$834 vs $16,415 round trip airfare


#1

United Airlines has announced it’s new daily nonstop to Beijing from Washington D.C. at united.com/page/article/0,6722,51106,00.html
After a quick check of United web site, my question is why does it cost more than $14,500 to sit in the front of a 747-400 for 13 hours? I know you get something like a bed to sit in, plus other creature comforts, but I’ve never really done it (once in uniform I was moved into first class on a Pan Am 747-200 many years ago, but told not to go upstairs), so maybe those that have recently can enlightened the rest of us.


#2

Bus vs bed… plus the food differences (reheated tray vs multi-course meal) and lounge access at each end.


#3

For nearly a $10,000 difference in some cases, I don’t see how the difference is worth it, unless money isn’t an issue for you or your business is paying for it.

Of course, compared with chartering your own jet, that’s a bargain. :wink:


#4

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That too. I think a lot of the people who pay for a first class ticket would pay even if it was $20k for first and $20 for coach.


#5

Bus vs bed… plus the food differences (reheated tray vs multi-course meal) and lounge access at each end.

I like your comparison, but in the “bed” mode it appears your $14K buys someone’s smelly feet adjacent to your head.


#6

I’ve found a big difference if you have to get off the plane and immediately conduct serious business. You can get some reasonable sleep and a decent meal in first, possibly business class, but much tougher to do so in coach. Screwing up a sensitive negotiation can cost far more than the extra few thousand dollars of air fare.


#7

Booze!


#8

I have the feeling that 1st class is so much more expensive because a lot of people flying first class are doing it for free or a greatly reduced price due to frequent flyer miles.


#9

One look at most first class riders confirms your theory.


#10

You’re probably comparing a non-refundable, no-changes coach class fare to a full first class fare. I doubt the difference between a full, unrestricted Y fare and F is that much.