Flying first class has its advantages, but are these privileges worth the money?
In some cases they are, especially if you appreciate a more comfortable, pleasant way of traveling. And now that most airlines have started charging additional fees for anything from luggage to a bottle of water, not being presented with these charges feels like a relief!
If you are not sure whether you want to pay for a first class ticket, consider these five advantages you get when flying first class or business class.
If long lines for security checks and crowds of passengers waiting to board the flight annoy you, a first class flight will be an enjoyable escape from the stress and inconvenience of air travel. The check in is faster with priority screening at many airports and priority boarding at the gate.
Don’t arrive at your destination exhausted
On a two hour flight this doesn’t make much of a difference, but if you often travel half way across the world you know exactly how it feels to arrive at your destination absolutely exhausted.
Instead of being cramped into a small seat with very little leg room and a neighbor who is hogging the entire arm rest you now have space to relax. And to sleep. Your seat doesn’t recline just a tiny bit, it practically turns into a bed! So yes, especially on a long-haul flight having a comfortable seat with better pillows and a nice blanket plus an attentive stewardess catering to your every need really does make a difference! Whether you travel for business or for pleasure, flying first class will get you to your destination feeling much more rested.
Free food and drinks
Nobody will say “I chose to fly first class because it gets me free food and drinks”. But isn’t it a nice extra?
You have to pull out your credit card if you want a drink or a snack during a flight, but it seems to be the norm these days in economy class. So, it’s a nice change to sit in first class and be free to order whatever you want! Now of course that’s no excuse to go overboard on the cocktails but you are spoiling yourself by flying first class so don’t forget to enjoy the freebies!
Opportunity to work
Sure, it depends on your reasons for traveling but having the opportunity to work comfortably can be very valuable for certain travelers. Some people travel so often that losing 10 hours or more on a flight becomes very inconvenient. With plenty of space, power outlets, and often free wifi, getting some work done or even planning a meeting while on a flight all of a sudden becomes very easy.
For business travelers, a flight can turn into a great opportunity to develop their business network. As a first class or business class passenger you will often find yourself surrounded by successful business people and can end up having some very interesting conversations.