How do YOU fly?

Contributor: Bignuf Bignuf
I just scored some airline tickets, cross country, 1 stop, for $488 each. Pretty great price right now. Then noticed the First Class ticket prices were $5800 for that same flight!!! REALLY???? Who has almost six thousand dollars for a 3 hour flight, to get a slightly bigger seat????

Okay, if you fly, do you fly standby, coach, business or first class and if you fly business or first class, do YOU pay or does your work pay?

I just cannot believe many individuals can afford those tickets. I made this PRIVATE so please be honest.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I fly Standby.
I fly Coach.
I fly Business, and I pay.
I fly Business and my work pays.
I fly First Class and I pay.
I fly First Class and my work pays.
Total votes: 59 (55 voters)
Poll is closed
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Contributor: Jul!a Jul!a
I get whatever ticket price is cheapest. I look at plane rides as pretty much the same thing as sitting to get a tattoo; it's all temporary and it'll be worth it when it's done. So what if my seat kinda sucks, I'm not going to be living on the plane even if the ride does feel like eternity.
Contributor: P'Gell P'Gell
I avoid flying at all costs. I haven't flown in 5 years and I don't miss it a bit. If we absolutely have to fly somewhere, I let the Man take care of it. (Being a sub has it's advantages. )

I've never flown First Class, and wouldn't pay for it. My Man did once, when a mistake was made with his ticket during a business trip. He said it was amazing, but when he realized how much it cost, he was angry that only the very rich can have access to things like glass salt shakers, better scotch and a larger seat. Of course, now, only the very rich have access to.... FOOD while in flight. Cripes. What a class-ist place we tolerate.
Contributor: Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
i like traveling places, but i absolutely hate flying. my parents buy my plane tickets, so i go coach. i probably wouldn't pay extra to fly first class
Contributor: mandiegk mandiegk
I hate flying, but I have to do it a lot. it is one of the drawbacks to a long distance relationship. I wish I could afford to fly first class just because I need some space. I don't mind it when I have an aisle seat, but the last time I flew they didn't even let me pick my seat so I was stuck in the middle with 2 people on each side of me; it was a miserable experience.
Contributor: Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
If I'm paying? Usually coach or business class. I have to admit though, the first time I ever flew anything other than first class I was in my mid 20's - until then I'd only ever flown first class either on my father's dime or on my continental onepass.
Contributor: Rockin' Rockin'
I don't think I've ever flown anything but coach. Those first class seats sure look comfy, though.
Contributor: Lucky21 Lucky21
I've done 1st class once. Awesome, but it was only because I was bumped. Wouldn't pay for it.
Contributor: Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I have never flown first class. I have done standby once because I got a $300 flight voucher for giving up my seat.
Contributor: Illusional Illusional
I would love to try first class one day, lol
Contributor: Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I cant believe you spent 500 dollars on tickets each! That is insane, I fly from California to Chicago all the time, never ever ever payed over 200 round trip.
Contributor: namelesschaos namelesschaos
When ever I'm flying which is very rare now but was more frequent in the past it is and always the cheapest seat available.
Contributor: hjtee hjtee
In first class, you don't just get a 'slightly bigger seat'. The service is phenomenal. Three/four course 'gourmet' meals (with a menu), unlimited fresh & packaged snacks & drinks, blankets, pillows, so many hot towels, headphones, bathroom with far less people waiting, two stewardess' for not nearly as many people in coach-so you've always got someone to call on and the option to plane and deplane as you please.
There's lots of other perks too that will come to me later!

Fortunately, right now, my husbands company pays for our airline tickets, but I would probably still fly first class if I had to pay.
Contributor: hjtee hjtee
Originally posted by Starkiller87
I cant believe you spent 500 dollars on tickets each! That is insane, I fly from California to Chicago all the time, never ever ever payed over 200 round trip.
To fly from the remote community I live in now, to my hometown, in the same country, costs a little over $3200 CAD round trip!
And that's for coach, luckily we don't have to pay. We fly first class, I'm glad I don't know the price.
Contributor: Antipova Antipova
I fly coach. The only time I've ever flown first class was when I had to buy a ticket at the last minute for a funeral, and all the coach seats were sold out. It was actually kind of terrible, the stewardass spilled my dad's hot-water-for-coffee on me, and I told her not to worry. About 10 minutes later I was really cold (thanks to being wet), and asked if I could have a blanket. (It was summer, and I hadn't flown with a coat or jacket.) "No, those are still 8 dollars, even though you're in first class and I spilled on you." So I slept under newspapers. The family still teases me about this.

"That Antipova! Declines free miles because she doesn't want to make the clumsy stewardess feel bad, and then sleeps under newspapers in first class!"
Contributor: married with children married with children
we get what ever sets we can get the cheapest.
Contributor: dawnkye dawnkye
I fly coach, of course. I really wish that I didn't have to walk through the first class section and see all the happy comfortable people on the way to my teeny cramped seat.
Contributor: Ryuson Ryuson
My dad gets whatever they'll give us with the frequent flyer miles!
Contributor: K101 K101
Other: I do not fly. Never have.
Contributor: Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
I fly coach, although I once got a free upgrade, and the difference is insane. Amazing service, from the second you sit down someone is asking you if they can hang up your jacket, if you'd like a blanket, and what you'd like to drink. There is a menu and they come by and ask what you'd like to have for your meal. Attendants are always walking by asking if you'd like something else. They give you really good food for free (an appetizer, warm bread, a full meal with multiple options, dessert), they set your little fold out table with a table cloth, real silverware, and provide free alcohol - cocktails, wine, or beer, with as many refills as you want. They also give you blankets and a pillow, and there is free TV and/or movie. The seats are also much more comfortable.

Some of those things used to be standard for everyone (food, service, movie, blanket, pillow) but they are busy taking away every single thing from coach that could be considered a 'luxury' while first class remains the same or gets better. It is now a world of difference. I get a little riled up because it also seems like this is the way that our society (especially politics) seems to function - spoil and cater to the very rich, while leaving the bare minimum for everyone else. It's weird to me and I don't quite understand it. The difference between how you are treated when you paid a lot of money or you paid a standard amount of money (which is still a lot - flying is not cheap) is so huge that it's ridiculous. /rant
Contributor: Chirple Chirple
Whatever is cheapest.

I really only go to and from one location, and it's the same exact regional jet no matter what airline and there's not even business/1st class available on those tiny things.
Contributor: Nothere Nothere
What's standby? I've only ever flown coach in my >100 times up in the air. Probably all I'll ever fly is coach, too...I'm too cheap to pay for a less than 24 hr. luxury.
Contributor: T&A1987 T&A1987
the cheapest, unless there's a much shorter flight for only a little extra. the fewer stops the better. i used to fly a lot for school, but not anymore.
Contributor: Silverdrop Silverdrop
I've always flown coach, until this summer, when I had the option to upgrade to business class for £90 (about $140, but this was a trans-Atlantic flight). It was so much more comfortable. The service was nice too, but for me, having the larger seat and built in footrest was decisive. I'm overweight but short, and I can fit in a coach seat, but sitting there for 10 hours is a different matter. I hate it. I really don't know how bigger or taller people than me manage coach!
Contributor: SMichelle SMichelle
I've only ever flown coach.

My next flight will be an international flight. I toyed with the idea of flying first class as the flight is an overnight one, but I can't justify spending so much money on the flight.
Contributor: karay123 karay123
Cheapest I can get.

A wealthy friend of mine just charters a plane. Must be nice!
Contributor: TheSlyFox TheSlyFox
I've never flown, but i'm going to this summer, so i'm gonna be going the cheapest i can get...
Contributor: unfulfilled unfulfilled
I've only flown once back in high school, but if I flew it would be the cheapest ticket possible.
Contributor: Allstars316 Allstars316
Whatever the best price is. It is always coach.