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For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you know that my family always travels in economy. With five people traveling, it’s hard to part with that many miles and points to put us in business or first class seats. Last year, we barely scraped up enough miles to fly us all to Australia and New Zealand and back in coach. So it may come as a shock to you that I’m considering splurging on lie-flat business class seats for a trip to Europe.
Why would I even consider this? After all, my family survived a 17-hour direct flight to Sydney with no issues. It was even pleasant.
In short, I blame my crazy idea on the pandemic. I feel like I’ve been robbed of a year of travel. My son will be off to college in a few years, and this trip to Europe may be our last “big” trip all together. Why not splurge a little?
Of course, the caveat is that I would only have enough miles and points for one direction in business class. Which direction is better for the splurge?
The Case for Business Class TO Europe
If we splurged on business class seats to Europe, we would start our trip off with a bang. My kids would be so shocked and surprised.
Due to the likely timing of our flight, we would be flying at night when we could get some good sleep on those lie-flat seats. We could wake up refreshed and ready to hit the pavement when we land in Paris in the early morning.
Of course, we may be too excited to sleep on the way. Plus, the flight isn’t terribly long (8ish hours), so between take off, the meals and landing we might not sleep that much anyway.
The Case for Business Class FROM Europe
If we splurged on business class on the way home, we would have something to look forward to. We would not be dreading the return trip due to cramped seats and long, sleepless hours. In my experience, the time zone adjustment is harder flying back home. So any sleep we could get on the return flight may help us.
However, our flight home will likely be during the day when we may not want to sleep anyway.
If you have traveled to or from Europe on lie-flat business class seats, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Worth it both ways? Or was one way more worth the splurge?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.