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It varies depending on the airline. First, they may not be unsold right now. Just because a seat hasn't been selected doesn't mean a ticket hasn't been bought. There are tools that can show you how many tickets have been sold in each fare class, and I have seen many times that all the business-class tickets are sold, yet only 20 or 30% of the seats are ...


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Congratulations, I wouldn't complain! Airlines are pretty good these days at managing their passenger load, but sometimes they might overbook a flight or make some mistake and move people around between classes. Worst case, they made a mistake (and notice) and you'll fly economy just like you booked. Best case, you'll enjoy bigger seats and fancier food.


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Airlines have policies for passengers who are larger than their seats, whom they most commonly refer to as "customers of size". You can find more info on some standard policies in this airfarewatchdog blog post. Some airlines ask you buy two adjacent seats (economy airline seats generally resemble a bench for three people - you can easily sit across two ...


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I'd want to hire it as far from busy big cities as possible. The idea of damaging one, even if insured, would be so upsetting. So to maximise this, you'd want to do it during term time (kids in school, less people on holiday), when there's good weather. You'll want to pick up the car outside of rush hour, so around 10am, and still have a couple of hours ...


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First Class on the TGV means a wider seat, power sockets, less people (so a generally quieter environment), and that's about it. Standard Premier on the Eurostar is pretty much the same, except you get a small cold dish and a cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. The difference in price is more due to demand than the actual cost of the service. ...


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It is perfectly possible that there is no Business/First class cabin on the plane - you don't say how long the flight is. For example, British Airways flights within the UK are sometimes booked as "C" class tickets (Business), even though there is no business class - it simply means you have an expensive, flexible ticket with benefits (e.g. lounge entry). ...


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Yes. japanrailpass.net: Most JR trains have Ordinary Cars (coach class) while many long-distance trains also offer Green Cars (superior class). With a Green-type JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use either class. Note that there's only a Green Japan Rail Pass, not a "first class" one. This means you can use Green Cars (roughly, business class), but you ...


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In addition to the scenario identified by Andrew Ferrier, where the cabin displayed is an artifact of the fare class and not the actual existence of those seats on the aircraft, there are several other scenarios where an economy fare can yield a premium seat, though admittedly I do not think any would apply to Avianca. -UP Fares In the domestic U.S., ...


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From the US Airways web site: Aircraft seating configuration For information about aircraft seating configuration, please the map shown during the booking process on our website (usairways.com.) Customers may also request information regarding our general aircraft configuration at any time by calling US Airways Reservations at 800-428-4322. US ...


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After emailing the address mentioned by Peter Hahndorf in his answer (salonvip@eaai.com.ni), I learned the following from "VIP Shift Managers" on duty who answered the emails: The VIP lounge service costs US$34.50 for adults and US$11.50 for children under 12 years old. Payment is made as you enter the lounge on the day of travel. The staff in the VIP ...


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From the airline's point of view, each of your bookings is a separate entity and in this scenario only one of you has been upgraded. Likewise from the airline's point of view only the upgraded passenger has permission to be in the business class cabin. So technically the answer is NO. But there is no harm in asking if you can swap seats partway through the ...


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For a quick summary, there's this BAEC FlyerTalk sticky which covers quite a bit in a compact fashion. If you want the full details, your best bet is the dedicated British Airways microsite on First. On the ground, the main differences are: Dedicated checkin lines (outstations) and checkin area (Heathrow / JFK), with quicker queues than Club World More ...


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We all join frequent flyer programs hoping to get "something for nothing," so this isn't the answer you want to hear, but if you like to fly first class, you'll either need to fly a lot more, make friends with someone who will gift you status or SWUs, or pay for first class tickets. Frequent flyer travel, whether award seats or upgrades, is subject to ...


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From Tripadvisor: Try the VIP service at Managua airport: This service is one of the most unique you may experienced [sic]. You'll be greeted by an Airport representative with your name on a card at the end of the jetway or on the way down the corridor. Hand them your passport, $5, and be escorted past the long customs and baggage pick-up lines ...


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Downgrading a flight maybe possible. It would depend on whether your ticketed fare allows you to do that. However, you may have issues if it was bought by a company as they may have used their corporate accounts and refunds (and partials) would go there. Even if it didn't they would notice they received less corporate air miles (or equivalent depending on ...


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Not every airport has a first class security line and likewise not every airport has a TSA Pre. BUT you will still get your TSA Pre perks at these airports, but not first class perks. Of course if you only fly from major airport to major airport then there maybe no benefit. I have TSA Pre plus other priority options and usually just pick whichever line is ...


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This details are specific to each airline and generally fall into two categories -- fill all the first class seats or let them fly empty. The airlines that want to fill first class will have upgrade programs in place. These can be automatic upgrades for certain classes of frequent fliers down to paid upgrades from economy class. Within an airline, this ...


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I fly regularly with the same few airlines for business (even though I always purchase standard tickets) and have noticed that maybe one in every 8-10 flights, I am upgraded in some way, whether its 'first class' on a short haul flight (larger seats) or invited to the first class lounge on longer flights without much notice. They don't directly tell me this ...


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As you ask what is essentially a question of good etiquette, I can only give you my opinion; which is simply guided by the fact the aircraft is a communal space and our actions should be taken to minimize affecting adversely those around us. Other posters here I am sure will have more robust views on what problems attend exclusively to unfortunate third ...


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Interesting question. I think this is where social networking comes forward. I personally go for TripAdvisor and look for user comments/ratings to check things like this. I skip the noisy hostels because I'm not a night man while travelling. It takes a lot of time to check all these things hostel-by-hostel, but its worthy. However I believe there is no ...


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But you feel like this is either a waste of money It's a) not your money, b) already spent , c) the airlines need the cash. or you're petite and don't like the larger seats Walk into economy, find someone you like the looks of, trade seats. If you want to be cruel, find a mother with an infant. or you want to minimize your carbon footprint, ...


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One option you could consider is the Siwa Oasis. It's an isolated oasis situated in the Western Desert region of Egypt, approximately 550 km west of the capital Cairo, 305 km south-west of Marsa Matruh and some 50 km from the border with Libya. Extending some 80 km in length and 20 km in width, the oasis is one of the most isolated settlements in the ...


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To add to JoErNanO's answer which is spot on in general, in this case you will probably have Business Class lounge access on the basis of your departing domestic flight, so long as it's all been booked on a single ticket. (There are no departures from Heathrow before 6am, so you'll not be able to get access to the Concorde Room on the grounds that you've ...


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If I am reading the upgrade chart correctly in order to upgrade from cheapest fair to First Class you need 50000 miles and $250 So since I don't know where you're flying from I took LAX as a starting point. The difference between cheapest fare is: $515 The first class: $1905 Yielding difference of: ~$1400 You have if you're able to use them: ~6500 and ...


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Oh yeah, this is tricky, but it's arguably also tricky to pick a good hotel. Some just aren't as described. Some have construction outside. Some aren't clean. Anyway, for a hostel. I've stayed in plenty, and sometimes I want a party hostel, sometimes I don't. And by far, the best indicator I've found for this is on hostelbookers - the hostel shows an '...


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The first place to check is probably the airlines websites. But be careful: airlines often overhaul their premium products (business class and first class), and their websites will often show your the wonderful very latest version used on the most competitive long-haul flights, while many planes may have a lesser offering as they have not yet been upgraded, ...


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You will need to do some legwork to figure out what you can expect in any seat on any flight on any route on any airline, regardless of cabin. After all, overhead bins are not the same size on an E-145 as opposed to an A380, and you're going to get more meals flying between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles than between Hong Kong and Taipei, and on the same Airbus ...


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The lounge access depends on what time your connecting flight leaves. My understanding is that you'll be allowed access to Business/First Class lounges if and only if the connecting flight leaves on the same day or before 6am the following day. Quoting from the One World webpage on lounges terms and conditions (emphasis mine): oneworld lounge access for ...


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Summary Your scheme is absolutely, definitely, 100% impossible, because: any excess amount refunded must and can only go to the purchasor, the rich relative. So that's that. Note however that regarding the first-explained aspect of your Caper, the answer is positively yes. A primary reason (rich!) people give 1st class tickets as presents is that they are ...


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Basically it boils down to the fact that Eurostar can move you between Paris and London, whereas TGV cannot. It's not about the “extra cost” of Eurostar versus TGV or what Eurostar comfort is worth as this is not a choice available to anybody. Speculating a bit, there are many things that might contribute to make Eurostar expensive: Use rights for the ...



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