MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 16 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1496 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..
Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
Jeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1335 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1394 times:
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.
Osubuckeyes From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1371 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.
UALFAson From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1341 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.
"We hope you've enjoyed flying with us as much as we've enjoyed taking you for a ride."
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1733 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1306 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.
Amwest25 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1277 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.
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1733 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1027 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...
HPCMHPHX From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 891 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.
MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 16 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 880 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
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.
Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
HPCMHPHX From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 861 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.