Hate being squashed in economy seats ? Why not try Premium Economy? For those in the know it’s like an airline’s best kept secret.
Premium Economy is a small cabin in front of economy – these are the people already relaxing in their seats, drink in hand while everyone else is struggling past with their luggage. You are on a flight from New York to London, approximately 6 hours, plus all that time sitting on the plane before you take off and the extra time taxiing around the destination airport when you land. If your Premium Economy seat costs round trip an additional $500.00, here’s how you justify the cost: You work out how many hours you are on the plane, say 7 to London and 8 coming back, so 15 hours . Take the cost and divide it by the number of hours on the plane and at approximately $33.00 an hour it is money well spent. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have had these cabins for years. And they always sell out.
Here’s what you get:
- Advance seating, as soon as you book, at no additional cost on most airlines;
- First on the plane;
- Only five or six rows in your cabin;
- Lots of overhead luggage space as there are fewer seats. The configuration is usually 2,3,2;
- Wider seat, much more recline, often a lumbar support and a footrest;
- Blanket, pillow and nicer headphones;
- A drink as soon as you settle into your seat;
- Complimentary newspapers;
- On night flights, they include an amenity kit, with socks, eye mask, toothbrush toothpaste and a pen; and
- Hungry during the flight? A tray of snacks and goodies in the galley , just for your cabin.
It’s a win-win situation, especially if you get delayed waiting to take off , so that is even more time watching your movie. You arrive relaxed and refreshed, having had a comfortable flight, and are already enjoying your vacation!