I am scheduled to fly to JFK-SFO-JFK next week and I have always only flown Biz in the p.s. flight. For my upcoming trip, I have a choice between First and Biz. Generally speaking, I would assume First would be better than Biz but given the biz seats in this flight (especially row 9), I am not really sure if First would be any better.
I recently flew .ps to JFK and return. Used F for outbound and C for the return. The F upgrade cost me $295 and I don't think it was worth it. As far as I could tell the food was the same meal as served in business class. The inflight entertainment was the same individual movie players handed out by the cabin staff. And the F seats were not as comfortable as the C seats. Even though nominally "lie flat" my F seat was cranky and would not recline fully nor extend the foot rest fully. The C seat worked fine and I had a good nap (not lying flat, however, as they do not fully recline). Your reaction may vary.
The only people I know who fly ps F are people who have contracts calling for F. Those who are entitled to "premium" fly C. IFL is nicer if you have a layover, but why waste time getting to the airport early just so you can sit in a nice enough, but boring place when you're going to eat onboard anyway?
On the outbound, its a day flight and don't intend to sleep so what matters is IFE and food, which sounds like is the same in F/C.
On the way back, I have a two hour layover in SFO before I take the 11:15 PM red eye back to JFK.
I am not paying so cost is not a major issue. That said, if F is even 5% better in terms of seat recline, then I'll prefer that on my red-eye as need to head straight into work from the airport. Hence, the debate re: F vs C.
On the United website I see a Global First lounge in SFO but isn't that only for international passengers?
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F seat worth it for the red-eye.
Yes you get the IFL.. it's for international first plus p.s. First. Very nice lounge, and great for a shower before a red-eye. However, keep in mind that the IFL is in the international terminal, and your ps flight may leave from a gate that is very far away.