I don't fly "Y". Domestically, it isn't outrageously expensive . . . international it is prohibitively expensive . . .
Domestically, I'll pay for "F". International - it's a mileage upgrade. It balances out.
Last flight was on UA
. . . I can't imagine sitting in the back of a UIA A319 for 6 hours chugging along to DEN
, and then hopping on a CRJ for three more hours in Y to DSM
. The difference in ticket price was about $550US ($1335 F vs $785 Y). Absolutely worth it to me . . . .
Benefit 1: No wait at checkin - go to the "F" line.
Benefit 2: No wait for the TSA
idiots - go to the priority line.
Benefit 3: Wider Seat
Benefit 4: Decent Snack or a Meal
Benefit 5: Free Drinkies.
Benefit 6: IFE
Benefit 7: Less people using the F lav so it doesn't almost instantly become a pig sty.
Benefit 8: More overhead space.
Benefit 9: First on the plane.
Benefit 10: First off the plane.
Benefit 11: Priorty Baggage (ok, that's bullshit - but it's supposed
to be that way).
Benefit 12: Priority on reticketing for cancellations, etc.
Benefit 13: Better onboard service (usually), with 1 FA
for 8-10 seats, usually 2 FAs for 10-24 seats.
Benefit 14: "F" arrives same time "Y" arrives.
Each of those, in their own way, makes paying for F worth it every time for me.
[Edited 2006-03-11 23:36:11]
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