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11 hours in 737 economy or 17 hours in 737 First?

11 hours in 737 economy or 17 hours in 737 First?

Old Sep 30, 20, 12:24 pm
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11 hours in 737 economy or 17 hours in 737 First?

I'm looking at a flight from ATL to ANC next June. My wife and I can either opt for a 17 hour, 2 layover trip in the 737 First class or a 11 hour, 1 layover trip in 737 econ.

Points prices are the same. What would you do?
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Old Sep 30, 20, 12:33 pm
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Book the first class option and hope for a schedule change that can get you a shorter/better routing.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
Book the first class option and hope for a schedule change that can get you a shorter/better routing.
This is great advice. Forgot about that.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 12:41 pm
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You don't want to be in Y going to ANC. I did that years ago on a 757 and it wasn't pretty. Maybe you will get lucky and the a/c will get upgauged (other than to a 321).
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Old Sep 30, 20, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by jbandy10 View Post
This is great advice. Forgot about that.
And trust me, AA is making tons and tons of schedule changes so odds are on your favor. Whatever you do, avoid spending more than 4 hours on an awful AA 737 in Y.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 12:56 pm
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first. no brainer.
Schedules will definitely change as well.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by jbandy10 View Post
I'm looking at a flight from ATL to ANC next June. My wife and I can either opt for a 17 hour, 2 layover trip in the 737 First class or a 11 hour, 1 layover trip in 737 econ.

Points prices are the same. What would you do?
Personally, I think I'd rather bike there. Might take a bit longer but I'd expect to be more comfortable on the way.

If these are truly your only options though, as others have said, I'd go with the F option and continually search of better options to change into as the may come available.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 3:10 pm
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Definitely F. If you're lucky meals will be back. Hopefully it will be on non-OASIS 737s, regardless of the class you decide on. Not sure there will be any left by then.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 3:53 pm
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If the choice truly is between 11 hours in Y and 17 hours in F (especially narrowbody domestic F), I'd take less time in a plane every time; that's a no-brainer for me. But as noted, if that isn't truly the choice, I could see purchasing F in this case if there's a pretty good chance the 17 hours of flying isn't actually what you'll wind up with.

For calibration of my response: I have once in my life paid extra to get out of coach (Y -> W for a trans-atlantic flight) and regretted it. I've only flown F/J when upgraded or when it was the same price for a decent routing.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 5:30 pm
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Three primary considerations: F, F and F. Forget about meals, booze and whatever else it is. The 2-2 seating with a bit of legroom makes it worth it even if the trip length is longer. Sure, schedule changes may occur, but maybe the 17-hours will become 19. Even if that happens, stick to F.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 7:51 pm
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Have you checked if Alaska has award space using your AAdvantage miles?

My past few ANC trips have been on AS using AA miles.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 8:37 pm
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Originally Posted by milesandmoremiles View Post
Have you checked if Alaska has award space using your AAdvantage miles?

My past few ANC trips have been on AS using AA miles.
Alaska doesn't even offer IFE tablets anymore and their 737 F seats aren't that comfortable, especially on the -900s.
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Old Oct 1, 20, 7:31 am
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Originally Posted by milesandmoremiles View Post
Have you checked if Alaska has award space using your AAdvantage miles?

My past few ANC trips have been on AS using AA miles.
You'd need saver award space ('A' class) on AS to redeem AA miles, and that, along with AS's 'U' (upgrade) space, have virtually disappeared since COVID.

Most AS awards that I've seen recently are full fare only ('D' class), and those won't be available for redemption with AA miles.
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Old Oct 1, 20, 7:49 am
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Either option sounds terrible. Two stop 738: sounds like ATL-DFW-ORD-ANC. Ergh.
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Old Oct 1, 20, 8:00 am
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yeah... 17 hrs is a long time.. but at least you will be in better comfort then in Y ... and on my last flight ATL-MIA..there was drink service in F (the adult type)
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