On Thursday evening we’ll be flying on our second trip of 2014. We’re heading back to Europe on another short trip thanks to the Wideroe mistake fare back in November.
We took a trip to Norway in January and this time we will be flying into Milan. However, we won’t be staying there too long. (More details to follow in a future post.)
The cost for each of us to fly to Milan was a real bargain. The last time we got in on a deal this cheap was when Kim and I flew to Copenhagen for $151.50 (each) round trip. That trip was almost 3 years ago to the day!
What did we pay for our tickets to Milan? To fly from Newark Airport (EWR) to Milan (MXP), it cost $153.98 (each) for Kim and I with Lucas’ ticket costing $143.32. So for 3 round trip tickets to Europe the total cost is $451.28. Talk about an amazing deal!
This will be Lucas second time flying in his own seat. After turning 2 years old, his days as a lap baby have ended. During our flight to and from Norway, he sat during take-off but was held for almost the whole flight besides some iPad mini and in-flight entertainment time.
So basically Lucas’ seat ended up becoming more space for Kim and I.
A few days back I received an e-mail informing me that I could get “More leg room at a comfortable price“. Economy Plus seats start at an additional $99 each.
This didn’t sound like such a bad deal but I knew that it wasn’t for us. With the space we gain from Lucas’ seat (even if he sits in it!) we have plenty of room and are just fine. If it was just Kim and I flying, maybe (highly unlikely) I would’ve considered upgrading and giving it a shot one time. (We’ve flown in all cabin classes during flights but have never sat in Economy Plus/ Comfort.) Besides wanting to try out the more spacious economy seats I couldn’t really see ever spending the extra $$$. I’d rather save the additional funds to use towards activities during the trip rather than spend more to gain some extra leg room.
I wondered– what exactly do you get for the extra $99+. (It turns out that seats in Economy Plus do start at $99 but that will only get you a middle seat. If you’d like to choose a window or aisle, that will be $10 more, $109 additional per person.)
I went over to United’s Economy Plus page and found out that upgrading does not offer much besides a little extra leg room and the chance to sit near the front so you can exit the plane easier. Is it worth around $100? I think not.
United MileagePlus members with status can get complimentary access to Economy Plus. If I had status with United, I’d gladly accept the upgrade!
So what do you think– Is it worth paying to upgrade to Economy Plus? Have you ever paid to upgrade? If so, did you find it worth the additional fee?