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给“空中飞人”们:在下次飞行中为你的腿争取更多空间的8个小贴士

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cooliang 发表于 2010-11-17 14:22:51  | 显示全部楼层 | 阅读模式
Have you noticed that padding on airline seats is getting thinner? Back in the days of the Lockheed Constellation and the DC-6, seats used to be less punishing — they were more like La-Z-Boys. But don't expect to find cushy swivel chairs on your next economy-class flight. Today, in order to save fuel and squeeze in more passengers, the padding has been minimized — and, as we all know, the rows of seats have been placed closer together. And seats may get even thinner, as reported here last year.Now, more than ever, upgrading can be a trip-saver. Here are eight ways to help make your next flight more comfortable:
你有没有注意到,飞机座椅上的垫子正在变得越来越窄?在洛克希德星座系列机型和DC-6机型的年代,飞机座位没有像现在这么让人难受——那些座椅更像是“懒汉椅”(当年奥巴马的竞选专机波音757上就装了四把类似于懒汉椅的椅子)。而如今,为了节省一点儿燃料和塞进更多的乘客,飞机上的座位被缩到小到不能再小,同时,正如我们都知道的那样,每排座位也被安置得更加近了。而且,这些座椅甚至还有变得更小的趋势,正如我们去年报道的那样。现在,超过以往任何时候,升舱成了我们飞行旅途的救星,所以,下面为你介绍8个升舱方法来帮助你在下次飞行途中坐得更舒服:
1. Buy a coach seat with extra legroom. JetBlue, Delta, United and other airlines will sell you a few extra inches of legroom at the front of the economy cabin or in exit rows for a reasonable upgrade fee. We think this is money well spent. JetBlue charges as little as $10 extra for seats with 38 inches between rows, and has more leg room (34 inches between rows, rather than the 31-32 inches typical on some airlines) even if you don't pay more (JetBlue recently added priority boarding as perk when passengers choose these seats). United has long had its Economy Plus option, offering "up to 5 extra inches of legroom" in coach, starting at $9 per flight for shorter hops and going up to, say, $109 each way on a Los Angeles to Tokyo flight. There's also a $425 per year "annual option" giving you unlimited upgrades to the roomier seats, subject to availability of course. Other airlines may offer spontaneous "extra coach legroom" upgrades at the airport, so be sure to ask about them at check in. You never know what you might snag.
1.购买一个有额外放腿空间的经济舱座位。如果你支付一定的升级费,捷蓝航空公司、德尔塔航空公司和联合航空等其他航空公司会售给你额外几英寸的空间让你来放你的腿。我们会觉得这是值得花的钱。捷蓝航空公司只会多收取你10美元来为你将两排座椅间的距离扩大为38英寸,你还能享受更多的空间(34英寸,比通常一些飞机上的31-32英寸多一点),即使你不多付钱(捷蓝航空最近增加了优先登机的服务作为优先选择了这些座位的人的额外奖励)。联合航空公司很早就有了它们的“经济附加选择”,为经济舱座位提供“多达5英寸的额外伸腿空间”,费用从短线航班的每航班9美元到长线航班例如洛杉矶到东京的109美元不等。另外,还有425美元的“年票”,给你无限量的升级机会以享受宽敞座位,而且保证你能坐到。其他航空公司可能会在机场提供自动的“额外座位伸腿空间”升级服务,所以在登机前一定别忘了询问一下工作人员。你不问就永远不知道自己可能会比别人抢先获得什么。
2. Buy a cheap domestic business class seat on a discounter. Airtran and Spirit sell roomier business class seats for far less than most other airlines. Airtran will let you upgrade to business from any fare at the airport on a first-come, first served basis for $49-$99 per flight segment (that's one takeoff and one landing), or from higher economy fares in advance; Spirit calls their business class "the Big Front Seat" and fares are often less than other airlines' economy fares, especially if you're a member of their $9 Fare Club.
2.在折扣商那里买一张便宜的国内商务舱座位的机票。穿越航空和Spirit航空公司常以低于其他公司很多的价格出售更宽敞的商务舱座位。根据先来先到原则,不管你是什么价格的票,穿越航空都可以让你以每段航程(一次起降)49—99美元的价格升级到商务舱,或者优先让更贵的经济票先升级;Spirit航空公司则声称他们的商务舱拥有“宽敞的前舱座位”而且票价常常都比其他航空公司的经济舱还便宜,特别是如果你他们“9元俱乐部”的成员。
3. Buy cheap first class last minute upgrades. Virgin America offers last minute upgrades (4 hours before flight time) to its luxe first class cabin for between $70 and $270 each way depending on the length of the flight, and US Airways has a similar program called "GoUpgrades" allowing passengers to upgrade from economy class to first for $50 to $500 each way, depending on flight length, 24 hours or fewer before flight time. You can upgrade by phone or at the airport, and international flights are included. See this chart for more details about these and other programs.
3.在“last minute”升级活动中购买便宜的头等舱票。维珍美国航空公司为他们的奢侈头等客舱提供“最后一分钟”的即时升级服务(起飞前4小时),视具体航程长短价格为70—270美元每程不等;美国航空有一项类似的计划叫做“GoUpgrade”,允许乘客在距起飞24小时或更短的时间以前,根据航程长短以50到500美元不等的价格由经济舱升级为头等舱。你可以打电话或在机场进行升级,国际航班也包括在内。想要获得更多这类计划的详细信息请看这张表http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/b ... urprisingly-little/
4. Look for Y-UP and Q-UP fares. These economy class fares, for domestic travel only, can be upgraded for free to business or first class, but they don't come cheaply, aren't fully refundable and have other restrictions. Buy them online (e.g., search for "all types" of business class fares on Travelocity), by phone from your airline, or through travel agents.
4.搜索Y-UP和Q-UP折扣价的票。这些经济舱票仅限于国内航程,它们可以免费升级为商务舱或头等舱,但是这类票得来很不容易,往往还不能全额退票而且还有其他种种限制。可以在网上购买(例如,在Travelocity上搜索商务舱的“所有类型”票),或者通过拨打你所要预定的航空公司的电话或者通过旅行社来购买。
5. Choose planes with more legroom. No "extra legroom for purchase" option on your airline? Not all aircraft are created equal, even when flown by the same airline. Check out the "seat pitch" data at Seatguru.com and book on an aircraft on which seat rows are spaced further apart. Doing so can earn you as much as two inches of extra legroom. Your knees will thank you.
5.选择有更宽敞伸腿空间的飞机。你所选乘的航空公司没有“额外的空间订购”选择?你该知道,并不是所有的飞机都造的是一样的,即使是飞同一航线的飞机。在Seatguru.com上查询一下“座位间距”的数据然后预定一架座位间距比其他机型要宽敞的飞机。这样就可以为你提供至少两英寸的额外空间。你的膝盖会感谢你的。
6. Buy international business and first class fares from consolidators. Ticket sellers such as 1stair.net and planetamex.com sell premium cabin fares at considerable discounts.
6.在联运公司购买国际航班的商务舱和头等舱机票。1stair.net和planetamex.com这样的商家会以相当大的折扣出售高级舱位的机票。
7. Use miles to upgrade. This is one of the highest-value ways you can spend your miles. Upgrading a $400 fare on United from New York to LA to a $2000 business class fare for 30,000 miles is a better deal than spending those miles on a $400 fare. Unfortunately, many airlines now charge miles plus cash to upgrade (see chart).
7.利用里程升级。这是最高效利用你的里程的方式之一。用30000里程在联合航空将一张从纽约到洛杉矶的400美元的票升级为2000美元的商务舱,比直接用这些里程购买一张400美元的机票要划算很多。然而遗憾的是,现在很多航空公司都要求里程要加现金才能升舱。

8. Be loyal. Upper-tier frequent flier program members get free upgrades, priority access to exit row seating at no charge, and other perks on many airlines, so stick with one airline, fly frequently and attain "premier" status.
8.要抱持忠诚。高级常旅客计划的成员可以免费升舱,他们有优先免费得到靠近出口的那排座位的机会,和其他在不同航线上的额外奖励。所以,坚持守住一家航空公司吧,更频繁地乘坐他们的航班来争取一个“首席”地位!

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