UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3211 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.
BRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 18 Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3204 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.
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DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 14 Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3202 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.
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MSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3141 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.
Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3114 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
UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3108 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.
UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3105 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.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1428 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3098 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.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3051 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.