Post # 1
Okay I don’t really wanna see a raise of hands or anything. Just curious, especially if you’ve flown first class before. We’re paying for our flights with miles points but don’t even come close to the price for two round trip tickets to DR. Actually we won’t even be able to pay for one, but most of one.
So, for those that fly first class or have splurged for a special occassion or long trip…is it worth the extra 1k?
I didn’t check any other travel websites other than the one through our credit card but according to that we’re looking at 15-24hr flights both ways. So this is some serious time.
Thanks for sharing your experience. And vote!
Post # 3
If you can afford it, then go for it!
What good is a destination if you spend part of it recovering from your journey?
Post # 4
I’ve always flown economy just because it’s cheap, but I know first class is great on long flights. On the British Airways flight I was last on, first class was the roomiest I’ve ever seen. Two people to a row, but they faced in opposite directions so it was like you sat alone. There was a little wall up between the seats too (but it could be lowered if you were sitting next to someone you knew). The seats recline until you are can lay fully flat. It looked awesome…
That said, to me personally it just isn’t worth the huge cost. I’d rather struggle to get some sleep eye on a flight for cheap.
Post # 5
If you’re going international, it’s gonna be a LOT more than $1k extra for first class… flying long distance sucks, but wouldn’t it be better to use that money ON your honeymoon? Like on fun things rather than a flight? I mean a flight is gonna be a pain in the ass, but that money could buy you an amazing experience with your new partner.
Post # 6
I have flown first class several times. (Disclaimer: never paid for it, i work for an airline and we get moved up only if the seats are empty so I cant comment on price). I feel like the only difference is space and food. You will get a snack/alcohol and not pay for it. This is all assuming your flying a north american based airline. International airlines are much more generous with their first class passengers. Longer flights = nicer planes and more ammenties.
Most airlines based stateside do not consider caribbean destinations to be “international” in certain aspects. So if your going from WA chances are your going from a major airport like SEA to DFW, then DFW to SDQ/PUJ/POP. So 2 shorter flights which wouldnt make it worth it to me. If they do infact offer nonstop then it’s a different story and totally dependant on the person.
I still don’t think I could spend 1k to sit further up and be able to have a free bloody mary, I’d use that money on something else.
Post # 7
@icetea: The extra space would be amazing ona long flight! If you go economy I’d recommend trying to get an emergency exit row, they tend to have more leg room.
Are you flying from Washington to the Dominican Republic? I can’t see how your flights would be that long.
Post # 8
@icetea: How on earth are you getting First Class for just $1k more?
We looked at upgrading to business class on our 17 hour flights and it was going to be more ($8000ish) than we paid for the economy flights and two weeks in 5* hotels ($6400)
Post # 9
Never flown first, but have done business (when I was a kid). For a long flight and/or short trip it’s totally worth it. But if you can afford it!! SO’s mum came to visit us, a 12 hourish, $1500 flight. But she chose to upgrade to business class, with a stop over which made it about $4000. She had a great time. It was her “adventure of a lifetime” because she’s just retired.
Post # 10
We will be flying Premium Economy for our 9hr flight to Florida from the UK. It’s a lot nicer than economy, but not as plush as First! it’ll cost us £500 (around $800) for the upgrade for the two of us.
Totally worth it for a honeymoon!
Post # 11
Because I travel so much and get a lot of miles and incentive programs I end up flying first class a couple times of years. Honestly don’t think it’s worth it for domestic flights or a trips that aren’t that far. I only tend to fly first class on long international flights to Europe, Asia, Australia. My advice to you is perhaps doing business class, or flying Jet blue or Virgin that has additional extra space.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I don’t think it’s worth it. We flew 26 hours in each direction (literally…) for our honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand, and I just took some Tylenol PM and passed out. The coach seats are big enough on international flights that it’s really not THAT bad. I would save the $1k for the honeymoon itself for sure!!!!
Post # 13
Is it $1k each, round trip? $1k total?
$1k total extra – helllllllls yes I would upgrade for that long of a flight! That would be a screaming deal, and we could afford it.
$1k each or each way would be a harder decision.
Post # 14
It really depends on the airline and the aircraft. I’d spend $1k more to fly on any of the Asian carriers in First or even Business, and I’d do it in a heartbeat. On many (but not all) of the US-based carriers in a true long-haul international configuration, I’d pay for that. But If you’re going from the USA to the DR then you’ll most likely be on a USA-based carrier in a plane configured more like a domestic cabin, and there’s no way in hell I would pay $1k for that product; it’s basically a little wider seat and a free meal. You don’t even get a shower a upon arrival in most cases.
you can feel free to PM me with the airline details including conneting points, I’d be happy to tell you more about what “first class” really means for your trip. I might not reply for a little while as I myself am flying over the next couple days (first class from Hong Kong to the US) but I do fly about 120k miles/year so I’m pretty familiar with all the in’s and out’s of first class.
Post # 15
@icetea: If you can afford it, I say totally. Though I have never flown first class, with that long of a flight it would def be worth it to have more room!
Post # 16
i was all excitedbc i thought i had enough miles to ‘pay’ for our flightsfirst class….however i only hsve enough for one of us and the full price ticket is $14,000!!!!! which is about what we were hoping all 2weeks would cost.
its made us reconsider our plan since 2+days flying each way in coach does.not sound fun, relaxing.or sexy.
flight was newark, nj to bangkok, thailand