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Airplane Classes – Why They Exist and How They Affect Revenue

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    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! 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What airlines class are the most profitable?

    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.

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    About Alex Miller

    Founder and CEO of Upgraded Points, Alex is a leader in the industry and has earned and redeemed millions of points and miles. He frequently discusses the award travel industry with CNBC, Fox Business, The New York Times, and more.

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