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Why to upgrade from coach to first class

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Unless you’re living the (literal) high life and have the money to spend on first class tickets every time you fly, you’re gonna have to settle for coach. Yep, you’re going to have to continue watching the first class boarders saunter on past you as they embark with their ‘speedy boarding’ passes, and you’re going to have to wonder what the first class passengers are eating while you chomp on your stale bread roll, all while you knock knees with the person next to you. But what if you could get bumped up to first class without paying extra?

Fly regularly

If you’re the kind of person who flies with the same airline regularly, you have a better chance of being upgraded from coach to business or first class. Many people who travel for business or frequently use the airline to go on vacation rack up their air miles and the airlines keep track of these numbers. Many airlines all across the world reserve first class seats for frequent flyers who travel around 25,000 miles each year as a way to say thank you! This decision works for both parties. You’re getting an awesome seat upgrade, and the airline is getting a satisfied customer who will be more likely to return and tell their friends about their experience.

Damage control

Airlines are just like the rest of us in that they all make mistakes – and when it comes to air travel, there is bound to be something that goes wrong. Whether the airline’s internal system breaks or the plane is delayed, or the airline loses your luggage, these are all things you haven’t paid for. This means the airline will need to do damage control. If any of these things happen to you, your natural instinct is to complain. Because the airline does not want to lose a valued customer, they (should) do all they can to rectify the situation or at least make your situation better. This could involve being bumped up to first class! During your complaint, ask for an upgrade in a polite manner, and they may just give it to you.

Have a lucky day

It’s common knowledge that airlines often overbook their flights. Although this allows for no-shows, they often get caught out by all of their passengers arriving, rendering some people seatless. And if you’re that person who loses their seat, that’s pretty unlucky, right? Well, not necessarily. Re-booking a passenger on a flight is an incredibly annoying and costly process for the airline, so they would rather fill up the plane in front of them – meaning those without a coach seat may have to take a trip to first class. Although this doesn’t always happen, it may just be your lucky day.

Ask for it!

Your parents have probably told you that “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” and this is very true! If you’re traveling for a special occasion, like your wedding, honeymoon, birthday or anniversary, you will probably want a bit of extra special treatment. So why not ask? If the agent rejects your request, you will literally lose nothing, because you still have your seat. But if you ask and they say yes, you’ve bagged yourself a pretty nifty freebie.

Buy it

Okay, okay, we get it. Most people don’t have the money to buy first class tickets. We know. However, sometimes you don’t need extra cash to buy yourself up a class. Throughout the year, many airlines sell their first class tickets for the same prices as their coach seats. These price drops normally happen around Christmas and New Year, so keep your eyes peeled!

So if you’re ready to book your next flight, why not see if you can get yourself upgraded? It would be pretty awesome to see how the other half live, even just for one day.

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5 things you didn’t know about flying first class

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Whether you’re a frequent flyer who regularly travels for business, or if you just fly once a year for your family vacation, you know that flying can be one of the most stressful and tiring experiences of your journey. When flying economy, you have little leg room, odd next door neighbors, super long queues and pretty basic commodities – Yep, the toilet will always smell! But there is another part of the plane that you barely ever see: First Class. Unless you’re really lucky, of course. Here’s what it’s like to fly in first class.

Many people use it to network

We’ve all seen the scenes in movies where the two unsuspecting victims meet next to each other on the plane, share a pleasant hello and then a cliche moment brings them together – cut to the ending and they’ve become BFF’s and set up a meeting in New York to go over a business proposal together next month. Okay, it doesn’t really work like that, but many people do use first class to network with other like-minded. Because the people who fly in First Class normally have more money and work for Fortune 500 companies, they’ll all have something in common – business. In fact, Virgin Atlantic have found that one in five of their First Class customers had done business with someone they had met during their first class flight. Some airlines are now even creating specific networking flights!

You get even more vacation time

If you’re used to flying economy, you’ve probably seen the First Class passengers stroll along past you with their fast-track boarding passes and saunter onto the airplane while you crouch on the floor in a crowded airport lounge. Yep, the first class passengers not only get to board the plane first – but they also get to depart the plane before everyone else too! This means they can get ahead of the game, and be the first in the queue for customs and baggage reclaim. Ultimately, this means they get even more vacation time because they’ll be out the airport doors and onto the beach while you’re still stuck on the plane!

It’s super comfortable

Okay, we all know the deal. Economy flights are in NO WAY comfortable. With little-to-no legroom, a next door neighbor who is sitting way too close to you and using your armrest, and absolutely no way to stretch out and have a good kip; a long-haul flight can be an absolute killer. But long-haul First Class flights? They’re a completely different story. In nearly every first class area of any airplane, the seats are a world apart. Quite literally. With individual seating, each passenger gets their own little area of the plane with a reclining chair (which makes an extremely comfortable bed), a sliding divider which shuts you off from the other passengers, and your own personal TV. The nine-hour flight will just be like your average evening at home.

You can actually get work done

If you’re traveling on a business trip and need to perfect your presentation before you reach your destination, it will be pretty impossible to do so if you sit in economy – because you two choices; have the ability to feel your legs and not get work done, or get work done and lose all circulation. The choice is yours. However, in first class, working is no issue. In fact, your plane journey will probably be more comfortable than your own office! In your First Class seat, you’ve got your own individual table with ample writing space, multiple power sockets to ensure your laptop never runs out of battery, and most now have WIFI! Who needs an office?

You don’t need to be rich to fly first class!

There’s a common misconception that you need to be super rich to afford seats in First Class. As much as it is true buying first class seats through the airline will cost you a hefty sum, there are ways to try and get a first class upgrade for a cheaper price (or even for free!). First and foremost, you need to go by the premise that ‘it doesn’t hurt to ask.’ You’ll be surprised how accommodating airlines can be when it comes to upgrading their passengers – if you just ask! The best way to do this is to always be polite and friendly to them when you go to the check-in desks, and if they have something available, they may bump you up. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly first class? Here are a few pointers to whet your appetite, but why not try it out for yourself?

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Grab A Tissue! Kindergarten Class Sings Happy Birthday To Hearing Impaired Custodian

 

Sometimes all you need is a heartwarming video to cheer you up. The world currently, excuse our language, sucks, and this video was the perfect antidote (for today).

Recorded at the Hickerson Elementary School in Tennessee, the video shows a kindergarten class singing happy birthday to the school’s hearing impaired custodian, James Anthony.

By the end of the performance, Anthony was overtaken with emotions… and so were we!

According to reports, he has worked in the school system for over 27 years with 15 spent at this elementary school.

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P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei Call Recording

If you live in California and called a P.F. Chang’s or Pei Wei customer service number and the call was recorded without your permission, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 2.7 million class-action settlement.

Recording a phone call without the consent of all parties on the line is a violation of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.

Class members include those who made or received calls between March 1, 2016, and Sept. 20, 2017, and were not informed the call would be recorded.

Each class member is eligible to receive an estimated $ 150 per call.

File a claim by the Oct. 5, 2018, deadline.

Volkswagen, Audi Timing Chains

Customers who owned or leased Volkswagen (VW) or Audi vehicles with model years between 2008 and 2014 could be eligible to receive up to $ 6,500. The class-action settlement resolves allegations related to a defect in the timing chain tension systems.

Class members include customers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who owned or leased nearly 20 different models of VW and Audi vehicles.

The settlement covers repairing or replacing a timing chain or timing chain tensioner or the repair or replacement of an engine damaged by a timing belt chain or timing chain tensioner.

Don’t run out of time! File a claim by the Jan. 25, 2019, deadline.

Behr DeckOver Resurfacer

If you had barely done your deck over with Behr DeckOver resurfacer when the premium stain product began deteriorating, you could be eligible for a portion of a class-action settlement.

In the lawsuit, consumers said they paid more for Behr DeckOver because marketing materials promoted a longer-lasting product that required less upkeep compared to similar staining products.

Plaintiffs claim the resurfacer began to deteriorate just a few months after application.

Customers who bought or used the Behr DeckOver resurfacer stain between Sept. 1, 2012, and June 27, 2018, are eligible.

Behr admits no wrongdoing, but has agreed to pay class members who can provide proof of purchase. They will receive a refund for the DeckOver they purchased and for any repairs to the deck.

The amount per class member varies.

The deadline to file for a refund and any reimbursement for repairs is Feb. 27, 2019.

Taste of Nature Half-Empty Candy Boxes

Did you buy Cookie Dough Bites, Muddy Bears, Hello Kitty Treats or other packaged candy products from Taste of Nature Inc.? If so, you could be eligible for a portion of a slack-fill class-action settlement.

The lawsuit alleged some of the candy products were packaged in oversized cardboard containers that included an unlawful amount of empty space. Taste of Nature admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to the settlement.

If you purchased any Taste of Nature candies stored in cardboard boxes between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 18, 2018, you could receive up to $ 12.50 per household.

Class members are divided into two tiers as follows:

Tier 1: Includes class members who do not have valid proof of purchase. Tier 1 class members are entitled to a payment of 25 cents per product purchased for a maximum of four products (up to $ 1).

Tier 2: Includes class members who provide valid proof of purchase with their claim form. Tier 2 class members are entitled to a payment of 25 cents per documented purchase for a maximum of 50 units (up to $ 12.50).

Click here to see a complete list of covered candies and to file a claim by the Dec. 24, 2018, deadline.

3 Day Blinds Marketing Texts

If you received unwanted text messages from 3 Day Blinds, you could receive an estimated $ 45 under the terms of a class-action settlement.

3 Day Blinds allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending unsolicited marketing texts to cell phones from Oct. 27, 2013, to July 13, 2018.

Although 3 Day Blinds admitted no wrongdoing, the company agreed to comply with TCPA regulations and settle the lawsuit.

Class members include those who “received at least one text message advertisement on their cellular phone from, on behalf of or promoting 3 Day Blinds or its merchandise and did not provide 3 Day Blinds their consent to receive such messages.”

Each eligible claimant will need to provide a claim ID number and PIN number from the notice or the number of the cell phone that received the message.

Claims must be filed by Oct. 9, 2018.

TransPerfect Employee Data Breach

Current and former TransPerfect employees may be eligible for free identity theft protection and reimbursement because of a class-action settlement resulting from an alleged data breach.

Class-action lawsuit plaintiffs claim that TransPerfect failed to protect payroll information and W-2 data during a breach in January 2017.

TransPerfect admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to provide reimbursement and identity theft protection services through Experian for three years to class members.

Class members include “all current and former TransPerfect employees in the United States whose Form W-2 data and/or payroll information was compromised as a result of the data breach.”

Class members can receive Experian’s three-bureau credit monitoring and up to $ 4,000 reimbursement for costs related to the data breach.

The deadline to file a claim for the identity theft protection is Dec. 5, 2018; for reimbursement, the deadline is Feb. 10, 2021.

For more information and to file a claim, click here.

American Airlines Checked-Bag Fee

If you flew American Airlines any time between July 13, 2013, and June 7, 2018, you could be eligible for a cash refund.

American Airlines travelers who were charged checked baggage fees at odds with their confirmation email or the company’s baggage fee policies at the time could receive a refund between $ 18.75 and $ 200 plus interest for each mischarged fee.

A 100% refund will go to those who paid fees inconsistent with American Airlines policies; a 75 %refund is available to those who paid fees inconsistent with their confirmation emails.

Claims will be accepted through the Oct. 19, 2018, deadline.

Trans-Pacific Airlines Price-Fixing

If you bought a plane ticket between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 1, 2016, for a flight that began in the U.S. and flew to Asia or Oceania, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 50 million class-action settlement.

In 2015, eight airlines agreed to pay almost $ 40 million to settle the Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation antitrust class-action lawsuit, including Air France, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.

More recently, Air New Zealand, China Airlines, EVA Air and Philippine Airlines have agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit.

These four airlines have agreed to pay $ 49.9 million, with EVA agreeing to pay $ 21 million and China Airlines paying $ 19.5 million to bring the litigation to a close.

(All Nippon Airways remains the sole airline that has not yet agreed to settle the suit.)

Defendants in the lawsuit allegedly conspired to increase the costs of airfare and surcharges, artificially inflating their profits.

Class members include those who purchased flights from Air New Zealand, China Airlines, EVA Air or Philippine Airlines from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 1, 2016. The flights must have included a segment that originated in the U.S. and flew to Asia or Oceania.

Class members are eligible to collect $ 8.50 per eligible ticket claimed.

Click here for more information and to file a claim by the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline.

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