It’s busi­ness time, please

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Rae­lene Hall

I love trav­el­ling and am grate­ful to have had so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to do so. It would be nice to win lotto, so I could do it a bit more of­ten.

What would be even nicer would be to be able to af­ford to travel busi­ness class ev­ery time.

The perks lead­ing up to that plush busi­ness class seat are just as wel­come.

Pri­or­ity for check-in and se­cu­rity is al­ways a bonus be­fore wan­der­ing off to the busi­ness class lounge. Free food, free drinks, free WIFI, free TV, com­put­ers — beats a toasted sand­wich that costs as much as your travel in­surance.

I love that feel­ing of su­pe­ri­or­ity when the call goes out for “busi­ness class” pas­sen­gers and you glance smugly at those in the econ­omy line.

Not sure why, as you all end up in the same tun­nel lead­ing onto the same plane.

The dif­fer­ence is ob­vi­ous once you board though. You can ac­tu­ally fit your bum on your seat (well I could last time, hope it doesn’t ex­pand too much), you can stretch your legs out all the way and best of all, you don’t have to lit­er­ally rub el­bows with the per­son next to you.

Now my ex­pe­ri­ence of busi­ness class flights is very lim­ited, and all have been in Aus­tralia. I had one flight where I pur­chased an up­grade with my fre­quent flyer points, so I could get some sleep dur­ing the mid­night flight.

By the time I fig­ured out how to make my seat into a bed, re­alised that the TV was a touch screen, so ev­ery time I rolled over I turned it on, and ac­tu­ally got to sleep, I was wo­ken up by the cabin staff of­fer­ing break­fast.

Given the time we departed and the time dif­fer­ence in the east I don’t think I re­ally got value for money from my up­grade that time.

Fly­ing busi­ness class over­seas would be a whole new ball game. I can just see my­self sit­ting back in my own lit­tle cu­bi­cle, with wait staff on hand, mag­a­zines and movies on tap and a very glam­orous sleep suit to slip into at bed time. Some­thing tells me this is the life I was born to. It’s the desti­na­tion that counts, not how you get there. But an up­grade, just once, would be nice. Please!

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