Let’s be honest, flying on an airplane these days is a terrible experience. Some airlines are charging extra for everything from food to pillows while others have threatened to create a standing-room-only section. And of course, we can’t forget about the other passengers on the flight, our sympathetic but grouchy fellow travelers who are only growing more bitter and aggressive as these new rules make flying more stressful.
All of this has only made the prospect of flying first-class seem that much more alluring. Imagine sipping mimosas while reclining in a plush seat without having to bicker with the people around you for legroom. All you have to do is pop in a CD of waves falling on a beach and it’s like you’re in paradise. Unfortunately, as we all know, you have to pay through the roof for this privilege.
According to one estimate by ABC News, a first-class cross-country flight in the U.S. can cost more than $5,000 round-trip, whereas it costs less than a 10th of that to fly in coach. And that’s a domestic flight. Flying first-class internationally can cost you several thousand more.
If this plan doesn’t suit you, LifeHacker recommends going to the other extreme. “Dress smart and arrive as late as possible… [then] tell the airline it is because of a terrible experience you had with their competitor. Sometimes if they think they have the potential to win the business of a frequent flyer from another carrier, they might put you in first class, space permitted, since you are in an emotional state.”