Business Insider, presents 5 reasons why you should consider flying business class instead of 1st.
1. You get almost the same amenities for a cheaper price.
Though business class services may vary from airline to airline or whether flight is international or domestic, you still get more ‘bang for your buck’ as business class is almost as luxurious as first, but far more reasonably priced. Both business and first-class feature:
- lie-flat seats
- plenty of food
- free alcohol
- lounge access
In many cases, the only difference is that some international first-class cabins serve fancier food and have enclosed, suite-like passenger spaces.
“Many airlines use the same lounge for passengers in business and in first, so why pay extra for first?. Premium service for business and first are often prioritized over economy, so [there’s] no need to go all the way up to a first class ticket to get better service.” – Ramsey Qubein, Business Travel Journalist
2. It’s more likely you can expense a business-class ticket.
More corporations or more likely to allow employees to expense business-class flights for work then first-class. Check your company’s policy before booking your next flight.
3. Business class perks are getting better and better.
According to New York Times’ Jad Mouawad, airlines are making the most money from business travel.
So more airlines are focusing on improving business class then first.
The Global Business Travel Association estimates business travelers will spend $273 billion on airfares in 2013.
Thats 4.3% up from from 2012.
So the main competition between airlines takes place in the business-class seats with Airlines spending billions of dollars on research, hiring architects, industrial designers, and even yacht designers to develop seats with the most features and comfort.
According to the New York Times, it can cost as much as $80,000 to make a one business-class seat.
So when you buy a business-class seat, you’re paying for a state-of-the-art flying experience!
4. 1st Class may disappear
Industry rumour has it that some airlines are getting rid of first class completely.
“A lot of airlines have given up on first class entirely since business class has become so opulent you wouldn’t ask more” – Ed Perkins, Smarter Travel.
Delta, Continental, Air New Zealand, and Air Canada have already gotten rid of first class entirely, while airlines such as American and United are planning a drastic 1st class downsize.
5. You earn almost as many miles flying business-class as you would with more expensive first-class ticket.
Though it varies from airline to airline, travelers earn miles at different rates depending on the class of the seat.
Industry standards determine an economy ticket earns flyers 100% of miles actually flown, while business-class earns 125% and first-class 150%.
So when you fly first-class you are paying twice as much in far and only earning 25% more mileage bonuses.
Does that make sense to you?
Source – Business Insider