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First Class Monetization, or FCM: The Definitive Thread

First Class Monetization, or FCM: The Definitive Thread

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Old Jan 15, 18, 8:50 pm
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I got kicked back to Gold this year as I missed 13 weeks with an illness right during my heavy fall travel season. So now I have to either pay for C+, suck it up with C- and hope for the best, or buy F.

United got me today on an upcoming ORD-MCO. DL wanted $164 for C+ with a very manageable stop in ATL. United, an airline which I am very unfond of and generally avoid even considering, was $228 for F (AA was $279, DL was $400). If I was DL PLT, it would have been $118 for C+ instead of Y-, and I'd have taken it.
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Old Jan 16, 18, 12:14 pm
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On a trip I just booked...

Refare from M to P round trip: $454
FCM offers one way: $514 ($1028 round trip)

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Old Jan 16, 18, 12:18 pm
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Last weekend, ATL-PHX. $203 to upgrade to F on an award ticket (pax was an FO, so virtually zero chance of getting a free upgrade). Took it.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 8:30 am
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I've got an $89 offer for ATL-RDU and v/v next week on the 75S both ways.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 1:22 pm
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Originally Posted by pvn View Post
I've got an $89 offer for ATL-RDU and v/v next week on the 75S both ways.
If you value a glass of wine or a stiff cocktail at $15-17 (airport/hotel prices) then three glasses of wine might and the comfort of first-class might be worth $89.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by hockeyinsider View Post
If you value a glass of wine or a stiff cocktail at $15-17 (airport/hotel prices) then three glasses of wine might and the comfort of first-class might be worth $89.
I sure wouldn’t pay $89 for that segment ... yeah, block time is right around 90 min, but in-air is probably closer to 50 (and I’d get a double Woodford for free in C+ anyway)
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Old Jan 17, 18, 1:38 pm
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Old Jan 17, 18, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post

I sure wouldn’t pay $89 for that segment ... yeah, block time is right around 90 min, but in-air is probably closer to 50 (and I’d get a double Woodford for free in C+ anyway)
Yeah, but the wine in comfort-plus is bad. I could easily drink a glass of wine before departure and another two glasses in-flight over 90 minutes. Plus, I'll grab some chocolate from the snack basket to take home.
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Old Jan 17, 18, 9:53 pm
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Old Jan 17, 18, 10:37 pm
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MSP-RSW o/w FCM was hovering around $416. As is the return. $832 for domestic 739 F. Too expensive as a fare. Waaaay to expensive as an FCM.
Yesterday the outbound dropped to $170. I have a cold and a backache, and have to make this trip for meetings, so I took it. I don't imagine the return will drop in price, but I have a decent C+ seat on a 752, so I don't care very much.
Considering MSP-DEN offers have been about $106 o/w for me for a while (no meal, just a snack basket for the 90 min MD90 hop), the suddenly reduced RSW deal was Okay.
Overall, though, I've gone from accepting 4 or 5 FCMs in 2016 when they were moderately priced to I think zero last year. I had a nice rollover on top of Plat without any mileage boosts, too.
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Old Jan 21, 18, 8:12 pm
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Booked jfk -las for 17k miles in main cabin; offered upgrade to first for $860. Tickets in first are $560...
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Old Jan 21, 18, 8:42 pm
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They have been doing this for a while. With millions of tickets sold, are you guys saying no one has taken them up on the "bad" offer?
I don't think they would be doing it if it wasn't working.
The excuse above that it is two departments who don't talk to each other is a canard. They simply don't want the stiffs to feel they got stiffed purposely.
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Old Jan 22, 18, 5:18 am
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Hi, is DL ever offering upgrades from coach to Delta One between JFK and SFO, please? I have not seen any mentioned in the thread.
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Old Jan 22, 18, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by af fp View Post
Hi, is DL ever offering upgrades from coach to Delta One between JFK and SFO, please? I have not seen any mentioned in the thread.
You can always upgrade by paying the fare difference. Were you looking for a discounted upgrade? Or maybe you prefer to overpay for the upgrade?
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Old Jan 22, 18, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
You can always upgrade by paying the fare difference. Were you looking for a discounted upgrade? Or maybe you prefer to overpay for the upgrade?
A discounted upgrade of course. Right now coach is about $300 and D1 $900 for JFK-SFO one-way. Do they sometimes offer upgrades under $300? How often?
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