I read a ton of blogs and websites, almost to a fault. I say I live on a 24-hour news cycle because I’m constantly consuming content. During my daily read today I couldn’t help but take the macro view and think about how much travel bloggers, myself included, talk about flying first class and premium cabins in general. It’s almost as if flying economy is frowned upon.

This got me thinking…

I fly economy WAY more often than premium. In fact, I’ve never flown long haul in a premium cabin. As much of a transgression as that is, I fly economy because I’m much more of a destination person than a journey person. I like to stretch my miles and would rather fly more flights in economy than less in premium.

I love experiencing new cultures and enjoy tasting different food more than anything in the world. How I get to such a place is insignificant. Put me in the cargo hold, in the galley, wherever. But whatever you do, get me there safely and relatively quickly.

This isn’t to say if I find a flight on a good airplane and the opportunity presents itself to upgrade, I wouldn’t go for it. Of course I would. But given the fact that I’m an American Airlines loyalist and SAAver availability is non-existent, I’ll never pay 135,000+ miles one way for business and first class.

What type of traveler are you?

I often wonder where your loyalty lay — the journey or the destination.

Clearly, if you’re reading BoardingArea you love to learn how to put your dollars to work for you to see the world for as little as possible. When I poke around on Gary or Ben’s blog I see readers in the comments who are absolute wizards at travel and value the premium experience (who wouldn’t?). Though when I take a look at other blogs I see readers who have families and can’t afford to use miles to fly everyone in premium class. Lastly, I look at my boy JT Genter from TPG who is like me — a perennial economy flier.

With so many different personalities out there I can’t help but be curious about how you spend your miles and points. Would you mind sharing below?

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I’m definitely more about the destination-however, as I’m getting closer to retirement age my poor body needs comfortable seats. So I will do all possible to fly business. Once at my destination I stretch my dollars by staying at clean but not fancy places. And my sightseeing is mainly walking and fitting into the locale. Cheap. And for me more fun

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I am a cheapskate so no business class for me unless a company is paying. For redeeming miles, I will cave in on rare occasions. True, you can convince yourself that you’re getting more monetary benefits by flying J but you can get more miles traveled by Y awards.

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What makes me happy is enjoying the destination with family and friends. As far as the trip goes the only thing I enjoy is the satisfaction of having gotten the best deal possible… so I have a hard time feeling good about premium seating unless it is necessary to sit with my companions.
Thanks for your helpful travel advice!

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jediwho

I am a destination person and unless it’s super long haul, I will fly coach. To go to Europe, I will try and break my journey — SFO-JFK/BOS and then to Europe. If it’s Asia, I will try and go business on miles.

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When I was working I was like the majority of the people looking for the lowest Economy fares to my vacation destination. I continued that into my first trip after my retirement in 2014. But my second trip was to Bali…almost 20 hours in the air and 31 hours of travel time so I felt that it was probably worth going Business Class. I went on EVA for the first time…. it was amazing! No complaints about the flight experience at all. I thought it would be the only time I would fly Business Class. It was hard to justify… Read more »

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Corey

For me, getting on a plane is just a mode of transportation. Obviously, I would like to go in comfort, and for an airline not to treat me like cattle, but then I just pick respectable airlines. As Robert said, part of my satisfaction is knowing I got a good deal. Knowing that I used 2x or more of the amount of miles on a flight I could’ve gotten for less in economy really hurts sometimes. I’d much rather make 2 trips somewhere than 1 trip in better comfort. I’ll splurge once in a while, usually as a result of… Read more »

jediwho
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jediwho

If anyone is using points and miles for travel, I don’t know how you can make the economics work by flying coach. I have yet to come across a coach ticket where the economics work i.e. get at least 1.5 cent worth of ticket per mile I spend. I think I have only purchased one last minute ticket in coach using miles and that was from LAX-SFO and I got 3 cents value for that. So whenever I fly coach, I pay cash and then when I have enough points stacked up, I will fly business when I can’t break… Read more »

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AlohaDaveKennedy

Me – destination. My SO – experience. As a continent, country, region, county, city, national park and WHS tagger I look for quantity while my SO looks at quality. I’ll spend hours routing a trip just to maximize hits on different locations while my SO want directs flights and long stays. Completely different perspectives on travel. My guess is that the vast majority of people are experience driven while a small minority are destination driven.

jediwho
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jediwho

Assuming the 60K is not through sign up bonuses, why not put your spending on Citi Double cash and get 2 cents back. Also, a $1,100 ticket means you will be getting 5,500 Amex MR on Platinum card and at least 5,500 AA miles if you bought the ticket. I would usually fly a partner of Alaska Airline. Being 75K, I usually end up getting more than 15K AS miles and 5,500 Amex MR. Bottom line is that it’s very rare to justify using actual miles in coach. It does not even work in business class if you are using… Read more »

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I am definitely a destination person regarding holiday flights, but you also have to consider that flying business class long-haul might add two more days to your holiday, as you will be usually too exhausted from an economy flight to immediately enjoy your holiday (outbound) or start work again (return), while after flying a decent business class this is totally possible. So if your problem is that you don’t have enough holiday but have a few Euros or Dollars to spare I think it’s worth considering flying business class