(Closed) 1st class worth using all of our miles?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which option would you choose for the 1st and last leg of honeymoon flight?
    Option A: Fly economy and have some miles leftover for a future trip : (27 votes)
    41 %
    Option B: Go for broke-spend the $ and miles, 1st class is worth it : (19 votes)
    29 %
    Option C: Go Business Class, don't spend extra cash, and have a few miles left over : (20 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would get the first class.  My husband and I flew economy class to Australia and the flight out was good because it wasn’t booked so we each just snuck into our own row to lay down but the flight back was packed so I didn’t sleep the entire way because the one chair is uncomfortable.

    Post # 4
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Hmmm, that’s a tough one.  I would say go for it if it were a longer flight and if you wouldn’t have to spend any extra money on top of the miles, but as it is I’m not sure it would be worth it.  But I might change my mind if you were flying at an uncomforable time like very early morning or late at night when you would want that extra comfort…

    But then again, it is your honeymoon.  If that isn’t an excuse to pamper yourself then what is?

    Post # 5
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d pick option C since we’re only talking about the shorter legs of the trip. If you were able to upgrade for the 10 hr flight, I’d say do it in a heartbeat. I’ve flown economy and business to China (business on an international flight is similar to First on a domestic) and the difference was HUGE. (Big, roomy, fully extendable reclining seats that almost lie flat for sleeping, meal service, more movies). But, I don’t think it’s SO much better on a shorter flight to warrant the $800 extra. So I’d say use your miles to do the combination upgrade of first/business and don’t spend any extra money. You’ll still get to enjoy first/business domestically without shelling out all the extra cash.

    Post # 6
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I don’t know what airline you are flying for the ‘bookend’ flights, but with Continental, if they have 1st class seats available when you check-in online 24 hours prior to departure, you can upgrade for a really reasonable price.  We’ve been doing this for our past few flights and it’s only been around $50-$70 per person.  I don’t know if other airlines do this too, but if you decide you want to save your miles for another trip, this would be something to look out for when you check in.

    Post # 8
    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I voted for B, just because I feel like in this case you probably want to be as comfortable and happy as possible. Plus, when else do you really have the excuse to blow all the miles 😛

    Post # 9
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @gammongirl: I have to say that I’m not entirely sure in general, but my experience has been that they are the same thing on domestic flights (at least on United short haul domestic flights). 

    When I’ve flown business class (which has always been on United Airlines for work travel), we fly a domestic leg (DC-Chicago) and an international leg (Chicago-China). We always book “business” not “first.” On the domestic leg, there are just two classes–economy and business/first. For the DC-Chicago flight, this just meant that we were up in the front section of the plane in that separated section of 4 or so rows. We had bigger/better seats and were served complimentary drinks/snacks.

    On the Chicago-China leg, there were three classes: Economy, Business, and First. The business class seats on that leg were nicer than the business class seats domestically and reclined fully (with foot rests too) so that you could almost lie down. We also got comp meals and beverages and had personal tvs/movies. But on that flight, First was EVEN nicer and almost looked like individual cubicles for folks to spread out in.

    Hope that helps some. I have the feeling that it varies by airline and by the type of plane they are using (which is prob related to the length of your flight).

    Post # 10
    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I fly frequently from LA to Cleveland, (about 1.5 hrs less than NY), and really I don’t think first class makes that much of a difference.  The food is better and the drinks are free, but I would not spend all of the miles on the difference.  Do look into upgrading when you check in, then you can save more money/miles.  I think either way you will be excited, so save the miles while you can!

    Post # 12
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I got bumped up to first class on American for free (gold status) a few months ago, and while roomier and with better service, it wouldn’t be worth giving up a free trip at another time to me. I’m super tall (6’1″) so the extra room was nice, but seriously, it wasn’t worth missing out on another trip for miles. I love traveling too much for that!

    Post # 13
    30 posts

    First class, without question.  This is the most important trip of your life, and you deserve the treatment you’ll get first class… particularly on such a long flight!

    Post # 14
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’ve flown international business a few times. It’s nice, but it isn’t THAT big of a deal. I’d rather deal with the economy seats, then use my miles for another trip down the road.

    Post # 15
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I agree…domestic business is not super exciting, but international business is so much nicer.

    Post # 16
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    im a fan of going as many places as possible.

    use the miles for more trips for you guys.

    then again, ive never taken anything other than economy class so what do i know.

    well, i know that i want to travel as much as possible.


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