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Would You Grab an Amenity Kit While Deplaning as an Economy Class Passenger?

You are a passenger in the economy class cabin of a flight which had just been completed. The aircraft has pulled up to the gate; the door has been opened; and passengers who are queued in the aisle — or aisles — of the airplane are starting to leave the aircraft. You pass through the premium class cabin and find sealed amenity kits which have not been used; and perhaps you also see sealed bottles of water.

Do you take any of them?

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“Mistake” Fares on Delta Air Lines in First Class — But Higher, Not Lower?

It appears that Delta Air Lines is offering “mistake” fares for seats in the first class cabin on domestic flights within the United States — but not the type for which you need to act quickly.

FlyerTalk members have been reporting significant increases in the cost of seats in the first class cabin on domestic flights operated by Delta Air Lines within the United States.

“I just priced a DTW/LAS trip I need to make in January and it’s over…

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Should Children Be Banned From the Premium Class Cabin?

Screaming children ruined the experience of Patrick Smith being a passenger seated in the business class cabin — an experience for which he splurged for the full airfare — from Bangkok to New York, leading him to ask whether or not children should be banned from the premium class cabin.
That actually happened on one airline, Patrick — but it was limited in scope; and it did not last long.

After already having banned babies from the first class cabin on its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, an announcement from…

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$80,000 Airfare for One Round Trip?

If you want to to fly as a passenger in The Residence aboard Etihad Airways between London and Sydney via Abu Dhabi, it will cost you approximately $80,000.00, according to this article by Ben Schlappig of the One Mile at a Time weblog.

Back on May 4, 2014, I first reported on The Residence, which includes three “rooms”; a butler; a chef at your service who can prepare your favorite meal if you do not prefer the available gourmet offerings; and a VIP travel concierge service to take care of you from the moment of reservation right through until the end of their stay with Etihad Airways — from a luxury chauffeur to private check-in and lounge.

Regardless…

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The Worst First Class Seat You Ever Had

Many people would be thrilled just to be able to secure an airline reservation with a seat in the premium class cabin, let alone be upgraded to it. In fact, there are those who have not yet — and may never will have — the opportunity to travel in a premium class seat on a flight.

Then again, there are those such as FlyerTalk member gabgab who ask “What is the worst first-class seat you have ever had?

As true to form on FlyerTalk, there is already a growing list of candidates to answer that question, as well as some differences in opinion as to exactly what defines a first-class seat…

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May I Please Have a Second Helping?

Is it frowned upon to be Asking for seconds during meal service in First class…?

The answer is that it depends on how one asks.

During a domestic flight in the premium class cabin several years ago, I was served a bowl of mushroom soup as part of the meal service. I do not typically care for mushrooms, but this was the best mushroom soup I have ever had, and I let the flight attendant know my thoughts. She promptly returned with another steaming hot bowl of mushroom soup and a big smile. Although I did not purposely try to get another bowl, she went out of her way to do so — and I greatly appreciated it.

However, FlyerTalk member kh105000 had a starkly different experience on one particular flight: My most memorable CO 1st class dining experience was the FA getting distracted before getting to me with my beverage and nuts, then engaging upfront in chitchat with another FA. When he finally got back to my seat I asked for the drink and nuts and he said ‘you don’t get seconds, and any way we’re out of nuts.’ When I responded that he never served me the first time he left, returned with the missing nuts and slammed them on the tray.

As is said often on FlyerTalk, your “mileage may vary”…

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Welcome to Your First Class, First Class Passengers, on How to Use Overhead Bins

Apparently, after reading through what FlyerTalk members are posting, F passengers need to learn how to use overhead bins.

For those of you who need it, here is a primer:

  • Do not hog the entire overhead bin with your jacket or other small item.
  • Do not complain if the flight attendant moves your belongings if ignoring the above suggestion.
  • Do not touch the belongings of other passengers when attempting to fit your items in the overhead bin.
  • Eat before you board instead of placing perishable food — especially odoriferous items — in the overhead bin.
  • Check your baggage if it will not fit in the overhead bin — do not attempt to shove and push while holding up the boarding process.
  • Even though it has nothing to do with overhead bins, do not place your feet— especially odoriferous ones — on the bulkhead wall in front of you, or anywhere else other than under the seat in front of you, if applicable.
  • Furthermore, do not change the diaper of your baby between the first class cabin and the galley.

As you can see, the direction of the discussion veers further off-topic but becomes no less interesting…

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