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If you've been on a plane before, I'm sure you've walked past first class; nobody cares. If you want to dress up, sure, but I'd prefer to be casual and comfortable.


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International first (and business) class for long flights is a very different product than most domestic first class services. For example, here's first class on a United domestic 737: Wikimedia Commons: LuccaV Here's "business class" on short-haul Lufthansa (simply an economy seat with the seat next to you blocked off to give you more room) Flickr: ...


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and just wanted to experience it at least once. Dress up, dress as nice as you like and comfortably can for a flight and make it a whole experience. You want to enjoy it so enjoy it to the fullest. Banter : Go ahead flag it I would not bother about all these comments and answers trying to dampen your spirit oh business class is nothing in the US, oh this ...


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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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I stay in quite a lot of hotels (more than I realised when I added up the nights last year!), many of which have pools. All I can say in general is... There is no general rule! So, what I do first is to grab the guest information directory thingy in the room (normally a binder or little booklet), and check in there under leisure or facilities or spa. Around ...


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Nobody cares what you wear in first class. I recently flew to Barcelona in first class with casual shorts. The flight attendant kept apologising for a loud family near me, but I was fine. They had kids and kids will be kids. It's all about attitude, not dress.


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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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Your question is (I think): why does (US) domestic first class exceed the cost of economy by 50%, whereas international first class is many times the cost of economy. The answer to that is that the comparative services are vastly different. In (US) domestic first class you get a little more legroom, and a seat roughly 50% more wide. In international first ...


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The short answer is "because they can". Airlines have very sophisticated revenue optimization programs that dynamically adapt the price of the day to supply and demand. Even in Business, there are multiple fare classes (J,Z,D) which offer the same seat at drastically different prices. Since this flight is very soon, they block all the cheap seats and wait ...


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There's the improved probability of a seat during rush hour and (in my opinion) the likelihood of quieter, or indeed absent, companions outside of rush hour. That's pretty much it; there's no difference in the hard product, and there's no soft product to speak of. This is now counterbalanced by the very small first class section, which means if you have a ...


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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". Economy airline seats generally resemble a thin couch for three people with hard armrests between each seat. The armrests between the seats raise up and you can sit across two seats though it might not be that comfortable depending ...


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It's not. Here's what I see if I go to book a flight on Icelandair's website: The premium cabin is sold as "Saga Premium," as also shown on their services page. Their fleet pages depict "Saga Premium" and "Economy" classes, not business. Which strikes me as fair. It's clearly a premium service as compared to economy, even if there aren't all the benefits ...


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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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Pretty much no one dresses up to fly domestic First Class in the U.S. (and very few people do to fly long-haul First Class.) There will probably be a few people wearing suits in First, but that's primarily because they're business travelers who are wearing the suit for business at the destination, not because they're flying First. You'll find some of those ...


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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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I always dress well when I fly Business Class (I never fly First). Why? Because if am flying Business Class, I am flying on a friends-and-family coupon from someone who works for the airline, and the airline (for some reason) insists on a dress code for deadheads like me. (Not that kind of Deadhead, the not-high kind.) Slacks, not jeans; button shirt; ...


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You may be looking for 'fast casual' restaurants whose Wikipedia entry even includes Vapiano. An alternative term is casual dining but that would usually refer to a place with table service. If there's any table service in a fast casual place, it'll be limited to bringing the food you ordered to the table or removing dishes. I (US native) might tip 10% or ...


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There are going to be problems here Immigration Canada says that: People employed in a personal capacity, for example, as a domestic servant, personal assistant or nanny (caregiver), on a full-time basis by short-term temporary residents generally meet the business visitor criteria in paragraphs R187(3)(a) and (b) and may enter as business visitors. ...


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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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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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$20 is not a bad rule of thumb, especially if the service is good. Another guideline (for the US), which also works for restaurants where you're given free dishes, complementary spa services, and other situations where you're receiving a free service but tipping the service provider is appropriate, is to tip as if you were paying the normal price. If you don'...


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To answer your questions : Do I get changed into pool clothes in my room and go to the pool in the hotel bathrobe? Or can I expect changing facilities there and am expected to use those? It all depends of the hotel. I would say that generally speaking, it isn't an issue to go to the pool with the bathrobe but you might find yourself in an uncomfortable ...


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As a limo professional, I would say $10 would be the absolute minimum, anything less would be an insult. $20 would be the normal/average tip the driver would be expecting, especially since they are doing a "meet and greet" at the airport.


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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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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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Not to dampen your spirits, but the experience of first class depends chiefly on the airplane you are flying on, and flights on your itinerary are all flown on either the 737, A320 or other similar aircraft. These are not really equipped with a proper first class. For most, you are looking at wider seats, some older ones may just block the center seat of ...


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Many corporate policies allow upgraded seats only on trips of more than a certain number of hours. Boston to London is a 6.5 hour flight, and would certainly be one of those included. So the market of flyers who don't care much about the cost is much higher on such international flights, and they can charge more. Consider also that a business person arriving ...


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