Flying is the quintessential way to travel, but even if you enjoy flying, there’s no doubt it can be arduous and potentially stressful—especially if you’re flying long haul. After all, nobody wants to be cramped in a seat between two strangers for over 12 hours.
Thankfully, there are ways you can upgrade your flight experience. If you want to add a little style and pizzazz, here’s how:
1. Upgrade Your Seat and Your Class
Let’s cross the most obvious idea off the list: upgrade your seat. This is a must-do if you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury. Flying first class can turn a regular flight into something that feels extraordinary.
If you’ve never flown first class before, this can be a rewarding experience that ensures that your trip starts off on the right foot from the moment you step on the plane.
Your first class experience will vary based on everything from the length of your flight to the carrier you choose. Nippon Airways, for example, launched suites on several of their vessels in 2019 inspired by luxury hotels, while Virgin America offers comfy, recliner-style seating on their transcontinental flights.
If first class is out of your budget, business class is a worthy alternative.
2. Enjoy Special Lounges
With class upgrades come access to improved lounges, meaning you can upgrade your airport experience before you take flight. If you’re someone who hates the busyness of airports, then upgrading to exclusive lounges means you’ll be able to find a quieter spot to relax.
Private lounges also provide access to better food and drink options while you wait to board. The Air France La Premiere Lounge in Paris, for example, has a private cocktail bar and cuisine created by Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s most renowned chefs. It’s très chic and just one of the many airport treasures waiting to be discovered.
3. Travel to the Airport in Style
Traveling to the airport can be stressful for many people, especially if driving yourself or dealing with rush hour traffic. However, taking a flight in style can begin long before you step on a plane.
Hiring out a personal limo can be a great way to kick off your travel experience in style. You can sit back and let the driver take care of the airport journey, loading and unloading your luggage, parking, and even the liability that arises from transporting multiple families or friends.
4. Think More About Your Flight Time and Plan
It’s challenging to enjoy luxury or feel stylish when you’ve only had a few hours’ sleep, especially if you have an awkward flight time. To enjoy your flight and improve your experience, think about those times and itineraries which will allow you to feel fresh and alert.
If you have a long flight, for example, consider traveling at your bedtime so that you can relax and wind down when you arrive. It’s important to consider time change, travel time to your destination once your flight lands, and personal safety, but if you’ve followed all our tips above, you will more than likely arrive ready to take on the world!