Originally Posted by obobskivich
I last flew something like 5-6 years ago, and there was an option for first-class. I thought about it, but passed - because I picked a rear-ish window seat I boarded with the first-class people, and honestly don't see the point in spending more money to get the same service (there's actually a whole body of research on the airline industry and the concept of selling the EXACT same service for double the price and how people will go along with it just fine). You get there at the same time in the same condition.
I would argue that it isn't the same condition at all. The extra space and better accommodations make for much more comfortable travel, if you're in the air for more than 4 hours. In First Class/Business Elite you really can sleep as well as you would in a regular bed, have access to individual climate controls, can move around with ease, and often have better entertainment (like first run films). It is a much better service. But, is it worth paying 4-5x the price? That answer is largely relative, because $3,000 to a Fortune 500 exec is an evening's bar tab, whereas for most, that much money is a couple's entire vacation budget.
I usually do go FC/BE, but I pay for Business or Eco-Comfort, that's an AmEx upgrade perk for the Centurian card (and I think with the Platinum too). Otherwise, I'd probably just stay with the mid-level service, because I think it's a great value. More room than Economy/Coach, the same dinner as First Class (for a couple bucks more), and included wine and/or beer. Another reason is that I'm moderately claustrophobic, and after a while, economy seating makes me want to go on a murderous rampage. Looong ago, the first time I visited London, I flew transatlantic between two people who must have weighed >350lbs each. I'm not a small guy and I was literally wedged between them, 3 hours into the flight I almost had a full-on panic attack, I had to do the "place your head between your knees and breath into a bag" thing. Luckily, the crew was incredibly nice and for the remainder of the flight they let me sit in the cockpit jumpseat. That was awesome because I was allowed to wear a headset and the pilot told some... interesting (re. off-color) stories all the way to England.
Oh hell. I was looking through the local sales listings and saw a truly bad-ass ride.
"1997 Acura NSX, LoveFab Stage-2 twin-turbo, var. boost 6-15psi (350-680bhp
), ARK independent coilover adjustable suspension (with electronic ride-height adjustment), touch screen boost/fuel management display (DVD and USB interface), 328mm Brembo disk brakes, etc. etc." the whole car has been rebuilt and upgraded from the ground up. *drool*
Sweet god almighty, I'm absolutely calling this guy. Edited by Magick Man - 10/29/12 at 6:30am