip on LH IAD-FRA. They paid $18K for my round trip IAD-FRA-AMM also on LH. It was fully flexible business class ticket. I was Star Gold and didn't get upgraded to first class, but my coworker who fly's once a year with kids BWI-MCO on Southwest got upgraded on the same flight. Go figure.


User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5394 times:

$21,000 is very steep for DEN-LHR-DEN, even if it's an F fare. A more common price is $15-16k for transatlantic F fares.

And I disagree with statements saying "multi-millionaires don't care about how much they spend." It is supply and demand. There are some people who regardless of ability, will buy a 5k fare but not a 10k one, and some who will spend 10k but not 20k. I would try to get an A fare or just ride in J for that price. 21k transatlantic is ridiculous IMO.



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1232 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5319 times:

Did the F fare involve a connecting flight? The 777 BA sends to DEN is usually only the airplane with J class, no F.


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User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5296 times:

Quoting jetblast (Reply 10):
Did the F fare involve a connecting flight? The 777 BA sends to DEN is usually only the airplane with J class, no F.

Yes.
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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5068 times:

Quoting BlueLine (Reply 7):

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To the OP, $950 is way to expensive for me, even in Y!!! 



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User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5037 times:

Quoting dcaviation (Reply 8):

Well, my company pays constantly $12K for round trip on LH IAD-FRA. They paid $18K for my round trip IAD-FRA-AMM also on LH. It was fully flexible business class ticket.

If your company pays so much they probably need a better travel manager (unless you always purchase your tickets teh day before travelling). I can see some of the prices which my company has to pay for long haul C-class fares and are nowhere near the official prices. Moreover these are flexible tickets (the only restriction is that these are valid on a particular airline/alliance only).

BTW I once saw a F-class fare which was lower than the C-class fare on the same flight.

[Edited 2012-07-09 21:27:07]

User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2495 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4941 times:

Quoting LJ (Reply 13):

BTW I once saw a F-class fare which was lower than the C-class fare on the same flight.

Now that sounds like a pricing error, or an airline which needs to get rid of F.



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User currently offlineusxguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1041 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

DLPMM,

Actually a handful of us do pay for First Class. This year alone I'm on a total of 6 revenue first class tickets. There are many times that people like me need to get to Point B in the next few days and the only thing available is a full-fare (or damn near close to it) coach ticket and discounted First Class (not Y-UP) are only a few bucks more. There are also times, especially on Alaska Airlines, where a First Class ticket can be cheaper than a coach ticket (this has happened twice for me). And in one particular instance, I made a client book me in First Class because they wanted my availability sooner than I'd give them had I flown coach (it was a red-eye & they wanted to meet in the morning).

I also bought a handful of First Class tickets on Mexicana when they did a fare filing error - flew Miami to Cancun via Mexico DF for like $190 USD roundtrip!

Now back to your $21,000 question - there are a lot of people who DO pay that, especially on Emirates, for the travel experience. You really can't get any better than EK F (especially on the A380). I've flown in Falcon 50s & 900s, and the EK First Class Suite beats both hands down.



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User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3674 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

I'd be surprised if some airlines didn't make most of their money on a particular route in F. (I know that's definitely the case for J on some routes.) I'm sure it pays to have a class of service that's basically just a "how much you got?" type of thing - there will always be people who just have to have the best, and will pay for it. I'm sure even billionaires have their limits but $21k to someone with that kind of money probably just isn't going to sound like much - for some people in that category, that's basically a rounding error in the amount of interest they earn in a day.

You can't really equate the value of first class with economy class on a space equivalency basis. On a lot of routes, economy class basically exists only because there aren't enough wealthy people and businesses in the world to fill up F and J and you may as well not run the back of the plane empty. I fly ANA from JFK-NRT a lot and it's obvious from the configuration of their planes on that route that economy class is basically a favor they do for travel agents and tour groups. They clearly make all their money on that route from F and J.

I do remember when I was younger, things were a bit different, and F class had a little more parity with Y on a simple space multiple basis. My family used to fly F class sometimes because it was actually somewhat affordable. But at some point, airlines figured out that they could turn it into something more like an exclusive club, and charge pretty much whatever they wanted. There is actually a psychological phenomena whereby a customer (for any product) will actually be *more* likely to buy that product the higher it's priced (as long as they can still afford it) because they will perceive it as being worth more. If your target market is billionaires and fortune 500 company execs, then you'll actually attract more of them by selling your F seats for $20k than if you sold them for $5k, because in their mind they're buying a higher-end, more exclusive seat at that price. Price it at $5k and they will think there's something inferior about that seat.



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