Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8230 times:
I never flew in First Class but a few times in Business Class. In general I can say that all my flights were very pleasant, especially the long flights to the USA or to Singapore, there is a huge difference beween flying Eco and Biz, you simply feel better after you arrived.
Not only the flight itself is worth to pay more money but also the other amenities such as lounge access, more miles, priority boarding, priority baggage, dedicated check-in counters, etc.
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8217 times:
I have flown domestic first on UA and DL thanks to airline goofs. They were shorthaul flights, MCO-IAD and SLC-GTF; but while the larger seats were nice, it didn't really seem worthwhile to pay for it.
I Paid to fly first HNL-SFO-PDX on UA once, and thouroughly enjoyed the experience. On the longer flight it is definitely worth the extra cash. Got good food, plenty of room, and pleasant service.
And finally, just recently I was able to cash in miles for business class UA HNL-NRT-SIN. I had to ride coach on the way home though. The international flight pretty much demands business class! Lots of good food was served, had room to strech out and sleep, amenities kit made for a nice freshening up at the airport, and the noise cancelling headphones united provided tipped the comfort scale! If you top a flight like that off with a stay in a good hotel, why you feel like a king!
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3826 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8211 times:
To be honest I've lost count of how many times.... All on British Airways, though have done some more shorthaul on Iberia. I've done BA First three times longhaul (LHR-BKK and return, LHR-JFK and return and LHR-LAX and return), and I flew Concorde, LHR-JFK in September 2002. As for business I haven't got a clue but is probably close to 50 roundtrips longhaul These were all part of family vacations and we often flew upfront because my father spend a lot of time in the air with work and it's no fun flying down the back on vacations.
Now I'm 21 and got a girlfriend in the US I tend to end up paying for my own trips and still manage around three or four longhaul J trips a year with a few shorthaul, still on BA. Currently got another two J segments booked (on UA, was a very good deal) and three BA F segments. While some may see it as a frivolity I do enjoy my trips and also writing them so have published a number of my more recent flights on here. Expect to see my afforementioned trips written up on here too.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8186 times:
More than I thought, almost all Business Class except some Australian domestic flights.
24-May-88 SA 228 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAO JNB ABJ LHR
29-Jun-88 SA 247 SAA B747SP ZS-SPE MAD JNB
27-Aug-88 SA 040 SAA B737-200 ZS-SIE JNB VFA
28-Oct-88 SA 286 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAM JNB MRU HKG
29-Oct-88 SA 287 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAM HKG MRU JNB
4-Nov-88 SA 286 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAO JNB MRU HKG
5-Nov-88 SA 287 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAO HKG MRU
6-Nov-88 SA 193 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAO MRU DUR JNB
23-Feb-89 SA 252 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAO JNB FRA AMS
28-Feb-89 SA 235 SAA B747-300 ZS-SAT LHR JNB
7-Apr-89 UM 532 Air Zimbabwe B707-320 Z-WKT HRE FRA
7-Sep-89 SA 260 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAL JNB LIS FCO
1-Oct-89 SA 235 SAA B747-300 ZS-SAU LHR JNB
6-Feb-90 SA 033 SAA B737-200 ZS-SIH HRE JNB
13-Jul-90 SA 261 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAL FCO LIS JNB
6-Sep-90 SA 282 SAA B747-200M ZS-SAR JNB MRU TPE
7-Sep-90 UA 944 United Airlines B747SP N149UA TPE SFO
2-Oct-90 SA 206 SAA B747SP ZS-SPE GIG CPT JNB
24-Jan-91 SA 234 SAA B747-300 ZS-SAT JNB LHR
27-Jan-91 SA 235 SAA B747-300 ZS-SAT JNB JNB
15-Dec-91 GM 210 Flitestar A320-200 ZS-NZP DUR JNB
10-Apr-92 SA 619 SAA B737-200 ZS-SIC ELS PLZ CPT
25-Jul-92 SA 9262 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAO JNB BCN ORY
1-Aug-92 SR 603 Swissair MD-81 HB-INI FCO ZRH
1-Aug-92 SA 9273 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAP ZRH BCN JNB
4-Oct-92 SA 201 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAP JNB SID JFK
28-Oct-92 SA 235 SAA B747-400 ZS-SAW LHR JNB
19-Apr-93 AA 250 American MD-11 N1076A MIA JFK
1-May-94 BD 115 British Midland B737-500 G-BVKB LHR AMS
3-May-94 BD 112 British Midland B737-500 G-BVKB AMS LHR
23-May-94 BD 113 British Midland B737-300 G-OBMD LHR AMS
22-Dec-94 KL 597 KLM B747-400M PH-BFF AMS JNB
17-Apr-95 KL 120 KLM A310-200 PH-AGC LHR AMS
29-Jun-96 QF 406 Qantas B767-200 VH-EAN SYD OOL
30-Jun-96 AN 225 Ansett B737-300 VH-CZM OOL SYD
6-Sep-96 QF 001 Qantas B747-400 VH-OJD SYD BKK
7-Sep-96 QF 015 Qantas B747-300 VH-EBY BKK FCO
24-Sep-96 QF 016 Qantas B747-300 VH-EBT FCO BKK
25-Sep-96 QF 002 Qantas B747-400 VH-OJD BKK SYD
4-Oct-96 QF 538 Qantas A300-B4 VH-TAC SYD BNE
7-Oct-96 QF 545 Qantas B737-300 VH-TAZ BNE SYD
29-Jan-97 QF 427 Qantas B767-300 VH-OGH CNS SYD
14-Feb-97 GA 976 Garuda MD-11 PK-GII CGK AMM LGW
3-May-97 BD 163 British Midland B737-500 G-OBMR LHR PMI
5-May-97 BD 164 British Midland B737-500 G-BVKC PMI LHR
20-Jul-97 BA 004 British Airways Concorde G-BOAD JFK LHR
15-Aug-97 IG 3536 Meridiana BAe 146-200 I-FLRO LGW FLR CAG
16-Jan-98 BA 430 British Airways B757-200 G-BMRC LHR AMS
17-Jan-98 BA 439 British Airways B757-200 G-BIKF AMS LHR
27-Dec-98 OS 452 Austrian A321-100 OE-LBC LHR VIE
27-Dec-98 NG 001 Lauda Air B777-200 OE-LPA VIE KUL SYD
13-Jan-99 QF 631 Qantas B737-300 VH-TAJ TSV BNE MEL
20-Apr-00 BA 215 British Airways B747-200 G-BDXD LHR BOS
15-Nov-00 BA 348 British Airways B757-200 G-BMRD LHR NCE
16-Nov-00 BA 349 British Airways B757-200 G-CPEM NCE LHR
10-Dec-00 BA 348 British Airways B757-200 G-CPEE LHR NCE
14-Dec-00 BA 349 British Airways B757-200 G-BIKH NCE LHR
29-Jan-01 BA 351 British Airways A320-100 G-BUSK LHR NCE
30-Jan-01 BA 349 British Airways B757-200 G-BMRF NCE LHR
12-Mar-01 BA 348 British Airways B757-200 G-CPES LHR NCE
16-Mar-01 BA 343 British Airways A320-100 G-BUSB NCE LHR
29-May-01 BA 348 British Airways B767-300 G-BNWD LHR NCE
30-May-01 BA 345 British Airways B767-300 G-BNWD NCE LHR
14-Jun-01 BA 352 British Airways B767-300 G-BZHB LHR NCE
16-Jun-01 BA 345 British Airways B767-300 G-BZHB NCE LHR
15-Jul-01 BA 7915 British Regional ERJ-145 G-EMBU MAN NCE
20-Aug-01 BA 345 British Airways B767-300 G-BNWZ LHR NCE
24-Aug-01 BA 347 British Airways B757-200 G-CPEM NCE LHR
19-Jan-02 BA 345 British Airways B737-400 G-DOCH NCE LHR
21-Jan-02 BA 352 British Airways A319-100 G-EUPT LHR NCE
15-Feb-02 BA 341 British Airways A319-100 G-EUPS NCE LHR
16-Feb-02 BA 352 British Airways A319-100 G-EUPP LHR NCE
20-Feb-02 BA 341 British Airways B737-400 G-DOCB NCE LHR
2-Mar-02 BA 348 British Airways B767-300 G-BZHA LHR NCE
26-Mar-02 JU 240 JAT B737-300 YU-ANH BEG CDG
22-May-02 JI 224 Midway B737-700 N363ML RDU BOS
229-Oct-02 BA 345 British Airways A319-100 G-EUPY NCE LHR
29-Oct-02 QF 002 Qantas B747-400 VH-OJN LHR BKK SYD
8-Nov-02 QF 031 Qantas B747-400 VH-OJB SYD SIN LHR
9-Nov-02 BA 344 British Airways A319-100 G-EUPR LHR NCE
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8158 times:
Crikey - loads of flights in business class - am lucky enough to be in the industry and get lots of trips - almost always in business class. Most of my flights have been on BA, but I've also flown business on the likes BMI, KLM, Scandinavian, Lufthansa, Sabena, Swissair, Swiss, Alitalia, Iberia, Air France, CSA, Malev, Cyprus Airways, TAP, Austrian, Olympic, THY, Luxair, Air Canada, Emirates, and a couple of others I've probably forgotten.
Preferred flying jumpseat though
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
Fiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8158 times:
3. KUL-SYD 777-200 3 people in First and SYD-KUL 747-400 only one person in First.....me . Fully recommended .
4.The best flights ever....even with the old cabin-style back in December 2002.
2. Amadeus Class. (Biz/First because the place for the "normal" First is occupied with the fully equipped onboard kitchen.)
3. VIE-KUL OE-LPC (the newest 777 with the "modern" Cocoon-Seat)...nice Crew, "nice" Plane (everything worked) -->recommended // KUL- VIE OE-LPB (with the little bit old fashioned Cocoon-Seat)....very grumpy crew [maybe because they didnt want to work the New Years Flight ]....Seat 2B....the electrical Foot-Rest didn't work --> not recommended.
4. Outbound great flight, inbound nothing to remember.
Mfz From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 260 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 8075 times:
I was upgraded once into Business Class on AOM's good old DC 10-30 on a flight from CDG to Guadeloupe/French West Indies. Was a nice experience as the seats were a lot more comfy and the service was great!
Extra Bavariam non est vita et si est non est ita! --- My flights: http://my.flightmemory.com/mfz
PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2767 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7993 times:
1. US Airways
2. Domestic First
3. Absolutely recommended- especially on the Airbus.
4. I was going to write a trip report about it, but never got pictures, so I never wrote the report. I flew SYR-PHL-MCO and back a couple of weeks ago to visit ERAU, and I'd personally use FF points on longer flights. While nice, it's not worth paying the cash or using the mileage on a 2 hour flight. That said, would I do it again? Yes.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3826 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7978 times:
Quoting JMJAirways (Reply 18): I also wonder how you end up there ? pay for it ? work ? upgrade ?
I presume my flights when I was younger was partly with frequent flyer miles, part paid tickets since it is impossible to get four award seats in First (possible on business) on most carriers.
With my trips now I pay for them all myself, although redeem miles for trips in First. £14,000 for two people to sit in comfort for 26hrs is unsurprisingly beyond my means!
Quoting JMJAirways (Reply 18): I am a student so I can forget Business and don't even think of first!
Me too, although I have a deal with my parents. If I work during University holidays then they give me an allowance while down at University to spend on what I like; travel, giving to bums, buying CDs etc etc (rent, tuition fees, living expenses are already paid for). If I don't work during the holidays then they don't pay me this sum, so I either get double or nothing. With a little money management it all fits into place nicely...
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
AussieAMEgirl From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7972 times:
hehehe I never flew anything but First Class or what later became known as Business First until I left Ansett
The joys of travelling subload! This also meant you had a dress inspection before every flight from the ticketing peeps, and as you only got to go if there were empty seats...most empty seats were up the front....unless you got stuck right up the front....
I was lucky enough to get Business back from LAX to MEL in 2000 with United, again travelling subload...
Man what a rude shock cattle class was! Imagine actually having to buy your alcoholic beverages?!!
AviationMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7970 times:
I've (only ) been able to fly in First about 3 times until today. Two of the three flights were on AeroMexico, the other on United and that by shier coincidence. It all happened as my mom, sister and I we're running late to catch a United flight out of IAD destined to MCO. As we got to the gate, boarding had already been completed. A kind gate agent then upgraded us to first class; the flight turned out to be one of the best ever till now.
As for Business class, it's a different story . I've been lucky enough to have been able to experience on about 6 flights in business class. All of them were on Swissair (thanks to my dad knowing a employee of that company). On my last ever Swissair flight (MD11 ZRH-MIA), my parents, sister and I were all upgraded to business class due to overbooking in Economy. This flight ranks right up there next to the above mentioned United flight.
UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7951 times:
Did for the first time last Saturday on 2 Taca flights, Miami to Costa Rica, and Cosa Rica to Managua. We were all travelling as a huge group and they extremely overbooked so me and a few friends were upgraded to first/"business" class (2-class configuration). Very nice service from Taca. Expect a trip report pretty soon.