First and business class seats are almost always better, but there is no reason to resign yourself to misery if you're booked in coach. We asked Christopher Elliott, author of How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler, and Peter Greenberg, the travel editor of CBS News, how they stay comfortable at the back of the plane. Their advice: If you go in with low expectations and a plan, you'll never be tempted to splurge on a first class seat again.
Be Wary of Membership Programs
Believe it or not, the total value of unredeemed frequent flier miles is currently greater than the value of all currency in circulation in the entire world. The reason? Frequent flier miles are harder than ever to cash in. What loyalty programs are ultimately for is convincing you to spend extra money.
"Airline loyalty programs are designed to reward the airline, not necessarily you," says Elliott. Elite status may come with shorter security waits, free drinks, and other would-be perks that you might think would improve your coach flight. But Greenberg says elite status is not at all what it used to be.
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