(Closed) Travel quandary: coach + short drive or first + long drive?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll:
    Stretch out in domestic first class and deal with the suckfest airport : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Squish into domestic coach and keep reminding yourself that you'll be home soon : (38 votes)
    95 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    After 14 hours I would just want to be home so the coach 2 hour ride and a short drive home is what I would do.

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d go with the domestic coach and get home. You already are in FC for the majority/painful leg of the trip. I’d want to get home ASAP.

    Post # 5
    Member
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    For just a 2 hour flight, I would go with coach and the more efficient airport. We live near a super efficient airport and it’s awesome. I HATE arriving at the overcrowded, inefficient airport.

    Post # 6
    Member
    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s 2 hours. I’d much rather get my ass home quickly when I land.

    Post # 7
    Member
    2693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2008

    It’s just 2 hours–definitely choose whatever will get you the hell away from the airport and your day of travel the fastest.  Even though for a second I thought “def 1st class” but that’s because I’ve never flown first class and thought it would be bad ass!  But, then again, I’m envisioning first class as looking like the plane in Sex and the City 2 (yes, I did see it, as much as I hate to admit it)

    Post # 8
    Member
    14656 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    First class on a domestic flight is a joke.  Time matters more to me than that slightly bigger still uncomfortable seat.

    Post # 10
    Member
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    The airport is stressful as it is, knowingly going to the bad one just seems more stressful to me! Even if it is the same time home, the stress level in that time is lower. 

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Coach, definitely. For a two hour flight at the end of a very long day I don’t think coach versus first class will be a priority. Getting home as soon as possible, that will be your priority. If the drive is shorter go for coach considering neither of you will really be awake enough for a long distrance drive.

    ….flew first class on my way home from Russia, I slept through most of the perks.

    Post # 12
    Member
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @chasesgirl:  +1

    So even if the times are the same, I would still pick the less hectic airport. Even if the less hectic airport meant a slightly longer layover, I absolutely hate worrying and dealing with the stress of an inefficient airport.

    Post # 13
    Member
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Definitey domestic coach for the 2 hours and get home quicker. I find that first class on a 2 hour or less flight within the USA or Canada isn’t that special. It’s your overseas flights that are really worth the upgrade! I try to always fly first class when I am crossing oceans and never fly first class if it’s a 4 hour or less flight.

    Post # 14
    Member
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Coach for all of the reasons that the posters above have mentioned.

    Post # 15
    Member
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    So we either have a longer drive, or a longer layover    I think that having the longer layover could be a help to you – by the time you clear customs, take showers, and grab a bite to eat, 2 hours may not be enough.

    Post # 16
    Member
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Ha!  Do you live the DC area?  That sounds like my options when I need to pick between BWI and DCA.  

    I agree with PPs that coach is the way to go.  You may really want the extra half hour if you’ll need to go through customs and want to shower.  You can relax a bit more and not feel the need to rush as much.  And if your incoming flight is delayed at all, you’ll have a longer buffer.

     

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