Having experienced every singal Premium Cabin in the UK charter business expect for Excel, which is a new service. I have the following opinions;
Thomas Cook +
This was good value for money as the upgrade was cheap (special offer, offered by travel agent wanting business). Free drinks, ammenity kits, upgraded meals, couple of cabin attendants for the 45 seats, extra baggage and select a seat. 34" Seat Pitch and 2 - 3 - 2.
My Travel PremiarGold
Again very good, this was at the time they were experiencing problems with the games on the IFE and it crashed a couple of times but apart from that very much the same as thomas cook, ammenity, free drinks, upgraded meals and extra baggage. 35" Seat Pitch and 2 - 3 - 2.
Im not too keen on Monarch Premium as a whole, dont get me wrong it was good, however the seating is 2 - 4 - 2 which is a scheduled airline config, no leather seats, free drinks, newspapers and meals as well as reserved seating. IFE was good, not as good as MyTravel and Thomas Cook but still existant. 35" Seat Pitch and 2 - 4 - 2.
Britannia Airways Premium
The distinct lack of acceptable personal entertainment isnt a problem for me but for passengers with yuong children it would be. There was a problem with the Seat back system, theybrought a few dvd players but not enough for everyone. Free drinks, upgraded meals, reserved seating, priority check in and extra baggage. 34" Seat Pitch and 2 - 3 - 2.
First Choice Classic Premium Longhaul - BEFORE UPGRADE!
This was the same as Britannia really the first few rows of the front cabin, mini entertainment systems, free drinks, meals reserved seating and generally the same as the rest. Seats were a little torn and in need of TLC. Seat pitch 34" and 2 - 3 - 2.
First Choice Premium Service Shorthaul
As previously mentioned the 4" extra leg room is welcomed on a flight to LCLK and the 2 free drinks, darker seats, no extra width, first 4 rows and extra luggage allowance were all great. 3 - 3
I think that premium cabins are worth the upgrade when they are less than £200, i no some go right up to £329 and that it just ridicous.
It seems to me that Tour Operators dont advertise there premium cabins very much, in most brochuers its just a small box at the bottom of the page. (First Choice the expection). If it were me i would have images on there and lots of information. Maybe even Testomonials.
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