When you think of luxury, you tend to think about something incredibly expensive with little meaning or purpose. At least, that’s what I think. Flying first class is one of those luxury items that you really don’t need even if you can afford it. But who really can afford it? Primarily, the supremely wealthy.
Think about this, don’t you go to the same location as someone in economy? Yes. Do you get there at the same time? Yes. Is it ridiculously cheaper to go to the same place? Yes. So why go on a first-class trip? There are actually a few attractive reasons to book your next flight in style.
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How Much is a First Class Flight?
Average First Class Price
If you want to travel first class, you’ll be playing a ridiculous amount of money. That’s obvious enough, but how much will it actually cost you? If you’re taking a trip from the United States, the average prices are as follows:
- Asia: $4,000
- Africa: $6,000
- Australia: $6,100
- Europe: $3,500
- Hawaii: $2,500
- India: $5,500
- South America: $3,700
We’re going to look at the numbers more closely in the next example. Say you wanted to fly first class from London to Rome (search here on Business Class Experts.) The lowest price available at this moment is $12,461. That’s even more expensive than the average price above, but this price also accounts for last-minute pricing. Even economy flyers know that buying flights last minute will cost a premium.
Is First Class Worth It?
Depending on who you ask, first class can be worth it for specific individuals. Different airlines will give you various perks. For example, Virgin America will provide first-class travelers with a lie-flat seat for overnight stays. JetBlue, on the other hand, will give you expedited security and check-in, along with free Wi-Fi and priority checked-in baggage.
Below are common things to expect as a first-class traveler (although, these aren’t guaranteed for all airlines).
- Premium airport lounges
- Free alcoholic beverages
- Free mani-pedis
- Complimentary shower after landing
- Premium shuttle boarding
- Top-quality meals
- Pajamas, eye masks, and gift bags
- Broader seats, a larger TV
- Flatbed with bedding
- Sliding doors for privacy
Convenience is the True Perk to First Class
All the bells and whistles are nice, but the biggest attraction is how well-rested you’ll feel once you leave the flight. Jet lag isn’t something travelers can avoid, but a cozy nap on the airplane can alleviate some symptoms. You will also have fast check-in times, faster exit of the plane, and quick baggage claim. You’ll be out of there before anyone else.
If you find a first-class ticket for cheap, I wouldn’t pass up the experience.