If you are one of the lucky ones who get to fly around the world in first class at the expense of your employer, then you probably collect enough air miles throughout the year to fly to your holiday destination in style. If, on the other hand, you are not so lucky, would you really consider paying the price for a first class ticket?
A check-in desk without queues, a comfortable airport lounge with free drinks and snacks, priority boarding, superior onboard service, and even pyjamas come as standard with most first class tickets, but when you consider that you are paying approximately 5 times more for the privilege, is it really worth it?
Today I checked the prices of a return British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town, South Africa, in mid-October. The cost of an economy ticket including taxes etc. came to around £1000, while a ticket on the same flight in first class costs a tad more at £5816!
With a flight time of approximately 11-hours, I can fully understand why travellers would like to take advantage of “pre flight dining, a relaxing spa treatment, a dedicated crew member for your cabin, and a 6ft 6” fully flat bed with crisp white mattress, duvet and pillow made of Egyptian cotton”, but do these little luxuries really justify the price?
I have been lucky enough to fly first class once from London to Las Vegas. The trip was a Christmas gift from my previous employer, and while the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable, I am not sure I would splurge on a first class ticket if I was picking up the bill.
Yes, check-in was so smooth it was almost fun, the airport lounge came with copious amounts of Champagne and snacks, and we had to board the aircraft just a few minutes before departure… but you know what, we didn’t get there any quicker than anyone else!
If I were a millionaire, would I fly first class? Well, the answer would probably be yes, but as I am still working my way towards those six zeros at the end of my bank account, I am happy to make do with economy!
Do you only fly first class? Would you splurge on a first class ticket for a special trip abroad, or would you rather save and stick to economy? Drop us a line, we would love to hear your thoughts!