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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

I've never flown on HP. Within the last year or so, I started hearing some really good things about them so I decided to give them a shot this summer (instead of Delta or United). I'll be purchasing a First Class ticket for my flights, so I'm curious about their First Class product. Does anyone have any insight or experience with them? Any info is appreciated..
Thanks


Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
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User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

It's not that great, Just drinks and I think a sandwhich. Might as well fly coach


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User currently offlineSunValley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

I recently flew their first class from PHX-SJD and return. While it was a very nice flight, the amentiies include a leatherseat, more leg room, and free liquor served in a plasstic glass.

User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

MD11LuxuryLinr,

Where will you be flying from, and where are you flying too? I have never flown on HP, but the reason why I ask is I think that on there transcontinental flights they do offer full service in first class.



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineOsubuckeyes From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 765 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

Two years ago I missed my connection to phx at cmh from bdl and I was traveling as a UM and they put me in first class for free, as you could imagine I being 12 then was very happy. First they gave us southwestern corn chips salsa and fruit. Then we had a choice of eggplant and pasta ( I chose pasta.) Before the pasta we were served a salad, and after we were served a sunday with some kind of wierd ice cream. Theyhad real glass for the drinks and real silverware. After dinner we got hot towels and anything else we needed. There was good IFE, very comfortable seats, and lots of legroom. This was on an A320.

Another time on the Ohio 757, our family of four, we all were upgraded for free due to wieght issues I'm guessing, not sure though. We had silverware and a choice of 5 things for breakfast. and it was nice. I dont remember this that well because it was 6 years ago when I was only 8. Both flights were phx cmh.

[Edited 2004-04-05 06:31:44]

User currently offlineUALFAson From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Yeah, where are you going? That will make a huge difference.

I just flew HP for the first time myself, LAX-PHX-DFW r/t. Nice leather seats in F, but just beverage service--same as Y.

Interestingly, both ways I was offered the opportunity to upgrade to F for a nominal fee when I used the self check-in machines. If I hadn't already paid an outrageous last-minute fare, I would have done it. If your flights are fairly short, you might consider flying Y and hoping/risking you can purchase an upgrade.

BTW, service was okay, considering they were all short flights. My old college roommate is a FlightFund Preferred and he says HP's service is usually average--never great, but never really bad either.



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

Well, HP first class is not really that excel, but is average. You get a nice leather seat with more width and legroom (36-7"), and gets free drinks. There will be a "snack" service on flights longer than three hours -- the full hot meal is no longer offered. On transcon or PHX-JFK/East Coast flights, you get a choice of two cold plates, and then a cookie or a pie. The beverage is still offered in real glasses on longer flights. I heard that hot pockets are served lately... but not really a "meal" if you know what I mean.

For short flights, they are fine -- drinks are served in plastic cups, but complimentary alcoholic beverage.

Service has been fine actually -- better than five years ago. They are pretty good with serving beverages... I guess some F/As feel bad for the so called "meals" served in first class.

If you are flying transcon, some major airlines have matched HP's first class fare, especially in "A" class. For example, both DL and NW offered a $310OW/$620RT between LGA and LAS. AA offered an "A" fare for $1000RT between West and East Coast via DFW. AA and UA also offered a "D" discounted business class fare of $1000USD on the premium transcon flights between LAX and JFK. I think Air Tran and Spirit both offer a "business" class service that is pretty similar with HP without the cold plate... only snack mixes... but the price may be cheaper.

Carfield


User currently offlineAmwest25 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

" All purchased First Class fares receive the benefits of First Class including more room and expanded in-flight service, plus the additional benefits of America West Club access on the day of travel and a 50% Elite qualifying FlightFund mileage bonus. FlightFund miles can be used for Award travel to more than 300 destinations on five continents.

These additional benefits are only available to customers who purchase a First Class fare and are not available to those customers who upgrade their coach ticket to First Class 30 hours to 30 minutes prior to departure. Learn more about our First Class Upgrades.

These fares are great for business and leisure travelers who have told us they’re looking for an airline that can make flying First Class affordable. Most major airlines have a difficult time offering affordable First Class because their cost structures won’t allow them to do so profitably, and most other low-fare carriers can’t offer it because they simply don’t have First Class cabins"

"America West serves complimentary meals to customers in First Class on domestic flights greater than three hours that depart between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. For a complete list of cities with First Class meal service, please review our map below."

from the America West website.

HP first class is better then AS first class in my opinion and no other low fare carrier offers first class and the benefits that go along with it as you can see above. I would say go for it just having the larger seat is well worth it.


User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

Thanks guys. I will be flying PHL to SLC. The routing will be PHL-PHX-SLC-PHX-PHL. Equipment should be A320-732-733-A320. Thanks for the input.

 Wink/being sarcastic



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6085 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

I flew first class back in July '03, and we were served pasta and such, with a salad, roll, soup to start, and dessert. This was on the PHL-PHX leg.


Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offline737captain From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

My last flight in HP F was very enjoyable, flew MKE-PHX on the morning flight. I was served cereal, an assortmant of fruit, a crossaint, OJ and milk. Not bad IMO
Cheers



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Well I have to disagree slightly with the comment that Alaska F is worst than HP first. I think AS F is definitely better, even with the cutbacks lately. At least, on ANC-SEA and transcon flights, you still get a nice hot meal on mealtime flights... and the seats are almost comparable between AS and HP.

I like AS F/As better in general...

Anyway, America West first class is a fair product and I just read the part about access to America West Club. That must be nice...

Carfield


User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1625 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

I'm flying HP first class in June, and understand that you can use the NorthWest lounge in SFO.

(just popping over to LAS for a few days  Smile )

Can anyone confirm this - and is it any good?


User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

Very Comfy seats...whats up with PLASTIC glasses in FC?? On the ground no problem but inflight...thats a joke!


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User currently offlineHPCMHPHX From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1433 times:

Are you really paying for food? Is that why you want F? Come on, the only reason to fly F class is for more comfort, and maybe the free headphones and liquor. If your flying for the food, your just sad IMO.

As far as HP F class goes, it's comfortable. That's the only way to sum it up. In-flight service depends on the FA's. All airlines have good ones and bad ones. I see going F PHL-PHX, but it's not really needed PHX-SLC, too short of a flight. Buy the coach seat and upgrade the PHL-PHX-PHL legs.


User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

..."Are you really paying for food? Is that why you want F? Come on, the only reason to fly F class is for more comfort, and maybe the free headphones and liquor. If your flying for the food, your just sad IMO."...

I really hope you're not directing this comment to me  Big grin

I fly First for comfort.. the leather seat, leg room and such. I never posted anything about food or alcohol. That was done by other members. Calling me or anyone in this thread 'sad' for spending their own money in a way they feel fit is your own shortcoming.



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User currently offlineHPCMHPHX From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

MD11LuxuryLinr: That wasn't directed at you. People can do whatever they want with their money. I just think it's sad that they complain about food service. Is it that hard to go 3 hours w/out food? It is an airline and not a restaurant.

User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

..

Fair enough, HP. I agree with your view that the airlines are not restaurants..

..



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