Can you believe that I’m two hours into my flight and I’ve written three blog posts already? I definitely can’t! Is it because I’m currently sat in Premium Economy, with two seats to myself and an exit row’s worth of leg space?
I always take my laptop with me and have visions of killing my lengthy flight with streams of writing, only to find that I can’t face it. Usually I’m sat in economy, my long legs cramped into the small space and more often than not, sandwiched between arm-rest hoggers.
I’m starting to think I should just embrace my travel evolution. Clearly, the little bit of extra money to enjoy the next class is completely worth it (well, at least in my case). Who knows what I could get done if I was in business or first class?!
That said, I’m also wondering if it’s down to the fact that I’m travelling on my own. Usually I’m with a small group if it’s a press trip or otherwise I’m with my husband, sister or a friend. I’m ignoring this logic though, as even when I’m at home on my own I sometimes can’t be bothered to do anything. I’m an all or nothing kinda girl. I have mastered the art of being super productive and efficient, ticking off jobs at lightning speed. However, I’m also a dab hand at being lazy. I can easily waste a few hours mooching. I like to pretend that really I’m re-charging my batteries, ready to go full pelt again, but I’m probably just kidding myself.
So, could it be that I’m designed to work better when I’m enjoying life’s little luxuries, like Premium Economy? I definitely feel more comfortable (thank you extra leg room) and looked after (thank you real cutlery, edible food [including a fab ice lolly!] and kind hostess lady). Could it be that it really is worth paying a little bit more? I certainly think that I’m going to arrive feeling good and surely there’s value in that?
What is Premium Economy?
For those of you who haven’t experienced Premium Economy, I’m currently on a Virgin Atlantic flight, and the main perks are:
♥ A few extra inches of space (in terms of leg space and a comfier seat)
♥ A welcome glass of bubbly or liqueur
♥ In-seat laptop power (super helpful if you’re going to write a few blog posts)
♥ Meals served on china with stainless steel cutlery and a linen table cloth
♥ Dedicated check-in and bag drop counters (which usually means less queues)
♥ Priority boarding
♥ Special labels to help your bags be one of the first off the plane
♥ Free seat assignment from 336 days before your flight (certainly beats the usual 24-hour limit)
I’m yet to compare enough flights to fully understand what the price difference is between economy and premium economy, but I’m definitely going to be aiming for the latter on future flights. You can find out more re Virgin Atlantic flights here.
What do you think? Do you notice a difference when you travel in a different class? Do you think it’s worth the money? X