Will be flying my first international premium cabin (DL), anything I should take note of?

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  1. OceanTrotter3

    OceanTrotter3 Silver Member

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    Just booked my first premium award ticket on DL BusinessElite from JFK-NRT for travel in August (on the double-decker 747). Just wondering if there is anything I should take note of for the flight (i.e. seating etc.)

    Thanks! :)
     
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  2. konoyaro

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    It's a matter of taste I guess, but when I have a chance to fly on a 747 in C, I prefer to sit in the upper deck. It tends to be quieter and less hectic which is particularly nice if you plan on getting some sleep on the flight.
     
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    satman40 Gold Member

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    Get to the airport early and enjoy the lounge, don't forget the plane will leave without you.

    Have a safe and memorable trip....
     
  4. Photonerd71

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    Half double decker.....A380 now that is a double decker. ;)

    Sent using a small piece of fruit.
     
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  5. Dozer

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    Congrats on your first! Your first will always be special even though it may not be the best product. My first was the old Lufthansa business class seat on the 744. It's not the best business class by any stretch but I will always remember how amazing it was (at the time).

    DL actually has a decent business class seat and the amenities kit is one of my favorites. And I agree about the upper cabin. There's something special about taking the stairs to your seat. Get there early, enjoy the lounge and know that no economy class flight will ever be the same again. You will be forever ruined. :)

    Enjoy!
     
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  6. OceanTrotter3

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    Haha, happy to be ruined. It's more than a month away, and I'm already giddy with excitement!

    I was going to ask about pj and stuff before realizing that it's business class. :/
     
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    Delta doesn't provide Pajamas in their Business Class however they do provide slippers on these Asia flights. :)
     
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  8. OceanTrotter3

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    :) Thanks!

    Do I need to grab pillows from bulkhead (i.e. will there be pillow shortage)? I remember seeing some Business class passenger on United unpacking bagged pillows from bulkhead when putting away their carry-ons.
     
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    No need. Pillows and a blanket should already set out for you before you board. In the rare case that they don't have one out for you already, just ask.
     
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    Congratulations... I am still a Economy flyer except for those complimentary upgrades in US. :(
     
  11. Dozer

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    Redeem those miles and come over to the dark side William! We have caviar and Dom! Haha.
     
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  12. Dozer

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    Just enjoy it! Sometimes I feel as if I enjoy the researching and booking more than the actual flight itself. Delta has a good business class product. Have you read some trip reports yet?
     
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    I would not stress at all because it is Delta...not United. ;)

    Delta is lightyears ahead of United when it comes to premium travel.
     
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  14. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    Whilst not a United flyer and primarily Delta, I could make a similar inference by the Delta and United forums here in MP.
    Of course a lot would say (and rightfully so) that the top premium travel providers are all from the Middle East and Asia (the jury is still out and it is almost agreed that they generally exclude US airlines....) But I digressed.

    Delta has a great Business Product and coupled with generally great crew members, I can only say I envy you and hope to join the club one day soon.

    Enjoy the trip and feel free to share your first experience here. :)
     
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  15. WilliamQ

    WilliamQ Gold Member

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    One of the main draw for most on premium travel is actually the reason why me and my wife has not tried to redeem premium awards so far. We do not drink and caviar is not our thing. She did looked at those seats longingly though but happily decided to save those miles when I offered her Economy Comfort or Exit Row seats. In fact, she preferred Exit Row over Economy Comfort. I might surprise her some day though when I save enough for two RT from SIN to US. For such long trips, it will be worth the extra miles.
     
  16. Terry Yap

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    congrats ! I flew SFO-NRT last year on Delta BusinessElite (think DL no longer flies that route), on an award redemption that got bumped up from Econ to Biz as the number of points was the same, like the other said, the most important thing is to enjoy the entire experience, from the priority check in line, to the executive lounge, remembering not to board only when Economy ticket passengers are called or walk right past the business class seats out of instinct ;) , to having a bigger TV screen, good food, and comfy seats.:p
     
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    reminds me of my first business class flight on the A380 from SIN to Newark...spent 15 min trying to flip over the seat to convert to a bed whilst trying not to appear to other folks nearby like a business class newbie..:D
     
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  18. OceanTrotter3

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    I think that fear will come when the day draws near. Haha..
     
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    no fear, it's called 'ask the air stewardess';)
     
  20. Pizzaman
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    Those upgrades still qualify as coach when compared with most other domestic F seats. :p
     
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    ... But my 3 upgrades in March came with breakfast... Yummy... When in the economy, I had to purchase the snack treats.. :)
     
  22. OceanTrotter3

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    Yes, I'll be flying "First" from Ind-jfk. ;)
     
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  23. Dublin_rfk

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    Take it as it comes, and Sit back and enjoy. I surprised my wife with a SFO -NRT upper deck (UAL) last year now she wants to know why I didn't do it for her before! Still it's worth the trip!
     
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    :) Good tip for the future wife – do it earlier.
     
  25. WilliamQ

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    I will bear this in mind when I eventually do something similar for my wife. Presentation and setting expectations :) But sharing the experience with a love one is definitely better then doing it alone... !
     
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