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Old May 2nd, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Default Is it worth upgrading flight seats?

We are flying from Birmingham to Barbados next January with Thomson airways and have a couple of questions:
Is it worth paying for the seat upgrade?
What is the usual seat configuration on Thomson flights to the Caribbean?
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by dab1952 View Post
We are flying from Birmingham to Barbados next January with Thomson airways and have a couple of questions:
Is it worth paying for the seat upgrade?
What is the usual seat configuration on Thomson flights to the Caribbean?
Each to their own but I wouldn't pay the extra for a little more room. The config is 2-4-2 in cattle class so if you pre book the seats, which is available 12 weeks before you fly, you can have a 2 and be comfortable. I think the seat pitch is 33" which is quite good.

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Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:22 AM
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I agree with Somerset cruiser. I have flown to Barbados in Premium Economy and "cattle class" and I don't think it is worth the extra money which could be used for other indulgences. However, I have flown to Acapulco for a P & O cruise (16 hours) and definitely appreciated the extra room in PE.
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With my long legs and knee problems business class would be worth the money on any flight over 5 hours.
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If you can afford to upgrade, then do it - well worth it. We upgraded on a Thomson Barbados flight and it was great.
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One of the benefits you get is to pay the government £162 per person in air passenger duty, rather than the £81 paid by people in the cheap seats. So if you take out the extra £81 from your supplement, it does not leave a lot to spend on extra facilities
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 12:53 PM
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It just goes to show we are all different, I would definitely go for an upgrade and consider it money well spent, especially for the return overnight flight which is much more comfortable. We had a very cramped return flight once with seats near the toilets and vowed never again and have upgraded since.

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From the 2012 winter season, economy passengers no longer get unlimited free drinks, premium still do. Other than that I personally think its too much to pay and most of it goes to line the Governments coffers in Air Passenger Duty.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 06:28 PM
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My opinion is that flight upgrades are never ever worth the cost.

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