Interesting Low Cost First Class Flight Pricing

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We are planning another holiday visit to NYC both to enjoy all that the city has to offer around the holidays (including, of course, Santa at Macy’s on 34th Street), but also for a quick visit to family in the area so they can meet Baby S.  As such, I was looking at airfare prices today and noticed something interesting.

The Houston – New York City area market is a finicky one where prices can vary dramatically from around $200 per round trip in economy on the low end to well over $1,000 per round trip on peak days, even when booked in advance.  Fortunately we bought our tickets a while back on the low end of that price spectrum at a time when United was matching a nationwide Southwest sale, but perhaps there was an even better deal we overlooked or missed out on.

For some reason, first class seats on that route are pricing on select flights on United at very reasonable prices.  What is even better than that is that some flights on this route are serviced by international configured aircraft, so not only are you getting a slightly bigger seat and a meal for your domestic first class journey, but you are getting a fully lie flat seat which is really pretty fun.

As an example, here are some flights that are available in first class on a weekend in December for just $100 more than the coach prices.  So, for as low as $130 you can fly in economy, or for $230 you can have a lie-flat seat in first class.  That certainly isn’t “necessary” on that 3 1/2 hour flight, but it sure is fun.

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I’m not sure I have ever seen first class seats priced so low on this route – I wish I hadn’t already purchased our tickets in economy!  While I have no idea if this is a fluke or a trend where first class seats are being priced at lower price points on off-peak travel dates, but it is always something to look out for just in case.

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  1. We saw you and your family once on nYc during the holidays. We take the Acela DC to New York every December both for Santa and the Rockettes. Will look for you again in December!

  2. I have seen low price differentials like that before on AA…. Under $100 each way. I took the deal once when it was just my wife and me. It was for two flights each 3 hours. I would be hard pressed to pay this for one 3.5 hour flight, especially for 3 tickets.

  3. My daughters & I are going to NYC mid December from Houston. Can you tell me how COLD will it be that time of year in NYC. because I’m not thrilled when I’m freezing my nose & toes off. Thx

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