Should I Buy a First Class Ticket?

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A first class ticket gives the traveler a chance to fly in style. There are many amenities people appreciate when they travel first class, though they will pay extra for those special things. The main disadvantage to buying a first class ticket is the extreme price difference. If it were affordable for everyone to travel first class, there would be no coach or business travelers. A first class ticket remains a luxurious choice for those who can afford it.

One of the chief differences people who fly first class note is the amount of space. Typically, seats and the space between them are roomier. This can allow for greater ability to relax and may be especially nice on long flights. Most first class seats fully recline, which can make it easier to take naps and get comfortable.

A factor that influences many people to buy a first class ticket is the opportunity for a quieter flight. It’s rare that kids fly first class, and this means people may have a chance to rest. When the traveler is planning on adjusting to a time differential, getting sleep during a flight can be helpful. This is hard to accomplish in the relatively noisy environment of coach and business class.


People who enjoy superior airplane food and access to gourmet goodies may prefer to fly first class. Meals tend to be exceptional and may rival those served at five star restaurants. Available alcoholic beverages are usually top brands, and amenities like warm washcloths and superior linens are hard to pass up. Other treats of first class can include more personal flight attendant service, and access to greater selections of films or entertainment options. Some airlines even give gift bags of lotion, lip balm and such to fliers who choose first class.

As mentioned, the major barrier for most people who want to buy a first class ticket is price. Tickets can be as much as ten times or more of price to buy an economy, coach or business class ticket. Given this huge difference, some people prefer to use their money at their destination instead of having a luxurious flight. When people calculate the short time they fly, amounts for flying first class can easily exceed $1,000 US Dollars (USD) per hour.

Those who wish to find deals on a first class ticket should shop and book early. Prices may be lowest on travel websites but each airline can have special deals too. Planes that make a stop or two along the way may be cheaper than those that have a direct flight. Of course, for some, having a layover or stop may diminish the perfect peace of the first class experience.


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How early should I book?

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