Published On: Mon, May 21st, 2018

5 Reasons You Should Fly Business Class Instead Of First Class

If you are travelling to another city in the UK to do business or are flying overseas to Europe or America, when you get there, you want to be well rested so that you can conduct business at a professional level. There is nothing worse than flying economy and having kids going crazy in the cabin or some holiday makers having too much fun on board and taking advantage of the free inflight alcohol. You can get luxury in first class, but many frequent flyers are now asking if the much higher price for this kind of ticket is justified.

2010 photo/Lasse Fuss

There are a number of reasons why you should maybe think about flying business class instead of your usual first class and here are some of them.

  • You Get the Same Services But Cheaper – For anyone who has flown business class travel and first class, they will tell you that there are no marked differences between one and the other. Both classes now have the lie-flat seats that we all love. You really can get a great sleep on these types of seats and they both offer free food and free alcohol. The only noticeable difference between the two is that first class has enclosed partitioned seats and if you can live without that, then the service is the same.


  • Your Company May Allow You to Expense Business Class – A lot of the larger companies are reluctant to cover your expenses in regards to booking a first class seat. They are, however, open to allowing you to expense a business class seat if you are taking the flight for business purposes only. Before booking make sure to check with your accounts department that it is OK to do this.


  • Business Class Is Getting Better – Many of the popular airlines are now improving their business class because business class is where they are making good money and profit. Airlines are now competing with each other to get the business customers and that can only be good for the customer. They are spending more money now on designing the perfect seat for business class due to the fact that the number of people in first class is now reducing.


  • First Class May Disappear – There are rumours within the travel industry that first class may become a thing of the past. Some airlines have already replaced first class with business class only. Delta, Air Canada and Air New Zealand are just some of the companies who have elected to cancel first class and the numbers are growing. Airplanes are becoming much bigger in size to accommodate the lie-flat chairs that premium customers have come to expect.


  • Same Air Miles – If you are a regular traveler and collect air miles, then you will find that the miles for first class and business class are quite similar. The small increase in air miles for first class does not justify the extra money spent on the ticket.

As can be seen, business class is almost the same as first class and paying twice the purchase price for almost the same thing, just doesn’t make sense any more.

Author: Sophie Fenns

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