4.5 hrs in the A319; worth it to upgrade?

 
Old Jul 14, 08, 2:57 pm
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4.5 hrs in the A319; worth it to upgrade?

I have to sit in an A319 from ORD-SJC and am unsure whether to use my upgrades for this. Lets just say that I travel more than I have upgrades for, and so they are somewhat valuable to me... and I am flying with my wife so its 2x the upgrade cost.

Lets hold marital concerns out of the equation for a moment. If the upgraded seat was a comparatively good seat, like on a 757 or 767 or something, then I am sure I wouldnt even think twice, but the A319 -- makes me wonder if that seat is really an upgrade relative to e+ and worth the cost in 500milers or regionals.

What would the FTers do?!?
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:01 pm
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The first class seats on an A319 are exactly the same as they are on a 757 or an A320. The leg room in row 1 is not great, but row 2 is fine. If you feel an upgrade between ORD-SFO/LAX/SEA/PDX/SAN is worthwhile, then ORD-SJC is also worthwhile. The service will be the same. I would not disqualify it simply because the aircraft is an A319.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:02 pm
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upgrade. IMO the airbus 319 and 320 F is some of the best in the fleet (of course except for the intl).
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:04 pm
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I NEVER upgrade on the UA A319 non-meal flight if I can get the first row of coach. The bulkhead in coach is wide open at the bottom for 15 inches or so and offers unlimited legroom.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by eratosthaenes View Post
I have to sit in an A319 from ORD-SJC and am unsure whether to use my upgrades for this. Lets just say that I travel more than I have upgrades for, and so they are somewhat valuable to me... and I am flying with my wife so its 2x the upgrade cost.

Lets hold marital concerns out of the equation for a moment. If the upgraded seat was a comparatively good seat, like on a 757 or 767 or something, then I am sure I wouldnt even think twice, but the A319 -- makes me wonder if that seat is really an upgrade relative to e+ and worth the cost in 500milers or regionals.

What would the FTers do?!?
The A319 second row has some of my favorite F seats in the domestically configured fleet, second only to the first row of the 777. In any case, they're superior because of the smaller cabin than the 757 F seat, and superior in every way to the 767 F seat.

The upgrade is well worth it, in my opinion, even over the A319 Row 6, which has some of the best Y seats in the fleet. And you're westbound, which is a longer flight. If it's a meal flight, also, then I say don't hesitate.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:05 pm
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It is often difficult to get upgraded on 319 because there are only 8 F seats, let alone 2.

Unless you use CR1s to confirm, those e500s probably won't do the job when it's close to departure because NF will likely to go zero.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:09 pm
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Great! I didnt realize the A319 was on par. I saw the two rows in first and assumed that it was some sort of weak first class cabin. Much appreciated (marriage saved!)
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:12 pm
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I would upgrade.
Having mentioned the spouse, the spouse is in the equation as I percieve it.
@:-) With 41 years of marriage to the same spouse I would definitely UPGRADE.

p.s. When UA will convert the ORD-SJC route to CRJ 700, I will also upgrade...
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:36 pm
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IF you can upgrade (which might be VERY difficult, especially for two people), I would for sure.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:46 pm
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The answer is always Yes.

Upgrade on a 747. Yes.
Upgrade on a 777. Yes.
Upgrade on a 767. Yes
Upgrade on a 757. Yes.
Upgrade on a 737. Yes.
Upgrade on a 320. Yes.
Upgrade on a 319. Yes.
Upgrade on a CR700. Yes.
Upgrade on a EM170. Yes.


I can't wait until they get rid of TED to MCO and I can fly in F to MCO.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by iwebslinger View Post
The answer is always Yes.

Upgrade on a 747. Yes.
Upgrade on a 777. Yes.
Upgrade on a 767. Yes
Upgrade on a 757. Yes.
Upgrade on a 737. Yes.
Upgrade on a 320. Yes.
Upgrade on a 319. Yes.
Upgrade on a CR700. Yes.
Upgrade on a EM170. Yes.


I can't wait until they get rid of TED to MCO and I can fly in F to MCO.
^^^
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:51 pm
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get row 6 for sure

I was just on a 319, although only DEN-SFO and row 6 is E++. Unless you yourself are a "widebody" and then the fixed armrests might be a hassle.

Try for the upgrade as well (after you snag seats in row 6) but as other posters have noted, it's difficult on a 319.
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Old Jul 14, 08, 3:57 pm
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c'mon guys, I've been on some planes where the F seats were a modest upgrade at best! How can that be worth it ALL THE TIME! Upgrades dont grow on trees!
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Old Jul 14, 08, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Intrepid View Post
@:-) With 41 years of marriage to the same spouse I would definitely UPGRADE.
Yes, but the real question is would you upgrade the spouse as well?
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Old Jul 14, 08, 4:12 pm
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I'd upgrade if I had the chance. I always do on anything from ORD to the west coast, in fact I often do from ORD to anything past the plains, though I don't find that necessary, just more enjoyable.

I would not agree that F in the 319 is better than F in a 757. I much prefer the full recline without a bulkhead, that rows 2 through 5 provide on a 757. With a 319, it's pick your poison, bulkhead (limited leg room) or row 2, which has limited recline, though not greatly reduced and as pointed out, that F cabin is small and often has better service.

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