If you’re flying to an important business meeting or a long anticipated vacation, getting there could be half the fun when you fly Business Class.
You may have reluctantly walked passed these business class seats on your way to economy. Hey, they already have drinks in their hand!
What else can these people expect near the front of the plane? They enjoy many luxurious amenities, which vary from airline to airline.
Before departure they can take advantage of airport lounges, which may offer free beverages, snacks, newspapers and Internet access.
Some even provide showers and a lounge chair for a short nap. The pampering is great – and some airlines are known for trying to outdo their competitors in search of that repeat flyer.
This sure beats trying to lug your carry on through a fast food line.
They’re first on and first off. This can really be an advantage when heading trough immigration and custom lines and the beach beckons. And, look at the size of those seats!
They recline…way back… and on some, a curtain can be pulled for privacy.
“They’re likely sitting close to more savvy and interesting travelers, fewer hysterical first time flyers and crying babies.
They get better entertainment options, such as free audio and video on demand (AVOD) and laptop Internet connections.
It’s a pleasure to dine in Business Class with most airlines providing menus with delicious choices.
And good food just tastes better when served on porcelain plates. If you have a special diet, you can pre order your meal prior to the flight. Of course, beverages are complimentary with fine wines and champagnes. Wonder what those guys in the economy class are having?
Travel with a companion and save.
When flying business class, usually a companion gets a deep discount and sometimes even flies free. Other than that, discounts are hard to come by unless you’re willing to sacrifice time and flexibility.
In other words, fare discounts may be offered for non-direct flights that include layovers that could end up costing you time, money and convenience in the long run.
Frequent flyers are allowed to utilize their air miles to be upgraded to Business Class. Be sure to mention this when you make your reservation. Remember there is a certain group of flyers who are willing to pay for the privilege of sitting in Business Class, so book early.
To some popular destinations, making reservations six to twelve months early is not too soon if you plan to try for an upgrade.
Is it worth it?
Business Class can cost as much as four times that of economy and remember, amenities can vary greatly so don’t be shy about asking questions. If personal attention, feeling special and fun perks are important, then Business Class may be for you.
You won’t get there any quicker than the folks in economy, but the experience is unforgettable.
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