Ever flown Business Class? Someone of you may have and some of you may have been lucky enough to have more than once – but do you remember that first experience!? I flew Business Class for the first time (and probably the last!) when I flew home back to the UK from America, after my year of travelling. – By far the best end to the best year!
Unfortunately I wasn’t one of those lucky people who get to the check in desk and are told that they’ve been upgraded BUT I did get to fly in luxury at a reasonable price! Aer Lingus emailed me a few weeks before I flew with them with a bidding offer on Business Class seats, you basically put a bid in and if they decide to except it then that’s it, you get bumped up! I never have luck on my side with these types of things but I thought I’d be cheeky and put the lowest bid possible in and a few days later it got accepted – yeeeeeeew!!
And what a marvellous experience it was! I was looked after from the moment I reached the check in desk – I walked straight up the Business Class lane in trainers with my backpacker weighing me down and my skateboard under my arm, I wasn’t sure how I was going to travel with my skate board but seeing as I was now a “High Flyer” the lady checked it in for me free of charge! I then marched off to the Business Class lounge before boarding my flight where I was greeted with a menu and constantly being topped up with champagne – not a bad start to a long journey!
I had such a spacious area to myself with all sorts of cubby holes and gadgets that I start to explore it all straight away – and dive into the gift/wash bag, OBVIOUSLY! I had an insane amount of leg room, my little legs couldn’t even reach the designated footwell but then I found these fun looking buttons!
Not only could I move my seat forwards to reach the footwell, I had the option of mood lighting, turning my seat into a bed AND be able to switch on the massage setting so yes, I slept well from America to Dublin! On top of my awesome chair which I tried to leave as little as possible, I also received a three course meal on a table with a tablecloth on plates made of china! – it’s the simple things that I love!
First I was bought sushi appetisers, with more champagne. Followed by my starter, with more champagne. My main and dessert which I didn’t actually photograph because my tummy was ahead of my brain, and probably because of the champagne. The staff were constantly making sure that I was comfortable and having friendly conversation and banter, I actually had fun flying with them alongside all the luxurious benefits. They even dug out a duvet for me instead of a blanket to tuck me into my bed! Haha!
Flying Business Class is and was a really special experience, especially after I’d spent a year slumming it in Australia with absolutely no luxury. I know it’s not in everyones budget and I highly doubt that I’ll ever be lucky enough to fly in such luxury again but that’s what made it all that more special to me :) Along with the awesome staff at Aer Lingus!
You can also check out my airline reviews here, the list is always being updated as I travel and I’d love to hear about other peoples personal experiences! :)