hartsfieldboy
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Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 8:52 am

I was checking out Virgin Atlantic flights from JFK to LHR, not because I'm planning a trip, I'm just curious, because Virgin is the #1 airline I'd like to fly one day.

Anyway, the cost between these two cities for Economy Plus was about $2200 and for Economy a scant $600. Virgin says that Plus has better seatback tilt, wider seat and free champaigne. But is it really worth it? That's a good $1600 difference. Is Plus pretty much like a Business Class, or glorified Economy and isn't really worth it? I'd like to hear some opinions.
 
EWRvirgin
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 9:06 am

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There is a big difference between Premium and regular Economy in terms of leg room and overall space. Whether its worth the price difference is wholly a personal choice. Its a superior seat to regular Eco. but with the same "service" as Eco.
 
VS11
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:38 pm

The difference in the prices reflected the difference in demand for those classes for that flight on that day - not the difference in the actual prices. Airlines use yield management which prices tickets according to demand for a particular flight and a class. to check the actual difference,pick up a date far in the future and then check prices for then the available fares would be most likely the cheapest.

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VS11
 
hartsfieldboy
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 1:32 pm

VS11- I did that, I picked a date in October, and the price was the same as a flight tomorrow.
 
RightWayUp
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 5:13 pm

Ewrvirgin, those seats are actually Upper Class seats!
 
richardw
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 5:49 pm

for restricted premium economy fares check www.deckchair.com and also check www.ba.com as a comparator.

BTW The pick doesn't look Upper Class
 
RickB
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 5:52 pm

If you look at the picture - you can see the premium economy seating just behind the upper class seats (the 2-3-2 section - before it gets to the 2-4-2 economy section).

RickB
 
richardw
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 6:01 pm

The pic is of a Virgin Airbus A340. Probably quite old, I thought new upper class has brown leather seats?
 
BFS
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 9:50 pm

Personally, I wouldn't pay such a huge supplement for any Premium Eco class on any NYC-LON flight - it is a reasonably short hop and a good economy service like BA or VS is fine IMHO. I would probably pay it if it was a much smaller premium, and would definately entertain the idea on a 10hour+ flight, but when I flew JFK-LHR it was shorter than my Airtours flight from Cyprus to Belfast! No thanks...
 
richardw
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Thu Jul 18, 2002 9:57 pm

Sometimes premium economy is available for a supplement of £150, definitely worth it on a 6 hour plus flight.
 
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RE: Differences In Virgin Econ/Econ Plus?

Sun Jul 21, 2002 11:26 am

Richardw - that photo shows the current (new) Upper Class configuration.

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