Friday, June 16, 2006

Business Class to Europe

Tired of flying economy? Sick of peanuts and terrible in-flight movies? Desperate for a little legroom? Then maybe it's time you moved up to Business Class.

If your main concern is a cheap airfare you can stop reading right now. The cheapest airfares are based on flying Economy or "Coach" Class ­ the class of the masses. Sure, you'll save money by booking Economy but if your flight is over two hours long, the comfort factor could end up being more important than the fare. After all, Economy Class is just a seat on an airplane. You'll get from Point A to Point B but comfort and convenience? Forget it!

OK, so you decide to give it a try. Aside from paying more, what sort of goodies await you? Well, first of all, the seats are wider and they recline further, which is a big plus on long flights. Most airlines also equip their Business Class seats with connections for your laptop and other electronics. Some even have a DVD facility so you can enjoy your choice of movie. The overhead lighting is also better in Business and there's more room for your carry-on baggage. And the food? It's more than peanuts! Many flights of over three hours feature full meals. On Lufthansa Airlines, Business Class meals are created by well-known European chefs and feature a wide range of starters, salads, side dishes and desserts.!

Business Class passengers also get perks at the airport, before and after the flight. There are often separate check-in desks for Business passengers, and checked luggage is given priority handling. Separate security lines reduce that inevitable boarding wait. While you're waiting for your flight to be called you may even be offered access to the airline's private lounge, where the seating is comfortable, the food is often free and there's an open bar.

So forget the peanuts and move up to Business Class. If you've never tried it before you're going to find yourself in a much more pleasant world!

Next time you experience flying frustration or airport agony, don't complain to Laura Quarantiello. You probably haven't read her book "Air-Ways: The Insider's Guide to Air Travel."

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