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I was, however, offered the opportunity to upgrade to First or Economy Plus for a slight fee.
Here were my choices:
1. Upgrade to Economy Plus for $49. I should be fair and note that there is a $30 Economy Plus option: middle seat in the Economy Plus section.
Yes, I’d like to pay $30 more to sit in the middle seat, please. No thank you. Who does that?
3. Lastly, I could upgrade to First for $79.
This is pretty much a no-brainer. If I planned to pay for an upgrade, key word in this sentence is if, I’d forgo the coach options and go straight to First.
I’d be curious to know how many chose a coach option. During my check-in which lasted 15 minutes as I was debating over the value of the upgrade, at least one other person upgraded to F since the seat I would have chosen vanished during my
procrastination decision making.
Upgrading was tempting as I’d never flown in first on United or been to a Red Carpet Club. Comparing the First experience in United, post Continental merger, with American would be interesting, but not on the agenda for this week.
I chose not to upgrade for several reasons:
Cheap Frugal is my middle name.
I’m flying United because it was less than flying on my preferred airline, American; where I would have gotten Economy Plus seats for free, and if space was available, been upgraded for free to first class.
2) My ticket cost $225.
Upgrading to first would be 1/3 of the cost of my ticket.
3) I pay for my own travel.
No company paid travel for this gal. It’s all on my dime.
4) My flight is only 3 hours.
Paying $79 for 3 hours breaks down to $26.33 an hour for the privilege of sitting upfront, having a free breakfast, lounge access, 2 free checked bags, and priority boarding.
5) Did I mention,
cheap frugal is my middle name.
What would you have done?
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