When First Class is Cheaper than Coach
Back in December, when my dad and I went to Las Vegas to play golf with a PGA Tour Pro for Expedia and MasterCard’s Priceless Moments, we flew from LA on American Airlines. When I checked him in for his return LAS-LAX flight, I noticed they were offering upgrades to First class for just $45. I jumped all over it because I wasn’t going to be there to travel with him (I was heading to Europe for a Christmas Market cruise) and I wanted him to be more comfortable, and given more care from the flight crew.
It was a good deal—but it would have been even better had he been checking two bags or more. How’s that? On American and most other legacy airlines, there is a $25 charge for the first checked bag and a $35 charge for the second. As you can see from the screenshot above, the $45 upgrade not only included a more comfortable seat but up to three checked bags, priority boarding to guarantee overhead bin space and free drinks!
Moral of the story? When you check-in for your flight, see if the airline is offering an upgrade because sometimes it might be cheaper than flying coach with bags (and sometimes even without).
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