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Old Jan 10, 19, 5:25 am
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Hi!
Thinking about going to Los Angeles in sept/oct and wondering about premium/plus economy.
I will be travelling from Gothenburg (GOT) - Los Angeles (LAX).
When I use different search-engins the best prices and duration seems to be British Airlines, Finn Air, LOT polish airlines and Lufthansa. LOT only fly 787-8 to LAX and the other carriers vary.

Anyone have any experience about flying premium with these to the US or specifically LAX? The short haul from GOT to whichever hub they use don't matter cause that is just a few hours. I'm wondering about the crossatlantic haul.

// Anna
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Old Jan 10, 19, 8:18 am
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I was upgraded from Economy to Premium Economy on LOT from EWR to WAW. It's a small separate "cabin" of about two or three rows as I remember. The seat was comfortable and I slept pretty well. Food was of good quality and service was fine.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 4:18 am
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The pricings I see for Premium Economy don't seem to be worth it in my mind for what you get. However that is just my opinion. I think PE is overpriced.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 5:54 am
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I can only comment on the BA product. First off, many people book PE on BA so that they can upgrade to J using Avios. You can't upgrade from regular economy. Second, BA's hard product varies massively by equipment, so I would recommend looking at the BA Forum here to see whether you are getting decent PE or not.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 8:35 am
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I havent flown Finnair but the other three I would rank LO>LH>BA
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Old Jan 11, 19, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Annalisa12 View Post
The pricings I see for Premium Economy don't seem to be worth it in my mind for what you get. However that is just my opinion. I think PE is overpriced.
This has been my thought so far as well. They are rolling it out priced kind of high, probably to see if that sticks first before running any particularly great fares for it.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by Annaer View Post
Hi!
Thinking about going to Los Angeles in sept/oct and wondering about premium/plus economy.
I will be travelling from Gothenburg (GOT) - Los Angeles (LAX).
When I use different search-engins the best prices and duration seems to be British Airlines, Finn Air, LOT polish airlines and Lufthansa. LOT only fly 787-8 to LAX and the other carriers vary.

Anyone have any experience about flying premium with these to the US or specifically LAX? The short haul from GOT to whichever hub they use don't matter cause that is just a few hours. I'm wondering about the crossatlantic haul.

// Anna
I have flown PE thanks to free upgrades, every time on the way back home so not yet to the US (upgrade to PE on BA: Tokyo - London, New York - London, Chicago - London, upgrade to PE on Cathay: Cairns - Hong Kong). For my next holiday (road trip in Canada, May 22 - June 15, flying BA: Brussels - LHR - Vancouver / Calgary - LHR - Brussels), I bought a PE ticket for the first time ever, paying €850 euro, about €150 more than economy at the time of booking. As I consider €750-850 a good deal for flights to the west side of North America, the price in PE was within the budget I had in mind. In the meantime, economy for the same flights is slightly more expensive than what I paid, the price for premium economy has become €1860 so I think I bought my ticket at the right time

PE has a smaller cabin, so less disturbance by other people. The seats are also wider and offer more legroom which makes it a bit easier to sleep (although I'm able to get some sleep even in economy). For the way to the US, getting sleep is probably less important as it is a day flight, but for the way back it can be useful. Food should also be a little bit better, but that's open for discussion and also personal taste. On BA there is also a larger bagage allowance (2 bags instead of 1) in premium economy which can be useful if needed. I assume other carriers have similar rules.

If the price difference is small enough and within the budget I had in mind, I pay for a higher class. Business (or first) is out of my personal budget unless some deals that can be found on FT. In the last year and a half I have experienced Business and First thanks to use of Avios or thanks to business trips but the price difference is just too big most of the time in case of leisure travel. I rather spend the price difference on things during my holiday than on flights. Cause at the end, all passengers arrive at the same destination.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
This has been my thought so far as well. They are rolling it out priced kind of high, probably to see if that sticks first before running any particularly great fares for it.
Just as a data point, PE is BA's most profitable cabin.
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Old Jan 16, 19, 6:39 am
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Premium Ecomony is MUCH better than economy plus (for example Y+ on UA or C+ on DL, both of which are regular coach seats with a few extra inches of legroom/recline and perhaps early boarding or a free drink). There's also a difference in how one is booked on connecting flights, i.e., Eurobusiness or coach on intraEU segments or domestic FC or coach (even if Y+/C+) in the USA.
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Old Jan 16, 19, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Premium Ecomony is MUCH better than economy plus (for example Y+ on UA or C+ on DL, both of which are regular coach seats with a few extra inches of legroom/recline and perhaps early boarding or a free drink). There's also a difference in how one is booked on connecting flights, i.e., Eurobusiness or coach on intraEU segments or domestic FC or coach (even if Y+/C+) in the USA.
Really? From what I've seen, you get booked on economy for the domestic/intraEU flights with premium economy TATL fares.
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Old Jan 19, 19, 1:40 pm
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Just as a data point, PE is BA's most profitable cabin.
Do you have a source for this? I'd like to read more about it.
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Do you have a source for this? I'd like to read more about it.
There are plenty of threads in the BA forum on this toptic. Have a search.
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post


There are plenty of threads in the BA forum on this toptic. Have a search.
This is probably THE most annoying thing about internet forums

Person 1 asks a question
Person 2 responds with a definitive statement
Person 1 (or anyone, really) asks for a source or supporting information
Person 2 says "go look it up"

Here's an idea - It's YOUR fact. YOU go look it up. If you aren't willing to do that, then it's not a fact. It's a poorly presented opinion.
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My source is a senior BA executive friend.
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