Memories of Frequent Flyer Days of Old --Experiences No Longer Available

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  1. ORDflyer
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    The younger members will scoff, but I thought it might be fun for the old fogies around here to wax elequent about experiences they had that will never bve repeated because of the cost cuts, route changes, and general decline of standards of airlines. I will start with these:
    1. Air France first class in mid-1980's, ORD to CDG, sure the seats did not lie flat, but I will never forget the purser coming down the aisle with the hand carved chateaubriand, getting one our, rejecting at as he shought it was substandard, and going to get the extra one they had in reserve;
    2. AA in the 1980's LAX to SYD, at that time the world's longest scheduled flight. In First Class as well;
    3. TWA in 1972 from IAD to CDG, then on to Rome. Sure I was in coach, but it was my first TATL flight.
     
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    TWA in business class to London in 1980s when I was in college. My Dad gave me the miles and introduced me to the benefits of FF. First time in "upper class" and got the bug. It took a while to begin earning miles of my own but have been doing it ever since, even though it's been on a rookie level until recently. I do miss the days of when you could actually get seats easily using points.
     
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    I remember when TWA had a great miles redemption. Buy one discounted coach ticket to Europe and for 50K miles, you got upgraded to first PLUS a free companion first ticket. This was at the same time they were offering triple miles. So basically you bought one ticket for yourself from say LAX - LHR (so you receive the miles - about 30K for LAX to LHR), get upgraded to first (no real capacity controls), get the companion first ticket - all for a net 20K miles.

    Also, remember when United gave out real plaques for 100K lifetime miles?
     
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    DL Old FF program - 2 tickets in F from Mainland US to Hawaii for 80K miles..... sniff, sniff, sob.
     
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    • Chateaubriand in F on United !
    • Op-Ups on UA when they used to be based on status - including to F, on SFO-SYD on my first trip!
    • Decent Champagne in F
     
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    Oh dear this thread is going to be soooo depressing
     
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    Makes you wonder what a thread like this will be like in 20-30 years.
    • Remember when domestic roundtrips could be had for 25,000 miles sometimes?
    • Remember when the fees required to upgrade international itineraries with miles was under $1000?
     
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  8. I think this one begins and ends with Concorde redemptions. Sadly, despite having ample miles to do so, I never took the trip. One of the great regrets of my life.
     
  9. dhammer53
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    I remember flying:

    Eastern (the wings of man).
    People's Express (pay onboard)
    TWA
    Pan Am

    The first time I flew upfront was on an AA flight JFK/CLE in the mid-70's.

    Back on topic

    I miss Godiva chocolate on UA C transcons. I also miss Dom P champagne in UA international first, not to mention cavier.
     
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    First Class upstairs on the Air Canada 747s with the red lounger "couchettes".

    Free car service from JFK to the centre of Manhattan when flying DL Business Elite International.

    Free upgrades on CX "because you are a oneworld emerald".

    Upgrades on any fare with certificates.

    Very quiet Senator lounges in FRA.
     
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    Very quiet lounges everywhere.....
     
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    Flying into the old HKG airport on a new CX Airbus. Was only one in J (coming from Bali) and told to sit in F (was a 3 class config). Captain then said "Would you like to ride up front for the landing?" As in the jump seat. Best flying day of my life, sitting in the middle of 2 great British pilots, flying through what seemed like peoples living rooms, headset on and taking it all in.

    Then doing a similar thing a few years later, but this time coming into land in Sydney, on a wonderful summer morning, in the cockpit of a QF 747-400. A buddy of mine is a pilot for QF, he was in the right seat, the older Captain in the left. Those guys made it look easy. It was just amazing.

    Sadly, no more. For now at least.
     
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    Redeeming concorde via qantas via spg. Shortly after booking, they announced the end of the concorde but our reservation stood.
     
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    ahhh....ties ands suits.....
     
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    United 1k at 100 segments...sigh.

    Awesome thread. It's fun to hear about the class of the airlines of old. We stayed in San Fran this weekend and checked in behind a large group of Virgin Atlantic flight crew members. The FA's uniforms were pristine and very sharp (my fiancee wanted to buy their beautiful red city coat) and it made me wonder why domestic uniforms have lost some of that chique. Either way, it's always a blast to hear the stories of the fabulous and true jet-setter lifestyle.
     
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    (Dating myself mere) -- More Room Throught Coach on AA.

    (Un-dating): AwardCheques on United.
     
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    This one fills me with regret. I feel like if I were a couple of years older, I would have been tuned into the travel game in time to take advantage of the InsideFlyer -> SPG -> Qantas -> Concorde.
     
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    ticket jackets/envelopes -- so so useful.
     
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    Many AC pilots are ex military. I served with some of them on five bases. I got invited to the jump seat a lot pre 9/11. Many a flight across the pond chatting with old friends.

    I miss those rides.

    My most memorable ride was a CAT III landing in FRA in dense fog. Awesome technology.
     
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    funny, my memory was one flight in 2000 where the pilots flew with the cockpit door open. i was stting in the first few rows on the aisle and was 19 at the time and hadn't flew very much. i remember thinking how cool it was to watch the pilots fly
     
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    One time in 1990's (ORD-LGA) inside of cockpit door was covered with baloons. Open the whole way. Over South Bend , IN the pilot dipped the left wing and played the Notre Dame fight song over the PA. He said it was his birthday and he wanded to pay his respects to the golden dome.
     
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    agreed, I always thought there would be time 'later' to take a trip on the Concorde.
     
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    Freddie Laker.....ah, those were the days my friends!
     
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    Flying DC-3s, Lockheed Constellations.

    No security lines.
     
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