If you think I only fly business or first class, think again. I’m currently on a 14-hour fight in economy class from Hong Kong to Chicago on United. In fact, I’m wedged into the back of the plane. In all honesty, I cannot wait to bolt this flight.
I know, most people fly coach and everyone seems to survive just fine. But when people say “I hate flying” I totally get it. This flight has been one of my more difficult ones.
I was in Hong Kong all week and booked my ticket rather last-minute. Flights are very full this week and my hopes of an upgrade on United were laughably not even plausible. Business class was sold out (and ended up going out with nearly 30 on the waitlist) so I dd not even bother to buy a W-fare on the return. Trust me, I would have connected in any city to secure an upgrade, but every United flight out of Asia appeared full.
Last-minute business class award space opened on EVA Airways with a horrible layover, but I figured my round-trip ticket was about the same cost as a one-way ticket and I could survive a direct flight in economy class. Sadly, nothing opened on Cathay Pacific.
But it wasn’t just business and first class that were full. Economy class was also packed, with only a couple middle seats in EconomyPlus available. I chose an aisle seat in “deep coach” (as I call United Economy) instead, thinking that the ability to easily get out of my seat would be more valuable than five extra inches of legroom.
The flight has been difficult, though. Not a lot of food, the lavatories are constantly full, and people are coughing all around me. I wish I would have taken the middle seat in EconomyPlus. My knees are jammed and the guy in front of me almost broke my laptop when he swiftly reclined…this seriously does take all the fun out of travel.
I keep singing this to myself as I sit in my seat shivering with a gauze-like blanket wrapped around me:
Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love, I know I’m still alive
I’ve got my life to live, and I’ve got all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I will survive!
On a serious note, the difference between EconomyPlus and standard economy class is huge.
And on a more profound note, I am so thankful that the world of miles and points allows us to routinely bypass economy class and not pay an arm and a leg for doing so. This flight makes me even more thankful of that.