The economics of airline classes

Wendover Productions explains how airlines make most of their money from business and first class tickets.

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  1. Being treated like a human costs more and more these days.

  2. Flying coach vs business isn't much of a huge difference. The seats are slightly bigger, but last year i got upgraded to business on a transatlantic flight and it was the first time i'd ever gotten to fly business. You'd think my experience would be improved especially on such a long flight. My impression was that it was exactly the same, i wasn't any more comfortable.

  3. Flying UK to Australia it makes a heck of a difference.

  4. With fold flat seats, much better food and booze? It's miles better! (which it should be, since it's multiple times more expensive).

    I used to regularly fly internationally in business with work (8+ hour flights) and it is enormously better, particularly if you have to work when you get to where you're going. I'd never do it on my own dollar, mind.

  5. As a rule of thumb, the only time I consider buying business class is on a flight leg lasting over 7 hours. I'm tall so it's worth it to be guaranteed some leg room or a flat-fold seat. The food and drink and the rest of the premium frippery is high-markup BS, and I usually have the true luxury of being able to plan out any business trips long in advance.

    You ain't seen nothing yet:

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