Friday, July 11, 2014

Flight

If you fly round trip from Dulles to Paris, it costs $2000 for Premium Economy, and $10,000 for First Class.  So what do you get for that extra eight thousand dollars?

You get a private entrance into the terminal.

You get a private lounge. And a "prestige car", whatever that is, to your gate.

You get a high staff to passenger ratio on the plane.

You get personally introduced to the crew. Though I guess that home phone numbers are not included.

You get a bigger seat with a bigger TV. The seat folds out to be a bed.

You get to get off the plane first.

You get personal escort to baggage claim.  Persumably, they'll get your bag for you.

And.......

You get a  nice little box of toiletries.

Hmmm......

Not enough.  What would make it worthwhile?

Well, for starters -- a limo that comes to my house to get me.  Not a van, an actual limo.  With a good selection of music and munchies for the drive to the airport.    Driven by a liveried TSA person who will waft me through their stupid security checkpoints. They handle the bags. And... and.....

Nah, I got nothing.  Nothing that's worth $8000.  $1500, maybe. 

Sorry, Air France.

4 comments:

Tabor said...

It is artificial and only works for those who like the showiness or for those who get it like you did, from someone else.

Cerulean Bill said...

When I went to Australia, the first class people got to get off first. It delayed me about 10 minutes. After a 14 hour flight, that really was inconsequential.

I'm willing to pay above and beyond for good service. But Air France's site includes a comment that the seats have the 'winged seahorse Air France logo' on the headrest. I think they're missing the point.

Perhaps I am.

Wendster said...

I saw a few airlines listed (in an article detailing the fantastic-ness of first class on a few particular airlines) that would have been worth another 2,000 I suppose: Showers, private rooms!, *very* high end toiletries, incredible meals, and I think one had a restaurant/club? upstairs. And yes, the limo came to your house. I wonder who has that kind of money? And if I had it, would I spend it for that? Hmmmmm ....

Bill the sword guy said...

Never