Hello folks. It’s Friday and one of those days when I’m sure all of us are planning the evening pub crawls or turning in early to take a weekend trip out of town tomorrow. Hey, after all, life is all about getting on a plane, right?
I need some help here with an ultimate First World Problem, so I thought I’d look at all of you for your words of wisdom on this one. Thing is, I have a trip coming up this weekend on the long-range workhorse of Jet Airways, the Boeing 777-300ER.
I’m booked into one of my favourite business class products in the world, since this would be one of the herringbone layout seats from Jet on this one. I always look forward to being on these flights since I usually can just get my little midnight snack and a glass of Billecart Salmon 2006, and then watch some movies and knock myself out for 4 hours of sleep or so. Given there is no wifi on these planes, it is an easy decision to make. Here are some trip reports on how that worked out in the past. Domestic on BOM – DEL and International on BOM-BRU
A very comfortable flatbed seat, better in my opinion than the A333 Business Class seat
A 15-inch screen with a reasonably wide range of movies and entertainment
However, given that the service is now on the B77W instead of the A332 which also has the same product, there is the option of flying in First Class as well. I flew the First Class on Jet Airways SIN-BOM last month, and here is what I got in terms of the hard product. The Service aspect was slightly better but not top of the line.
Perhaps a better food menu, although my Indian meal choice was unimpressive
A bigger television than Business Class
Bose noise-cancelling Headphones
Thing is, I’ve flown some of the other best First Class products in the world now, such as Etihad Apartments and Singapore Airlines Suites Class and while Jet Airways’ product was industry leading when it arrived, with a closed-suite and everything, it isn’t the best on the market now. The highlights I give you up there are incrementally better than the Business Class, not step changes for me.
Etihad Airways’ First Apartments
Singapore Airlines Suites
The ask however, to get in is substantial. Jet Airways is quoting INR 45,000 for an upgrade to F, or of course I could get them 5 upgrade vouchers or 65,000 JPMiles. Thing is, 65K JPMiles would get me a few more trips, and same for the vouchers. When it is 1 voucher on a regional upgrade, I’m not so stingy thinking about it, or 3 for an intercontinental trip is also okay. Here, I already have a good product, but the ask from good to incrementally good seems to be a lot, and I am confused. Paying 45,000 INR is of course off the table. So should I go back into my middle of the Boeing Business Class seat, or should I upgrade to first with miles or vouchers?
Oh, and the same question I asked on Twitter too.
Show of hands guys. Booked on a 9-hr flight next week on @jetairways J. Upgrade to F available at INR 45K/5 Vouchers/65K JPMiles. Confused!
— Ajay Awtaney (@LiveFromALounge) May 18, 2017
What would you guys do if you were in this situation??? What am I not seeing here? Or is it just temptation.