I’m currently sitting on a Friday night flight to Dallas, Texas, where I’ll be spending the weekend. I love Friday night flights because the airport is dead-empty and the flights aren’t usually filled to capacity (at least the ones I’ve ever been on). In fact, I got so lucky that I actually have the entire first row of seats to myself! Well, the first row of coach that is…
Oh, pardon my bag in your face, sir…
When you fly coach, there’s always an odd tension or vibe on the airplane as you awkwardly squeeze past those first 3 or 4 rows of first class. Everyone is already seated with some brilliant novella at their fingertips and a nice glass of scotch or some aged, fine wine. They look cozy in their expanded seats and their legs are stretched any which way they like. And sometimes … I even feel like they kind of judge me as I begrudgingly trudge back to … coach. (I actually feel like I’m in first class right now with this entire front row to myself, so I guess the joke’s on them.)
Exactly how much do one of those bigger seats go for…?
And I really do think the joke is on them: My flight to Dallas – a whole hour and 13 minute flight – was already over $300. Three hundred dollars to fly to a city that I’ve driven to in 8 and half hours a bazillion times in my life (most of my dad’s family is there). When I was booking my flight on Travelocity, I even saw a coach seat to Dallas on another airline for over one thousand dollars. If my seat in coach was that much and the price range went so far up as one grand, I can only imagine how much those first class seats must have set them back? I can only presume that they must have cost at least $500 or more. Probably more.
And for what? A couple extra inches of seat and floor space? Or to board first before us lowly coach flyers can get on? (Which really doesn’t make sense because it’s much better to board last since it’s that much less time you have to sit on a cramped plane and us coach peasants are always knocking them in the face with our big duffle bags. Whoops … sorry about that.)
If I were a rich girl…
I guess if I were loaded beyond belief, I might fly first class. But I’d much rather blow my money on feel-good stuff like ridiculously over-tipping, buying my nieces and nephews way cooler toys than any of their friends have, and giving more money to my church than they know what to do with. I definitely wouldn’t blow an extra couple hundred bucks on a cushy seat on a one hour flight (now, if I were flying to Europe or some place really far away, I would definitely consider it.) And even if I was flying on business, I still don’t think I’d go first class on such a short flight – I’ve never understood that mentality of “it’s okay to waste my employer’s money, but not my own”.
I guess I’ve just always wondered what people think when they buy first class for short trips. Of course, it’s not my money, so they can really do whatever they want. And some people probably rightly deserve those first class seats. But, it if was me, I definitely would just save my money, opt for a slightly smaller coach seat, and use that couple hundred bucks for more worthwhile activities.
Do you fly first class or coach? Have you ever flown first class? Did you think it was worth it? If you don’t fly first class, why don’t you?