Mr Thorvald

New Member
The best way to fly first class is to use an employee voucher. You can check the flight booking software to make sure the flight isn't too crowded, and then you are virtually guaranteed to get into first class. I used to have an aunt retired from Delta who gave me employee vouchers, so would go from JFK to CDG on standby, always got first class on NY-Paris, though not so much on Paris-NY (damn Frenchies). There was actually a rule book you had to follow when you took the vouchers, had to wear a jacket and tie, had to check in early, only carry-on, no checked bags, no flip flops or sweatsuits... First class on Delta NY-Paris was not on a 747, but was very nice--there was a wine list, and warm cookies. The seats were like lay-z-boy recliners with footrests. Very nice, and the only cost was the $35 CDG airport tax.
 
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Oldsarge

Moderator and Bon Vivant
The best way to fly first class is to use an employee voucher. You can check the flight booking software to make sure its half empty, and you are virtually guaranteed to get into first class. I used to have an aunt retired from Delta who gave me employee vouchers, so would go from JFK to CDG on standby, always got first class on NY-Paris, though not so much on Paris-NY (damn Frenchies). There was actually a rulebook you had to follow when you took the vouchers, had to wear a jacket and tie, had to check in early, only carry-on, no checked bags, no flip flops or sweatsuits... First class on Delta NY-Paris was not on a 747, but was very nice--there was a wine list, and warm cookies. The seats were like la-z-boy recliners with footrests. Very nice, and the only cost was the $35 CDG airport tax.
I did that once on a military reserve flight. I had on a sport coat and slacks and asked politely at the gate check-in (which gives you an idea of how long ago this was!) if my gov't voucher could be upgraded. Not only did the airline give it to me, but my two comrades who were on the same deployment said, "Hey, we're with him!" and got upgraded, too. Flying was pleasant once . . .
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
I was watching (again) "Casino Royale" the other day and there's a wonderful scene where Bond takes an overnight train to a casino and he has dinner with (of course) a gorgeous female operative. While the train and dining car were all very modern (it almost didn't feel like a dining car), the comfortable elegance of it did echo back to the Era your pic represents.

I've had dinner on the Acela (Amtrak's "high speed" service in the Northeast) and, while it is served airline style (tray comes up from your armrest) and the food was just okay, the train is modern, pretty nice and the service okay. It felt a bit like, I imagine, eating in a dining car used to feel like. It's the closest I've gotten to it anyway.
 

SplurgeFrugal1

New Member
I like to think of Santa Fe, New Mexico as America's Paris. It is elegant, worldly and refined, but in the southwestern tradition. World-class food, accommodations, and the third-largest art market in the world nestled in the beautiful rustic southwest. The unnamed ancient native Pueblo people who first crafted adobe-style architecture belong on any shortlist of the world's great architects.


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