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Is premium economy airfare worth the money?

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By Liz Weston

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There is also the “advantage” of boarding before other passengers so you can spend more time in the seat. Something I have never understood.

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@Mr Kipling It means you can put your carry-on bags in the overhead compartment. If you arrive after most others in your area, you'll find you can't put even one bag there, as people in other rows have put their bags in what is supposed to be your space. On one United Airlines flight the male flight attendant couldn't close the overhead compartment door as it was stuffed too full and started berating the passengers - "If you people had listened to my instructions..." it was hilarious. I had my one small carry-on bag on the floor under the seat in front of me. If only everyone else had just one small carry-on bag like me there wouldn't be any of these problems. People with small children of course should be allowed 2 or 3 carry-ons.

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@Serrano. Many airlines, such as Finnair, now tag cabin luggage on certain routes to indicate that it should go under the seat rather than in the overhead bins in order to resolve this issue. Many are cracking down on inappropriate cabin luggage. Huge bags of duty free doesn't help.

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On long- haul flights, I bring a novel and spend most of my time standing.

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@Laguna If you're standing in economy you're in someone's way. Plus, isn't that hard on your feet?

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Window seats should be little expensive than Aisle and Middle.

So bothering to stand and give way when you're in good sleep or keen on watching a movie.

But one of the most disappointment is when the front seats slides back, obviously you have to slide back as well but then the one behind you bangs the seat with frustration.

That Gap should be wider, which makes above two problems stress free.

However, the atitude of stewardess is the bigggest disappoinment. She welcomes the Whites with smiles, fake or not but makes annoying faces/mannere at other races.

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Window seats should be little expensive than Aisle and Middle.

Don't give the airlines any ideas! They might just do it!

And why? Window seats are the hardest to get up out of your seat, you have to ask 2 people to get up most of the time if you really need to get up to go to the toilet or whatever.

However, the atitude of stewardess is the bigggest disappoinment. She welcomes the Whites with smiles, fake or not but makes annoying faces/mannere at other races.

Sorry to hear that, I have not heard that complaint before. Try giving the flight attendant a big smile, she or he might smile back. What airlines have you had this negative experience on?

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Being of average size and slim, I am fine in most economy seats. The main problem I have recently is the touch pad behind every seat. On my last trip a kid was playing some tapping game and poking behind my seat for more than an hour.

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Given the prices quoted above you would be better off buying three economy seats for the price of one premium economy seat and making yourself a nice bed out of them.

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Given the prices quoted above you would be better off buying three economy seats for the price of one premium economy seat and making yourself a nice bed out of them.

Creative idea, however, you are supposed to keep your seatbelt on for your own safety in case of unexpected turbulence. Might be a little uncomfortable trying to strap down.

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Here is a tip that fellow retirees might consider......

We both agree that we now hate long flights, and we have plenty of time, so we compared the cost of taking a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean versus flying. In our case, cruising to Europe was cheaper than flying. Coming back home, cruising was about the same price as flying. So, we cruised in both directions on our trip to Europe, and loved the experience. If we go again, we will try to cruise, rather than fly. Some people cannot tolerate being on the ocean, but for most retirees cruising is a lot of fun. We see a lot extra, dine like kings, and meet a lot of new acquaintances.

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I always pay for the delta comfort seats. Usually 3 to 4 hundred more for a round trip ticket. I’m average height and weight bust just can’t sleep in domestic seats. What really sets me off is people using the seat in front of them, grabbing the headrest area, to lift themselves out of their chair. I will always say something. Oh, and the selfish jerks who take baths in cologne or perfume before a flight.

Invalid CSRF

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What really sets me off is people using the seat in front of them, grabbing the headrest area, to lift themselves out of their chair.

That's the only way I can get out of my seat if I'm in the window or middle seat, lol.

I predict 100 years from now we'll have the technology to make economy class seats with enough legroom AND still make a profit.

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Creative idea, however, you are supposed to keep your seatbelt on for your own safety in case of unexpected turbulence. 

Supposed to. I’ve been lucky enough to be on flights where I’ve been able to stretch out over empty seats. I’ve never been asked/woken up to be asked to sit up and put on the seatbelt.

My biggest general complaint is the toilets. I understand you can’t have water swishing around, but surely we can come up with something better than that.

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That's the only way I can get out of my seat if I'm in the window or middle seat, lol. 

Well, you must be overweight. I hope you explain your rude behavior (jerking them awake from their sleep) to each person sitting in front of you before the flight on every trip.

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Premium economy isnt worth it only to people who cant afford it

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@1glenn: how on earth could a transatlantic cruise be cheaper than flying?

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