Economy vs. Luxury

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on November 13th, 2009

Have you been considering upgrading to a higher level of service the next time you travel abroad?  This blog has some basic information on the differences in each type of ticket we can offer to you.  I hope you find it helpful, and if you have any further questions, please call and speak with one of our agents. 

As we all know, Economy (Coach) Class tickets are the least expensive you can purchase.  Each row has more seats due to a narrower design.  Unfortunately this leads to limited leg room – just enough to avoid having your knees in your lap!  Your meal will be a standard airline meal, and alcoholic beverages are offered for a charge.

Premium Economy  is the next step up.  Not all, but some of our airlines offer a Premium Economy class seat.  In this category the seats are a few inches wider than regular Economy and there is a bit more leg room.  A lot of these airlines even offer higher luggage allowance and better meal and drink service when you go with a Premium Economy ticket.

Business Class airfare has fewer restrictions: where most of Economy tickets are non-refundable, a business class ticket usually can be cancelled for a fee.  Business Class seats with each airline vary, as some airlines offer this as the highest level of service.  The seats are a lot wider and recline further.  There are typically three types of seats that airlines offer Business Class travelers: Flat seats (which recline completely), Angled lie flat seats (do not recline flat, but they do go back 180°) and Cradle seats (recline at about 160°). Meals in business class are much better than in Coach, sometimes prepared by actual chefs on board.  (Example: British Airways has been known to serve a meal that started with smoked salmon and fresh rolls, followed by a crisp green salad topped with goat cheese and the main course was beef with potatoes and carrots.  The meal was served with a choice of champagne, wine or a mixed drink. The dessert was vanilla mousse with strawberries.) You will be served complimentary alcoholic beverages.

First class airfare is, of course, the highest level of travel.  Like business class, the first class traveler also has fewer restrictions on their ticket and a higher luggage allowance.  Their seats are roomy and comfortable; they fully recline and each passenger has their own television and workspace.  First class travelers enjoy a variety of luxuries that are available only to them.  At the airport, they can relax in first class lounges while waiting to board the plane; sometimes the first class passengers even have special security and check in areas.  These passengers are served gourmet meals, complimentary beverages and they have their own private restroom.  Passengers from the lower travel classes are not permitted to enter the First Class Cabin.

If you are interested in traveling to Europe in style for a discounted rate in Premium Economy, Business Class or First Class, give us a call at 1-800-359-3876.

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