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As a frequent business traveler, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by airline upgrades before. But recently, flying from Denver to Seattle, I received a complimentary round-trip upgrade to First Class!  Having never flown premium before, I was excited to take advantage of the opportunity.  Along with the comfy seat at the front of the plane, I didn’t realize first class came with additional perks before you even enter the plane.

Surprising First Class inclusions:

  • Pre-flight: priority counter access at check-in; increased baggage allowance; priority baggage tagging; premium line access through TSA security; and priority boarding.
  • Flight: blanket/pillow/bottle of water waiting at your seat; dedicated overhead bin space; in-seat power outlet and increased seat recline; attentive service from a cabin-specific attendant; drinks in real glassware (alcoholic and non-alcoholic); meal and snack selection.
  • Post-flight: ability to get off of the plane first; priority baggage claim delivery.

Since I did not have to pay extra for the upgrade, its tough to say whether or not its worth the extra cost. What I will say is that the increased seat comfort, extra overall space/legroom, and additional attention from airline staff certainly reduced my usual travel fatigue.  When I arrived at both my destinations, I felt stress-free and energetic!  It’s the type of feeling that I certainly wouldn’t mind enjoying again on a long international flight!  In fact, if the airlines are reading this blog, please know that I would gladly enjoy a complimentary opportunity on any future flight!

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  • Brandon Barclay says:

    When traveling to South Carolina, I gave up my flight for some free comp tickets. I then asked if I could be upgraded to first class on my next flight. Luckily I was. It was really nice, at 22 years old I was flying high. Pun intended. For me it was really nice, like living high society. For people like my uncle, he wouldn’t travel any other way. Thats because when he was doing international sales, he said, “when you fly as much as I do, it’s nice to be comfortable.”

    It’s a change of pace though when you get on a flight that doesn’t offer first class. It then makes you think, why don’t all airlines treat all their customers the same. I guess that’s the benefit of business, you can have your own unique spin on your marketing plan. For some airlines it’s first class and others no first class. For me, I liked first class. It was comfortable.

  • Kathleen says:

    You deserve it! Hope you luck out again in the future.

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