Have a travel related question? Post it here, and I’ll do my best to answer it as quickly as possible.
While anyone can comment on regular blog post, registration is required in order to post a question in this space. Creating your account is free, and you'll be able to see when your question is answered, as well as like comments from other users. And of course, you'll earn status points for offering helpful answers!
This space is intended to be more of a community as well, so please jump in and share tips!
United 777-200 Biz or Economy Plus
I’m looking to take a non stop UA flight in Aug. from Paris to SFO but have recently read a lot of not so good reviews on the biz class seat on the UA 777-200. So, I’m wondering what your thoughts are on whether its “worth” it to pay the 57.5k for the biz seat or if I should just get an economy seat, pay for the economy plus upgrade and save close to 30k miles on that?
Thanks for the input,
Welcome [USER=2719]@Victor Lemus[/USER] – I flew the UA 777 ORD-BRU in October and agree it wasn’t the best business class seat I’ve ever flown – it was so narrow my shoulders rubbed the sides in flat-bed mode. Even so I can’t imagine flying that far in economy, even premium economy.
But then some of it may have to do with age and girth! If you’re young and/or slim then economy might not be an issue. Personally I did 2 legs on regional jets in one day a couple of weeks ago and ended up with a sore back so there’s no way I’d go that far in economy.
[USER=2719]@Victor Lemus[/USER] I think if you run the numbers the savings aren’t as great as you think.
The first consideration is you’re not going to have a flat bed in e+ and for that length of flight it is a consideration, although if you are going CDG-SFO it’s in the day.
So if you go economy it’s 30K miles plus about $300 for an economy+ seat that really only has a little more leg room than the back.
If you go business it’s 57.5K miles. You get a better meal, lie flat seat and some other amenities.
So economy+ saved you 27,500 miles but cost $300 in cash. You can often buy UA points for 2.1 cents. Your 27,500 points are then valued at $577.50. Deduct the $300 you spent for e+ and you saved $277.50. So is lie flat seat for 11 hours plus amenities worth $277. To me yes.
Thanks so much, you two. Appreciate the input. I went ahead and got the business class seat for the trip back home. Who knows, maybe they even retrofit it to the new Polaris seats by then!