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First Class Monetization, or FCM: The Definitive Thread

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Old Feb 6, 19, 11:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Wimsta View Post
Ok, this is just fun.

UG to FC from X on ATL to YYZ for 8,900 (I thought it was a good enough deal, and I'm GM now...).

But, then there is the YYZ-CVG-LAX. NO FC on YYZ-CVG seat 1A is C+, but WOW on the CVG-LAX.


The flight is on April 1st, is it possibly an April Fools joke?
11 of 16 seats still available.
I honestly believe that, if there is any logic at all, it is to get people to burn miles.

1. Those who aren't airline geeks like us try to use their miles to go to Europe, and are hit with insane award prices, to the extent that they value them at close to zero
2. As such, dropping 100k on CVG-LAX is preferable (in their minds) to letting the points devalue further
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Old Feb 12, 19, 11:52 am
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I just received a domestic first-class buy-up offer for Minneapolis–Detroit on a 757. $181.68 or 16,900 miles.

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Old Feb 13, 19, 1:32 am
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SFO-DTW $244
DTW-GRU $859

Appeared within 12 hours prior to departure

I wish DTW-GRU was in the $500s or $600s as I might rationalize it...

All that said, Wednesday's likely to be a mess at SFO, there's no current weather waiver, and I'm guessing I will miss DTW-GRU anyway with my tight connection.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by snorkmaster View Post
SFO-DTW $244
DTW-GRU $859

Appeared within 12 hours prior to departure

I wish DTW-GRU was in the $500s or $600s as I might rationalize it...

All that said, Wednesday's likely to be a mess at SFO, there's no current weather waiver, and I'm guessing I will miss DTW-GRU anyway with my tight connection.
On the other hand, if you did the buy-up then Delta might be more generous in rerouting you as a paid first-class or business-class passenger or even booking you on another airline.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:37 am
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Considering an offer of $181 or 16,900 SkyMiles for SFO - MSP since it is an early AM flight and I could maybe get some rest and get a few extra MQMs, but still a little steep for a 3.5hr flight. What is typically considered a “good value”?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 12:00 pm
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Originally Posted by mojo2121 View Post
Considering an offer of $181 or 16,900 SkyMiles for SFO - MSP since it is an early AM flight and I could maybe get some rest and get a few extra MQMs, but still a little steep for a 3.5hr flight. What is typically considered a “good value”?
if you go back a few years, $1/minute was often seen as "reasonable value" ... 3.5 hours block time means approx 3 hours in the air, so $180 is right on that metric ... of course, your definition of "reasonable value" doesn't necessarily align with anyone else's definition, so you're likely to get a very broad swath of responses
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Old Feb 13, 19, 12:03 pm
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Value is always subjective. Is $181 what you spend on drinks after work or what you need to bring your mortgage current? If the former, the UG is worth it. If the latter, probably not.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post
if you go back a few years, $1/minute was often seen as "reasonable value" ... 3.5 hours block time means approx 3 hours in the air, so $180 is right on that metric ... of course, your definition of "reasonable value" doesn't necessarily align with anyone else's definition, so you're likely to get a very broad swath of responses
Fair enough - mostly looking for a reasonable target on something being a decent deal or not. Thanks!
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Old Feb 13, 19, 5:18 pm
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Old Feb 13, 19, 7:04 pm
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I just received a buy-up offer of $136.68 or 12,900 miles for domestic first-class on a MD-88 between Panama City/Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP) and Atlanta. This flight is blocked at about 1-hour. There are 11 open first-class seats.

No way.

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Old Feb 14, 19, 1:36 pm
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Such a bargain to bundle First.

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Old Feb 14, 19, 6:28 pm
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Taking after cable and wireless companies I guess... Really hard to pass up.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 5:00 pm
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$74.18 or 6,900 miles for Chicago O'Hare ORD–Detroit DTW on an A320. As a reminder, this flight is about 1-hour in duration.



Meanwhile, Minneapolis to ORD has a buy-up offer of $84.93 or 7,900 miles for first-class on a 717. Again, the flight is about 1-hour and change.

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Old Feb 15, 19, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by hockeyinsider View Post
I just received a buy-up offer of $136.68 or 12,900 miles for domestic first-class on a MD-88 between Panama City/Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP) and Atlanta. This flight is blocked at about 1-hour. There are 11 open first-class seats.

No way.

I'm confused here. Isn't this a buy-up offer to only Comfort + and not to first. It seems to offer "Sky Priority" boarding and not "Premium"
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Old Feb 16, 19, 3:59 am
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Originally Posted by Lomapaseo View Post
I'm confused here. Isn't this a buy-up offer to only Comfort + and not to first. It seems to offer "Sky Priority" boarding and not "Premium"
No, it's first-class. I'm already in second-class, aka comfort-plus.
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