Oh American Airlines, you shameless temptress! How did you know I am usually one to leap at any kind of upgrade offer without much extra thought? How surprised you must have been when I didn’t take it.
Airlines enjoy getting as much money for seats as possible, which makes sense because that is the basic tenet of their business. To do that, they will sometimes offer upgrades for an attractive price to get people to move up a cabin.
Why Didn’t I Take It?
The offer that presented itself for $500 was for a transatlantic flight from Dublin to Philadelphia. This flight is seven and a half hours, so it works out as $66 per hour extra to fly in the big seats.
This is seems to be a really good price all round, and usually I would take it. Not this time though, and there are a couple of reasons why I’m staying in Premium Economy.
First of all, it’s a day flight so the lie flat seating is less desirable as I’ll be awake the entire time. Also, in Premium Economy, the main meal is the same one as served in business class, so not too much benefit there. Plus, I already have access to the lounge and all the other priority bits as part of my airline status.
Looking at dates later in the year, the price difference between Premium Economy and Business Class is about $630 for the whole return trip. That means that it’s $315 extra each way, making the $500 actually on the pricey side. So there’s that too.
While the offer looks fantastic and usually I’d be taking it, I’ve decided to stay where I am. No doubt I’ll regret it the second I board and see the seats I could be sitting in, but my wallet is sure to appreciate the fact it remained closed for once!
What would you have done in my situation? Would you have taken the upgrade or would you stay in your travel class? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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