First Class Posts

US Airways to Add First Class in Regional Jets Among Other Improvements

US Airways finally realized they were uncompetitive with the other legacy carriers.  Until now they have avoided any real investment in their domestic product, and have even been stripping benefits and service from their domestic fleet (remember, they did not offer glassware for domestic First ...

Foodie vs. Breakfast Triangle: CO239 MIA-EWR

Allow me to introduce you to the onboard breakfast triangle. A few months ago I found myself on a streak of pre-dawn flights connecting me through Houston. I don't mind the ungodly hours. I try not to become emotionally attached to any one time zone. As far as I'm concerned it's always ...

SCORE! First Class Reward on Lufthansa A380 - LOST! Thanks Mothernature!

About a year ago I was able to book two 1st class rewards on Lufthansa with my UNITED miles; shockingly on the A380. This was just days before LH zeroed out all the reward seats in First on the A380. I was shocked that I was able to score these seats. I went a long time before telling anyone, I had ...

Frankfurt to Denver in Lufthansa First Class

In July 2009, I journeyed to Israel and Egypt with my brother and uncle. My uncle and I traveled together in first class and the trip report below will highlight some of the flights we sampled. 
New York to Zürich in Swiss International Air Lines First Class
Zurich to Tel Aviv ...

First Class on the Lufthansa A380

Last week I had the pleasure of taking a ride on the Lufthansa A380 in First.  A truly amazing experience, I highly recommend.

While the seats aren't suites like Turkish or Emirates, they are very private and quite spacious.  One of the coolest parts was that each person gets a private locker with a combination lock.

Here are some pictures I was able to snag.

The private storage locker.

A closeup of the storage locker showing seat assignment.


TCL 33: Longing for Tennis Shoes

In this week's flight attendant podcast we are joined by a flight attendant from Airtran to discuss his personal opinions of the recent acquisition announcement by Southwest Airlines. In addition we discuss:

  • First Class Squatting
  • Sara's compliments
  • Uniforms
  • How the surprise announcement of the proposed merger was felt by some
  • and more...

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the personal opinions of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.

SFO-NRT-BKK My First Experience in United International Business Class

I guess it’s been about four years since I first started traveling extensively for work. I’ve been a United 1K for most of that time, and that makes sense as I’m at about 400,000 lifetime miles. However, most of those miles have been earned on domestic routes! In fact, ...

TCL 15: Crew Positions

This week we are joined, once again, by Jenn and Patti to discuss the different flight attendant roles and positions onboard the aircraft. In addition we discuss:
Bidding for flights based on position The purser or lead flight attendant role Our take on Spirit Airlines' recent announcement ...

What is your first class hot towelette strategy?

Are you a bather or a wiper? Individual fingers or the whole hand at once? Steaming hot or wait till it cools?
On many airlines hot towelettes are provided for passengers in premium cabins, presumably to act as a way to wash your hands before eating. However, many airlines provide the ...

Trip Report: A Quick Hop on Virgin America

Last week, I had a day of meetings in San Francisco. I'm well over the 125,000 elite qualifying miles I set out to earn this year on American Airlines, so I thought I'd try a different airline for the quick flights from LAX.
A number of my friends have been ...

Nudging for Better Service

I'm currently reading an interesting book by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. It's called Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. The book is basically about the ways that we can "nudge" people to make good decisions without eliminating their freedom of ...

Upgrd 36: First Class Can of Coke

The big news of the week is another double elite qualifying mile (DEQM) promotion started by American and, thus far, only matched by United. In this week's frequent traveler podcast we discuss the promotion and:
Delta's JFK T3 experience ... again Delta's SkyClub American and ...

Upgrd 34: First Class Amenities

In this week's episode we discuss first class amenities, pajamas, and all sorts of good stuff up-front. However, without Ben our conversation lacked some details. So please help us out and post your favorite amenities and photos. In addition to the main topic we discussed:
Continental's ...

Upgrd Podcast 12: People up here are getting cookies!

In this week's podcast, Hunter joins us to provide first hand experience with Delta airlines. We continue our "food up front" discussion, from episode 9, and discuss first class meals including:

  • Meal times and flight distance requirements for first class
  • How meal choices are taken and (perhaps) sorted for first class passengers
  • Delta Airlines Royal Crown room changes
  • Delta's inflight coach food menu and cocktails
  • Snack boxes
  • Delta's international upgrade program (or lack thereof)
  • and, of course, more talk about hot nuts!

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Upgrd Podcast 3: New York City!

This week's podcast is now online (finally!). We discuss:
Listener mail in our "Dear Ted" section: a frequent flyer in San Francisco can't decide whether to stay with American, or switch to United Delta Airlines introducing wi-fi on their shuttle flights What's your ...