Good afternoon and Happy New Year to everyone.
Well, I never gave myself "Seat 1a" due to its ease of rememberance....
I have been there and done it.... but with responsible budgeting rules.
First, I have flown numerous times in Qantas First Class in the early nineties when they still had the Weber seats and the old Canadian First Class service, both over the pacific naturally.
I have only paid a full P-Class fare once, it was my innaugural Qantas flight from AKL-SYD-AKL aboard 747-SP "AB". The flight and experiance was magical as I had wanted to travel to Australia for years and this was the only way to properly introduce my time there. If you are curious, it cost me $1300.00 AUD.
Since that "born again" experiance, I have sat in a F/P seat about 25 times..... I cannot recall ever paying for a full fare ticket but rather a discounted ticket for what ever the reason was.
First reason, this allowed me to stretch MY dollar and take more trips rather than a lessor number and still get First class service. (great for FF points too!)
Second reason, (this comes from experiance) First Class really is not worth the premium fare considering other options. Let me say that again... OTHER OPTIONS!
Do you know where that fare goes... it goes towards million dollar executive bonuses, ivory tower head offices and airline self-congratulation. (I have lots I can discuss on this but will hold back)
Now, large seats and free booze and decent well catered meals are fine, but everyone of us in the forum, I think should look at only one enhanced product!
Can you guess? Of course you can....!
Business Class! (try and get a deal as well) always remember... THIS IS YOUR MONEY! Similar to what was said earlier on.... "you arrive a nano-second later than First Class". And you know what, you do... and that's it. Where are you going to go now that you blew your money on the flight... are you going to go to a hostel and budget inn?
Not me.... I am going to take my savings and stay at a Four Seasons, Ritz, or something similar and enjoy my holiday.
I am taking my fiancee to Honolulu in Feb./00
We are going in the back so we can have a bang up time at the best hotel and drink/eat the best.... rather than spend 4 times more per ticket which will last about 7 1/2 hours each way.... guess what.... that will give me ten times the savings that would put us in a first class hotel for 6 nights with all the trimmings.
Here is a hint for everyone.... pick one global partnership (i.e. Star Alliance) Then stay with them in the back and maybe a little bit up front with consious financial planning, work up the miles and qualify for Gold or Presidential membership.
You know how great a feeling it is to hold an economy boarding pass and be a member of the airline lounge and all the partnership associated lounges along with the numerous perks that one gets... INCLUDING FREE UPGRADE CERTIFICATES!
I am an Air Canada Elite Gold member.... I have qualified once again for 2000 and not once in 1999 did I pay a full fare J or F ticket... AND I WILL NOT.... BEEN THERE, DONE IT! I have sat up front in 1999, but on my upgrades and using points... that's what they are there for!
Here is good planning if you want service up front and a warm holiday...
Air Canada from edmonton to Bermuda via. Toronto
Special Business class fare with Sat, night stay is about $1100.00 CDN ($750.00 USD)
Flight is 3 1/2 - 4 hours to Toronto and 2 1/2 - 3 hours to Bermuda, same return... all in business class.
Now... here is you... sitting next to me!
Edmonton to Toronto with Sat. night stay will be about $2600.00 CDN... keeping in mind you just want to do some flying and a little bit of plane spotting.
Says everything doesn't it! You just have to look for them.... I have booked the above flight less than three weeks before going... so it is not one of these "1 seat in the inventory scenarios".... simply put, "it's the market"!
Anyway.... I am getting long in the tooth....
If you have a sugar daddy out there or just won the lottery.... darn right.... sit in First.... but before that, use common sence first and research every angle!