Got back yesterday from the far away eastern USA. Got up hella early (4 AM) to drive to the airport in Harrisburg PA, flew to shy-town (ORD) on the little plane, then on to San Jose FIRST CLASS cause there were no other seats when my tix were booked. Let me tell you; First Class > Coach. The food was good, the woman next to me was pleasant, the attendant was attentive, and the seat was Bob sized. I even got some work done.
Next time you have several many hundred bucks clogging up your wallet, fly first class.