Business Class – the best 6:25 of my flying life

Business Class bar A380

Business class… it’s a magical place that we all dream of, but rarely get to experience. When I arrived in Australia on my last trip, I excitedly checked my frequent flier miles, knowing that I would (hopefully) have enough to upgrade one of my flights home.

I was 625 miles short.

Disappointed doesn’t even describe it.

Business ClassStill, after a quick search I discovered that it is possible to ‘buy’ additional miles. So for the (relatively) cheap price of €54, I had upgraded the second leg of my return journey home to business class. That is a solid 6 hours and 25 minutes. I realise that having to endure the first 14 in economy wasn’t ideal, but it was better than nothing, and I figured, it would make the 14 hours just that more bearable. Besides, come July I was going to lose 20,000 miles… meaning this was pretty much the only chance I would ever get (without paying).

I checked my ticket scrupulously – yes, it seemed the upgrade had worked – no, it didn’t seem like they were going to take it away from me. I picked myself a window seat and also had the added bonus that I was eligible for the business class lounge in Dubai. Furthermore, the flight was on an A380, the stuff business class legends are made of – featuring a lounge and stand up bar.

The 14 hour flight was… well, exactly that… but at least I was sated by the fact that it was only a matter of time before I got to visit the penultimate business class.

Arriving at Dubai airport, I disembarked, trailed through security and found the business lounge. And who would have thought… they let me in! Me, in my cargo pants and 15 year old travelling t-shirt. I headed straight for the showers, naturally, and changed into a fresh batch of clothes, after which I didn’t feel quite so scruffy or out of place. I wasn’t particularly hungry but I checked out the many lounge areas and buffets and just enjoyed being somewhere that wasn’t teeming with people jostling around. Oh, and that morning glass of wine was a great idea.

And then I boarded the plane. And it was like entering a new world. I mean, I’ve always been a little bit dubious of business class – honestly, I’m young and fit and small enough that I can handle the discomforts of economy. I’m a frequent enough traveller that I know how to get the best out of a long-haul flight in cattle class. And with business class costing 4-5x the price, why would I bother?

But this… this was something entirely different.

Business Class champagneI walked into the plane via the ‘First class/Business class’ entrance, and was shown up the stairs. Yes… up the stairs. Because I was lucky enough to be on an A380, business time is upstairs. I gleefully greeted everyone I passed along the way, including some first class passengers who seemed a little bewildered, and found my seat.

Along came the pre-flight glass of champers… and I sat there trying to hold in my excitement, wishing for the plane to be delayed.

Next came the menu card, and would I also like to see the wine menu? Oh yes, please!

After selecting my three course meal (mixed mezze, chicken & a cheese board) and ordering a mojito (obviously), I was set for take-off. From the second story of the A380, the view and perspective from my window was amazing.

Business Class mojito

Once we’d taken off and I’d received said mojito and a bowl of roasted nuts, I jumped straight up to find the famous stand up bar. The flight attendants didn’t seem to be at all surprised out by the fact that I wanted photos, and even loaded up their Polaroid so I could do a bit of a photoshoot. At this point I was thankful I’d taken the effort to pack my ‘formal’ denim skirt instead of the old cargo pants.

Business Class polaroidsI took my aperol spritz back to my ‘pod’, feeling like I was the only one on the plane. Fast forward some more drinks, my amazing meal, and absolutely no one treated me like I was a pleb on her first business class trip – although it was quite obvious by my giant saucer-like eyes.

I liked the bit where they lay my ‘linen’ before lunch, and also when they asked if I wanted a ‘mattress’ – though I said no to that – there was no sleeping for me on this trip – it was far too exciting, and besides, adjusting to jet lag meant it was time to be awake! I loved the fact that there was plenty of space, I didn’t feel crowded and there was never a queue for the toilet, which featured cloth hand towels, by the way.

I found myself periodically looking at the time and wishing it would slow down – the exact opposite of what one does in economy, and I was almost disappointed when descent began, even though it meant I would soon be home, back with hubby and in my own bed.

So in a nut shell, is it worth the money? Well… as awesome as it is, I won’t be forking out the cash until I’m much, much richer. While I can handle it, I’ll trudge back to economy and stare wistfully at the roof, thinking of that one magical time when I was sitting above it all.

5 thoughts on “Business Class – the best 6:25 of my flying life

  1. blazeofobscurity February 17, 2019 / 10:18 pm

    It will spoil you forever! I’ve done business class just once myself , and it was so magnificent that I wish that i never had – it makes economy so much worse knowing what is just up the other end of the plane!

    And like you it was a revelation to discover that air travel can be so enjoyable with just a few extra freedoms – but when the cost differential can add up to doubling or tripling my holiday time, it’s just a false economy to splash out on it. Here’s hoping we both get wealthy enough to afford it!

    • debbiekaye1980 February 18, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Well since it will probably be at least a year before I do another long-haul flight I am hoping the business class memory will have dulled into some kind of far-off dream so I am not cursing myself in economy the whole time! Even though I only had it for a single leg of my trip, I’m glad it was the last one… going back to economy right away would be brutal!!! 🙂

  2. Kernöl & Kaiserschmarrn February 24, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Wow this is amazing! You wrote it in such a funny way too, it really made me laugh 😉 I wish I could have this experience once too. I’m not up to date with the whole frequent flyer concept anymore… Is it a Quantas frequent flyer card you’re using?

    • debbiekaye1980 February 24, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Glad it made you laugh! I earned my miles with Emirates, cause I’ve flown with them quite a few times on my trips back and forth from Austria… but quite often the Emirates flights are code share with Qantas… so they might be the same or similar!

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