Is it actually worth it to fly first class/business class?

@maezee (34471)
United States
September 28, 2009 10:15pm CST
This is probably my 5th discussion on flying today, but oh well! During my plane ride (for the first time!) I noticed that the first few rows on the 2nd plane .. had uber nice chairs and what looked like a little more leg room, compared to the economy seats that me and my sisters bought. of course, it was only an hour & a half long flight (from MSP to ORD), so I didn't mind being a little cramped. I also noticed that passengers with first class/business class tickets didn't have to wait in as long of a line, but other than that - what are the other amenities included with flying first class/business class? Have you ever flown first class? Does it really make a difference? How does it compare? And is it worth the difference in spending? Also, for an hour and a half long flight.. I really didn't care about how uncomfortable and unaccomodating my seat might be. However, on a longer flight, it might make more of a different. How long of a flight would it take for first class to actually be a really good idea? What do you think?
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• New Zealand
29 Sep 09
On the long haul flights I would think so. The only worse thing than being on a long flight is to be uncomfortable while doing it. So on the short 2-3 hour flights I don't think it is that bad to have a cheap seat bad meal and bad conditioning because we can really endure them if the flight is that short. If it's a flight with no stops and is like 10 hours. I definitely think first class would be a big weight off your shoulders.
@maezee (34471)
• United States
29 Sep 09
OK! That's what I'm thinking, toO. It really didn't make any sense for us to get first class for such a short flight. But 10+ hours sounds like those extra amenities would help make it more.. tolerable.
@xannebull (1806)
• Philippines
13 Oct 09
business class in planes offers more comfortable sitting to passengers and they pay at higher fare too, so if i am rich i would be sitting in a business class, since i am not rich, i would prefer sitting in an economy area to save money rather than spending it in an area where i can be comfortable for just a few hours.
@cherrc (666)
• Philippines
30 Sep 09
i really dont mind where i seat but for purposes of pampering myself once in a while, i take business class. i appreciate it only when i leave for the province because i can maximize its privileges like staying at the vip lounge in the airport, accessing the internet, taking advantage of lounge's chair massage and a buffet. but most of the time, i avail the promo tickets especially when i dont have luggages. besides, i only travel for 45 to 1 hour so no big deal. it will be impractical on my part to avail business class all the time coz i go to the province by plane very often. ΓΌ
@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
I don't think I'll ever voluntarily pay for a first class seat, but they can bump me up anytime. The only time I ever got to fly first class was that short flight from Madrid to Paris (I have much to say about AirFrance but that will have to be in another thread, lol). I made like an irate customer because their clerk closed his counter just when it was our turn (after we had waited a looooong time to get to the head) and we were in danger of missing our flight. I raved and ranted like your customer from hell and finally got bumped into first class (just myself - my companion ended up with sitting with the rest of our group). I didn't even realize I was in first class. We were rattling around in that small area behind the cockpit. I noticed the rows were more spacious and the food was extra good. My friend came up to me, claiming she was hungry. I showed her that I didn't even get to finish my food (diff types of cheeses, creme brulee, and whatnots) and gave the rest to her. They said they had something like saltines and a cup of juice, and then she said, "I think you're in first class. I had to pee and the attendant wouldn't let me use the bathroom here." Haha. I wish I had known earlier and really enjoyed the experience.
• United States
29 Sep 09
No first class for me even if I could afford it, I am a people person and I like to joke and laugh especially when I'm nervous. As for coach, well the people always seem friendlier and more pleasent then the ones upfront who seem to have there heads way far up there caboose. see where I'm going with this?
• United States
29 Sep 09
Yes!! I recently went on a trip to Europe in July. I flew economy and a really large fellow was right in front of me. This flight was 12+ hours and he reclined his seat all the way back. It came to the point that we had to ask him to move the seat back up so people in the window section could use the restroom because there was no way to squeeze through. The worst part of it was that his added weight made the seat drop even LOWER than normally. It was a very painful experience and one that I never intend to relive.
• United States
29 Sep 09
My feeling is that all the passengers get to the same place, no matter what seat they are sitting in. The cost difference just isn't worth it to me, as I couldn't afford to fly first class. Yes, sometimes the seats can get pretty cramped (esp. if I am sitting next to someone who is very large), but I get up and take a short walk down the aisle if my legs are hurting. It helps to choose an aisle sedat, so you can stretch out a bit.
@lkumarldh (142)
• India
29 Sep 09
i think flying in first class or buisness class does'n matter much. As except littl extra facilities there is nothing in it. So except wating money there is no difference in both classes.
• United States
29 Sep 09
I think if it is a short flight then it really doesn't matter. All this depends on a person's income. If they are filthy rich then why not fly first class even on a 30 minute flight. The not waiting in line is one perk. Another one is that the bathrooms are much bigger and nicer. Also in first class you have a wider range of menu selections. The food is also of a higher caliber than the food they serve in economy. I only flew first class once. It was really funny how I got the chance. I was flying to Doha, Qatar (a small little middle eastern country). There was this one male flight attendant who kept looking at me and asking me questions. He was also constantly checking to see if I needed anything. I thought this was strange, but didn't give it any further thought. After some time he asked me if I wanted to sit in first class because one of the passengers did not show up. I said sure why not. I wasn't going to pass up this opportunity. Later he continued doing the same thing, asking me questions and serving me hand and foot. Later I finally figured out why when he asked me where I was going. I told him to Doha, Qatar and he said that it was no fun there and that in Dubai there were better places for homosexual men. He was obviously into men and thought I was too, and was trying to pick me up. Thus ends my story on my first "first class" experience.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
29 Sep 09
I haver never tried flying on the first class seat but I would assume ten thousand dollars one way firt class has got to be worth it... spread out area, more than enough foot place, comfortable wider seat, better services, better food.... Thinking about a year ago, when I flew from Hong Kong to San Francisco... I was like dying in the crew... so crowded and uncomfortable...I think it would be nice to have an experience to fly in the first class, very very luxury expenses though.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
29 Sep 09
I only few in economy class. I don't know what difference it makes when you flyin a business class or first class. I can understand there is a difference if there is AC for one and no AC for the other, but I don't really undertand the difference in this case.I am planning for a trip in train. My husband wants me to book the tickets only in 1st AC, which it 5 times expensive compared to normal class.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
29 Sep 09
I never had boarded first or business class in aircraft. But I guess for long flights they are really comfortable. I have heard they also give better food.Plus the acre is also great. But other than that, its of no use.
@maximax8 (28875)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 09
I always buy economy class tickets. One time I did get a free upgrade to business class and I appreciated it. The seat was a lot more comfortable. The service was excellent. The cabin staff really looked after their business class passengers. I am very keen on traveling so like to keep most of my money for that. As long as I am traveling on a high quality airline I am happy. I have to get a window seat in economy class. I haven't ever been in first class. It would be a waste of money. I think if someone flew for a duration of 24 hours first class would be relaxing and extra comfortable but could they justify spending that much money.
@milkcow (99)
• China
29 Sep 09
I fly economy most of the time, sometimes business, and rarely, first class. There's definitely a difference. If your flight is an hour & a half long, your lucky, you didn't need to experience a 10 or 12 hour flight. I flew economy class recently from Cape Town to Shanghai via Dubai, 9 hours on the first flight, 3 hours at the airport and another 8 hours on the second flight, a total of 20 hours, it was way uncomfortable. On another occasion, I flew business class from Johannesburg to London, 11 hour flight, but quite comfortable thanks to the larger seats and entertainment. And I also got the opportunity to fly first class from Cape Town to New York, very expensive and long flight, but not that tiring or uncomfortable. It's depends on your budget, if you can afford possibly paying 10 times more for first class, then it will be worth your while.
@flaredust (728)
• Indonesia
29 Sep 09
I seldom took business because most of my flight just for 1.5 hours or 2 hours. But sometime I took the business when that chair is the only ticket left . In my experience business class have some advantages, like you said we can go in first, have wider space in front of our chair, and some even give us better meal plus free newspaper. Compared to the price I think it is not too worthy pay much for business class if our flight is a short flight.