Dano1977 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Jun 2008, 555 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9100 times:
I would just like to get other peoples opinions on why they choose to fly in Business rather than economy/coach.
And please can we be slightly more imaginative than "my company pays"
I choose business because....
1. I get lounge access that allows to me to work in relative privacy
2. I'm a big guy (6ft 9"tall built like a linebacker) so i enjoy the extra space in the seat.
3. The lay flat seat allows me to sleep and arrive fresh for work (which pleases my clients)
4. i do enjoy good food and wine
5. The privacy of the seat, allows me to work without people seeing what im doing.
6. 9 times out of 10 you are away from screaming/disruptive children
7. you avoid the well meaning old lady that can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
8. My accountant loves it, because its more to claim back against the tax man.
Children should only be allowed on aircraft if 1. Muzzled and heavily sedated 2. Go as freight
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5586 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9045 times:
You can ask: why do choose a limousine and not in a hay cart. Actually the horrible economy classes of ALL airlines are not bearable on long-haul routes (short-haul does not matter). The seats are too narrow, too less pitch, simply inhuman. In law enforcement it is not allowed to torture but in civile aviation. The difference is that you fly voluntarily.
QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8906 times:
I never fly coach or ecnomy on flights more than 1 hour! Business Class all the way--and First when applicable. Better seats, priority check in, lounge access, excess baggage, ect.. makes it all worth it.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21972 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8879 times:
I choose business or first internationally because I get there feeling better, which means 1-2 days of my trip are spent enjoying the location or working rather than suffering. I look for deals to get a lower fare, or use miles to upgrade or miles to get a mileage ticket.
I also like the lounge access, especially if there are showers in the location where I am making a connection. Also knowing that you have a nice lounge to wait in means getting to the airport early isn't as annoying. And check-in and security are often faster, too.
Domestically (USA and elsewhere that has domestic such as Australia and Japan) I don't generally buy F/J. But I do have elite status on 2 airlines, so if I get an upgrade, that's nice, too. And the Amex Platinum card lets me into many domestic lounges. And I never use miles domestically. Not worth it.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8879 times:
I wish I could afford to pay for biz; but I'm just a poor college student. I'm usually in Coach; but when I upgrade to Business with miles, it's mostly for the far better service, the more comfortable seat, off the plane first (somewhere like SVO; where the customs lines are terrible, it really matters.. F/As often guard the coach/business division so business gets off first), the food, and the lounge. And of course, the dirty looks from boarding coach pax (just kidding..)
SpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8863 times:
Quoting ZRH (Reply 4): You can ask: why do choose a limousine and not in a hay cart. Actually the horrible economy classes of ALL airlines are not bearable on long-haul routes (short-haul does not matter). The seats are too narrow, too less pitch, simply inhuman. In law enforcement it is not allowed to torture but in civile aviation. The difference is that you fly voluntarily.
Flying Economy on any flight over 6 or 7 hours is a very unpleasant experience and sadly an experience I will probably have to face many more time's.
I fly Business over Economy every time I can possibly afford it. Check-in is a good reason.
I flew from London to Sydney via Bangkok a few year's ago near Christmas time when Heathrow was brought to a standstill because of fog. Even though the airport had descended into chaos with a Business class ticket I was checked in and fast-tracked throught security in about 15 minute's. Some passenger's who I talked to at the gate who were flying economy said it took them an hour and a half just to get through security!
Another reason is comfort. It doe's not matter who I fly my knee's always end up jammed into the seat in front and there is always a IFE box or something in the way so you have to position your feet around them. My lower back ache's like mad after about 3 hour's sat in an economy seat. Then when you think it cant get any worse the seat in front recline's nearly touching your face!
When I need the toilet I end up taking headphone's,pillow's and blankets halfway down the aisle with me.
I also remember on a long-haul flight with KLM sitting next to a huge Dutch guy who had brought a rucksack full of beer with him on the flight. He drunk about seven beer's and kept falling asleep with his head on my shoulder and breathing in my ear! When I needed the toilet I could not wake him up to let me out. It was after that flight I started spending more money flying premium classe's.
So comfort and convenience is why I choose Business when I can. It really is a no-brainer- If you have the money.
Naritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8831 times:
I fly over 150,000 miles a year and always on an economy ticket. I have never purchased a J or F Class unless using mileage. I get upgraded using coupons and if I don't get upgraded, tough, I fly in economy. Fortunately in Asia there are some very classy airlines that have good economy service.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10400 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8738 times:
A lot of reasons have been given already. Anothjer big reason is, that there is hardly a difference between Y/B fares and C/D fares if bookings are made in short notice.
I always pity the poor guys who have to follow company procedure and fly Y for something like close to € 900,00 on FRA/LHR whereas C class is abount € 1040. No question that the extra 100-150 € are wirth it.
One more reason, you simply need to make a couple of C flights every year to maintain FF status. On LH's E/L/T fares reaching FFT status is virtually impossible, unless you fly 3 return trips a week.