I recently learned about the online service, “First Class Flyer.” The team at First Class Flyer are the airfare upgrade specialists. They study airline sites, read the fine print, and discover great deals and last minute opportunities to secure discounted seats and free upgrades to Business and First Class.
Some of the discounts are rather spectacular and if flying First Class is part of your desired travel experience (and I would hope so!) it’s definitely worth considering.
Saving on “surfing” time
One of the problems with finding good deals and discounts for upgrades is the time you spend staring at your computer screen. As they say, time is money. For an upcoming trip to Europe I recently spent two days searching for fare discounts. First Class Flyer has people doing all that legwork for you. Hallelujah!!
Another benefit is the level of detail that’s provided. For example if you find a great upgrade deal on the First Class Flyer site, the applicable airline availability codes are provided which you can simply pass on to your travel agent or airline reservationist. It’s all simply laid out and easy to access.
First Class Flyer has an interesting history. It was created 20 years ago by Matthew Bennett. He was a baseball pitcher with the Kansas City Royals farm team. Naturally, the team traveled a lot and Matt had a knack for finding his way around cheaply. He’d study airline schedules and fine-print minutiae to find the best options. Other team members quickly followed his lead and pretty soon they were all getting from A to B a lot more inexpensively. When you’re only given a certain amount of travel pay every week as a ball player – you have more money in your pocket!
Matthew is now called “Mr. Upgrade” and is regularly consulted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Condé Nast Traveler. First Class Flyer is also independent of the airlines – they don’t take any kickbacks for favorable mentions.
One more thing on the topic of First Class Flyer, I loved their “Wimbledon Widget.” It’s basically a tool for luxury travelers. At a glance it looks like a calendar but there’s lots of travel information built in. You select your departure city and destination (in this case London of course) and whether you want to fly Business or First Class. You can immediately see seat availability on any given date, and when you roll the mouse over the date you get information such as what events are happening on that day at Wimbledon, or sightseeing ideas for London. Ingenious!
Try It Out For Yourself
With First Class Flyer, upgraded travel has never been so attainable (and you don’t have to forsake your dignity to do it). You owe it to yourself to discover how – visit First Class Flyer to sign up for a free 14-day test drive where you’ll get all the latest fare strategies delivered directly to your inbox. After 14 days, you can pay as little as $97 per year to continue getting these upgrade tips and tricks as the First Class Flyer team finds them. Now that’s a luxury worth the splurge!
So don’t wait, sign up now and enjoy your next First Class experience.
Disclosure: Carmen’s Luxury Travel is a First Class Flyer affiliate.