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Am I The Only Coach Passenger On This Site?  
User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6122 times:

Is it just me or what? I read the trip reports and other posts and I feel like I am the only one out there riding in the back of the plane. "I flew 27 hours in F and the rubbed my back and bathed me in champagne" "We ate so much food we almost exploded" "oh the ptv was bigger than the one at my house" "the seat was so big I could have had two more people in the seat with me" blah blah blah....meanwhile I am in the back shoulder to shoulder with some smelly old guy and some crazy woman who wants to tell me her life story. Praying I will get one of those pretzel bags with 3 broken pretzels in it so I don't perish before we arrive, and hoping I won't get that god awful stare when I ask for no ice and the whole can of coke.
So come on...please tell me I am not the only clown riding in coach!


C'mon Man
73 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

Quoting JFKTOWERFAN (Thread starter):
So come on...please tell me I am not the only clown riding in coach!

No your not. I always fly economy. I would rather have the extra money at my destination  Big grin

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7634 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

The only time I didn't fly on Coach was on YX; mainly due to the all-Signature Seating arrangement on their 717s.

"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Naw, I fly Coach to. Its easier to dip in Coach than F/C.


User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

I have never flown in any class but coach.

Hell, once I flew PeopleExpress BRU-EWR and back. That was eight hours of sub-coach.

Now I get to fly around in a 1964 Piper Cherokee 140. Again, zero amenities.

"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

Ummmm ... since I usually usually fly on Southwest, I guess that makes me a coach passenger...! Seriously, though, the only time I ever flew business or first class was when I got the last seat on a USAirways flight (PIT-TPA) after being rebooked due to weather. Seat 1C. I was absolutely spoiled.

[Edited 2006-03-13 21:01:28]

Up, up and away!
User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3031 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

I always fly economy. My only time flying Business in a wide-body was when I got upgraded for free on ZRH-JFK in the good old times of Swissair, where having a Travelclub Silver member in the family would actually help  Smile

And I also bought a Business ticket on a short Saab 2000 hop once, because it would actually cost *the same* as Economy (?!). But the only difference between Y and C on a Swiss Saab 2000 is the little sandwich you get in C, and sitting in the first rows ...

Never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself
User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

LOL - your chosen topic mad me laugh out loud, Mr Corey. Most of us are well and truly down the back, although I am guilty of writing about going "F" once!

But congratulations to you for the photograph of nice wee Sherpa. Don't see many of those on here!

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

Don't worry Corey, your not the only one travelling "cattle class". As a cherished BA employee I ALWAYS get a seat down the back, in steerage. I've only once ever had an upgrade to World Traveller Plus (whatever class that is!)

Just fly for the fun and forget the class. As far as I am concerned, it's all hours in the log book. Big grin

Mind you, I'm going standby to YYZ next month, maybe a business class upgrade.......................?

Andy  old 

Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

I am with you  Smile Always fly econnomy class. But two weeks ago I upgraded myself for the first time to first class on flight from DCA to CLT ($50 upgrade). 3 words - Not Worth It!
- I've got to board first (thats nice)
- I was offered pre-flight drink (WTF- I just got to my seat, if I was thirsty I would buy water in the food court)
- I've got two pretzel bags not one!
- Extra legroom? Not really - Snob flying next to me put his shit under the seats which didn't allowed me to fully strech my legs.
- First of the aircraft (thats bad - I always ask if I can see the cockpit, this time I had to move like I was on hurry somewhere - and I had 2 hours to kill at CLT)

I won't fly anymore first class within USA - simply, its not worth the money. I will take business or first class on transatlantic flights anytime (not for all the food you can get, but for the legroom).

And one more thing - I don't know why people in trip reports write entire First Class menu. Who cares what they have to offer, just write what you had on that damned flight. Thats it.

Proud Coach Flyer...

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

Quoting Lindy (Reply 9):
I don't know why people in trip reports write entire First Class menu

There's obviously a following for what people get served onboard in First and Business, hell there are entire threads on FlyerTalk devoted just to what menu is offered when/where by different airlines.

I'm sure you yourself have interests that others would find a bore--such as reading trip reports in the first place.  Smile

International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

Quoting JFKTOWERFAN (Thread starter):
So come on...please tell me I am not the only clown riding in coach!

I always fly coach too eccept for 3 times. PVR-YYZ 2 times. And MCO-YYZ. They were all on Air Transat. For the MCO-YYZ some guy who worked for the company came up to us(I was with my dad) and asked if we wanted to be upgraded for................... $90US for 2 people; who would refuse that!?  eek 

Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

On short-haul flights I am for 90% in Economy, on long-haul flights I am for 50% in Eco and for 50% in Business Class.

Last month I was booked in Eco but got upgraded to Biz Class when I flew AMS-DTW, yayers, seems that the silver SkyTeam card isn't completely useless!


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6040 times:

I thought you meant 'Greyhound' coach.

Oh well. Yes I always fly Economy, I've flown other classes one or two times but on the whole neither I nor my family can afford to fly in anything other than Economy.

User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6040 times:

When work's paying, it's business class

When I'm paying, it's always economy.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6006 times:

I've flown economy on all but one return flight, which was LGW-NCE-LGW with BA. I'm hoping that may change over summer, fingers crossed!

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User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5989 times:

I am only 23 and I pay for all my plane tickets so it's economy for me all the time, no matter how short the flight. Even if my parents were still supporting me, they would have never paid anything beyond economy class. And I'm not senior enough with my employer that I am going to meetings which require me to fly somewhere.

I think there's no need to get envious of all the talk on here about business and first class experiences. It's natural that it's more fun to talk about a first class experience than to talk about the service offered back in good 'ol cattle class.

However, I have noticed that the tone of some users on here who described their premium class experiences to be bordering on the arrogant.

All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening.
User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1023 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5964 times:

Like most of the people in this thread I am one of the plebes relegated to the back of the bus, er...plane. The only time I flew business was when I went over to Japan after college and my employer sprung for a business class ticket, ahh heaven.

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5964 times:

I always travel coach too. I don't think I'll be travelling any other class anytime soon.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9428 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5964 times:

Another coach rider checking in (I wish), the only time I made it to biz was on UA when eco was full... made FRA-IAD on my first 747 a very good time!  goodvibes 

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 3129 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5964 times:

I always fly economy aswell. I have only tried first class onboard a SAS flight from Copenhagen to Madrid and back again which didn't cost us extra as we used my dads bonuspoints which were getting old, so he had no choice but to spend them on an upgrade.

Follow The Greens
User currently offlineSolarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5946 times:

Coach for me. I don't see the point in spending so much extra money for a short amount of pampering and for someone to call me by name. To me the cost is just not worth it (or affordable for that matter).

User currently offlineCRJ705 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5926 times:

I always fly coach with the exception of redeeming my Aeroplan miles for my trip to NY this spring, and I am flying coach to Hong Kong after my stay in New York to visit relatives. I want to try to earn elite or super elite with AC so that I can try their long haul business product using upgrade certificates, but thats a bit of a pipe dream because I am still a poor student, and I need cash for other essentials. I mean for the price that business class dictates, its not really worth it unless a person genuinely needs to rest before tackling a major task. Its fun to read those lucky individuals whom fly in business, but when it comes to the majority of travellers, its economy all the way.


P.S. I am planning on writing a TR for my trip, so you can read somewhat of an evaluation between coach and business on AC.

User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

Quoting JFKTOWERFAN (Thread starter):
So come on...please tell me I am not the only clown riding in coach!

No, you're not. You have the crazy woman telling you her life story and the smelly guy next to you.... I hope that wasn't me  Wink

I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

I fly coach almost all the time. I did get upgrades in the past being a non-rev passenger, but that's just about it.

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
25 Srbmod : When I worked in the industry and had non-rev priviledges, I sat up in Business Class/First Class quite a bit, especially when I was working for ASA a
26 Post contains images TuffGong : As for me, it's always been cattle, except for when I flew to LA and back from YLW last month I had seat 1A Business on AC YLW-YVR-LAX-YVR, but the l
27 Post contains images BR076 : Same here , who cares about 1 or 2 inch more space for 12 or 13 hours , when it will save you several hundreds of $$$
28 Post contains images AviationMaster : Nah, I fly coach too In my younger years ( ) my dad used to get discounts for Swissair long haul flights, because he knew someone who worked at Swissa
29 Dba4U : On intra-european routes on LH ex HAM you can spend 1200€ for a roundtrip in biz class or 1200€ for 12 roundtrips in eco. Which normal thinking hu
30 YOWza : When I'm paying it's 70% economy, 30% business, 0% first When works paying if it isn't business or better I ain't going! YOWza
31 A319XFW : When I'm paying it's always as cheap as possible (read economy). But there have been times when work has paid when I get the random surprise upgrade.
32 JFKTOWERFAN : ahhh...thank you all for making me feel a little better! Corey
33 Atrude777 : I fly SWA exclusively so coach for me as well. I also fly coach in other airlines too. Only flonw First Class once commercially, and twice on charter
34 Lehpron : is coach a PC tag for "economy class"? what are all the names of cabin classes and do they change between carriers? If so, might it have to do with PR
35 STLGph : COACH? COACH!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! My dear, Mr. STLGph doesnt ever share a fuselage!
36 Canuckpaxguy : Is that at the request of the airline? (j/k) G
37 AirCop : Besides the wider seats in Coach (Domestic), whats the difference between the First Class and Coach, get there at the same time.
38 STLGph : Ah shucks, I set myself up for that one, didn't I?
39 Post contains images Babybus : Yes I think you are. And I think you are also the only person on here who isn't a fully trained, 16 year old, 747-400 captain.
40 Post contains images Texan : I flew in first once. There were 12 of us on the flight from DFW-TUS. I asked the flight attendant if I could sit in first. She said sure, why not? Wo
41 GOCAPS16 : I can never afford to fly in first class, so I always book my flights in coach. The only time I fly first class is on domestic flights on skyteam airl
42 Jafa39 : Economy all the way, there isn't a domestic bizz class in NZ and any one who pays for same is being ripped off royally!! I go Economy on long-haul too
43 Pacificjourney : Any flying at all would be a luxury lately, count myself lucky to pick up someone at the airport these days and even then it's a big piece of grass an
44 CXA330300 : Almost exclusively coach........ I still read whatever reports I find interesting..........including F/C reports. Ah, delusions of grandeur.
45 Post contains images Ctbarnes : Me too. I travel once every 1-2 months: not enough for diamond-encrusted frequent flyer status, so my travels are with the great unwashed. Next month
46 Molykote : I've flown a mix of classes on domestic and international routes. For most domestic flights I don't much care what class I am in. If I feel like some
47 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : I always fly Y when on my own money. C/J is flown on company money; when cheap upgrades are offered or obviously when opped-up (yay !) I fly F in dome
48 Post contains images Cedars747 : When it comes to me ,i believe that i only live once ,so when my budget permits i fly i wont say first but Business specially on long flights such Eur
49 HT : Flying around in Europe (using majors, charter and LCC) I fly in Coach. Flying longhaul on business (only once yet and on next Sunday), I get C-Class.
50 DesertAir : I always fly coach on domestic and international flights. Once I was upgraded on AA to Business Class when NW was on strike in the 90's. Another time
51 Kmh1956 : Flying out of Bermuda is expensive enough in coach....the only First Class flights that would be worth it would be the BA flights to London, but I'am
52 RyGuy : You are not alone in the back!! We are all back there with yea! RyGuy never flown first class in my life!! and most likely never will... .unless of co
53 RoseFlyer : Well I guess that I am guilty of writing a lot of those first and business class trip reports that you see, but I still fly economy about 50% of the t
54 DFWMzuri : Coach for me too. Twice I was upgraded to business class by the airline without my asking for it, once on LH (DEL-FRA) and once on AA (LHR-ORD). I enj
55 Thepilot : I have never in my life flown anything but coach. I am in the middle seats 70% of the time, even though I request window (as a pilot and a planespotte
56 FlyMIA : I have only flown First Twice. MIA-SFO and SFO-MIA on an AA 767-300. It was great! Real Food and all, I have not flown since so I know my next flight
57 Afterburner : The only time I fly other than coach class was in 1989 when my group of Umrah pilgrimage was upgraded to business class on the upper deck of SV 743 fr
58 Post contains images Phuebner : I fly coach quite a bit. I'm lucky if I get to fly First. One time in band camp....on an RJ I flew in the very back right in front of the restroom. It
59 Crdaus : It is all very well for you guys who fly coach. I fly coach as well on short haul. But with my long legs and at my age, I would end up with health pro
60 BCAL : I always fly coach when I pay for my own airline tickets (95% of the time). What's the point of forking out a couple of thousand for extra comfort, su
61 Cornish : No you're not the only one - but remember there are a lot of people on this site who like to try and impress with how wealthy their parents are or wh
62 HT : technical posting to test faulty function "starred topics". -HT
63 747LUVR : Hey, my wife and I are short, she's 5'3", I'm 5'7" so we fit in the seats just fine in coach....we'd rather splurge the extra $$ on the trip wherver i
64 MainMAN : And I'm starting to feel like trash for only ever providing airlines with crap yields!
65 Post contains images StarAlly : Some folks do and have the resources to spend. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those individuals. I can't even upgrade to E+ when given the option. lol
66 Post contains images Krje1980 : Coach traveller here as well! Then again, being a student with a small part-time job does not give me nearly enough money to travel in anything other
67 Door5Right : Don't be tempted - just book and go. Enjoy!
68 Post contains images Krje1980 : Door5Right: You're right. Maybe I should! I'll try and convince my wife
69 Post contains images LoungeLover : You're definitely not alone here! I fly coach for work, but fortunately only on short-haul. Anything exceeding 6hours and my company will pay for busi
70 Don81603 : As John Fogherty once sang... "Put me in Coach..." I can use the extra $400-$500 at my desitnation. I was bumped to first once on an AC DC-8 from YVR-
71 FantasticFlyer : Your NOT the only one ! Im glad I found this thread....i've lurked here for a while and it seemed as though it was mostly a board filled with First C
72 AerorobNZ : Unfortunately if they ask for it first, and receive the exit row at check in, then there's not much they can do at the gate because passengers are ve
73 777-200 : The only time I havent flown in coach was on Delta once, we had a buddy pass and we got upgraded to domestic 1st.
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