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Air Transat Club Class - Worth $200 More?  
User currently offlineJasYHZ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 175 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32257 times:

Hi All,

Looking at a winter vacation from cold Nova Scotia, and Air Transat are running once a week to Puerto Plata, DR. Our all inclusive price is CAD$1402 for regular Transat Y service, but Club Class is CAD$1602.

Has anyone ever flow in Club on the A310 and would you do it again? What was the service, seats, staff, food etc. like? For only $200 bucks do you think it's worth it on a 5 hour flight?

Thanks, JasYHZ


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User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32277 times:

Without getting into specifics, it is a better quality meal. And more substantial. The differences really are in: Service-a dedicated flt attendant to 31 pax (now I think it is two F/A's) vs. a 5 to 230 ratio.Seat-More leg room and wider seats. As well as a dedicated lav "exclusively for the use of our club class passengers!" may not be a big deal right now, but after the movie is over, you're not lining up with the masses in the back to fight over 1 of 4 lavs for 230 pax. Amenities-free headset and liquor. Baggage-is tagged as club and loaded into its' own container, last one on, first one off so theoretically you get your bags first in the arriving terminal. But I said theoretically. Boarding-you will hear "our club class passengers are kindly invited to board at their leisure" meaning you don't have to wait until your seat row is called and of course being right at L1 door have first crack at leaving the A/C upon arrival. Now having said all that, is it worth the $200.00? It is a judgment call, If it was an overnight flight to Europe, by all means it is worth it it terms of comfort and how much better you will feel on arrival with your internal clock all messed up and trying to sleep. But staying within a reasonable # of time zones, even on a 5 hr flt, Economy could be comfortable enough for a day time flight. And you could spend the $200.00 in a casino or on day excursions. I would rather see you save the money and wish you did the upgrade than do the upgrade and find it a waste of money because unless you've done the same flight, to the same place in economy, you won't know if you could live with it or want the upgrade.
With all this info, I might have made your decision harder. Finally, if it is a special occasion ie: honeymoon, anniversary..etc $#@% it, spend the cash and have a good time.


User currently offlineJasYHZ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 32269 times:

The flight leaves YHZ @ 1530 and arrives in POP around 2000. Returning is the killer - leaving POP @ 2330 and arriving in YHZ @ 0350.


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User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32254 times:

Quoting ReidYYZ (Reply 1):
But staying within a reasonable # of time zones, even on a 5 hr flt, Economy could be comfortable enough for a day time flight.

To clarify, you won't feel the effects of 'jet-lag' as you will stay within a reasonable # of time zones. If however you are returning the night before you go back to work and definitely need the sleep, then do it. But being up until some ungodly hour is probably not enough of a reason for me personally, seeing as I'm responding to you while I'm eating my lunch at 0300. If comfort is all you are worried about, then do it. Have fun.


User currently offlineYQMfan From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 32252 times:

I flew to Cuba in 2002 on a 310. We arrived late at the terminal in YHZ and were upgraded to club class for free. I found the service and seats to be great. I am 6ft tall and 225lbs and had plenty of room. On the way back. I flew in Y class and didn't have very much room. The year before, we flew to Cuba on an Air Transat 757 and had zero room. Longest flight ever!!

My advice to you is, if you are over 5'9, upgrade to the club class. If you do, you are virtually assured of a comfortable trip.

Have fun!


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