Not everyone can wrangle the cost of a first class airline ticket, but that doesn’t mean your only other option is suffering through a long haul economy flight.
Get high maintenance with your air travel— for a fraction of the price. From take-off to touch down, these are Skyscanner Australia’s seven tips for flying like you’re first class.
1. Lounge for less
Peering into an airport lounge, the passengers in there seem to ooze prestige. They have it made – impressive buffet spreads, plush sofas, Wi-Fi and not to mention an open bar! Well, here’s the good news. Even if you’re not in first or business class, you can still revel in the same perks by purchasing a lounge pass.
Try Lounge Pass, DragonPass or Priority Pass -sometimes, it costs as little as $30 in airports outside of Australia. Being a frequent flyer can also grant you access. Qantas Club and Frequent Flyer members (of the Gold, Platinum and Platinum One variety) are free to while the pre-boarding hours away in the Qantas lounge. Virgin Australia offers the same benefits to their Velocity Platinum and Gold members.
2. Choose your seats wisely
It’s good to know what you prioritise when flying – less noise and disturbances, or more space? A window seat will make sure you won’t have people scrambling over your legs every five minutes. On the other hand, bulkhead seats ensure ample legroom… but lack the space in front to store your hand carry.
Exit rows are also winners in terms of space, but the seats don’t recline. If you want to get real specific, sites like seat guru will help you find the best seat for the plane you’re on, rating everything from degree of incline to seat width. For more tips and tricks, take a look at our guide to getting the best seat.
3. Cozy up
The mammoth advantage of first class is of course, the luxury of space. Reclining in seats so wide and cushy they might as well be a chaise lounge, first class fliers are the envy of everyone crammed together at the back of the plane. Chin up! After settling into your seat of choice, there are a number of things that’ll pimp your ride.
Invest in a comfy travel pillow and an inflatable footrest. An often overlooked accessory, a footrest can significantly boost your levels of comfort on a long haul flights. Having your feet slightly raised helps with circulation and reduces the risk of swollen ankles and joint pain. If you have room in your carry on, a generously sized wrap and cozy socks (compression socks, even) will also go a long way to keep you snug at high altitudes – don’t leave it to those subpar airline issued blankets!