First time for everything. Booked 1st class.

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  1. dhammer53
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    In all the years that I'm flying for business (27), I never booked a first class seat. I've been looking at LGA/DEN.

    Coach on UA and other airlines are running in the very low $200's. I wanted to fly on Southwest, but they don't have an early morning flight to arrive mid-morning in DEN. UA does. After following fares for a while, I paid attention to the far right column on the website and noticed that LGA/DEN upfront was $308. For an extra $100, I don't have to wait out the upgrade list. Even as a MM'er, my upgrade percentages are running lower than they use to.

    Looking forward to eating on board instead of BOB.
     
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    The strategy begins to work ... .
     
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    Just took me a while to figure it out. ;)

    FYI, most flights are $641 to sit upfront.
     
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  4. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    How full was coach? If there had been desirable E+/exit row seats available, I personally wouldn't have paid $100 more for domestic F (on a purely transactional basis, not considering extra PQD, PQM, RDM). But then... I am cheap :)
     
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    For $100, I probably would do the F-UPSell as I'd earn double PQMs which means I would need to fly the "Brick" less this year though it's a shame it doesn't help the Million Miler count.
     
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    Of course, when I started paying my own airfares,
    F was about twice Y, and I figured in a few years I'd
    be able to afford at least FN (somewhere in between),
    but then deregulation happened, and the disparity
    became huge, and F fares skyrocketed, and that put
    paid to any notion I or most people would ever be
    able to afford such. Whic led to the emptying of the
    front cabins, which led to upgrade-based incentivization,
    which led to the disastrous UDU situation, which only
    recently has begun to be remedied, to the distress of
    some of us. A return to somewhat fair pricing for the
    premium services is sensible for them and beneficial
    to mid-tier and business consumers, which is where
    the airlines should have been putting their focus in
    the first place.
     
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    5 hour flight worth it, enjoy.

    $20.00 an hour, not a problem.
     
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  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I retired my PQM tracking spreadsheet for UA when I became a MM a couple of years ago :)

    $180 PQD last year :)

    I did track my elite qualifying miles on AS last year, but resisted the temptation to fly an extra 8000 miles to go from MVP to MVPG.

    I did pay for a TATL business class ticket last year on BA. The price was fair (IMO) compared to economy fares at the time.
     

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