Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
Have you, not for business, ever bought, out of your own pocket, a longhaul first class or a Concorde ticket. These tickets being for trips for your own pleasure, when you paid. I don't mean you got an upgrade, I mean you actually paid for the full first class ticket or Concorde ticket. Was it worth the money?
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25292 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
The short answer to your question is yes. I've bought First Class and Concorde, as my choice. I've been lucky in my life, and it's a perk I gave myself as a present.
Is it worth it? Mostly not. Sure, First Class on Qantas and Singapore is terrific, but not when it's your own money - depending on how much money you have.
Concorde is something else. Concorde is worth every dime of it. I did it once, and I won't do it again (it's just too expensive), but it is amazing.
You go through the sound barrier (no big deal, except that you're doing it). You get to see the curve of the earth. You get to see the blackness of space up above you.
And the landing? That is really something, maybe the best part. Those engines that took you to mach 2 go into reverse thrust and the plane vibrates with incredible power. A couple of Texas guys on my flight were yelling out: "Yeehaw!"
Do it one day. It's something you'll remember all your life.
YWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2750 times:
Norevenue passengers (like myself) rarelty get buisness elite on AC, becuase Air Canada's rule is that you have to fill the back up with people, like the higher priorities, and then the buddy pass people end up in buisness! The only thing that would get me into 1st class is a full economy section, a winning lottery ticket, or an Department Of Defence with Air Cadets trip
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
Never bought a first class ticket, but have been upgraded a few times as a compensation. (once for a delay due to the fog in DXB... the second time due to a check in agent mistake...)
Yes , it is a great experiience. I remember the taste of some wines, my personal DVD player, with a great choice of movies.
And the bed !!! First time I can really sleep on board a flight !! When you arrive, you feel the difference.
If one day I have enough money, it will be my choice for long flight (over 09 hours). And only if it is a real business class, not a "business/first". I remember my september flight CDG-STL with TWA. It was a business class seat, below the average (compared to AF, BA, SR, LH,...) But the price was really close to first class !!!!!
Luckily for me , this time, my company paid the ticket !!!
Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
NW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2630 times:
747-600X, since I am a Gold Elite with Northwest (fly 50,000 miles or more per year) then you can get an upgrade everytime you fly with them or Continental, three days before departure. Or you can be a Silver Elite (25,000 miles or more per year) also get them everytime you fly, but only 1 day before departure.