If you fly often or plan to, you may be wondering what the differences are between flying first class and coach. While we all know that first class is the nicer, more comfortable option, what are the other perks of first class and the drawbacks of coach?
How do you know which option is better for you? Along with more comfortable seating, first class offers better service too. Depending on the flight and the airline, the differences can range from huge to minimal between the two seating options. Here is a look at some of the differences so that you can decide which makes more sense for you.
Are you Flying Domestically or Internationally?
Typically domestic flights are going to have two cabins, one for economy and one for first class. International flights will have three cabins, offering one for business class. First class seats are typically going to feature full, lie-flat beds for sleeping, luxury duvets and pillows, entertainment options for movies and music, as well as top-notch menus for food and beverage options by celebrity chefs.
Business class isn’t as exclusive as first class but still offers more than economy tickets. You’ll get a somewhat less luxurious seat than first-class and less high-end menu offerings, but you’ll still have a step-up from economy, great service and personal audio/video systems available.
Why is Choosing Coach Smarter?
Coach is better for its own unique reasons. You’re more likely to get extra peanuts since someone will likely turn theirs down for a peanut allergy. You’ll be close to the bathroom and won’t be bothered by flight attendants very much during your flight.
You’ll save money and you have the option of packing your own meal, which means you’ll save on expensive, tempting menu options found in first-class. The good news with coach is that a conversation with the person next to you may turn into a networking opportunity or lifelong friendship.
Why is Choosing First-Class Smarter?
First-class is going to heavily outweigh coach. You won’t struggle to get the flight attendants’ attention, or have to wait your turn at the beverage cart offerings. You’ll have access to better entertainment and have the ability to move your seat back as far back as you’d like. In coach, you can hardly recline and there are scheduled times in the flight when reclining is not allowed. You never know who might be in the seat next to you in coach and you’re limited in menu options.
In first class you will gain leg space, welcome champagne and avoid terrible layovers and scheduling like coach tickets offer. This can be especially important for business owners. The last thing your company needs is a tired CEO that spent all night flying with layovers, poor seats and a return lethargy due to odd traveling schedules.
Sometimes spending a little more is worth it when it can benefit the trip you’re on, the reason for traveling, or your needs for flying. If you plan to work on your flight or you may need to work when you arrive, it may be worth it to spend a bit more to be in good condition upon arrival.
Consider the differences in first class compared to coach before deciding which makes the most sense for you. Depending on your travel needs, saving money could trump the expensive first class ticket or paying more for a better arrival may be worth the investment.