Traveling first class is as good as it gets. Premium check-in, spacious and comfortable seats, a lot of leg room, great variety of food and drinks, free alcohol and a small number of fellow passengers – every aspect of onboard service is perfect. Obviously, the opportunity to enjoy such a luxury while being up in the air isn’t cheap but there are ways to save quite a lot on first class flights.
I don’t care how fancy the hotel is, my room has to have a bath. I would absolutely look out on a car park and a wall as long as I could have a bath in my room, rather than a shower. I’ve changed rooms in hotels, taking a smaller one, so I could have a better bath. The best one I’ve ever seen was at the Post Ranch Inn in California. My favorite rooms are built into the cliff, right on the Pacific Ocean; it’s not even a view, because you’re in the view. They have huge, square baths, like a high-end hot tub. You could live in it, it’s so nice. It’s very deep, the water is very hot, and everything smells of lavender, which I love, and there’s a proper wood fire with logs. It feels a bit like classic Twin Peaks. That’s the most beautiful hotel in the world. 
If that sounds like a small number, it is. It’s even smaller considering that there are only six suites per aircraft. Each suite has 40 square feet of completely enclosed personal space—a first for any airline—with stitched-leather seating created in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz and inspired by the automaker’s S-Class vehicles. The seats also have in-suite minibars, personal temperature zones and mood lighting, and a privacy hatch for meal service.
Qantas – Bid Now Upgrades scheme is available on selected domestic and international flights by invitation only for passengers holding economy tickets. Passengers may receive an email from Qantas up to seven days prior to travel if their flight is eligible. Travellers make a minimum bid using a mix of frequent flyer points and cash, (non-Qantas frequent flyers can pay in cash). You will find out if your upgrade bid has been successful between 12 and 24 hours before your flight.
United Airlines - Long-Haul First Class were open suite style flatbed seats and were on all Boeing 747-400, select Boeing 767-300ER, and select Boeing 777-200ER. First Class was named "Global First" (later "Polaris First"). The first class began to be phased out in 2017 as United retired all their 747-400s. United discontinued all first class services by March 2018, although the first class seats remained on select Boeing 767-300ER and select 777-200ER aircraft with them being sold as Polaris Business until they are refurbished with the same Polaris Business class seats featured on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Booking a first class flight ticket not only means comfort aboard the flight but also comfort from the time you reach the airport. Valet parking service to make your arrival at the airport as comfortable as possible to getting a personal assistant to give you individual support as soon as you enter the airport and finally the added benefit of priority boarding without having to wait in line is what makes you feel like a first class guest even before boarding the flight that awaits you with more exquisite and specialized services.
The menu on First Class flights is above and beyond those of Economy and Business Class. As well as having access to a wide variety of premium food and beverages, First Class travellers can often choose exactly when they want to eat, as well as having meals freshly prepared by an on-board chef in some cases. Premium beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are included in the fare and available any time with some airlines offering couple seating during the meal service.
It’s pretty safe to say that all airlines over-book their flights, and when everybody actually shows up for a flight, they need to find people willing to be bumped to a later departure. Consider this a good thing; if the flight is overbooked, your bargaining position is strong. Approach the gate agent and be as genuine and sympathetic as you can. Ask them if they would consider re-booking you in return for an upgrade voucher in addition to whatever other incentives they might be offering (sometimes you can score a free hotel stay and meal voucher if the flight is the next morning). This will be more likely to work if you don’t have checked luggage, which would require much more work on the part of the airlines (and the agent) in order to bump you.
7. Give up your spot. When the gate agent asks for people who are willing to give up their seat, volunteer if you can be upgraded on the next flight. You will experience the delay, but it might be worth it if you can fly first class. This works especially well if there aren't other people volunteering, Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at travel website Orbitz.com, told Market Watch.
The menu on First Class flights is above and beyond those of Economy and Business Class. As well as having access to a wide variety of premium food and beverages, First Class travellers can often choose exactly when they want to eat, as well as having meals freshly prepared by an on-board chef in some cases. Premium beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are included in the fare and available any time with some airlines offering couple seating during the meal service.
During the 1980s European first class was largely phased out in favour of 6-abreast seating throughout the aircraft, with variable numbers of seats allocated to business class (the business class cabin often being marked with a moveable divider).[4] This allowed greater flexibility for the airlines, allowing them to allocate differing amounts of premium seating depending on the route. Turkish Airlines are one of the few European airlines still offering 4-abreast seating in their premium intra-Europe cabins, but they're sold as business class seats rather than first class.[7] Same situation is in Russia onboard Aeroflot – Russian Airlines intra-Europe flights.
You know, like a cucumber. People get worked up and crazy at the airport and start making all sorts of demands. If rather than make demands, you simply ask to be added to the volunteer list at check in, you’ll put yourself in prime position for a bump which can result in $1000’s in flight vouchers, an upgrade – or both. One traveler got more than $10,000 in vouchers for a single bump, and still made it the same day. This happens when a flight is oversold and someone needs a seat. For best practices: fly solo (or book solo), don’t check a bag and be polite. It’s often first come first serve, so whoever gets #1 on the bump list often gets the bump. They’ll put you on the next flight, with either money, upgrade or both in hand.

I’m obsessed with Christmas and always collect some kitsch bauble or other from the places I travel to.  It started with trips to Solvang, Calif. Before we lived full time in California, we would come out to visit in November when it was cold in London, and we’d drive up the coast to visit Solvang. It’s one of those Nordic-influenced American towns, where there are Danish pastries the size of small family cars, and it also has a year-round Christmas shop, Jule Hus. We'd go there and get little reindeers. Now we have all these kitsch things from around the world in our house at Christmas; it comes from my mother, who, in particular, has a thing for the naffest possible Christmas decorations. My brother got her one from Lourdes, which was an LED Jesus: You plugged him in, and he opened his arms and his heart flashed, then popped out. My sister lives in Singapore now, so she brings [more] back for us. A lot of the flashy ones, you plug in and stand on a sideboard like that. The best ones are from Asia. 


On the ground, first-class passengers usually have special check-in and security zones at the airport. Some airlines operate private first-class terminals and/or offer international first class passengers complimentary limousine rides to the airport. While it is typical that these passengers have lounge access, some airlines have separate lounges for first and business where the former may have more luxurious amenities. These passengers can often board the aircraft before other passengers, sometimes through their own jetbridge.
Elite airline status isn’t quite as hard to attain as you’ve been made to believe. There are even ways to secure it with as few as three flights. Three! You care about airline elite travel status not because you enjoy the self aggrandizing feeling of walking to the priority boarding lane, but because if there are any free upgrades to give out when check in or boarding starts, it’s usually going to one of these people. In fact, airlines in the U.S. like American, Delta and United give complimentary upgrades on domestic flights to elite flyers, so it happens on almost every flight to someone. Here are a few shortcuts to elite status…
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Elite airline status isn’t quite as hard to attain as you’ve been made to believe. There are even ways to secure it with as few as three flights. Three! You care about airline elite travel status not because you enjoy the self aggrandizing feeling of walking to the priority boarding lane, but because if there are any free upgrades to give out when check in or boarding starts, it’s usually going to one of these people. In fact, airlines in the U.S. like American, Delta and United give complimentary upgrades on domestic flights to elite flyers, so it happens on almost every flight to someone. Here are a few shortcuts to elite status…
You don’t have to be elite by birth to become an elite flyer. Your credit card can actually help you to get special status. All major airlines offer their customers co-branded credit cards that allow earning miles and using those to get an upgrade to first or business class. Even though most airlines charge certain fees for that, you’re still able to hugely economize. There are also travel-themed credit cards, such as Capital One Venture Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Discover it Miles etc., you can use flying with major air carriers.
All those people collecting points are not part of some fringe movement of travel lunatics. Other than paying for it, points are the only sure fire way of getting an upgrade, and booking it long enough in advance that you can get excited for your trip for months. Here’s a list of airlines that let you upgrade international plane tickets, and how many points you’ll need. It’s super important to remember that earning points doesn’t require travel. You can earn points from your daily latte spend, amongst many other things. When it comes to using them…
A longtime expat, Bagshawe estimates that she flies around 100,000 miles per year as she shuttles between the U.K. and her current base in Los Angeles, where she lives with husband Robin Nydes and four children. Her carrier of choice: Virgin Atlantic. “I’m quite a fearful flyer and I often think, when I get on a plane, ‘Are these the people I want to die with in a plume of smoke?’ she laughs, “And the cabin crew are so nice, always laughing. It has the best entertainment system, especially children, and they bring fab ice lollies in the middle of the flight, which is one of my children’s favorite things.”
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