Edited by: Nick Ellis
We may be compensated when you click on product links, such as credit cards, from one or more of our advertising partners. Terms apply to the offers below. See our Advertising Policy for more about our partners, how we make money, and our rating methodology. Opinions and recommendations are ours alone.
Upgraded Points created this infographic to discuss the financials and motives behind the different types of airplane classes — why they exist and how they affect revenue.
You’ll also discover why there’s a movement from airlines to phase out First Class, and replace with additional Business (or Premium) class seats.
Please let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Share this Image On Your Site (Copy/Paste Code)
Featured Image Credit: Daniel Ross
Frequently Asked Questions
In terms of revenue per square foot, generally speaking, Business class is the most profitable. Followed by Premium economy, First class, and then economy.
This is likely why we continue to see a greater shift from airlines away from first class, and more towards expanded business class sections.
Was this page helpful?
INSIDERS ONLY: UP PULSE™
Travel is changing fast... Stay on top of all the points strategies, exclusive offers & pivotal news - and lock in huge savings along the way.
Disclaimer: Any comments listed below are not from the bank advertiser, nor have they been reviewed or approved by them. No responsibility will be taken by the bank advertiser for these comments.
UP's Bonus Valuation
This bonus value is an estimated valuation calculated by UP after analyzing redemption options, transfer partners, award availability and how much UP would pay to buy these points.