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Has Anyone Ever Paid More For Flight Because.....  
User currently offlineTony1477 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6950 times:

Has anyone ever paid more for flight because of the aircraft used for the trip. For example lets say trip A cost 200.00 round trip on a 737 and trip B cost 300.00 round trip but on a 757( or bigger ) I would pay the extra money. Am I the only one that feels this way

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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3767 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6937 times:

I would maybe pay £200 for a 737 flight and maybe £250 for a 747/346 trip!

Otherwise I would usualy pay the cheapest, unless it's a MD-11/741/747SP/DC-10/TU-144/Concorde/TU-154/IL-86.....

Rob!  Smile


User currently offlineMicstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 777 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6930 times:

If it's biz travel I'd imagine you'll get some people who say yes. I wouldn't pay more for a 757 over a 737. A 767 over a 737 is a different story though.
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User currently offlineKaneporta1 From Greece, joined May 2005, 739 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6927 times:

I wouldn't do it if it was for a 737-757 option and not for $100 difference in price. I have paid slightly more (about $10) and went out of my way to fly in a DL MD-88 and 767-400 (both the same day) because I had never flown in these airplanes before.


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User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

I have paid more to ride on United Airlines (mileage points) & would probably pay extra money to ride on the 777, only because of the comfort level...


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User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2168 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6897 times:

Not for aircraft size, but for different level of comfort/service. For instance, I would be prepared to pay a little more to fly on a mainline jet than on a CRJ (especially for European Business Class flights);or for flying UA 777 rather than their 767 if I was flying F class; or BA 777/744 vs. 767 in C or F.

Otherwise: no


User currently offlineKlkla From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6878 times:

I fly what I think is a lot of miles (120k miles last year) and I have never paid to fly on a certain type of aircraft. I will choose a regular Boeing or Airbus commerical aircraft over a regional jet if there's a choice, though. I hate RJs because they're so uncomfortable.

I usually will price United first because I am a 1K member and want to keep my status. Second factor would be price which is why I tend to fly Southwest more for short domestic trips.

I might consider paying more to fly on an A380 or 787 in the future because both will provide a unique flying experience compared to todays aircraft.


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5173 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6868 times:

I have. I paid more one time on a IAH-DCA route to go via EWR for 1.) the miles, and 2.) to fly on CO762 and CO777. The flight was actually a rerouting from IAH-ORD to see my ex-gf. Things went to s&$t before the trip so I changed the ticket to go to DC to visit friends--after the cost to change and all I was like f-- it. The original routing was IAH-EWR-MDW for the same reasons--but the ticket was actually the same as N/S IAH-ORD.


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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3769 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6826 times:

I had the opportunity to pay a little more for a slightly more exotic routing this spring when I was booking flights to Japan for me and my class mates. The travel agent offered CPH-LHR-HKG-TPE-NGO (SK, CX, China Airlines) on the outbound leg and NGO-NRT-ORD-CPH (NH, UA, SK and as a UAMP member, I would have gotten killer miles!) on the return leg. It would have cost about €150 more, and I just couldn't do that to my friends... Had I been traveling on my own I would have taken it!

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineHBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 281 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6817 times:

...I once paid extra in order to fly Lan's A320 and not Aerocontinente's ancient 727, which was worth it.

On the other hand I once flew Aerocontinente UIO-LIM because it was cheap...it made me realise that we should cherish our live and that is sometimes worth paying more just to feel at ease.

Cheers



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6776 times:

Quoting Klkla (Reply 6):
I fly what I think is a lot of miles (120k miles last year) and I have never paid to fly on a certain type of aircraft. I will choose a regular Boeing or Airbus commerical aircraft over a regional jet if there's a choice, though. I hate RJs because they're so uncomfortable.

I've flown close to 75K miles this year..and basically I don't mind flying most aircrafts, as long as it's not an RJ plane!!

Of course, flying on AA's 777's a few weeks ago though was the best... biggrin 



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User currently offlineSirOmega From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6748 times:

I chose a slightly more expensive flight ($25 more, DL/Song over WN, CO) for my upcoming LAS-MCO trip, one of the reasons being it was on 757/767 vs 737s. And I even got picky with the DL flights, making sure not to pick ones with RJs. The other reasons were that work was paying for the trip and that since I'm traveling Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted a non-stop red-eye flight to MCO since it *should* be less crowded, both at check-in and on the plane. At the time of booking, the MCO-ATL leg on the way back was scheduled to be a 772, but it got changed to 763 a few days after booking.  Sad oh well...

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6724 times:

Many times I've paid a higher fare to fly my preferred carrier(s). Even had a stop over on occasion. The end result of course is plain to see - I'm on my preferred carrier(s), I'm likely upgraded, I am building FF points, I'm familiar with the carrier(s) and what is offered and where to go to get it, etc.

I've also paid a higher fare (and lower fare) to fly international on a carrier that I'd never flown before - just to  checkmark  the block so I could say I flew ABC Airlines once.


User currently offlineUsAirways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6712 times:

I've done that before. I payed more to fly DL just to get on the 764.
Also, sometimes when flying US, i pay more for a ticket to get a different plane. Once there was a fare for $160, it was on a 733, and 734. I payed $185 for the same route, but i got to be on a 757.  Smile


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6709 times:

Quoting Mozart (Reply 5):
I would be prepared to pay a little more to fly on a mainline jet than on a CRJ (especially for European Business Class flights);or for flying UA 777 rather than their 767 if I was flying F class; or BA 777/744 vs. 767 in C or F.

 thumbsup  I prefer BA service on the 747 in both J & F over the comparable offerings on the 777. The seat is the same but the cabins on the 747 lend themselves to a much better service; No galley at front of 747 F cabin and small Club World cabins upstairs and on main deck on 747 as opposed to flying youth hostel of the 777 in J. As this affects my choice on solely BA flights there is no price difference although I would pay a premium for upper deck J versus youth hostel J on 777. In the past I have taken later flights to avoid the 777 on the IAD route.

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3619 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6684 times:

I paid about $100 extra on NW to avoid Airbus aircraft when travelling TRI-MEM-DTW-LGW and return.

User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 15):
I paid about $100 extra on NW to avoid Airbus aircraft when travelling TRI-MEM-DTW-LGW and return.

What's so bad about Airbus to be worth $100?


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6627 times:

Yeap, I paid extra to take the ATr72-500 over the small jetstream 32. Worth it too, the ATR is an amazing aircraft.

It was not too much difference, would pay extra if that was the case.


User currently offlineJMJAirways From Sweden, joined Apr 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6622 times:

I would pay a bit extra for a A346 any day !  Wink

Best regards



I am willing to pay extra for a A346 flight !
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7538 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6604 times:

Yep, just this summer I paid $10 extra to go DEN-SFO-SAN-DEN just to get on the 747-400 DEN-SFO. UA was cheapest for a direct flight, but I wanted to connect and when i saw the 744, i couldnt pass that up. F9 was also about $100 more RT and it had an A318 and id rather fly a 744 and give my money to a legacy.


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User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1008 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

I often paid slightly more for flying on

- a specific aircraft type that I hadn't been on before
- a specific airline
- via a specific airport
- or any combination of the above

However, usually I try to get the cheapest deal. And of course, collecting FF miles always is tempting to take at least one alliance, if not a specific airline. Also, it might sound trivial, but usually I prefer a mainstream airline over a no-frills airline now, if it is an early morning flight. I don't like eating that early at home, and once I am on the flight I am starving. Of course, you can bring your own food, but I am getting lazy, hehe... Even the domestic flights in North America at least offer food for purchase, and my experience is that it is good food for a fair price.

Cheers
micha


User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6554 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 14):
I prefer BA service on the 747 in both J & F over the comparable offerings on the 777

I would go out my way (within reason) to travel on a BA 744 vs a BA 777 as well if flying J. The J cabin on the T7 is one big cabin and is like a youth hostel, whereas on the 744 it is 2 or 3 small cabins that feel exclusive and relaxing.

Not sure I agree with FBGD on F, though - for night flights, the 744 is good, but on day flights, I find teh T7 F cabin to be cavernous and very pleasant, whereas the curvature of the nosecone feels claustrophobic.



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6552 times:

Quoting BA380 (Reply 21):
Not sure I agree with FBGD on F, though - for night flights, the 744 is good, but on day flights, I find teh T7 F cabin to be cavernous and very pleasant, whereas the curvature of the nosecone feels claustrophobic.

For claustrophobic read privacy  Wink Although the aisle is very narrow on the 747 at 3A/4E. I think on the whole the F cabin on 747 lends itself better to First, the cabin is much quieter than the non-QC2'd 777 and I find the lack of galley at the front preferable.

Having said that, your preference of the 777 in F is understandable, not sure why anyone in their sane mind would take the 777 in BA J over 747 upper deck though!



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4511 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6538 times:

Quoting BA380 (Reply 21):
I would go out my way (within reason) to travel on a BA 744 vs a BA 777 as well if flying J. The J cabin on the T7 is one big cabin and is like a youth hostel, whereas on the 744 it is 2 or 3 small cabins that feel exclusive and relaxing.

Absolutely! It is a completely different feel on the upper deck 744 versus the main deck of the 772.

As for me, I paid about $200 more to fly to HKG on an RB211 747-400 as opposed to a PW4056 747-400. Well, that wasn't the only reason though. CX was direct and I wanted to try them out anyway.



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User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

I would not pay more for any aircraft I've already flown, or is especially common - i.e. 737 for a 757/767.

I would however pay more for a new type to me, let's say an A340-600 over a 747, or DC9/727 over an A320. Aircraft that are increasingly rare imo are worth changing for, as are for instance a 747 on a really short segment!

Noel.


25 Post contains images Alfa75 : I just did that. I had plans to go to MSP this weekend flying nonstop from BDL. When I changed my ticket for next month I chose a flight with a DC-9 a
26 BAViscount : Yep. When I went to Stockholm for Easter this year, I paid extra to catch the BA flights from LHR that were served by a B767 rather than the Airbii th
27 Jeffry747 : I would definitely pay more for any flight on a 747. However, when I booked my upcoming flight to JFK, all of the direct flights from my home airport
28 NWA757boy : I have done that a few times.... When I was flying to London last October I chose BA over NW because of the aircraft, 777. But about a month before de
29 Brokenrecord : I pay extra quite frequntly to avoid RJ flights.
30 Longhornmaniac : In July I payed about 25 bucks more to fly from AUS-MSP via both DFW and ORD. AA 66 is a triple between DFW-ORD, and I'll gladly choose 2 MD-80s and a
31 Post contains links and images EGTESkyGod : People used to regularly pay more just for this aircraft, in some cases, rather a lot more! But then I suppose Mach 2 was worth it. View Large View Me
32 Sky0000547 : I wouldn't pay more to fly different aircrafts but willing to pay a little bit more to fly different airlines.
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