I am not in the 1% (yet). But due to my diligence with miles and understanding of the upgrade process, I fly in upper class more often than not. So, I am actually not sure what to make of this article by AP’s Scott Mayerowitz. While highlighting some of the awesome features available for upper class passengers on long international flights, those willing to dish out the cash or the miles, he actually uses the article to bash them. Is the fact that someone can afford to pay for the luxurious seats and benefits of upper class travel or has earned the status and miles to get upgraded, a bad thing? Why should it be used to call it out as one of the ‘excesses’ of the 1%-ers? Yes, I think benefits in upper class seats are getting better and the comforts in coach are getting worse, but still… The price differences between coach and upper class are getting more and more too. If I shell out $15,000 or 150,000 miles for a first class seat, it better be worth it. Check-in, lounge, seats, meals, the whole package.
Read the article here for yourself and let me know what you think.