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Old 08-11-2008, 01:30 AM   #41
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Thanks for all the responses. I agree on long flights FC makes sense. Since I live in the midwest, rarely do I have to go anywhere that takes more than 3 hours. But a couple of times I did take middle seats in Boeing 747s on flights to/from Asia, among crying babies and stinky feet, and staring at a screen that shows nothing but the earth and our current altitude. That was no fun!
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:53 AM   #42
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My wife and I travel internationally quite a bit for work and often fly business class on long (15+ hours) flights to Asia or Africa...otherwise you need to add a day or two recovery time on each end. On our own dime, we'll usually fly coach. When we use frequent flyer miles, we'll generally try for business or first....we have lots a miles and we're happy to use 100,000 miles for a $7,000 business class ticket to J'burg over 60,000 miles for a $1200 coach ticket (for an 18-22 hour flight). For our honeymoon last October we were able to fly first class on Lufthansa to Europe (100,000 miles for each $12,000 ticket), but that's the only time I was able to snag first class tickets to Europe (business class is pretty easy). Great champagne and fresh caviar...and they picked us up in a Maybach in Munich to transfer to our ongoing flight. Well worth it for our honeymoon; but not on a shorter, routine trip. When I accompanied my wife for a long weekend in Normandy (on her way to Africa) I used my mileage for a coach ticket on her non-stop (rather than a business ticket via detroit on a different plane).
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:14 AM   #43
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I use my frequent flyer miles to upgrade to First Class whenever possible. I was on an AirTran flight a few years ago and it was just $50 to upgrade to FC at the gate. Well worth it.
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:15 PM   #44
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We just got back from a trip to Australia and I am so relieved that we were able to go first class. Anyone who thinks that travelling long haul in economy is any type of fun are dellusional. Having said that, we were able to use points for our upgrade. If we had to pay, we most likely wouldn't, but then we probably would not go as frequently either. We accummulate airline points from our credit cards to give us the ability to upgrade and when we are booking, we always look for travel days where there is a lot of availablity in first class to up our odds of being able to upgrade.
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we always look for travel days where there is a lot of availablity in first class to up our odds of being able to upgrade.
That's one benefit of being semi-FIRE'd -- time and flexibility!
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Me! -Tomorrow, to Atlanta. Free FF upgrades both ways.
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