How to Fly First Class Without Having to Pay First Class Prices

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Enjoy such luxuries as wider seats, extra legroom, and complimentary premium beverages when flying in first class. Photo (c) Aaron Kohr via

After using first class airport transportation in Kansas City, upgrade from coach to first class.

We have all seen it while waiting to board the plane. The first class passengers are always the first group to get on and find their seats, their extra wide, extra plush seats with plenty of legroom. And prior to take off, they are even able to enjoy a beverage of their choice if they wish. The snacks handed out to that part of the cabin are far superior to the pouches containing 10 or 12 peanuts handed out to the rest of the fliers. What makes it even worse is that the flight crew parades the rest of the passengers through this elite cabin in such a way that it is like they are rubbing it in your face. Then, after the flight lands in the destination city, as if they didn’t get a chance to enjoy enough luxury, they are the first ones able to deplane and their luggage comes up the carousel first. But there are a few simple ways to be able to enjoy this comfort without necessarily having to pay hundreds of extra dollars.

Let’s first evaluate some of the extra costs you might incur if you continue with your current plan of flying coach. Are you checking any luggage? Only a couple of airlines remain that do not charge you for your first, sometimes your second, piece of checked luggage. The other airlines, well, they can charge you as much as $35 or more for the first piece, $50 or more for the second piece, and even much more for checking more than two pieces of luggage or if one of the checked pieces is a set of golf clubs, snow skis, or overweight. Are you wanting to enjoy a premium or alcoholic beverage in flight? Airlines can often charge as much as $8 each for those premium drinks. What if you get hungry mid-flight and the bag of peanuts isn’t enough for the remain 90 minutes of your air travel? Some airlines sell small snack packages or sandwiches and, like the checked bags and premium beverages, tend to be priced high. Are you a taller person and like extra legroom or prefer to sit in an extra row? You got it. Tack on another few bucks for that. So, checking two bags and having a couple of drinks during your flight can easily add $100 to the ticket that you already paid for.

Did you know that a lot of these add-on items are included in the fare of a first class ticket? When traveling up in the front part of the plane, you are welcome to a wide array for luxury items that are complimentary. Two checked bags, premium and alcoholic drinks, wide seats, extra leg room, a wider selection of snacks and food to choose from, all are a part of the first class experience. But how do you gain access to such benefits?

Probably the easiest way to upgrade your ticket from coach is at the time of check-in. Most airlines will give you the option to add on additional services ranging from in-flight internet, a movie, prepay for any checked bags you might have, or choosing an exit row seat. Most people overlook or ignore the option to upgrade their entire ticket from coach to first class because they think it is too expensive. Truth is that upgrading the ticket may cost a little as $49 per leg. If you are going to check a bag and have a drink in flight, those two items right there almost total as much as upgrading your seat selection. What’s even better is that you may be able to use some of your credit card points or frequent flier miles to pay for the upgrade.

A second way to upgrade your ticket is if you are flying to your honeymoon. When you are checking your bags in with the airline ticketing agent, just drop a little hint that you and your new spouse are flying out on your honeymoon. As a way of saying congratulations to you, the ticketing agent just might upgrade your ticket from those coach seats that you paid for. Who wouldn’t like a free upgrade? After all, you spent enough money on the wedding.

Members of the military traveling to or from training or deployments and wearing their uniforms are sure to grab the attention of everyone that is flying on the same plane. If there are open seats in first class, the flight attendants will often fill those seats with those that are brave enough to fight for our country. In some occasions, people who have bought first class seats for themselves will even give them up to active military as a way of thanking them for the service they provide and keeping us safe.

The next time you are flying and you want to experience the way the rich and famous fly, use these tips to help you upgrade from coach. Of course, you can always begin and end your travel experience in with the first class service of a car service regardless of which seat you sit in with you fly. Arrange your chauffeured transportation by call us at (913) 712-8375.

Do you have any other tips on air travel? If so, leave a comment below. And remember, travel confidently!