ALTF4 wrote:Iluvtofly wrote:grbauc wrote:
This kind of thinking that air travel should be borderline free and that airlines are evil and shouldn't make any money makes me scratch my head sometime. I started traveling 24 years ago and airfares are close to the same and cheaper on lots of routes. I can fly FC to pretty much anywhere in the USA first class for under 1k. Small, medium and large airports alike.
Are you talking about domestic USA ....flying so called FC in the USA is nothing more than a pathetic joke compared to the rest of the airlines offering FC. A hamburger on a New York Miami flight is hardly what the rest of the world calls 1st class.
Wait, what? Have you flown FC elsewhere?
Europe: "Let's block a middle seat for the first three rows and call that first class"
Latin America: Many airlines don't even have FC
Asia: Old, tired FC hard product on most airlines I have flown there
So compared to "the rest of the airlines", Delta domestic FC is a joke? Great! Stay away and I'll keep enjoying the unlimited free upgrades as a DL Diamond.
I'd have to fully agree!
I could be wrong, but me it seems more like the typical senseless bashing of US based airlines. As a frequent flyer, I cannot help but notice just how poor the first/business class product is in most of Europe as well as in many other parts of the world. First class onboard most EU airlines is typically nothing more than just an economy class product with slightly better catering. Many airlines do not even have 1st class product to begin with. Besides, even on slightly longer flights (3 to 5 hours) most EU based airlines have no personal IFE even in first class. Whereas in economy class they charge hefty fees for seat selection and/or luggage. It is nothing to brag about by any stretch, and legacy airlines in Europe (and in a number of other places in the world) are often not a whole lot different from LCC, at least when it comes to short to medium haul flights. WOW air truly made travel much more affordable to many people. Hopefully Norwegian is here to stay and will not meet the same fate WW.