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How Often Do You Fly In F/C?  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3011 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

How often are do you fly in F or C. Are you upgraded, non-rev, or full fare?

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User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Most of my travel is on Embraer Regional Jets or ATRs, so when I do travel on a mainline jet with first class (and the flight is over about 90 minutes), I do upgrade via elite upgrades or certificates.... amounts to about 1 in 4 segments (or about 90% of the flights I'm on that even have a FC cabin). I normally do 60-70 revenue segments a year.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

Never. I am a college student. And I can't justify (maybe ever, even after college) spending over $1000 additionaly dollars for a leather chair.

User currently offlineN757KW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 435 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

As a non-rev, I see first class on some occasions, maybe 1 out of 3 flights. As for business class, that has been almost non-existent. I fly mainly econo-box, and it is no fun on long haul Asian flights.


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User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Again as a non-rev I see f/c one in a while. Over the holidays I took 8 flights and one was in First (EWR-BOS).

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User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Almost never.

Did once back in late 80's. Got bumped up on an early, early Sunday morning flight out of Houston, as I was dressed nice, I guess. I was all by my lonesome in FC. Hardly anyone on the plane, anyhow.

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User currently offlineCadet93 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3590 times:

As an elite flyer fo CO I get Business First almost all the time.....it is a great perk for flying alot.

User currently offlineIluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3586 times:

Once on NWA - on Easter Sunday from MSP to DFW. There were FOUR (count them... 4) people on board. We each got our own row of First Class seats and our own flight attendant! They must have really needed that DC-9 in DFW!

The second time was on a Delta 757 on Sept 9, 2001. I wanted a window seat and the only one available was in F/C... upgrade for free! Only probem... I had to drive back to DFW from MSY!

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User currently offlineVSLover From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

generally, on AA and UA, i fly business where available or first, since I accumulated so many miles during my college years and use them mostly for upgrades. Now, with my job, I always have to buy last minute tickets at near full fare, when going on vacation and been upgraded about 2/3 of the time.

international, same story from having lived in singapore for many years, and SQ takes care of me and my family though we generally buy raffles class tickets and my mother is a PPS Club member, so at least 2 of the 4 of us are upgraded to first when space is available. When I lived in London, and now in NYC going to London all the time, I usually buy a premium economy ticket (on VS OF COURSE!  Smile), and always get upgraded (with one exception) but its probably more a function of my being a virgin flying club gold member, and only when flying with family have i "paid" for an upper class seat (though it was my parents who footed the bill). ba, i was upgraded once to club from world traveller on the 12 flights i have taken with them.

but to answer your question, i fly first or business about 6 times a month on average.

[Edited 2004-02-19 22:10:26]

User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

Quite a lot, actually. That's a perk of being 100,000+ mile Platinum Elite.

Occasionally when there's an obnoxious crowd up front, especially going into DCA (read that as congressional staffers), I'll elect to sit in the back. However, I've had Senator Dornenberger and the president of U.S.Gypsum as seatmates. They were both good talkers -- made the flights go fast.  Smile

User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

What anual mileage would an airline like AA or UAL use as a good reason for "automatic" upgrades...or priority handling, or how to call the special treatment?

Which transatlantic airline my be seen as the most generous? (just with maybe and if only........not meant as a discussion starter about upgrade policies or so...i do not need that, but when i can get it...here i am...)


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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Never, can't afford it at all. I have been upgraded to Economy Plus on UA, but that's as close as I've gotten.

User currently offlineB777FA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 3409 times:

Commuted for 7 years almost everytime in F class between JFK-GIG (767) and JFK-GRU-GIG (777).For that long of a flight or say on a trans-con Ill try to take F, and for shorter flights Ill just go in coach providing that its not a full flight.Usually though I like to non-rev in the back on empty flights and have as much room as possible.

User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1144 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

As a non-rev on Air Canada I see the big seat about 75% of my travels  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Most of the time I travel I am in Business and sometimes upgraded to First. Occassionaly short haul I fly Economy and these days I go for economy more often on short regional flights less than 4 hrs.

All my long hauls except one round trip was in Business and many occasions upgraded to First.

I am a fare-payer. Well not me who is forking out the $$, but I travel on a revenue paid ticket.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 3331 times:

Virtually never  Crying - for business travel my company lets us go J/C if the flight is more than 4 hours, so it does happen - but too rarely !

User currently offlineJfernandez From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

Never have - put my FF miles towards free tickets vs. upgrades. Then again, with AA making it cheaper, I just might have to...

User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

I've travelled business class in a longhaul flight just once. For some unknown reason, I was upgraded from economy to business. It was on Malaysia Airlines from KUL to LHR in 2000.

It was actually a relief because that was one of the last 744s that was still unequipped with personal tv in economy class. Cannot imagine my 13-hour flight without it!!!

I've been on first class just once, but it was nothing to shout about. I was a 30 mins flight from KUL to Ipoh. Instead of some cookies in economy class we got some sandwiches, big deal....

User currently offlineDghiggins From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Next week am due to start NBO/LHR/BKK/SYD/AKL/BNE/SYD/HKK/JNB/NBO - all in first except for the trans Tasmans which only offer J seats. Too many long hauls and too many sleepless nights makes paying for a proper bed worthwhile.

User currently offlineSr176 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

I fly about 25% in full fare C-class and never in F (unfortunately).

User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 5 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

A a non-rev, it would depend on the route and the type of aircraft I will be on. I do the DFW-MIA run on AA quite frequently. I'm more likely to "dress out" better if I am going to try for a first class seat on a 777 vs MD-80. I paid the extra service charges once and flew Business Class from AA), Japan">NRT-DFW on one of AA's MD-11's, worth every penny.

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User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2356 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

As a CO Platinum, I see F probably 90% of the time not including ERJ flights.

Cadet93, do you really get complimetary BF upgrades? That's pretty amazing, it's an awesome product. Rarely as a Platinum to I get op-upgraded to BF, I usually travel on awards or have my company pay for BF when I'm traveling long haul, which is fairly often.

User currently offlineRiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

Unless the answer is all the time, it's "never enough"  Smile

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

I like to pay as little as possible for my fares - and I wouldn't travel in business or first even if I was a billionnaire. It is, in my opinion, an unnecessary and avoidable waste of money. I'd rather travel 10 times in economy for the price of one trip. That, to me, is far, far better value.

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User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 591 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
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As a non-rev I have flown F/C many times but it is a lot harder now. With the free upgrades they are giving medallion frequent fliers, it is almost impossible to get up front unless it is the first flight of the morning. I looked up a flight a couple days ago out of BWI and the computer showed 23 pax checked in for 24 F/C seats. The upgrade list had 30 names on it! That means there were 30 medallions fighting for one F/C seat. On the plus side, I have not gotten bumped off a flight in a while.

On international flights I have been very very lucky. I have always been able get seated in business class. They usually oversell economy then move people to business. So I either get business or nothing at all.

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25 Dutchjet : I fly up front as often as I can, being CO Platinum Elite, I am upgraded most of the time on domestic flights (the new confirguation 757-300 that CO i
26 Sabena332 : I only fly in F or C if I get an upgrade or when my company pays, but sometimes, when it is a long flight, I also buy ID tix for C. Patrick
27 Post contains images APT : Just to be honest, I've never flown first class so far. Only economy for me and since I am a student and don't fly that often anyway, that will be out
28 Chepos : Only flown on Business once and it was an upgrade on TWA, SJU-MCO (summer 2000)- pretty good service. Chepos
29 AirframeAS : Flying Non-rev in FC from PHX to SEA is pretty difficult on AS and HP. But I did get a chance to fly FC from SEA to LAS but flew coach on LAS to PHX.
30 707437 : About 3/4 of the time I upgrade. I travel a lot on business and the upgrades come easy I prefer to fly out a day ahead for my meetings so I take the e
31 Dukebluedevil : Quite often-- Although I am a college student, I travel overseas to go home twice or thrice a year. My father's company pays for business class travel
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