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$11,000 for 1st class ticket - is this common?

$11,000 for 1st class ticket - is this common?

Feb 28th, 2005, 06:52 AM
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An absolute "steal" at $11,000! When we flew to London a few weeks ago in Premium Economy, Virgin wanted $14,000 for a R/T ticket in "Upper Class."

You can try booking through a consolidator but I don;t think you are going to get much of a price break.
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Feb 28th, 2005, 07:30 AM
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Maybe now some will realize the value of collecting miles.

In few weeks I'm doing the following itin:

LAX-SYD - Qantas First - seat -1A
SYD-AKL - Qantas Business - seat -2A
AKL-SYD - Qantas Business - seat -2A
SYD-HKG - Cathay Pacific First - seat -1A
HKG-LAX - Cathay Pacific First - seat - 2A

Try to price the itin above? = full retail? about $20,000.

Total cost to me? = 180,000 AA miles, but it doesn't end there.

I get double miles when I fly, so actual cost down to 90,000 miles.

Couple of promos (double miles, bonus miles, etc.) and the actual cost is down to about 60,000 miles.

Actual Cost to me to get the 60K miles? = between $2500-3000

To be honest I have never flown Qantas in F, but I did fly Cathay few times and it is just like the "old days" and in my opinion - BETTER1

Private flat bed suites with On Demand Video(about 100 choices), luxurious pajamas and full size pillows and duvets, outstanding menu choices with Asian/western food, cooked to order breakfast, top of the line champaignes, wines. Wonderful, very dedicated and attentive service. I didn't want to get off after a 14 hour flight. I wanted to stay for the return.

Plus if that's not enough,

Use of the airport lounge that has no equal in the world. Full service restaurant, private cabanas with deep tubs and rain showers with lounging area, dayrooms with flatscreen tvs and call button for drinks, day spa, the world's longest bar, 100's of internet stations - ALL INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TICKET.

That's the way to travel.

Would I pay $20,000 - NO!, but as I demonstrated above there is a way to taste the best without spending that kind of cash.

AAFrequentFlyer is offline  
Feb 28th, 2005, 08:01 AM
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AAFrequentFlyer, if you happen to get the flu in the next couple weeks, I'll be happy to go in your place.

Your use of miles may even top some of mine. Back about 10 years ago, we did AA 1st class Ft. Myers to LA, stayed a few days, then Business on Singapore to Tokyo, then Taipei, then Singapore, then Hong Kong, then San Francisco for a few days, then 1st back to Ft. Myers. As I recall the two tickets were a total of 150,000 miles.

Which lounge are you referring to? Quantas or Cathay Pacific? We also did free tickets to Aukland, Sydney, and Perth, with trips between which was all on AA and Quantas, and I must say the Quantas lounges were pretty spectacular, but that was 8 years ago.
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Feb 28th, 2005, 08:16 AM
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Cathay Pcific lounges in Hong Kong. The First Class section at the Wing lounge has the Cabanas and Heaven restaurant and the Pier has the Dayrooms and the Noodle Bar.

The Business sections of both lounges have the "long bar" and the "short bar" the internet stations, the "Library", etc.

I will get to visit the Qantas F lounge during this trip, but from what I hear it is not the Cathay Pacific F lounges.
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Feb 28th, 2005, 10:30 AM
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I was considering a trip to some part of Asia in 2006. Now my mind is made up. I will spend my entire vacation in the First Class Lounge in Hong Kong. Thanks for the adivce, AAFF.
P_M is offline  
May 27th, 2005, 12:13 PM
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Business class is worth the difference between coach and business price. It has much more leg room, good meals served in courses, free drinks, nice amenities bag and attention from the flight attendants. The main difference in Business and First (so I am told) is the price of the wine. Some also have more enclosed bed type seats when reclined. Not worth the price to me! Business on Delta were excellent.
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May 27th, 2005, 12:36 PM
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If your stepfather's previous experiences have been in coach, then business class will be heaven in comparison. First class isn't worth the price difference if you're paying for the ticket IMO. If you plan ahead you should be able to get a discounted transatlantic business fare for around $2000 roundtrip. You don't need to pay $6000. These tickets usually come with a 45-50 day advance purchase requirement, min/max stay restrictions and change fees. But for most leisure trips, you should be able to plan around these restrictions. Good luck!
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May 27th, 2005, 01:40 PM
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I wonder why people spend $11,000 just to sit in a seat for 10 hours and have nice food and watch tv. For that money you can buy a lovely seat and tv and keep it for the rest of your life. And you can go to the best restaurant in town!

But I know...when you can really afford it, why not?
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