Grateful for First Class Travel

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

All of my gratitude post in the November contest have been about people and their impact on my life but I have to share one post that is something that is a luxury that I enjoy and now I have hooked my wife on, traveling first class both domestic and international. Charlene and I are not people who buy expensive cars, high end clothes, or designer anything, instead we put money away and buy real estate. When it comes to cars we think it's time to buy a new one once we reach 200,000 miles. If you reach a point of success where security seems assured there has to be something to reward yourself on fro the sacrifices you make because that is the price of success.

When we fly from Oklahoma City to West Palm Beach to go to our second home we go through Atlanta. When we fly first class besides being the first on, the most important part is being first off. This means that when we fly to Atlanta for our connection we can make a 42 minute layover. For anyone who has flown in the back you know this is an impossibility because getting off is time consuming. This means we can get to Florida before Noon but even more importantly is the lack of wear and tear on your brain. Maybe first class domestic is not like the old days and free alcohol isn't that important but I will be on twenty different trips next year so being comfortable and making things easier making connections is worth it.

Where first class really makes a difference is on international flights. This year's annual trip for business to Israel started with Delta in Fort Lauderdale with one stop at JFK. When you start dealing with 12 hours or greater flights this is where it makes a huge difference. United Airlines are now creating separate lounges for international flights. With the new Airbus planes delta is upping their game also. The ability to be in a compartment with 180 degree beds among other amenities allows you to recover much quicker and arrive feeling better. I hit the ground running so for business it makes a big difference. The other part of this is points. You get a lot of bonus points and added to the fact that we pay everything on AMEX and do not carry balances builds up those points also so it is not as expensive as you might think.

My main point is this, it isn't about status or ego, it is about giving yourself a treat. I know that those of you here are the most successful in your areas and you have something you don't have to spend money on but do because you can and it makes you feel your work gives you something special. This doesn't mean you don't give money to charities, good causes, people in need, not does it mean that you spend money frivolously
. For me this is a part of my business as well as something that when Charlene and I go overseas twice next year on vacation, those 44 years of self employment, self discipline, sacrifice, and dedication to success will not be for nothing. As the old saying goes, you can't take it with you.

Comments (10)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Happy Thankgiving from our family to yours, hoping you are having an amazing year!


Nov 21, 2018 11:51 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I think the older we get, the more uncomfortable flying is.  Any little perks we can provide ourselves to make it easier are welcome.

Nov 22, 2018 01:07 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

My wife and I have came to the decision we only have about 5-7 more years of enjoying getting out of town 2-3 times a year.  It won't be long until it just isn't worth it. Good to hear you are still going strong.

Nov 22, 2018 03:31 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I did as much air travel as you do, I would certainly want to be in first class.  My first class for now is the driver seat of my car and it suits me to tee!  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend!

Nov 22, 2018 05:41 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the benefits of first class traveling.

Nov 22, 2018 08:21 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think I have only flown first class a couple of times. It was nice. My brother in law is 6'5" and must travel first or business class. He doesn't fit any other way.

Nov 24, 2018 06:01 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joe... I've been fortunate to experience first class travel throughout much of my professional life in the corporate world. And as good as first class travel might be today, it's nothing like what it was 30-40 years ago. That being said, I wouldn't thumb my nose at it if available.

Nov 26, 2018 04:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joe

Flying first class IS really a treat and worth the money, domestically, but even more so for international. I always enjoy it when we fly that way...which isn't often enough!


Nov 29, 2018 07:24 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We are on the same page, Joe - save money, buy a new car when we hit 200K miles and live a frugal lifestyle...until, of course, it comes to vacations and flights! And, you're so right - when you have to change flights, it's a MUST for a short layover.

Happy Sunday!

Dec 02, 2018 04:04 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Joe, I absolutely love your post;  I really agree and it's something I will give more thought to.  In the past, Joe, my late husband was employed by major airlines, United and American...our 9 children, their father and I traveled the world 1st class and at that time first class was an unbelievable elegant experience.  The 1970's was a golden age of travel with the upper deck Boeing 747s, full-scale cocktail lounges, restaurants, comfy swivel chairs and service liken to that given royalty.  American even had a piano bar.  And Joe, our Individual round trip ticket Chicago O'Hare - Honolulu cost $21.00 per person....  Yup, $231.00 for Mom, Dad, and 9 children.  You can imagine the times we flew to Waikiki.   Hahaha....It was our second home. And through the years we were blessed by the airline employee 'stand-by' flying benefits received by my husband.   Have a great week.  I enjoyed your post, Joe Pryor .

Dec 10, 2018 11:45 AM

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