Stile4aly: Domestic First Class is basically the same as economy was pre-9/11 with the addition of slightly more comfortable seats and a free drink. I flew first for business earlier this year and was underwhelmed, particularly since the ticket cost about triple what an economy fare would have been.
stpauler: there are a lot of differences in Australian first class and American Business/First class apparently.
digistil: stpauler: there are a lot of differences in Australian first class and American Business/First class apparently.Not quite. You're comparing international first class to domestic first class. International business class (J) is miles above domestic first/business class both in terms of price (2-3 times more expensive) and experience. International first class is a moderate step up from international business in terms of experience, but is again a huge jump in price (again, 2-3 times more expensive than J). A few airlines offer another level above that: first class suite. Unfortunately, I don't know much about that.FWIW, very few airlines offer international first class and the majority of people that fly it fall into two categories:1. People flying long-haul very often and as a result, do a miles-for-upgrade when availability exists.2. People that feel the added privacy that (international) first class provides (over its business counterpart) is a good value.
stpauler: Sour grapes much? That said, there are a lot of differences in Australian first class and American Business/First class apparently.1) My SO is a million miler and platinum with Delta and almost always gets upgraded to business class.2) Who cares if something makes you look like a "tosser" to poor people?3) Boarding still allows families with young children and the elderly to board before first class.4) Skipping over the regional jets, most planes-at least in Delta's fleet, have the first class cabin ahead of the boarding door, so the economy folks don't have to walk past the "tossers".5) Domestic first class is still worth it. Not just for arm and leg room, but also for the fact that there are a lot fewer children up there. That alone is worth the price tag.6) I've seen just as many folks in economy leave their phones on after the door is shut as in first class. People act like entitled assholes regardless of their station on the plane.7) In first class, you can easily tell your flight attendant that you don't want to be disturbed and they'll remember that.8) Delta's first class does not compare to a lot of other airlines' first class areas. Even with the Westin Heavenly sleepers.
nocturnal001: People who can afford nicer stuff than me are tossers.Of course let's forget that only something like 17% of first class seats are actually paid for. The rest are free upgrades or points upgrades. Anyone who has ever been in first is a liar if they say they don't find it awesome. The instant "I'm better than you" feeling that you get is worth it just to understand how that happens to the wealthy their whole lives./frequent flier, mostly on Southwest these days those so no first class
ScreamingLemur46: Lately I've had to fly the DC-NY shuttle on a fairly regular basis. I have no idea why people bother with first class on that route. It's usually about a 50 minute flight and the main cabin is hardly ever half-full. The first calss section is always packed.
stpauler: Sour grapes much? That said, there are a lot of differences in Australian first class and American Business/First class apparently.
nocturnal001: Only people with blue slips (disability) board before first class.
RickyWilliams'sBong: I'm sure it's nice, but I'd much rather sit back in prole class and pocket the enormous savings for more fun stuff wherever I'm going.
PillsHere: Man, I wish we got champagne on arrival in American domestic first class. We get plastic cups of water instead. I haven't even been on a flight where they had champagne as an option. It's usually a choice between red or white wine (no choice on type). Then they'll have 1-3 beers maybe and some tiny liquor bottles. Either way, I don't drink on flights as I don't want to have to pee every half hour like some people do.It's of course better than coach for the seat size alone, but the "perks" in American domestic first class are minimal at best. Basically it's just a pass into the "faster" security line, access to their first class lounge IF they have one at that airport, early boarding, a nicer/bigger seat, a free meal of average to questionable quality, free drinks with a limited selection, a hot towel, and usually nicer/more attentive service (sometimes the FA is not that friendly but has to pretend to be).This is all for triple the price of a normal ticket if you are paying out of pocket so I'm not sure how worth it would be for people who can't really afford it or don't want to spend that kind of money which is why most people are upgraders anyway.
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