Is Economy Comfort/Plus Worth the Price?

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  1. rwoman
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    Is Economy Comfort/Plus Worth the Price?

    I did not see this posted...having spent many flights in DL's Economy Comfort (free for me), I think it's worth it. That said, the recline is better on some a/c than others. Of the many 764's I've flown, the one last night (BOS-LHR - N833MH) had really great recline...seemingly more so than the others.

    I like the fact this article does a cost breakdown and comparison.

    :)
     
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    I have to admit I think Delta got the pricing right at $40 each way. Seems to be a win-win for the PAX and for Delta.
     
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    Not me, but I think many like the free spirits. ;)
     
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    $40 for transatlantic sounds pretty cheap to me.
     
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    I thought it was more - it's based on length of the flight.

    DL Economy Comfort SITE

    Per the DL BLOG, cost ranges from $80-$160 per segment. It is free for PM/DM and discounted for GM/FO.
     
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    Yeah, stinks not being an elite and having to pay much more than $40 each way, but that's what the Amex Platinum airline benefit is for. . . :)
     
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    I think even Silvers get 25% off the price unless they withdrew that benefit this year.
     
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    That is still supposed to be correct. PM = free, DM = free, GM = 50% off, SM/FO = 25% off
     
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    one of the reasons we fly both UA/CO and DL is the economy plus seating. being a tall family, we need the extra legroom when we can't afford to upgrade/buy business or first class. it has made travel a lot nicer for us. elite status or not, i think it is well worth the extra cost.
     
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    Happiness is knowing you're going to have, at a minimum E+ on UA as an elite. And the bulkhead on most flights, and block that 'friendship" seat, makes it soooo much better. And all that available over head bin space. -- Life is good.
    Don't know that I would pay real $ for it though, hope I don't ever have to find out. :p
     
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    Flying on a discount economy BA ticket to London (mileage-earning, not a consolidator fare) last summer, tried to see what E+ would cost for the one way return trip. The additional airfare and fees were approximately $1800 above what I had already paid. For an extra few inches legroom. Idiotic...
     
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    Yikes! Delta's is definitely more reasonably priced. Does BA at least offer other benefits beyond just a few extra inches of pitch and a little more recline? Are the seats substantially more comfortable? Better meal service? anything?!
     
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    On BA, I think the premium economy product is more closely aligned to that on Air France - better seats, their own cabin (between Y and J), and the same food as Y.
     
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    I figured there had to be some larger distinction. Still not sure it's worth ~$1k or more... so I'm glad DL and UA/CO went with the "comfort" version that's truly just economy plus a little extra space and a more affordable price point.
     
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    I've only experienced premium economy on AF so far and it made a huge difference for me. I am generally miserable on TATL flights, don't sleep a bit, cold, uncomfortable. If I had to pay for the premium voyager on AF out of my own pocket above my regular fare (I fly for business) I certainly would. I was able to somewhat curl up in the seat and go to sleep... which I never get to do TATL. I usually arrive a full on zombie after a 8-12 hour flight. (I'm 5'6", normal sized girl, for reference on who fits in the seats)

    And yes, PV on AF is quite different from domestic EC. The seats are totally different. Hard shell seats that slide and recline, the seat in front of you never moves. More storage around you, footrests, separate cabin.
     
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    Hi all,

    I've posted pics of EC versus Y on the 764 to give an idea of the difference; thread is in the DL forum. I'm 5'3" to give some perspective.

    There's also a definite difference in the recline on most of the a/c I've been on.

    :)
     
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    Thanks for the pics! The difference does indeed look noticeable.

    I missed the time when UA used to hand out the Economy Plus seating to *A elites for free. The extra leg room was definitely appreciated since I'm 6'2".
     
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    I figured a comparison might be helpful. :)
     
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    My upgrade didn't clear on the way back flying OGG-SFO, but I didn't really mind at all. E+ is plenty of space, so all I missed out on was the food (and I still had F on SFO-SEA to look forward to for some free scotch).
     
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