Heading out west in style. I upgraded my Virgin America main cabin ticket to 1st class for an extra $250, where the original price was over $1,000. The way it works is if the 1st class seats haven’t sold out within 24 hours of departure, you can upgrade for a discounted price. Just check in online within those 24 hours and try to change your seat.

I gotta say first class was well worth it. Huge leather seats that can recline like a lazy boy. They supposedly have a massaging function, but I couldn’t tell if it was massage or adjusting my chair. Right when you board, the attendants attend to you by offering drinks. Free drinks all flight long. I had two bloody marys and a beer. Everything is unlocked on the TV, including the premium shows and movies. Cozy up to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

As far as food, you get a pretty fancy airline meal that you don’t have as an option in coach. Chicken & mango salad with a cute little airplane salt & pepper shaker. The entree choices were eggplant tortellini or braised beef with couscous. And for dessert a fruit tart.

The upgrade was well worth it for feeling fancy, but don’t let it go to your head. You do get to cut in line at the security check and some hot shot douchebag was being a real prick when the regular line and the priority line merged. He started throwing a fit because an old lady unknowingly merged in front of him. Dang, doesn’t she know he’s in first class and therefore better? …old people, whatever.

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