If you’ve never flown first-class, you don’t know what you’re missing. you should really go first-class every time, whether you’re traveling domestically or plan to jet off to Tahiti.
Save Time and Fatigue
When you fly first-class, the special treatment starts before you even board – you might get priority access through security lines and free checked bags, which can save time, hassle and money. You’ll get to board first and disembark first, which saves several minutes not having to wait for other passengers to get their luggage out of the overhead bins, but the biggest benefit is the time savings you’ll get when it comes to recovery, especially if you’re flying through a few time zone of more. That’s because it’s all about space, comfort, and privacy making it much easier to get some rest before you arrive. Your seat doesn’t just recline a little bit but it practically turns into a bed – on some airlines, it may even become a bed and you’ll also get better pillows and a cozy blanket too.
Flying economy usually means losing at least a day – if you’re flying for business, that means a big loss in productivity time, but even if it’s for pleasure, who wants to waste a day or more of precious vacation hours?
It’s Much Easier to Get Work Done
With so many people working online these days, if you’re one of them, you’ll find it’s far easier to accomplish when you have the room to work comfortably. You’ll have plenty of space, power outlets and perhaps even free Wi-Fi which could make it well-worth the cost considering you could lose 10 hours or more of potential productivity on a long haul flight.
Flying first-class, you’re much more likely to find yourself surrounded by VIPs. Whether you’re looking to make a career move or to increase business, it’s one of the best networking opportunities there is. It starts with your access to the lounge where you can relax alongside those who are often some of the most successful in their professions, and continues on your flight where you could end up sitting next to the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the founder of a multimillion-dollar business.
First-class passengers board first
If you’re booked in economy, you’re the last to board the plane. Even if you pay for early boarding, you’re still after military, families, business and first class and elite loyalty members.
Some airlines don’t even have those separate line-ups outside the boarding gate, so you’re literally herded together in economy class.
You’re not fighting for overhead bin space
I hate not knowing if I’ll have overhead bin space. It gives me anxiety. I like to be both in business class and the first to board a plane so I can store my overhead luggage before there’s no room. I’ve been in situations where I didn’t have overhead bin space over my seat in economy, and the flight attendant found space in the last row of the plane, so I had to wait for literally every passenger to deplane before getting to my luggage. Oh, man. Never again.
Also, passengers in coach do not care about each other’s belongings. I have had people move my belongings to another bin so they can try to fit theirs in (without even telling me). I’ve also come to my seat and all the passengers in my row put their heavy winter coats in the overhead bins, so I didn’t have room. This only happens in coach.
You’re not sitting soclose to your fellow stranger passenger
In business class, there’s a lot more space between your seat and the passengers seat. Why? There is no middle seat.
In economy class, however, you’re literally sitting shoulder to shoulder with the passenger next to you.
You don’t have to wait for everyone to deplane
If you’re sitting near the front in economy, you lucked out. Those in the back of the plane have to wait for everyone to deplane to get to the luggage carousel or make their connecting flight. Sure, it’s only an extra 5 to 10 minutes, but there’s always that person who takes forever to get their stuff every five rows.
You won’t share two bathrooms with 100+ people
Most average, domestic flights can squeeze 150 to 250 passengers, and there are only two bathrooms in the back of the plane. If you’re flying business class internationally, the bathrooms are often bigger, and there’s never really a line.