Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul. This week we are talking about Premium Economy travel – what is it and is it worth it for you? We offer Premium Economy on our website and many airlines offer it too. These are airline such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, and from February 2015 Lufthansa should be offering it too. So let’s have a look at the difference – what does it give you?
This is usually better leg room. They are wider, they recline further, and they can make sleeping much easier. For the taller among us, it is a lot more comfortable.
Upgraded dining experience
What this means is that you get better food and also proper cutlery and crockery to eat with.
You get an extra bag of “checked luggage” when travelling on premium economy but it can vary on the airline and the routing.
Smaller cabin size
A smaller cabin is good as there are fewer seats in the cabin. This means that the staff in the cabin are more dedicated to you and if you need anything, you will get their attention a lot faster.
You will be spending slightly less than double the cheapest economy class ticket for the cheapest Premium Economy ticket.
Certain airlines also offer a few unique perks for travelling on Premium Economy. For example, British Airways offers a full service bar, Virgin Atlantic offers leather seats and champagne when you board the flight, Air France allows you to purchase lounge access, and Quantas has a gourmet restaurant inspired menu and designer seats.
Is it worth it?
Well that’s going to be up to you. Compare the price of a business class ticket with a Premium Economy ticket because for a few thousand Rand extra, you may be lying flat.
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