When I grow up I want to be Jennifer Aniston in the latest Emirates Airline commercial. OK, so I’m not sure if I will ever have the nerve to shower while cruising high above 35,000 feet, but I sure would like the option should I ever want to.
“Is First Class worth it?”
Just like Dorothy Boyd explains to her young son behind the curtain of Coach (or “Tourist” as Andie MacDowell recently schooled me,) in the beloved movie, Jerry Maguire, “First class … It used to be a better meal. Now it’s a better life.” And Dorothy is right. In a nutshell, it’s a life of lie-flat beds, luxury duvets, on-demand in-flight entertainment systems, flat screen monitors, privacy, and menus curated by celebrity chefs.
One of the most popular questions I receive through The JetSet Family happens to be some variant of, “Should I book First Class for our upcoming trip? Is it worth it?” The short answer: YES!
Well, kinda. Sorta. Maybe. Let’s break it down:
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Despite what you might think, the trip does not start the minute you check-in the hotel, it actually begins the moment you walk outside your front door. Choosing the best flight is the key to getting off to the right start and setting a mindset for the duration of your travels. It’s a much bigger deal than many give credit. Whether heading on business to a meeting or world-traveling for pleasure, your flight sets the tone for what’s to follow.
How Long Is Your Trip?
Destination plays a big part. If you are flying domestically, First Class shouldn’t necessarily be considered a deal-breaker. If you have the means to fork over the Centurion card, then by all-means grab a Departures and please, find your way to seat 1A. Otherwise, put the balance of what you are saving towards an experience on the ground. I would like to chime in and say, should you be flying in excess of six hours or internationally, then First Class is your best travel investment next to a good set of luggage.
Flying First Class with children is the Holy Grail of family travel. The service is amazing, there is room to move and many luxury airlines are adopting more and more family-friendly services such as loyalty programs, on-board childcare, and impressive Lonely Planet Kids travel packs. Therefore, if you can make it happen, do it.
Have You Considered Business Class?
There are only a few minor details that separate Business Class from First Class. Business Class might be regarded as a step below international First Class status, but make no mistake, it’s light years beyond domestic First Class with significantly lower fares. With personal in-flight entertainment becoming the norm, the difference most likely will be determined by whether the airline has upgraded from lie-flat seats from the 180-degree tilts.
What is Your Travel Budget?
Flying First Class and Business Class can be steep and will come with a pretty hefty price tag north of a few thousand, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to take advantage of deeper savings. Ultimate Class Airfares makes flying First and Business an affordable luxury, leaving me the opportunity to put money towards things like tours, lodging, services and my favorite, shopping!
Ultimate Class Airfares is a trusted source of trained travel professionals who seek the best Business Class and First Class airfares for discounted rates. They pride themselves on getting you there “In luxury and style without paying fancy prices,” and I can appreciate that and so can you.
Where would JetSet to in First Class?
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Thank you,Ultimate Class Airfares for sponsoring this informative post and help assist The JetSet Family readers make their luxury travel dreams become a reality. Photos courtesy of Emirates Airlines.
Thank you, Ultimate Class Airfare for sponsoring this informative post and help assist The JetSet Family readers make their luxury travel dreams become a reality. Photos courtesy of Emirates Airlines.