Many people say that traveling by plane isn’t the most enjoyable of experiences and while I used to love flying, these days I tend to agree. However those who have said that have probably never flown First Class. Because with all the anxiety that can stem from flying, such worries disappear when you’re flying in the most luxurious surroundings.
However, you don’t necessarily have to be an executive traveler to relax on flights. Airline and airport operators are doing everything they can to maximize the comfort of their passengers, from Helsinki Airport offering pre-flight yoga to London Gatwick diversifying their parking options to cater to long-term travelers and businessmen and women, though none of that can obviously compare to the luxury services of first class flyers.
To become an elite traveler, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
If you’re looking for an upgrade, remember to act first-class
As Bankrate describes, there are five tips that will boost your chances of getting bumped up to first class, and it’s important that you make a good impression with the airline agents, who are essentially the decision makers. Simply giving a smile and being nice to people from the moment you step foot in an airport goes a long way. Also, it doesn’t hurt to dress the part. Sometimes, economy class will be overbooked, and seeing someone that’s well dressed is enough for gate agents to extend a first class seat to a passenger. But there’s no need to go overboard just make sure you’re dressed smartly and respectable.
Points are much more valuable than miles
Many carriers have a points vs. mileage system, and although there are equivalents (1 point = x amount of miles), focusing on earning points will help you reach a higher frequent flyer status much faster than always flying economy class. Purchasing first class tickets will give you more points, and more perks over a lesser number of flights in comparison to coach travelers. In addition, Forbes reiterate, “The overall trend has been a decrease in the value of a frequent flyer mile. Fees are up, as are award prices, and the availability of a award seats is down. A first class upgrade now could be worth more than two roundtrips in the future.”
Signing up for a credit card rewards program is worth it
Banks are struggling to convince consumers to sign up for new cards, which is why many of them provide an insane number of points just for a successful credit card application.CNN Travel experts share that an American Express Gold card is free for the first year and has a sign-up bonus of 20,000 points — “enough to travel from New York to Paris free of charge, or even business class from London to Moscow.” More charges and participation in AmEx promotions and special offers will also add to your points, but if you’re worried about the debt that comes with credit cards, you can always cancel the card and then wait six months to reapply. The offer is still good with reapplications.