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

Travel first class in both an airplane and by towncar service.

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

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!

Tips for Quickly Reserving a Car Service

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Hiring a car service is a great option over renting a car when traveling to a city in which you are unfamiliar

 

So, you are about to attend a seminar, conference, or meeting.  Have you booked airline tickets?  Check.  Hotel reserved?  Check.  Conference registration completed and paid for?  Check.  Lunch or dinner reservations set up?  Check.  But what about your airport transportation?

Often times the last thing a person thinks about when they are getting ready to travel is how they are going to get to and from the airport.  There are several routes to go, such as a taxi, shuttle, renting a car, etc.  In a previous blog post “What is an airport car service and how is it better than a taxi?”, we discuss the differences, the advantages if you will, on hiring a chauffeured vehicle over other service options.  But what about simply renting a car?  You could do that, and many people opt to do so because they want to have their freedoms of being able to go places without having to rely on some other mode of transportation, but how familiar are you with the city you are getting ready to travel to?  Will you feel comfortable driving in an area that you don’t know?  Even with today’s modern conveniences of smartphones and GPS navigation devices, those devices won’t tell you areas to avoid driving through do to bad road conditions, crime, etc.  This is when hiring a KC car service can come in handy.

When you are ready to book an airport car service, there are a few things that you should have ready before picking up the phone to call and place your reservations.  A brief rundown of the information you should have at the ready includes times, flight information, addresses, number of traveling passengers, and payment.

In order to appropriately schedule the vehicle, you are going to need the times of your flights, meetings, dinner reservations, etc. so that the reservation can be made to get you to your destination at the correct time.  If you are flying, have your flight itinerary available complete with airlines, flight numbers, and departure and arrival times.  For departures, having the complete flight information available allows the reservationist to recommend a time for pick-up.  Depending on what airline you are traveling with, security lines may typically be longer for the airline you are traveling on versus another, smaller airline, so additional time may be needed to ensure that you don’t miss your departing flight because of a long security line.  For arrivals, this information is used to track your arriving flight.  Professional chauffeurs have tools available to them that will alert them to flights arriving early or late as well as what terminal and gate your flight will be arriving.  There is nothing worse than having to wait for your driver because your flight arrived 20 minutes early or 3 hours late.  If you are using a car service to take a group of clients to dinner or you are meeting someone at a specific time, having the times of your dinner reservations or the start times of your meetings will help the reservationist schedule an appropriate pick-up time so that you arrive to your event on time.

Address information is also key to placing your ground transportation reservations.  If you are staying at a hotel, most hotels will already be loaded into the reservations software utilized by the transportation company, but it is important to make sure that you know exactly what hotel in which you have reservations.  Like hotels, if you are going to a restaurant, most restaurants are going to be pre-loaded into the software for easy look up.  If not, a simple internet search by the reservationist will yield the information required.  If you are going to an office or residence, it is important to have those addresses handy as it is unlikely the reservationist will have that information saved, unless you have traveled to that destination previously, to be able to make a complete reservation.  So, have information regarding your pick-up and drop-off points available.

How many travelers will there be in your group and how much luggage will you be traveling with?  If it is just one or two people traveling, a sedan may be a suitable choice.  However, if you are traveling with a large amount of luggage, maybe toting along a set or two of golf clubs, or have four or five people in your party, then a large vehicle, such as an SUV, may be a better solution for your transportation needs.  Knowing the number of people in your party and the amount of luggage you will be traveling with can help the reservationist suggest an appropriate vehicle for you needs.

And the last piece of information you are going to need for completing a reservation with a car service is a form of payment.  Typically, this is going to be in the form of a credit card, whether it be Visa, MasterCard, of American Express.  In some cases, you may be traveling for a company that has an in-house account established, but that is rare and usually has a credit card guarantee to it.  So, have a credit card ready for payment for your trip and know the billing information for that card as well.

Hopefully, you have found this to help you speed up the process of reserving your Kansas City limo service.  Have you found any other tips that have proven useful?  If so, leave your comments below.

Where to Meet Your Chauffeur at KCI Airport

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When arriving at KCI airport, traveling passengers are met inside the terminal at the exit to security by their car service driver.  It can be confusing trying to figure out which baggage claim your luggage is going to come up and we can help you find the proper carousel and assist you with your bags. Photo courtesy of photoxpress.com

A ground transportation service shares a convenience at KCI Airport that isn’t enjoyed at many others.

Your plane has just landed in Kansas City.  As it taxis to the gate, the pilot says that you can pull our your cell phones and other portable electronic devices and turn them on and use them if you can reach them while you are still seated.  You, along with everyone else, cannot wait for your phone to boot after pressing that power button.  After checking to see if anyone sent you text messages or email or left you a voicemail while you were in flight, who is the first person that you need to contact?  Rest assured that when hiring a professional car service in Kansas City you don’t need to worry about contacting its dispatch to find the location of your chauffeur.

Unlike many other airports across the country, Kansas City International Airport makes it very convenient for arriving passengers to meet the people picking them up off their flights.  In fact, it is frequently commented by travelers how nice and easy it is to navigate through.  The short term parking garages are relatively cheap compared to those located in larger cities and are located near the arrival gates and baggage claims making it only a short walk to get inside the terminals.  Car services have added benefits because of the regular business they conduct inside the airport and the inspections completed by the police and security detail.  Properly licensed and permitted chauffeured vehicles are able to be parked curbside at the terminal and the driver is allowed to go inside to meet his passenger.

Because of the ability to park and leave the vehicle unattended at the curb coupled with the unique layout of KCI, arriving passengers are able to have their driver meet them inside almost at the gate.  In reality, travelers are met at the exit to security, but with the floorplan of the airport such as it is, only a short walk is required to get from the gate to the security exit.  From there, if you are traveling with checked bags, your chauffeur will assist you with any carry-on items that you would like help with and walk with you to the baggage claim.

The walk to baggage claim is short making the wait for bags to come up from the belly of the plane seem long.  This is really an illusion as the time that it takes for the carousel to begin operation at other airports is taken up by the long walk, and maybe even a tram ride, required to get from gate to baggage claim area.  On the plus side, this allows you plenty of time to stop and use the restroom or grab a cup of coffee.  After collection of your checked luggage, a brief walk through a couple sets of glass doors and to the center island and your vehicle will be parked waiting for you.

As you can see, the airport in Kansas City is convenient for hiring a car service and locating your chauffeur.  But as we all know, the City is talking about consolidating the current design into a single terminal, so this convenience may not be around for ever.  Enjoy it while you can and place your reservation with us by calling (913) 712-8375 today!