How I Upgraded to First Class For Free!

I have been meaning to post this after New Year's but somehow January flew by and next week it's February. How'd that happen?!

As you may or may not know I caught a horrible combination of the flu, sinus infection and cold right before my flight for Christmas to visit my hometown. Originally I bought my plane ticket for $44.70, such an AWESOME price right? 

If you’ve flown Virgin America before you would know that they charge $25 for any checked baggage. Usually I would be okay with this since I only bring a carry-on and wouldn’t check in anything, but since it was Christmas, I had a huge bag of gifts to check in. When I checked in online, they offered me an option to upgrade to first class for an additional $40. 

First class? Nah, too expensive, I thought. Not for me, not for an hour flight. I absent-mindedly checked in online and added 1 bag to check in as well. The next day (day of my flight) I was running a high fever, coughing my brains out and had major body aches. The last thing I wanted to do was board a plane. After thinking about canceling my flight, I calculated that upgrading to first class would only be $15 (after checking 1 bag in for $25) since they offer 2 FREE bags to check in. Since I was sick it would be best to at least be comfortable while flying. It’s a no brainer right? I boarded first, sat in the front row, was brought 2 cups of hot tea, bottled water, a free movie, extra extra leg room, fancy food, first class bathroom and no waiting to exit the plane. It was the best! If only the flight was longer than an hour..I wish I wasn't sick so I could take advantage of the unlimited free alcohol! The gal next to me had about 4 bailey's on the rocks...

If I wasn’t sick I don’t think I would have even thought about first class but I actually went on for free since I checked in 2 bags anyway (would have been $50 to check in) but I paid $40 to upgrade to first class! Basically I SAVED $10 to fly first class! 

Next time I won’t brush it off as unnecessary… but now that I’ve had a taste of Virgin America’s first class, I don’t know how I can say no next time!

Do you find yourself avoiding first class fares? Or is it economy class all the way?


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What a great idea to save money and be comfortable!

I will have to consider this next time I book a flight :)

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