doulasc
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What Is K(Thrift Class) Compared To Y(coach) Class

Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:39 am

I was looking at Pan Am's timetable from 1969 and 1973 and shows flights from JFK-SJU are
F/K. The K meaning thrift class. What is the diiference between Y-Coach class and K-Thrift Class?
I think American Airlines and Eastern's flights were also F/K to SJU.
 
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RE: What Is K(Thrift Class) Compared To Y(coach) C

Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:19 am

IIRC, they were a fare basis where Coach may have meant prime time day flights and Thrift was for the lower fares on less desirable night flights or multi stop flights.... In the earlier days when prop planes were running alongside jets on similar routes, Thrift fares were frequently lower if you flew the DC-6 vs. the 727.
 
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RE: What Is K(Thrift Class) Compared To Y(coach) C

Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:29 am

Quoting crownvic (Reply 1):
IIRC, they were a fare basis where Coach may have meant prime time day flights and Thrift was for the lower fares on less desirable night flights or multi stop flights...

Not quite. On Pan Am, Thrift class was just economy class with no meal service. On routes with Thift Class (mainly SJU and HNL if memory correct) it was offered on all flights. To/from SJU there was no regular Y class during that period, only First and Thrift class. In 1969, the difference between Y and K class fares to HNL was $10 each way.

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