The answer is a qualified, Yes! You can occasionally stumble across exceptionally cheap business class fares ( Dave, the RAW Travel owner scored ‘Round the World’ business fares with Virgin for $3400 last year!) and you will need to jump onto sale fares as soon as they are released. If you follow our Facebook page this is where we promote these specials. Oman Air, who have an excellent business class service, recently had a sale with fares to Europe from $4300. Finnair and Royal Brunei also have business class fares around the $4900 mark. So although these are still a heafty increase in price from an economy seat have a read below of why you might feel it’s worth it:
Upgrading your airfare from economy to business class requires a significant investment, but there are plenty of advantages that make the extra expense worthwhile. Here are my top 5 reasons to splash out and spoil yourself.
1. Skip the lengthy queues
Your business class experience starts at the airport with a fast priority check-in service that allows you to focus on more important things like… duty-free shopping! As airports become busier and security queues at airports become ever longer this is a seriously worthwhile feature. Airlines also offer priority boarding for business, so there’s no prolonged waits in crowded boarding lounges. When it’s time to disembark, you’ll be off the plane and collecting your prioritised luggage while everyone else is still waiting to retrieve their belongings from the overhead bins- and your bags come out first. That means you’ll also get a head start on the customs queue, so your holiday can start sooner.
2. Extra luggage allowance
Business class tickets come with a generous luggage allowance – how you choose to use it is up to you. This bonus is handy if your destination is in the middle of a European winter – you’ll have plenty of suitcase space for boots, coats, gloves and scarves. If you’re headed for a summer destination or prefer to travel light, you can shop up a storm, knowing that you have plenty of luggage space to bring it all home.
3. Lounge access
When you’ve completed your check-in formalities and pre-flight shopping, you can head for the business class lounge. Help yourself to a free drink and settle in with a magazine to await your boarding call in comfort. And if your journey involves more than one flight, you can freshen up with a shower, make yourself a nice cup of tea and stretch your legs, knowing that you’ve got another blissfully comfortable flight ahead of you.
4. A good night’s sleep
For many people, this is the game-changer. Having plenty of sleep is one of the key ingredients for reaching your destination feeling like you’re ready to hit the ground running. Change into a cosy pair of pyjamas, recline that seat all the way back, tuck up under a comfy blanket with as many pillows as you desire, pull down that eye mask and settle in for some solid zzz.
5. Fabulous food
Forget the dreaded “chicken or fish” question. Airlines constantly strive to outdo each other in their business- and first-class meal offerings, so you’ll get a range of options that showcase the best and freshest food choices. Some airlines even offer a ‘chef on call’ service, which allows you to choose your meal from a specially-prepared menu in advance.
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Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime treat or an essential component of your travel wellness, flying business class is well worth the extra cost.
Why book your flights with RAW Travel?
Our in-house Flights Expert Rosalind specialises in business class airfares and city breaks and can help take the stress out of planning all the travel arrangements around your walk. Rosalind can book your international flights, give you advice about land transfers to the start of your walk, organise the perfect city break, and more! She offers a personalised service that you won’t find on online booking sites, along with specific destination knowledge you won’t necessarily find with your own travel agent. For more info, contact Rosalind today on (03) 5976 3763 or email [email protected]