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Talking about the "Magic Number", one thing that has fascinated me is how few things I'm finding of value to spend money on.

For example, I could easily afford a $4,000 Business Class ticket on a 10 hour flight where Economy costs $1,500. But, is that crappy little lie-flat bed in Business Class really worth an extra $2,500 on a 10 hour ride? Maybe it makes more sense to book a $1,000 night room in London to sleep off the affects of the flight and save $1,500 (not that I'd spend $1,000 on a hotel room.)

I might pay an extra $200 for a lie-flat bed, but not $2,500.


In terms of the actual plane ride - it is never, ever worth it.

I'm nearly 6'4" and have flown across the pond (Atlantic) more times than I can count over the past 28 years. My long legs have never fit in coach/economy, but who cares? I sit there regardless. Can we say "Hello, man spread city!"? 8-10 hours of a transatlantic flight is well worth any discomfort for me compared to paying any extra money in spite of being able to afford upgrades. Even on occasion when they gave me a "free" upgrade, it was seriously not that different. Meh. I could sing an opera the next day in either country no matter what I went through on the plane due to the lack of legroom and difference in food service.

Instead, invest the difference in price over the course of a travel/working career and it is amazing what a few extra inches length/width robs one for returns over decades of returns.

Glad to hear that many companies forbid their employees from flying business or 1st class. Those are the companies I want to invest in as they are watching their expenses.
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