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Travel for leisure but in Biz Class?

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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member, 119 posts) 15 May '08 00:42

Has anyone here dreamed about travelling in business class one day? (Not the type paid for by your company when you go on overseas conference, that's 'cheating'. hehehe...)

I've always heard about the wonders and luxury of flying in business class:
1) Wider seats that recline fully
2) Personal service from flight attendants
3) Sumptuous 3-course meals
4) Posh toiletry set and pajamas given at start of flight
5) Less people fighting for the toilet
6) And so much more...!

It'll be so heavenly if I can bear to part with that amount of cash to fly business class for a leisure trip...has anyone here done something crazy like that before?

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 15 May '08 07:16

I travelled business class for the first (& only so far) time last year...but it was with the budget airline Oasishongkong when they were still flying!!

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru, 1167 posts) 15 May '08 08:22

had 2 flights in business class without paying for it,got an upgrade because the flight was overbooked.
yes it is fantastic to have all this extras for the paid econemy price
but I would not pay the regular price for it would prefer to safe the money for the next flight.

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive, 1447 posts) 15 May '08 08:45

I've had two upgrades to Business Class.
Once with Air India from Perth to Bombay in 1985 and the last one was Emirates from Dubai back to Perth in 2003.
I gotta win Lotto to afford the business class tickets, but QANTAS frequent flyers got me to Tokyo and back for $300 AUD last September.
I now have enough frequent flyer points for another freebee to Japan if I wanted to, and I think I can pay a decent surcharge to upgrade to BC.
Work the system

5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 15 May '08 09:32

I've flown fisrt class once in my life and it was lovely.

My dad had been ill for quite awhile and then passed away. For several months, I spent more time in Minnesota than home in Illinois. At the end, I didn't see my home for almost 3 months. Beerman and I desparately needed some time together and away from everything else so we booked my dad's favorite resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (I also was taking some of his ashes so he could have the burial at sea he always wanted.) Beerman made the arrangements and paid the extra money for first class as a surprise for me (having never flown FC before). After taking our seats, he went up to speak to the flight attendant, supposedly to order 2 bloody marys. Shortly after he returned, the flight attendant came over and asked me to follow her. (Yes, I was confused.) She led me into the cockpit and introduced me to the crew. I got to sit in the cockpit for the next half hour as they described what they were doing, watched the radar, etc. When it was time to depart, they handed me a set of wings (lapel pin) which I have saved.

Don't know when I'll ever fly first or business class ever again, but nothing will compare to that experience. The food was great, real dinnerware, free drinks, roomy seats and the best company I could have sitting next to me.

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 15 May '08 11:05

Ah, spongehead, if only. I'd love to but never had the chance. My girlfriend books holidays for rich people who seldom fly anything other than 1st or business - they'll pick another destination if there aren't expensive flights there.

7. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 16 May '08 01:09

I had the dubious pleasure of flying "extended business class" (not FC, but close) with Lufthansa from Kiev to Frankfurt and BC from Frankfurt to Berlin in May 2005 - for a total of 8,50 EUR. Unfortunately the rest of my airfare (3000+ EUR) was curtesy of my insurance company. I had an accident in Kiev on my second day of a 3-weeks holiday, broke my leg and needed major surgery to fix it. I also had a cold and 40 C fever aside from fighting tears from the constant pain so I was in absolutely no state to appreciate the flight at all.