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?