Airline classes: explained

What are the different airline classes, and what exactly do you get for your money? We decided to take a look at your options onboard your next flight to find out if it’s worth paying more to travel in style.

Flying economy class – is cheapest best?

Although economy passengers may appear to be at the bottom of the pecking order, that’s not to say it’s a terrible travel experience. After all, the airline industry is so competitive, customer comfort and satisfaction is always crucial, no matter where they are sitting on the plane.

The main benefit of flying economy class is the price, which should be far more budget-friendly than the price of upgrading.

Once you’ve boarded your economy flight, it’s unsurprising that you will find a fairly limited selection of meals, snacks and drinks available to purchase.

In terms of seating, economy passengers have less space, as the rows and the seats themselves are much narrower than they are in other classes.

Depending on your chosen airline, international economy travel can be pretty good, with some meals and entertainment often provided. If you’re lucky, you may even find a travel pack featuring eye masks, mini toothbrush and toothpaste and even a pillow. Generally, the more expensive the airline, the better the offering for even those travelling economy.

Premium economy – what is it and what are the perks?

What exactly is premium economy class and what do you get for your money?

Premium economy is not offered by every airline, but some do provide it as an option to customers. If you choose this option, you can expect larger seats, more legroom (5 to 7 inches on average) and priority check-in to beat the queues.

Food and drink on premium economy are much better than economy, with a greater variety of options available to travellers. Sometimes, you can even receive an increased baggage allowance, so it pays to check exactly what’s on offer before you fly.

If you’re flying internationally, the perks of premium economy are even better. Expect far more room to recline, with extra seat width to make yourself really comfortable.

What’s more, you can enjoy touch-screen entertainment with bigger screens, USB ports, power sockets, audio jacks and a reading lamp at every seat. In fact, you could think of premium economy as business class without the hefty price tag. What’s not to love?

What is business class and what’s included?

Many people have referred to business class as an “office in the sky”, and you can see why. Aimed at making travel as efficient as possible for people flying on business, business class puts everything in place to assist you in working through your journey.

Wider seats, more legroom and greater distances between seats make for a more comfortable working environment, with ample plug sockets to charge laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

But the corporate extras don’t end there. Some airlines have swivel chairs to facilitate face to face meetings, and even fully flat beds if all that “blue sky thinking” gets to be too much and you need a power nap.

Business class passengers have access to wifi, as well as premium food and drink on their own separate menus, which feature gourmet food and alcohol.

Travel kits available for business class fliers include bedding and toiletries, to make the journey as luxurious as possible. Of course, there are entertainment options on offer too, if you feel like switching off from the office and indulging in an on-board movie or two.

What do you get when you fly first class?

If you’re anything like us, you’ll often have wondered exactly what’s included in the cost of a first class flight ticket – that is, of course, if you’ve never been lucky enough to get a free upgrade, or splashed out the cash to fly like a celebrity.

Well, wonder no more. First of all, it has to be said that flying first class really is as good as you may have dreamed. It all depends on your chosen airline, of course, but you could well find yourself a complimentary chauffeur, access to swanky airline lounges, priority check-in, free baggage allowance and the chance to bag some extra frequent flier points.

Michelin-starred chefs conjure up a host of delicious meals for first class passengers, which are made to order and served whenever you see fit. All of that delicious food can be washed down with the finest wines, carefully chosen from the world’s best vineyards. Better still, your sky high fine dining experience comes served on porcelain crockery and crystal glasses.

Sit back and relax after your in-flight meal – you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to unwinding. Sip cocktails, indulge in a massage or take a piping hot shower before slipping into pyjamas to enjoy movies. Of course, your seat reclines into a fully flat bed which is equipped with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and bedding.

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