Business Class, First Class, what’s the difference? It all means luxury travel and treating yourself, but there are a few distinctions. If you’re looking to fly high in gold-star style, read all about Business and First Class air travel right here, including tips on how you can get an upgrade on your next flight.
They say once you travel Business Class or First Class, you’ll never go back to Economy. For instance, both classes have those awesome seats that lie-flat into a bed. Imagine getting a full night’s sleep (on a plane!) complete with comfy sheets and a duvet: travel goals, indeed! If it’s time to say goodbye to Economy and step into upper-class travel, this article will give you a breakdown of five-star air travel.
Business Class vs First Class Air Travel
What is Business Class?
Business class is the luxury seating near the front of the plane. Although many business and corporate types fly business, these seats are for anyone who wants to travel in style. With perks like lounge entry, priority check-in, fast-track security screening, Zone 1 boarding, wider seats, inflight entertainment on bigger screens, fancy food, top-shelf drinks, beds, linen, more leg room, and outstanding attention from flight attendants all in a dedicated, quieter cabin, it’s no wonder people covet this class. Business Class seats used to be the next step up from coach, but now there’s Premium Economy, which puts Business up two notches.
What is First Class?
First Class is exactly what the name implies: an opulent, sumptuous, royal-like exclusive cabin at the pointy end of the plane. The bonuses are similar to Business Class, but there’s more. Your seat will be even more comfortable than Business Class: bigger, cushier, with more spacious surroundings. The private cabin has its own flight attendants who will offer you a drink before the plane even takes off. Once in the air, the pampering continues with gourmet meals, all-you-can-drink fine wine, beer, alcohol, anything you could want.
Which airlines offer First Class seats?
First Class may be a dying service but there are still plenty of airlines offering the royal treatment in the air. Here are the top 12 airlines awarded World’s Best First Class in 2018 by Skytrax World Airline Awards.
- Singapore Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Air France
- ANA All Nippon Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Thai Airways
- British Airways
- Swiss International Airlines
How much does Business Class cost vs First Class?
Generally, Business Class will cost less than First Class, depending on the airline and route flown. As these classes are quite similar, you have to ask yourself is it worth it to spend another $3000 (in some cases) to fly First Class when you can get just as good features and services as Business Class. Only you can decide. If celebrity spotting is your jam, it’s First Class all the way, baby.
Does Air Canada offer First Class?
Air Canada does not offer First Class cabins on any of their aircraft. The next best thing is Air Canada’s Business Class and Signature Class. Air Canada’s Business Class was recently voted the best Business Class in North America by TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice for Airlines 2019, so you can still travel like a boss without having to pay the price of First Class.
Business Class on Air Canada
Since Air Canada doesn’t have First Class seating, Business Class will have to do. Canada’s national airline offers Business Class seats on select routes within/to North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Signature Class is their new Business Class, given on trips within North America and to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. This new class of five-star travel includes single work-station seating with lie-flat capabilities and the usual first-rate perks.
Flying Business Class on Air Canada comes with the expected upper-class amenities and indulgence.
- Priority services
- Lounge Access
- Window or aisle seating (no middle seats)
- More full, plusher seats with a bigger pitch
- Gourmet meals, and drinks
- Coat check, pillows, blankets, hot towels, premium headphones
- Deluxe in-flight entertainment with TV series, movies, audiobooks, podcasts, and music
- Checked baggage allowances
- Quiet, private cabin with exclusive flight attendants
Business Class vs First Class on British Airways
British Airways (BA) offers a range of Business Class and First Class services. For business travellers, choose from their Club Europe (within Europe), Club World (International), and Club World London City (London to New York).
Club Europe is slightly different to Club World, though in general, they offer similar top-rate services. For instance, fast track check-in, security, and boarding. Lounge access. The best fine dining and wine. Spacious, comfy seats. The usual Business Class luxuries. However, Club World has innovative, comfortable chairs that fold into six-foot-long beds, personal screens, noise cancelling headphones, memory foam pillows, your own travel kit with facial creams. As well as lounge access at the airport, you’ll also receive a 15-minute facial or massage when you travel through London Heathrow or JFK in New York.
First Class on British Airways is next level. Forget about a spacious seat, here you’ll have your own suite. The BA First Suite includes a full mattress with luxurious linen and blankets. The cabin crew will turn down your bed while you have a nightcap or dress into your supplied cotton pyjamas. The amenity kit is also better than Business Class with a range of soothing aromatherapy creams and lotions. When you wake, you’ll be served a delicious breakfast with the finest teas and best coffees. All dining in First Class is gourmet cuisine at its very best.
British Airways generously offer Business Class and First Class passengers to check and carry-on a fair bit of baggage too. Check two bags weighing 32kgs each and take two bags onboard with a maximum weight of 23 kgs each. Nice.
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