My first experience flying business class

I’ll admit it; when I flew business class with bmi I was like an excitable school girl. I felt like I should have been doing my best to remain cool, calm and composed and blend in with the sleek and stylish travellers that surrounded me but I was far too excited for that kind of sophistication.

Yes, I was the person taking photos in the platinum lounge and scoffing my face with tasty treats like like I hadn’t been fed all week. I was the one who ‘ooo’d’ and ‘arrr’d’ on the massage chairs as I watched the planes take off and I was that person who got drunk on champagne at 10am.

I generally don’t mind flying and find that the excitement of going somewhere new outweighs the squished in conditions, long queues and the boredom of a flight. But travelling business class elevated it from bearable to downright bloody amazing.

Being able to stretch out and sit comfortably, eat some delicious food and take the time to relax and unwind before and after a holiday is simply the best.  You arrive feeling refreshed rather than harassed and, as a blogger, I had plenty of space to catch up on some much needed work.

The flight to Moscow

We whizzed through the check-in desk at Heathrow in a matter of minutes and made our way through the crowds towards the diamond lounge where we were greeted with broad smiles, fresh coffee and the kind of tranquillity I didn’t know was possible in an airport.

After settling into a plush sofa overlooking the runway we tucked into a breakfast feast of mini bacon baps, warm pastries and fresh fruit before sitting back to watch the planes take off and imagine the exotic destinations people were travelling to.

I was almost disappointed to leave the lounge and board the plane but I soon forgot my disappointment when I was stretched out with a glass of champagne, a fleecy blanket and some of the friendliest cabin crew I’ve ever come across.

The on-board chef welcomed us onto the flight, recommending the Merlot and taking our order for the three course meal. I opted for a muesli compote followed by a warm salmon and potato hash and finished up with a banoffee pie. On the return journey I indulged in smoked beef, fillet steak and a selection of individual cheesecakes.

The 4 hour flight to Moscow literally flew by and, fuelled by champagne and our inflight feast, we were more than ready to tackle the sights and sounds of Moscow.

This flight was courtesy of bmi (thanks guys) but I now have a little problem…I never, ever, want to fly cattle class again!

It doesn’t matter where you’re sat on the plane when you have views like this!

Has anyone else ever been treated to a little luxury on their travels and not wanted to go back to the budget option?

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • June 18, 2012

    My first time in Business class was when I was upgraded to business with my flight to India from London, but for some reason they didn’t mention this to me. So I get on the plane, and start looking for my seat, but of course can’t find it. So I ask one of the flight attendants and she points to the business class, at which point I try to act all cool and walk there like that’s of course where I should be going to…

    I also managed to get upgraded on the way back, so far that has been my most successful flight with free upgrades 🙂

  • Jen
    June 18, 2012

    I want to fly business class so much!! xxx

  • Lindsey
    June 19, 2012

    Oooh, I’d definitely be the person who was gawking and taking photos of everything. My grandparents flew business class once and haven’t gone back to economy since. I keep begging them to take me with them … hasn’t happened yet!

  • June 20, 2012

    Ooh, yes!! When I fly overseas, I use points to upgrade.

  • July 4, 2012

    Sounds incredible. I think it would be a bad idea for me to ever experience it as, if you don’t know what you’re missing, it’s a little easier to cope!

  • July 5, 2012

    Man! I’m a huge fan of biz class – just wish I could get it more often

    PS – your CAPTCHA thing is pretty confusing…

  • July 6, 2012

    Wow, Flying in business class provides you great experience. Thanks for sharing your experience here with us.

  • Jeff @ GoTravelzing
    July 17, 2012

    I agree with the people that said it is hard to fly coach once you have experienced first or business. I have flown to Europe a couple of times in First/Business and it was definitely worth it, even on US Air. I used mileage to buy the tickets.

  • September 29, 2012

    Oh my goodness, I totally agree that it is near-impossible to go back to economy after flying business. I got upgraded once on a flight from the Maldives to Sri Lanka. Maldives was just my transit airport and I’d already been flying for around 10 hours to get there. Still, the 30 minutes of flying business class – with Emirates, no less – was totally amazing! After that I adopted a sort of sanguine approach to flying where I would ask literally EVERYONE who worked at the airport if there was a possible upgrade to be had. It never happened again though 🙁

  • March 9, 2013

    Have been upgraded after re-book due to snowstorm. Have paid for 1st class twice from SFO to San Juan, PR. Worth every penny. My husband is 6’3″ and a fairly large man. The space is ideal and the food and drink refreshing. I, too, say, “Let’s keep flying!”

  • April 15, 2013

    Oh you are so right, it sucks going back to economy after flying business…but the pain is worth it 😉


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