19-Year Anniversary

Fly Deluxe for Fewer Bucks

The web is awash with tips for charming your way up front (they don’t work). And worse: tips for cheating your way there. How might you fly First Class or Business Class legitimately, with your dignity intact? But without paying those sky-high fares?

One of many answers is through the swirling volatility of airfares and erratic practice—by most all major airlines these days—of airfare experimentation. Both volatility and experimentation produce fares that look like mistakes. They aren’t. (FCF never publishes mistake fares.)

Most travelers never hear about the best fares, nor Sweet Mileage Redeems and many other lucrative upgrade strategies. First Class Flyer members get briefed routinely through our Monthly Strategies and Daily Finds.

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“The flight time today is five hours in first class
and twelve and a half in coach”

FCF is invariably creative and often ingenious

Prof. Thomas Y. Levin

Princeton University
Bennett is an authority on premium travel ticketing strategies

New York Times

I trust Bennett

Bud Collins

International Tennis Hall of Fame
For people who fly up front

The Wall Street Journal

I can't say enough about Matthew

Paul Haggis

Two-Time Academy Award Winner, Best Pictures
Upgrade secrets and strategies… fly in business class for the price of coach

Condé Nast Traveler

A crucial resource… packed with insider tips

Los Angeles Times

Matthew is outstanding at what he does

Ari Fleischer

Former White House
Press Secretary;
Fleischer Sports CEO
An exclusive website… finds reduced fares and free upgrades

Four Seasons Resorts Magazine

Bennett is top-of-mind when thinking about upgrading

Tod Cohen

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel eBay Inc.
The best resource I know for ‘tricks’ is Matthew Bennett's First Class Flyer

The New York Times

I jumped on Bennett's Biz Class alert to Europe starting at $1,450 r/t

Lawrence Pass, MD

Heart Surgeon Nashville, TN
The insider site

Departures Magazine

Bennett's FCF is not only the most informative newsletter of its kind, but it's a genuinely fun and interesting read

Prof. Michael Beckerman

New York University
Mr. Upgrade shares his secrets for flying first class at economy fares

Kiplinger's

Loaded with tips on flying in comfort without paying the exorbitant fares

Chicago Tribune

Specializes in finding cheaper luxury flights for executives

Newsweek

First Class Flyer is a must-read

Entrepreneur Magazine

Business & First Class Anomaly Fares

How often do you see Business Class from the West Coast to Europe for $1,339 round-trip (on a major carrier)? Or Business Class to South Africa for $1,819? Europe First Class for $2,523? Domestic First Class for the price of Business? If the answer is not often enough, take a look at just some of the pictures FCF delivers by email to its members, on an every-week basis.

These fares are there if you know where to look. Just like Sweet Redeems (when redeeming miles is easy) are. But who’ll tell you? Certainly not the airlines. So where do you look? Online, at as many published fares as you can. Some enthusiasts do all the searching themselves. Like trainspotters, they spend half their life doing it. It’s a rewarding hobby. Our researchers spend half their lives doing it too. But then, it’s their chosen vocation. FCF members reap the benefits of their research via our Monthly Strategies and Daily Finds.

As you can see from Google Flights search results,
First Class can cost little more than, if any more than,        
Business, and Business little more than,
in any more than, coach.

Latest Upgrade Trends, Analysis, and Alerts

Interested in the airline industry, and the opportunities the optimistic ‘upgradee’ can discover? You may spend several hours a week digging deep into the data that's free to anyone with a computer, an Internet connection and the wherewithal to go beyond the websites of the world’s major airlines. Some may want to do that, but most say, hey… I don’t have the time. They let us do it for them. Day in and day out. Experience the benefits and have a look at the trends we discover and decipher for members.

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Source: ITA Software Matrix airfares; First Class Flyer research and analysis reports and alerts.

Discover Unduplicated Upgrade Know-How

You won’t find most of FCF's intelligence anywhere else. Airlines won’t tell you, travel agents don’t know, and no one else goes through as much trouble to find and figure out what airlines can be somewhat secretive about related to the simple upgrade question: pay in cash, miles, or cash and miles?

For the majority, air travel is a commodity bought and used – to one degree or another – under sufferance. First Class Flyer members see air travel as something not to be endured, but to be enjoyed.

Join FCF today and receive a steady stream of monthly intelligence reports and daily opportunity alerts.

Note for international residents: Many of the strategies I write about work similarly if you live in Canada or Cambodia.

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FCF members routinely discover upgrade strategies
on the world's top airlines at 60% to 85% off.

Award Seat Avails: Sweet Redeems in Business and First

Where, When and How to get the best bang for your bucket of frequent flyer miles. Or credit card points. No miles? No
points? No worries, First Class Flyer regularly advises on how anyone can Buy Miles to Fly in Style.

Join FCF today and receive a steady stream of "sweet redeem" intelligence reports.

Cartoon-Died-With-Miles
Bennett is top-of-mind when thinking about upgrading

Tod Cohen

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel eBay Inc.
The best resource I know for ‘tricks’ is Matthew Bennett's First Class Flyer

The New York Times

I jumped on Bennett's Biz Class alert to Europe starting at $1,450 r/t

Lawrence Pass, MD

Heart Surgeon Nashville, TN
Bennett's FCF is not only the most informative newsletter of its kind, but it's a genuinely fun and interesting read

Prof. Michael Beckerman

New York University
The insider site

Departures Magazine

Mr. Upgrade shares his secrets for flying first class at economy fares

Kiplinger's

Loaded with tips on flying in comfort without paying the exorbitant fares

Chicago Tribune

Specializes in finding cheaper luxury flights for executives

Newsweek

First Class Flyer is a must-read

Entrepreneur Magazine

FCF is invariably creative and often ingenious

Prof. Thomas Y. Levin

Princeton University
Bennett is an authority on premium travel ticketing strategies

New York Times

I trust Bennett

Bud Collins

International Tennis Hall of Fame
For people who fly up front

The Wall Street Journal

I can't say enough about Matthew

Paul Haggis

Two-Time Academy Award Winner, Best Pictures
Upgrade secrets and strategies … fly in business class for the price of coach

Condé Nast Traveler

A crucial resource … packed with insider tips

Los Angeles Times

Matthew is outstanding at what he does

Ari Fleischer

Former White House
Press Secretary;
Fleischer Sports CEO
An exclusive website … finds reduced fares and free upgrades

Four Seasons Resorts Magazine