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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.


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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.

 

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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?

GIVEAWAY: Ultimate Class Airfares wants you to experience luxury above the clouds and is giving one lucky traveler a First Class Round Trip travel voucher valued at $4,000 to jet anywhere in the world. Head over to their Facebook to enter and win. Last day to enter is March 7th and the winner will be notified by March 10th. Good luck!

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.

Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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24 COMMENTS
  • Leah February 25, 2016

    I’ve never flown first class before. My husband flies a hand full of times a month and he loves when he is upgraded to first class!

  • Erika February 25, 2016

    Wow! That would be quite the flying experience. I have never been in first class.

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All February 26, 2016

    Wow, those seats look really nice! I have never flown first class before but I’d certainly love to.

  • Ashley S February 26, 2016

    Great to know the options!! I try to fly first class for long flights when my budget permits.

  • Heather Johnson February 26, 2016

    I have flown only once. Maybe First Class would make me want to fly more. It looks amazing!

  • Carol Colborn February 27, 2016

    I flew Emirates last 2014 and, since then, I have been telling people how much we loved the flight. Emirates has since been our airline…even in economy.

  • Mags February 27, 2016

    I dream of one day being able to afford lie flat seat on an international flight! That’s the stuff dreams are made of. I’m with you though, I don’t know if I’d be up for showering on a plane.

  • Laura February 27, 2016

    I’ve always longed to sit in first class on a long overnight flight. It really looks so much more comfortable than being jammed into coach, but I’m really not willing to pay those prices yet, so I guess I’ll have to deal with it.

  • Traveling Rockhopper February 28, 2016

    Only once they put me to the business class, it was ok, but unfortunately it was only ~4 hours flight 😉

  • Jempi February 28, 2016

    Never flown in First Class (because of the exuberant high prices) but would love to experience it ever…maybe…when I have saved enough air miles 🙂

  • mark wyld February 28, 2016

    first class is too rich for our budget’s. Good luck to those though who can afford it. My brother works for Exxon and flies first class around the world all the time. I think i would still prefere to keep my money to spend on the ground even if i could afford 1st class

  • Meg Jerrard February 28, 2016

    AMazing – heading over to enter now! I’ve only ever flown economy, though I dream of the day I will be able to fly first. I agree that when flying domestically it’s not really a deal breaker, but being in Australia I’m so often on long haul flights that it would make a huge difference to my life!

  • Elaine J. Masters February 28, 2016

    I had a fantasy flight with Emirates Air on a media trip. It’s definitely a dream to take a long flight with them in First or Business Class. How wonderful for your family.

  • Vicky and Buddy February 29, 2016

    I’ve always wanted to fly first class, but I’ve never been able to justify it. I would much rather save that money towards more experiences or towards another flight. But maybe one day!!

  • Jennifer Melroy February 29, 2016

    Even with the deal, I would still rather save the money and not fly first class. It isn’t worth the money to me. But then again, I can sleep anywhere so it doesn’t matter to me. I do get why some people want it and it does look amazing.

  • Kelly March 7, 2016

    We love flying first class whenever possible!

  • Rachel March 7, 2016

    I’ve flown first class several times domestically (it’s been awhile though!), but never internationally. That’s on my bucket list to do at least once in my life. Especially for the overnight flights!

  • michelle March 7, 2016

    flying first class for a long international flight is a dream of mine! i do believe it is worth the money but so far it has not been in the budget

  • Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife March 7, 2016

    I’ve never flown first class, but I’ve never been able to justify it for our family of four. Plus, the international flights that we take are always so comfortable and full of extra luxuries that we don’t get on domestic flights that even flying coach internationally has always seemed to be several steps above! That said, I would absolutely not turn down the opportunity to fly first class if I didn’t have to pay for it! 😉

  • Willow March 7, 2016

    I have only flown first class once, and I think it was because we got moved up some how. If it was in my budget, I would fly first class all the time!

  • Valerie March 7, 2016

    I have flown first class a few times…its awesome and would be even more so on this upscale airline..I am anxious to travel on this carrier!!

    Valerie

  • Leah March 7, 2016

    Wow! Sounds so great, but totally not in my budget! It would be a dream!

  • Cassandra March 9, 2016

    So much helpful information! Thank you! I’ve never flown first-class, but I look forward to the day when I can afford to do so!

  • Stephanie Be June 28, 2016

    Such a way to enhance the traveling experience! Love your take on it!

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