I have lived outside of the US now for 5 years and I have a) Never flown in Economy b) Never paid for Business or First Either the company paid or I used miles for the upgrade. I am now going to fly to Florida via NYC on Cathay because business class is 84,000 HKD round trip per person or about 11000 USD per. I refuse dude. There are some things I just won't do. So, I couldnt upgrade with miles but I have been informed by my people that there is a decent chance that I will get the free upgrade because they always overbook coach and nobody actually pays for bus/1st during the holidays and I am diamond on cathay/platinum one world. Still, the wife is only silver Cathay so there could be the nightmare scenario where they only upgrade me. THEN WHAT I ASK YOU? I bought two of those neck collar pillow thingies and got 6 hits of Ambien and packed some sandwiches. I know I won't get much sympathy but my mentral state will be for **** if I don't get upgraded. I can almost guarantee I won't be doing this ever again. I was guilted into travelling during the peak holiday season by my mother. The stress alone makes it not worth it. I think I will impregnate my wife next year so she can't travel.