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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. While the new AF La Premiere seat may not have sliding doors, or a separate living room, etc… IMO the design is incredibly tasteful. While I aspire to play around in Emirates First (probably pretty soon), the design of the suite/cabin is disgusting. The Middle Eastern airlines seem to take the “1995 yacht” approach to design. When is the last time that burled walnut was used well? Maybe in a Bentley once in a while, but… The AF design is restrained, quiet, and comforting. Pair that with the great food and the very good service (I’ve flown them dozens of times from economy to first, and have consistently found their service to be great), and this is a winning combination. If/when they have a first class sale later in the year, I’ll be happy to pay for a flight on the new product.

  2. I literally JUST got off an AF 380 in F, and that is not the seat I sat in. I guess the upgrades are staggered? Neither my JFK-CDG or CDG-JFK flight had the lamp, or some of those controls. Overall the seat I was in was 99% flat, but not anywhere near as good as the LH flat bed.

  3. As for someone peeing because the bathroom is full, I don’t doubt this doesn’t happen VERY often. I actually am surprised we don’t see more articles like this.

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