Fly deluxe for fewer bucks, with miles or money.
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"The flight time today is five hours in first class
and twelve and a half in coach."

Discover how FCF members often fly Business Class for little if any more than coach—and First Class for little if any more than Business—using miles or money—on major U.S. and international airlines.

Who uses FCF's Advices and Alerts?

Do-it Delegators

You hate paying retail but hate, even more, the detail. So to get the deal you gladly… delegate. Gladly take an alert on your smartphone or desktop of, say, a $1,400 Business Class fare round-trip to Europe. Or First Class for $2,200. Because both you and I know those fares can go for three times that. Easily. And easily is how you like to score your deals. So you can Just Do It. (That sounds familiar.)

Upbeat Upgraders

You’re curious… and you wonder about the world as you, well, wander about the world. Your inquisitiveness includes, of all things, the fine print of airlines. (I can understand that. I love it.) You happily go head to head with minutiae and even win. But there’s more to life than fine print. And your spirit of inquiry is always easily usurped by a higher spirit. Of adventure, or enrichment. Each of which, and more, FCF caters for.

Erudite Airficionados

You’re tainted, luxuries do that. You're spoilt as a flyer. And you (and I both) know that Business Class is too close to coach, in more ways than one. “Only the best will do” is only part of your motto. The other part you added years ago, “…but if it’s rack rate, it will never do.” How can a spendthrift truly enjoy life’s luxuries? Discerning to a T, you use FCF to fly (these days) Cathay, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore, etc.

What Mr. Upgrade's truffle hounds just found:
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In coach your trip begins the day after you land.
In First & Business Class it can begin
when you board the plane.

- Matthew Bennett

How FCF Works

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The Revenue Revolution

The Revenue Revolution

Two sides to this ducat.

Heads is de-regulation, and the yield management "farenomenon" it has created. A farenomenon that can be both bad and good."

No price too high. No price too low.

Technology-driven experimentation sets each seat’s price, and voilà!

A very high price. Or—often for little more than the price of coach—you can find yourself up near the nose (along with those who are paying though it).

The other side of The Revenue Revolution is Unbundling.

Airlines discovered they could take the 'r' out of free. Wow, 'fee'. Baggage fees, booking fees, priority seating fees, soon—what?— restroom fees?

Voilà! Almost anything can generate profit. This fuels airfare creativity.

All this Voilàtity creates the complexity we love.

We mine it for gold.

The Hub Headlock

The Hub Headlock

If you live in a hub, the airline that owns it has you in a headlock.

You get squeezed, gouged, or—good news—you get wise.

Out-of-town competitors love to poach on the hubmeister’s patch. Upgrading may involve connections, but not always.

The savings (and maybe the stopover) can be so good you’ll be laughing all the way from the back.

Returning the disloyalty of the airlines who think they own the market—and especially you—can be rewarding (see The Loyalty Lure to the right.)

Don’t live near a hub? Even better. You’re probably surrounded by them.

The Loyalty Lure

The Loyalty Lure

Twin hooks:

Elite Status and Loyalty Program Miles.

An anagram of Elite Status is Astutest Lie. Where’s the prestige in paying an exorbitant fare? With a few exceptions, those with “elite status” have been esteemrolled into an expensive allegiance (see The Hub Headlock).

Loyalty program miles? More like lock-in miles.

Nothing wrong with being in love with an airline. But avoid the rapacious relationship. Far better to book your preferred airline via an alliance partner’s airline’s miles—earned, or bought direct, or transferred from your credit card.

You can get a much fairer deal.

FCF's Anomaly Fares

FCF's Anomaly Fares

Our around-the-globe, around-the-clock tag team of seasoned researchers constantly finds fares that seem to be mistakes. But—trust us—aren’t.

These are the ephemeral gems from an industry with a fare-experimentation fixation.

One supercharged by big data and an ever bigger commitment to Yield Management.

Anomaly Fares make promoted discount fares expensive.

FCF's Sweet Redeems

FCF's Sweet Redeems

Seeking ‘award availability’ on one route, one date and one airline takes you to one place: Destination Dejection.

Airficionados never say—like everyone else does—“I can never use my miles”.

Airficionados think and act counterintuitively.

They know that award seats, like anomaly fares, are released as a convenience to the airlines, not to their loyal passengers. They are a yield management tool, to clear otherwise-perishable inventory while reducing a book liability.
Sophisticated forecasting models, not travelers’ desires, determine the routes and dates.

Sweet Redeems can be found months out, weeks out, or days out.

FCF's Anomaly Awards

FCF's Anomaly Awards

Sweet Redeems are the award-seat availabilities you discover through FCF.

And the sweetest of all Sweet Redeems: when you pay less in miles for your chosen First Class or Business Class seat (often Business for less than coach, and First for less than Business). On your chosen flight. On your chosen airline.

Through a partner’s loyalty program.

Delicious disparities between partner airlines’ award charts allow Anomaly Awards.

FCF provides its members "cheat sheets" to make this little more than a snap.

FCF's Daily Alerts

FCF's Daily Alerts

As an FCF member, you will be alerted weekly about the truffles our hounds have just found.

Every Daily Alert has a ‘How you or your travel agency can find and book these short-lived opportunities’ link.

With this actionable intelligence, you fly deluxe for fewer bucks...

FCF's Monthly Advisor

FCF's Monthly Advisor

Hate flying coach? Hate paying premium? Join the club.

Not the big one, made up of disgruntled flyers who have to choose between all that squandering or simply being squashed.

The exclusive one, where members know that just as extravagance gets you up front, so too does diligence.

Each First Class Flyer Monthly Advisor features timely upgrade opportunities—upportunities—you will find nowhere else in many cases.

If you are willing to spend a little time studying the reports, you’ll avoid spending a lot of dollars.

The Revenue Revolution

The Revenue Revolution

Two sides to this ducat.

Heads is de-regulation, and the yield management "farenomenon" it has created. A farenomenon that can be both bad and good."

No price too high. No price too low.

Technology-driven experimentation sets each seat’s price, and voilà!

A very high price. Or—often for little more than the price of coach—you can find yourself up near the nose (along with those who are paying though it).

The other side of The Revenue Revolution is Unbundling.

Airlines discovered they could take the 'r' out of free. Wow, 'fee'. Baggage fees, booking fees, priority seating fees, soon—what?— restroom fees?

Voilà! Almost anything can generate profit. This fuels airfare creativity.

All this Voilàtity creates the complexity we love.

We mine it for gold.

Monthly Advisor

FCF's Monthly Advisor

Hate flying coach? Hate paying premium? Join the club.

Not the big one, made up of disgruntled flyers who have to choose between all that squandering or simply being squashed.

The exclusive one, where members know that just as extravagance gets you up front, so too does diligence.

Each First Class Flyer Monthly Advisor features timely upgrade opportunities—upportunities—you will find nowhere else in many cases.

If you are willing to spend a little time studying the reports, you’ll avoid spending a lot of dollars.

The Hub Headlock

The Hub Headlock

If you live in a hub, the airline that owns it has you in a headlock.

You get squeezed, gouged, or—good news—you get wise.

Out-of-town competitors love to poach on the hubmeister’s patch. Upgrading may involve connections, but not always.

The savings (and maybe the stopover) can be so good you’ll be laughing all the way from the back.

Returning the disloyalty of the airlines who think they own the market—and especially you—can be rewarding (see The Loyalty Lure to the right.)

Don’t live near a hub? Even better. You’re probably surrounded by them.

Loyalty Programs

The Loyalty Lure

Twin hooks:

Elite Status and Loyalty Program Miles.

An anagram of Elite Status is Astutest Lie. Where’s the prestige in paying an exorbitant fare? With a few exceptions, those with “elite status” have been esteemrolled into an expensive allegiance (see The Hub Headlock).

Loyalty program miles? More like lock-in miles.

Nothing wrong with being in love with an airline. But avoid the rapacious relationship. Far better to book your preferred airline via an alliance partner’s airline’s miles—earned, or bought direct, or transferred from your credit card.

You can get a much fairer deal.

FCF's Anomaly Fares

FCF's Anomaly Fares

Our around-the-globe, around-the-clock tag team of seasoned researchers constantly finds fares that seem to be mistakes. But—trust us—aren’t.

These are the ephemeral gems from an industry with a fare-experimentation fixation.

One supercharged by big data and an ever bigger commitment to Yield Management.

Anomaly Fares make promoted discount fares expensive.

FCF's Sweet Redeems

FCF's Sweet Redeems

Seeking ‘award availability’ on one route, one date and one airline takes you to one place: Destination Dejection.

Airficionados never say—like everyone else does—“I can never use my miles”.

Airficionados think and act counterintuitively.

They know that award seats, like anomaly fares, are released as a convenience to the airlines, not to their loyal passengers. They are a yield management tool, to clear otherwise-perishable inventory while reducing a book liability.
Sophisticated forecasting models, not travelers’ desires, determine the routes and dates.

Sweet Redeems can be found months out, weeks out, or days out.

FCF's Anomaly Awards

FCF's Anomaly Awards

Sweet Redeems are the award-seat availabilities you discover through FCF.

And the sweetest of all Sweet Redeems: when you pay less in miles for your chosen First Class or Business Class seat (often Business for less than coach, and First for less than Business). On your chosen flight. On your chosen airline.

Through a partner’s loyalty program.

Delicious disparities between partner airlines’ award charts allow Anomaly Awards.

FCF provides its members "cheat sheets" to make this little more than a snap.

FCF's Daily Alerts

FCF's Daily Alerts

As an FCF member, you will be alerted weekly about the truffles our hounds have just found.

Every Daily Alert has a ‘How you or your travel agency can find and book these short-lived opportunities’ link.

With this actionable intelligence, you fly deluxe for fewer bucks...

First Class Flyer Reviews

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