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Old 05-29-2018, 06:56 PM
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Planning a trip now to Italy/Spain for wife and myself. Probably flying out of Orlando. But could go out of Tampa or Jacksonville. Currently looking at Premium Economy with American, Delta or Lufthansa. Would consider others. Business class is great, but still putting kids through college. The only Premium Economy we've flown before was Lufthansa and it was good. But it looks like everyone has that now and Lufthansa is harder to book. Maybe less seats or maybe more popular? Any suggestions?
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I like Lufthansa the few times I flew over there. Don’t do it for work so my experience is limited.

Just stay away from Air France.
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Fly Premium on Norwegian Air, then connect in London or Oslo to Spain or Italy.
i flown them at least 12-14 times across the pond in Premium, probably averaged $1,350 roundtrip.
(almost like business class, big seats, Service is Ok, but the food sucks. I usually bring a foot long Subway sandwich.)
Here is the important part: From The US you will be directed to their .com site where tickets are $300 or $400 more expensive.
type in www.Norwegian.no instead and you will end up on the Norwegian site with cheaper tickets. Buy the tickets in Kroners (NOK)
and save a bundle. Same with the UK site, www.norwegian.com/uk, cheaper than US or .com
(Look up the exchange rates first, write them down, have a calculator ready, then go shopping on their various websites)
Hopefully that loophole is still open and it worked every time for me, last time I flew them was March 2017.
i belive they fly from Orlando using Boeing 787s, much more comfort onboard because of a lower cabin altitude, you don’t get as dehydrated as other airplanes.
Check it out.
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Virgin....then Delta.
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Whoever you consider look carefully for "Operated By" in the listing. Lots of cross listing with different airlines and flight numbers. You might show up expecting Lufthansa and the airplane is an American Airlines plane.
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Originally Posted by colecaz View Post
Whoever you consider look carefully for "Operated By" in the listing. Lots of cross listing with different airlines and flight numbers. You might show up expecting Lufthansa and the airplane is an American Airlines plane.
AA’s partner across the pond is British Airways and Iberia and yes, they may share a flight #, as in code share
Virgin has a good Premium Economy product, but have not used them in 10 years.
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I did Icelandair to Oslo from Orlando back in October. $500 or so extra got the "premium economy". Not plush, but the seats had pretty good legroom (I'm 6' 1", ~230lbs.). The seats are still 3 wide but the middle seat is left empty. The layover in Reykjavik saved an hour or two vs. Germany or France, which was nice.

I would use them again.
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Just. Not. United!!!
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Originally Posted by myyellas2k View Post
Just. Not. United!!!
No. Definitely not United! Took a chance flying everyone to and from Montana on United for a ski trip during last holidays. It was weeks before my blood pressure came back down. There were weather problems but their lack of communication with and assistance to their passengers in transit was epic.
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Originally Posted by csy man View Post
Fly Premium on Norwegian Air,

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I usually bring a foot long Subway sandwich.)
I'm pretty sure the rest of the world eats at one of subway's 39,000 restaurants cuz they live in counties without a Laspadas. What's your excuse???

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Delta’s premium economy is very limited to select planes and routes, so be careful with this option, chances are you’ll end up with an economy comfort seat which is the same seat with slightly more leg room.

Air France sucks, but their premium economy hard product is decent and they are a Delta partner, I fly them regularly if not booking Delta one. Also, connecting in CDG blows.

Never flown Lufthansa. Virgin has a very good premium economy product as well.

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Originally Posted by csy man View Post
Fly Premium on Norwegian Air, then connect in London or Oslo to Spain or Italy.
i flown them at least 12-14 times across the pond in Premium, probably averaged $1,350 roundtrip.
(almost like business class, big seats, Service is Ok, but the food sucks. I usually bring a foot long Subway sandwich.)
Here is the important part: From The US you will be directed to their .com site where tickets are $300 or $400 more expensive.
type in www.Norwegian.no instead and you will end up on the Norwegian site with cheaper tickets. Buy the tickets in Kroners (NOK)
and save a bundle. Same with the UK site, www.norwegian.com/uk, cheaper than US or .com
(Look up the exchange rates first, write them down, have a calculator ready, then go shopping on their various websites)
Hopefully that loophole is still open and it worked every time for me, last time I flew them was March 2017.
i belive they fly from Orlando using Boeing 787s, much more comfort onboard because of a lower cabin altitude, you don’t get as dehydrated as other airplanes.
Check it out.
thats funny...food sucks on airplane....so I bring a subway sandwich...



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Originally Posted by Rapi View Post
I'm pretty sure the rest of the world eats at one of subway's 39,000 restaurants cuz they live in counties without a Laspadas. What's your excuse???

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Rapi. I had not heard of Laspadas, so looked them up. I’m in Orlando fairly often. Sounds good and will check it out. Not sure I’d want someone next to me on an international flight eating one of these that was 4-5 hours old, though. CM
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Fuel prices are putting a hurt on Norwegian. I wouldn't bet on them being around for long.
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Most all premium economy offers the same thing - bigger and more comfortable seats with increased leg room.
Lets face it, all airplanes are nothing more than flying buses, and unless you are flying first class, most airlines are pretty equally crappy.
I would first start my analysis with which airline flies non-stop to where I want to go, and then select who has the best premium economy.
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post


thats funny...food sucks on airplane....so I bring a subway sandwich...



I only bring a Subway sandwich on Norwegian Air: Subway located on the way to the airport, easy to stick in carry-on, can be eaten cold, etc.
The food on Norwegian is some junk in a cardboard box even on Premium which is their version of business class, hardly edible. Carry-on food is a must. Never heard of Laspadas, whatever.

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Originally Posted by Cajun Martini View Post
Planning a trip now to Italy/Spain for wife and myself. Probably flying out of Orlando. But could go out of Tampa or Jacksonville. Currently looking at Premium Economy with American, Delta or Lufthansa. Would consider others. Business class is great, but still putting kids through college. The only Premium Economy we've flown before was Lufthansa and it was good. But it looks like everyone has that now and Lufthansa is harder to book. Maybe less seats or maybe more popular? Any suggestions?
For the past few years, Lufthansa has been my choice among the 3 you listed. Better food and drinks (their wine is actually drinkable and generous) and entertainment options.

Depending upon destination, SAS and Turkish Airlines (don't laugh) have also been excellent for me.

This might be one instance where a travel agent is actually worth their fee. And they will most likely be able to get you better deals on accommodations, logistics, etc. Mine usually gives me free one day passes to airport lounges. Definitely a nice perk to be able to take a shower and change after an overnighter.
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