On the return leg of my recent honeymoon to Vietnam I was offered an upgrade to first class. My wife, however, who travels less for work than I do, was not. We asked the attendant at the gate if we could both be upgraded but she said they only had one free spot as the flight was so busy. After 10 minutes of back and forth with my wife, it was decided that I would take the upgrade and she would sit in economy. She didn't seem to mind at the time – and I told her how appreciative I was – but since we've returned home she keeps bringing it up. I feel this is a bit silly, but it doesn't look like she's going to drop this matter anytime soon. Should I buy her an expensive gift to placate her? Ironically... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Moral Money: ‘I accepted a first-class upgrade while my wife sat in economy. Do I owe her?’
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You know that just beyond the curtain lies a heavenly world of flat beds, free-flowing champagne and fluffy duvets. But does it live up to all of those mid air fantasies? Travelling from Dublin to LA recently, I finally got to find out. The seats…Aer Lingus flights to New York and LA are on an Airbus A330 from Dublin, with 23 seats in business class. With a seat pitch of 58 inches and a width of 21 inches, you have a good bit of room to play with, and the seat reclines into a fully lie-flat 6’6” long bed. The seat pitches are fairly standard, but not the best in the business – Virgin Atlantic, which flies to LA from London, also has a 6’6” long bed but a width of 33 inches, and the seat placement means there’s no one in front of you. Ethiopian Airlines, the only other airline flying direct from Dublin to LA, has a pitch of 68 inches, though the beds don’t fully recline. While not gargantuan, I am fairly tall (one of my crueller nicknames … [Read more...] about Review: What’s it really like to fly in Aer Lingus Business Class?
Not many of us will ever know the tingle of excitement you get turning left on the plane rather than right. Behind the First Class curtain it's another world - and one few of us can afford without saving for many, many years. It's no wonder there's a raft of advice on how to achieve aviation nirvana and get a free upgrade telling us to arrive either really early or really late, sit near a baby, or check-in with a broken limb. All of these, however, come with massive drawbacks. There is in fact a much simpler and little-known rule which could guarantee an upgrade. It's to do with your chair. Rick Brown, author of the book 'Kiss My Baggage Fees! How To Be A Savvy Travel Hacker', knows his stuff, according to the Daily Mirror. His tip is if your seat is in some way faulty or broken (this includes the seatbelt), then you're allowed to ask for a new one. He told news.com.au: "If your seat is broken, you can request a new seat. "If one is not available in economy, they have to put you in … [Read more...] about How to get First Class upgrade
It was perhaps just a little bit obvious that it was my first time sitting at the front end of a plane. “Once you fly business class, you’ll never go back,” warned the passenger behind me. I removed my eye mask to nod at him and sprayed on some more hydrating facial mist before taking another selfie. Shoes off, complementary socks on, cocktail in hand and my own bowl of nuts to nibble on. All while on the tarmac at Cardiff Airport. How bizarre, that right now I could see Rhoose out of the window. This is the first long-haul flight I’ve ever taken from Cardiff Airport. Qatar Airways now provides Wales’ first direct link to the Middle East, with daily flights to Doha operating for the last six months. The airline has the world’s youngest fleet and its business class seats are consistently ranked among the best - they won Skytrax Best Business Class in the World 2018 and their newest aircrafts even offer a double bed. The first thing I learned is that … [Read more...] about What it’s like to fly in the world’s best business class cabin
A HOLIDAYMAKER has hit out at British Airways claiming he found his business class seat on a flight to Jamaica soaked with URINE. Andy Vicary, 52, says his seat was "saturated" when he sat down - and says he was humiliatingly forced to change into spare clothes from his hand luggage. He claims the incident ruined his £5,000 holiday to Kingston. Andy, from Gloucester, said: "We were on board the plane and made our way to our seats and so I sat down with a glass of Champagne and thought 'this is brilliant'. "Then I noticed that the pillow that I was sat on was a little damp and I stood up and then so were my trousers. "I turned the pillow over and you could see that the pillow and the entire seat was saturated in urine. "The cabin crew tried to take the seat cover off and it was disgusting as it had soaked right though," he told Gloucester Live. "I had to move seats and I was not able to sit with my wife for the flight which was really disappointing as well.” "The cabin crew … [Read more...] about British Airways passenger hits out at airline after he sat in ‘urine soaked’ business class seat on flight to Jamaica