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Flying First Class and Business Class

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  1. MTR

    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Have a friend flying out today at least 20 hour flight, went Business Class. I always fly economy class.

    When flying and walking towards my seat in "economy class", I am often envious of those people sitting in first/business class, in those roomy seats, I know what I am missing. I know they are going to get a good night sleep, better food, better service.

    That reminds me of the classic from Jerry Seinfeld

    Anyone ever go business/first class??

     
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    Tried first class last year for the first time. If it's a long flight definitely worth it, short flight not so much. You get pj's to change into, they hang your clothes up, endless amounts of gourmet meals and drinks/snacks. No queue for the clean toilets. The best part is the bed, and when you you leave you feel fresh compared to flying economy.
     
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    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    Jet star business class is really about the equivalent in facilities of premium economy in a separate cabin with dedicated attendants. The cost is about the same as economy class in a non-budget airline.

    It's not over the top, but a lot more comfortable, the same can be said for the price. I like it when flying more than about 5 hours.
     
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  4. MTR

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    are you serious PJs, where do you change though??

    I watched a program on what Qantas first/business class passengers get to eat and drink. Food cooked by the best chefs in Australia and a wine list to match....

    Planning to go to US this year so am going to be frivolous and go first/business not sure what difference is but that long trip is an absolute killer.
     
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    Wow, that sounds good
     
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    You can change in the toilets, my wife and I had a private 2 seat/bed section curtained off from other business seats so you could also change there if you choose. Also more room in the business toilets than economy and cotton hand towels compared to paper.
    Bigger tv screen
    Hot refresher face towels on boarding and prior to landing.

    The food is already half prepared, the crew just cook/heat and serve.

    You will love it.
     
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    My father got upgraded free of charge twice. (He's a very outgoing guy) The 2nd time he scored it for my mum as well, while the rest of us slummed it in economy lol. (Big family trip for a wedding, we flew Q****)
    My sister has scored it once with her husband on their honeymoon. I'm pretty sure there must be a cheat for this lol!!
    Alas for me, I have not lived the high life yet.
     
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    You get all of that with business too...
     
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    Do you get to your destination any quicker as you're at the front of the plane?
     
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    Its going to be a tough call, but you know what I think I can do it:p

    Let me think......Economy class what if you get stuck with someone who snores, wants to talk non stop, takes up your private space, worse you don't get the window seat, oh no. All this suffering when I can fly B/F class, I am ready for a mind set change:)
     
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    Isn't that what a honeymoon is for?

    One would hope for more than once though.
     
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    Correct, I should have written I flew business class, not first class, which are very similar these days.
     
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    Sanj
    whats the difference/cost wise??
     
  14. Peter_Tersteeg

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    Actually yes, as long as you don't have to pick up luggage. You at least get off the plane quite a bit faster, making it to the various queues faster and sometimes ahead of the crowd.

    On a few occassions we've been had passes which got us in priority queues through customs at Tullumarine.
     
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    Do they swap them over every time someone comes out or is it like a communal ass towel?
     
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    Lol I was wondering why they smelt funny. They are seperate through out once used.
     
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    For long flights (our definition = 4 or more hours), only ever fly Business.

    For shorter flights, buy the cheapest economy tickets that I can get and try to upgrade to Business using points. For example, flying Brisbane to Melbourne for Easter. Bought tickets ages ago for $125 (from memory) each one way. Both got upgraded to Business on both the trip down and the return. The only way to go.
     
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    I recently flew Cathay business class to HK and Taiwan and was really disappointed by the service. I think it depends on the airlines as to whether I would pay for the upgrade or not. Emirates first class I hear is unreal.
     
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    Qatar business is great, ive both used points and paid cash for it. Emirates is good too but I preferred Qatar.
     
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    Back when I was travelling a lot for business (early-mid 2000's), Cathay were the benchmark for international business class. This was before Emirates and such raised the bar significantly.

    United were generally horrid (rude staff and no service), but they did serve this amazing icecream sunday for dessert in business class.