The Difference Between Business Class and First Class
Choosing between business class and first class can be a tough decision. On the one hand, business class seats are more spacious and offer more legroom than those in the economy. On the other hand, first-class seats are made of higher-quality leather, they recline further back than in business class, and they include amenities like free alcohol and gourmet meals that may not be included in business class.
General traveling tips
Whether you are a frequent business traveler or taking your first long-haul flight, there is always something new to learn. Follow these tips to make your next flight experience more enjoyable. Bring an empty water bottle: Airline water tends to be overpriced and stale, not to mention dangerous if you’re allergic to what it contains. If you can’t pack an empty water bottle in your luggage, consider filling one up at a drinking fountain once on board.
Things to consider when you are booking
No matter which cabin you choose, both business class and first class offer wider seats, better food, and improved entertainment system, and airport-style lounge access at some airports. So before booking your next flight, here are a few things to consider when choosing between first-class vs. business class
If you are an elite member of an airline
Use airline miles to upgrade your flight. Some airlines allow you to redeem your miles for an upgrade on a flight. If you are already sitting in first class, try requesting an upgrade. Don’t be afraid to ask. Sometimes all it takes is asking! This works best if you are flying with just one other person as there is usually only one first-class seat available per ticketed passenger, but it’s always worth asking!
Get acquainted with the lounge
To help you prepare for your trip, book a few hours at your local airport’s business-class lounge before you go on vacation. This allows you to visit all of your in-flight destinations from afar before actually setting foot on an airplane. Since there are no windows in a plane’s cabin, it can be hard to get a sense of where exactly you are above ground so enjoy some food and drink at 35,000 feet by visiting an airport lounge before your flight.
Know your seatmates
Of course, you’ll want to check in advance with your travel agent or airline if you’re traveling with an infant or large piece of luggage. But if you plan on buying food while on the flight, make sure to let your seatmates know so they don’t think you’re being rude by not offering them something.
Tips for dealing with delays
If you’re flying business or first class, you may not be sitting in a cramped seat, but that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter problems. Delays are all too common for higher-paying travelers as well. Even if there isn’t an issue with your flight, it can still be stressful to sit around on a tarmac especially if other passengers are behaving badly because of their frustration. Here are some tips for staying calm during delays and disruptions
What amenities are offered?
In business class, you can generally expect a much more comfortable seat. A few airlines have launched suites in their business class cabins; these have roomy ottomans (or even a bed) where you can get some sleep on long flights.