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How Many A.netters Here Fly Economy Regularly?  
User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

I've read lots of trip reports and browsed lots of threads, and maybe it's just me, but it seems like most people here fly business class or better.

Is it just me? Does anyone fly economy regularly? I know I do; NGO > BOS on JAL 1st class would cost me over $10,000!!!  faint 

Sorry if I sound dumb, but does joining these frequent flier programs help a lot? Does it make it more affordable to fly business class, etc?

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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

I've always flown on economy tickets. Sometime's they're higher fare classes (less-retrictions) than others, but they're always in economy. The only time I'm in First (or Business) class is if I use miles or another form of upgrade-certificate to upgrade.

User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3816 times:

The answer is frequent flyer programs, as they really do help. I always fly on low coach fare classes, and have had the fortune of only flying C or F in the past year or so, including internationally. Find a good FF program, fly a lot, and stay loyal to it.

User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3814 times:

Joining the FF programs does help. I fly DL out of ATL because they give me the best options for when I want to fly somewhere. When on business I usually buy the unrestricted or slightly restricted Y ticket. A lot of times that gets me the upgrade into F at the time of purchase. If I don't get the upgrade at purchase I almost always get it when my window opens up 72 hours or so before the flight as a Gold Medallion.

I get the higher fare tickets mainly because I almost always have to switch my return flight because of a late meeting or something and I don't want to be at the bottom of the list for standby or pay a huge amount to confirm me on the flight with the fare difference sinc the lower fares are usually sold out by that time.

Luckily my company allows us to fly business class when going overseas. That helps a lot when you're expected to be in the office the next day after arrival and hit the ground running. I've never found business class affordable if I'm paying for it and usually use miles to upgrade to it on personal trips or just get the ticket outright with miles. I do have the Amex Platinum card and I need to use the flight benefits with it. If I buy an C or J class ticket on certain airlines I get a companion ticket as well in the same class. Now just to figure out where to go with the little lady.



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3813 times:

Dont worry, I also do get jealous sometimes, though I am happy with what I get and dont want anything more

Regards

Always economy to me



Hmmmmm....
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

All my flights (YX's Signature Service 717s being the sole exception) have been Economy/Coach Class.


"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

I fly Economy on most of my flights. The only Business class I can fly is Aer Lingus' Premier Class and that's nothing special. Big grin

User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Quoting TimePilot (Thread starter):
Does anyone fly economy regularly?

i always fly economy. I'm in college and i cannot afford anything else.. I got bumped up to bizfirst on CO 3 times (TLV-EWR).. the route that i fly about 10 times a year if not more.


User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 7):
i always fly economy. I'm in college and i cannot afford anything else

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Even if I could afford otherwise, I would rather spend the $$$ at my destination than getting to my destination.



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User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

Mostly economy here, as most flights out of MSN are longer flights on RJ's. The exception would be Midwest's Signature service 717's out of MKE, or the NW routings from here via MSP to the west coast, where I can usually get a pretty good fare or upgrade for F for all flight segments. NW's F is significantly cheaper than most of the other majors, at least out of MSN most of the time, and they fly mostly mainline jets here with an F cabin.

User currently offlineViper911 From Russia, joined Oct 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

Same here, I fly economy most of the time, im still at High-School so i dont have so much $.

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 8):
Even if I could afford otherwise, I would rather spend the $$$ at my destination than getting to my destination.

Totally agree  Smile


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Never flown anything but economy! Big grin

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6451 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

During the last 20 years or so I have only flown on economy class - or single class on LCCs.

My company only made $19 billion profit last year. We can't afford business class. We all fly economy, or LCC, or our own biz jets when that's more practical.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3726 times:

NWA has the best loyalty program out there for domestic flights -- I'm platinum, and if I am not upgraded on a mainline flight, I get 1000 additional miles. that of course doesn't count on the Mesaba RJ's

Internationally, NWA beats KLM on a cheap ticket, and KLM within Europe is really silly with it's upgrades -- upgrade to 'what' is the question

Continental is my favorite airline, best coach and best first class product domestically (including all of NA), but i'v enever tried them overseas


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3720 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 13):
NWA has the best loyalty program out there for domestic flights -- I'm platinum, and if I am not upgraded on a mainline flight, I get 1000 additional miles. that of course doesn't count on the Mesaba RJ's

That may be true for you since you're top-tier, but for lower-tiers on a complimentary upgrade system (US, DL, and CO also have these) it really sucks.

AA and UA have a threshold: every 10,000 miles you fly gives you 4 500-mile upgrade certificates. Than you can use these certificates based on the distance of the flight (in miles) to upgrade. I think these threshold-systems are the best- it makes sure those who REALLY fly alot get upgrades, not just those who do maybe 2 Asia trips, than are always getting complimentary upgrades whenever they fly.


User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

lol - I fly about 160 segments a year, well over 100,000 miles -- I do think I deserve the upgrades

User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3717 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 15):
lol - I fly about 160 segments a year, well over 100,000 miles -- I do think I deserve the upgrades

haha.. I know you do. I was just talking about the lower-tier elites, who possibly fly all the time but it's only short routes so they don't get a ton of miles, but still have to compete with people who have done just like two roundtrips to Asia.


User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 13):
NWA has the best loyalty program out there for domestic flights -- I'm platinum, and if I am not upgraded on a mainline flight, I get 1000 additional miles.

Since when has this been a benefit? Is it published?


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

I fly economy all of the time out of Tucson. Most of my flights are on WN. When I do have the opportunity, price usually scares me away. The few times I have flown Business or FC were paid for by others.

User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3706 times:

I have never flown anything other than economy in my life. Never been upgraded to first or even business class. The best I have ever done is an exit row. Oh well, I am not that rich.


From YVR
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Reply 17):
Since when has this been a benefit? Is it published?

They started it in 2004 (along with Platinum Companion) and yes, it's a published benefit. But I'd take the upgrade over the 1,000 miles any time.

I do end up in coach sometimes -- even on longhaul -- but I try and avoid it. To answer the OP's question, one of the best uses of miles (in my book) is to upgrade from coach to business.

Steve


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

I've always flown economy. I have enough NW miles for a one-way upgrade, but I figure I'll wait until I have 25,000 miles and wait for a free round-trip. Actually, for my last itinerary, MSP-DEN-PHX on F9, my mom actually offered to upgrade me to first class, which was unfortunate since F9 is all-economy.

User currently offlineEdelag From Mexico, joined Dec 2005, 331 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

I most regularly fly economy, but I did get one time a free upgrade from economy to business on a BA flight from MEX-LHR.


It's not just the destination, it's the journey.
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

only on non-rev flights I had the chance not to fly in Eco.....


Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Always fly C....rather spend the extra on my destination. But loyalty gets you bumped up, SOMETIMES-now rarley, huh?  boggled   butthead 

25 MrCraigDav : I fly economy usually. I have travelled quite a bit with BA on business, but Club Europe is just like economy anyway, apart you get on and off first.
26 Post contains images Ncfc99 : The only time I am in business class is when I am on the way to economy class.
27 Highpeaklad : I always travel economy class. I also join every FF programme I can eg Emirates so that you can pre select your seat, Gulf Air for the extra 10kg bagg
28 Post contains images Checo77 : I always fly economy class, since I like it!!! I love people so I have no problem flying economy. You are not the only one Adam
29 Alphafloor : I economy and business from time to time, but mostly economy. Cheers, Alejandro
30 Hoppe777 : Well you have to fly alot to get business class awards, a few transatlantic flights atleast to have the option. Then if you want to upgrade you have t
31 IBERIA747 : I have flown at least 200 times, and have only flown on F/C twice. The first time I was upgraded to First Class on a Delta flight (ATL-GUA on a B737-8
32 Post contains images YYZflyer : I always fly economy unless it's not really expensive
33 Post contains images TimePilot : I'd love to fly JAL Business, but like I mentioned earlier, it's WAY too expensive. Twice the price of an economy ticket I believe, which would put it
34 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : OK, I'll bite. I'm fortunate enough to fly business class most of the time, I don't hate economy it is just better in Business or First. Although not
35 RoseFlyer : I rarely pay first class or business class, but do fly them sometimes. I always book economy for domestic flights. Since I am a UA elite, I get some u
36 Post contains images SW733 : I ALWAYS fly economy...never seen anything but, except once when I was bumped up on a short MCI-ORD flight. I agree, though, it seems like a ridiculou
37 Safs : I have never flown anything but economy and I don't have a problem with doing so, although it would be nice to experience the front of the plane one d
38 Post contains images Joffie : You could always fly Virgin Blue and sit in 1F Anyway, i always fly cheap class because i like to see the wings
39 Post contains images Safs : Haha the cheapest first class in the skies! If only the service was the same!
40 RoseFlyer : I think a large part of that is people are more vocal about flying first class. For someone that flies both, they are more likely to write a trip rep
41 Post contains images TimePilot : I've used to fly SwissAir business class frequently when I was younger. That was cool (I haven't flown them since they became Swiss.) I flew 1st class
42 Post contains images Cactus739 : I've only flown first class once in the past many years.....it was nice but I wouldn't spend extra money for it. Besides...most of my travels are on S
43 Post contains images Daleaholic : I have only ever flown in economy, maybe some luck sweet talking the check in person next time I fly?
44 Danairbus : I have always flown in economy. First class is just more money that economy.
45 AlexPorter : It's probably better than 1A in a CRJ at the bulkhead!
46 Kdm : I always fly economy unless the flight is greater than 8 hours then it is business. Over the past 18 months I have got 400,000 miles on SIA's krissfly
47 Fanofjets : My thoughts precisely. Flying and going to a new destination are exciting rewards in themselves; I don't mind giving up a little leg room and the com
48 Icarus75 : I've flown business twice while I was working for a company on CDG-HKG-TPE-HKG-CDG with CX. After that, I've only flown Economy even for loghauls like
49 Flyboy36y : I almost allways buy Y and upgrade. I've bought J a few times but I seldom fly Y....
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