To paraphrase Katy Perry:
“I flew first class, and I liked it.”
Don’t get me wrong — I’ve been in the ‘uppity-up’ cabin before. As a frequent flier for American Airlines, I earned points to travel first class from time to time.
But now that I am an elite member of Delta Airlines, they bestow first class on me whenever they have capacity (and no one higher up on the food chain is in the way). It’s like this little gift that appears at the gate when they swipe my ticket. Such joy!
This week, I’ve been upgraded on pretty much every flight — and there have been a lot of them — so I’m kinda getting used to it.
Now, first class is fairly stripped down these days. On most flights, you are no longer guaranteed a meal or even warmed nuts (my personal favorite). The drinks are still free, of course, and you board early.
But I think the two reasons first class will always be popular is the space and better service. Being able to stretch out is such a luxury, and I’ve rarely met a flight attendant in first who wasn’t pleasant and helpful.
First class is like taking a tiny trip to the South every time you sit there. Open spaces. Friendly people.
And, oh yeah — the liquor.