While most of us usually fly economy class, you should also experience the advantages of flying first class. Wondering whether it’s worth spending lots of money flying first class? Check out a few advantages of flying first class, which I especially like.
1. Getting through security checkpoint lines faster
Have you ever arrived at the airport later than expected and have you ever been on a long line at the security checkpoint? I guess, yes! I’ve experienced this a few times myself, and I’ve liked being able to get into the shorter priority lines when flying first class. Getting through security checkpoint line faster means not only reducing stress, but you will also have a lot of time to find your gate and have a snack.
2. Free checked bags
A big money drain when flying is baggage fees. When flying first class, a number of checked bags can be allowed free of charge. For example, when I flew first class to Madrid for my cousin’s wedding, I was able to check my bag and carry my dress onto the plane, where my things was stored in the first class closet. It helped me avoid worrying and relax.
3. You are among the first to board a plane
In addition to getting through security checkpoint lines faster, you are also among the first to board a plane. So you can settle in and drink a glass of juice or water while waiting for your plane to take off.
4. Large armrests and tray tables
I love first class seats since they offer very comfortable headrests and lots of extra space to accommodate laptops, drinks or books, thanks to tray tables and large armrests. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to curl up in the first class seat and recline a little more than would usually be possible.
5. Great restrooms
The first class lavatory is usually larger and cleaner since fewer passengers use it throughout the flight. It also tends to get more flight attendant’s attention, so you are less likely to encounter such things as no paper towels or overflowing trash bins toward the end of the trip.
6. Alcoholic drinks are usually complimentary
For first class passengers, alcoholic drinks are usually complimentary. So sit back, and enjoy a drink, but don’t overindulge and don’t forget to sip enough water, if you don’t want to arrive at your destination feeling wired and tipsy or to get sick onboard.
7. Complimentary snacks and meals
Such tasty snacks as granola bars and chips are common in first class. While breakfast and lunch are definitely good, dinner is perhaps the best meal of the day, because you are treated to a great variety of foods like salad, warmed nuts, a hot entrée, bread, and dessert. If you have dietary concerns or restrictions, let the airline know in advance and an appropriate meal will be arranged especially for you.
Some of the benefits listed here, like priority boarding and free checked bags, are also available in frequent flyer program, so make sure you check into these kinds of options if you travel a lot. Have you ever been able to enjoy the advantages of flying first class? Share your thoughts, please.