AAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4353 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.
N757KW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4312 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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Iluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4274 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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VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1901 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4248 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! ), 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.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4219 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.
Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4161 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...)
B777FA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4097 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.
Dghiggins From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3971 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.
N276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3898 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.
CODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2618 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3841 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.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19484 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3832 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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DAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3802 times:
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.
"I love mankind. It's people I can't stand." - Charles Shultz
: 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
: 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
: 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
: Only flown on Business once and it was an upgrade on TWA, SJU-MCO (summer 2000)- pretty good service. Chepos
: 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.
: 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
: 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