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January - 2017

Vol. 22 No. 1

In this issue...

FCF’s 2017 Upgrade Flight Plan

What will, might, and won’t happen in the premium travel Upgrade World on “Flight 2017”. News flash: think flash! I think 2017 will be a…

West Coast to Europe Business Class Fares Plunge

Slashed by as much as $2,080 (35%) from a year ago—everyday Business Class fares to Europe as low as $2,357 round-trip. Often just $1,100 more than…

What the Humble Pea Can Point Out About Using Miles & Points for Premium Air Travel

While working in Newfoundland from 1912 to 1915, inventor Clarence Birdseye was taught how to fish under very thick ice by the Inuit. He saw…

How American & Delta Loyalists Can Get Two First or Business Class Tickets for the Price of One to Europe with JAL

A deep dive into the lucrative nuances of the JAL award program. Get First Class for less than Business on other international airlines and up…

65 Domestic Flights That Offer Free
“In-Class Seat Upgrades”

Get an international seat with American Airlines through little-known loopholes. A Tale of Two A Seats: It was the best of times, it was the…

A Freudian Analysis of FCF’s “Sweet Redeems”

FCF coined the term “Sweet Redeems”; here’s what this highly desirable travel term means along with recent examples. Some people dream of winning the lottery. Others…

How Anyone Can Save Up to 86% on All Nippon’s First Class Suite

Published First Class Fares: JFK-Tokyo is normally $19,625 round-trip (14-day advance-purchase) to $28,290, making this a prime route for using miles. Mileage Cost: Starts at…

In Brief

Have You Missed Elite Status for 2017? We’re not big fans of elite programs, but if you are and have fallen short this year, there…

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

General Counsel and Vice President at StubHub
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
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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


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

Chicago Tribune

Specializes in finding cheaper luxury flights for executives


First Class Flyer is a must-read

Entrepreneur Magazine