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Top 7 First Class Travel Perks and How To Get the Best Deals

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Flying in first class is a dream for many travelers. From premium seating and exclusive lounges, to gourmet cuisine and an elevated level of privacy on your trip – flying in first class can be a luxurious and comfortable experience. The level of luxury of traveling can even begin at the moment you leave your house, it is truly a dream come true. However, this dream will most of the time also come at a high price. In this article, we present you with the ultimate guide to first class travel. We will take you through the top 7 perks you can expect when flying in first class, and we will share with you how you can get the best deals on your next first class trip. Get ready for the ultimate first class flight experience!


Flying in First Class – What to Expect

1. Chauffeur Services and Priority Baggage Handling

With a first class ticket, you can get access to quite a lot of perks which will ensure that your trip feels super luxurious and comfortable from the moment you leave your home, on board the plane, and until you have arrived at your destination. Some airlines offer a chauffeur service for their first class passengers where they will pick you up from your house and take you to the airport. Upon arrival at the airport, as a first class passenger you also get access to priority baggage handling which means that when they check in the baggage, it will receive a priority tag which will ensure that the baggage arrives first in the baggage claim at the destination airport. When you arrive at your amazing destination, all you want to do is go to where you are staying and start exploring as soon as possible – the priority baggage handlingย  allows you to do that even faster, as you do not need to stand around and wait for your baggage to come in last.ย 

Chauffeur for First Class passenger


2. Dedicated Security Lanes

As a first class passenger you also get access to other premium airport services, such as dedicated security lanes. These lines should typically move faster than the regular lines, and it can save you some time and hassle. Getting access to the dedicated security lane can make sure that you get to check in immediately upon arrival at the airport. This means less time standing around waiting in line which can be exhausting enough, and more time for relaxing in the luxurious first class lounges which are waiting in the airport.ย 


3. Exclusive First Class Lounges

Another amazing perk you get access to are the exclusive first class lounges. The amenities you get access to in the first class lounges will vary from airport to airport, but what they all have in common is that they provide you with everything you need in order to have a relaxing and luxurious time before your flight departs. In the lounge you can enjoy complimentary gourmet meals as well as premium beverages. In some first class lounges you may also have the option to visit their spa where you can enjoy lush treatments and relaxing massages. The lounges will also offer free Wi-Fi and areas where you can work, if that is what you are looking for. These perks are there to make sure that all first class passengers have a seamless experience before they enter the plane.ย 


4. Priority Boarding

When you are flying in first class, you also get access to priority boarding, which means that you are allowed to enter the plane first. That way, you can avoid the hassle of waiting in a long line, and simply enjoy your time in the first class lounge until it is time to board the plane. As soon as boarding starts, you can comfortably and quickly find your way to your seat, and enjoy a stress-free start in your on board journey.ย 

Passenger in First Class

5. First Class Premium Seating

One of the best perks of flying in first class are the super comfy seats. In first class, you can expect large seats with amazing legroom, you will always have plenty of space around you. The relaxing seats can be an absolute necessity when embarking on a longer flight, as you might want to move around and stretch your body after sitting for such a long time. Many first class cabins offer fully reclinable seats which you convert into a comfortable, flat bed. On a 14h flight, this means that you can take complete advantage of this option and get a full 8 hours of sleep, if that is what you want. Enjoy the luxury of laying back and relaxing in your comfortable first class seat.ย 

6. Fine Dining and Gourmet Cuisine

You can of course also expect your dining options to be at a first class standard. The meals are usually prepared by world-class chefs, from menus which are designed to suit a range of dietary preferences. Additionally, the gourmet dishes will be paired with a selection of fine wines, champagne, or specialty cocktails, ensuring that your culinary experience on board will be nothing short of amazing. The menu options will vary depending on the length of your flight, and which airline you travel with. You can also choose between a range of different snack options. When flying with Emirates, for example, you can get access to a variety of gourmet cinema snacks to enjoy while for example watching a movie. These snacks include a lobster salad, beef sliders, and they also offer vegetable sliders, in case there are some passengers who prefer something vegan. There are many amazing culinary experiences waiting for you in first class!

First Class Gourmet Dining

Click here to read the TastingTableโ€™s ranking of the 15 airlines with the best quality meals!


7. The First Class Experience

Some other perks to enjoy while flying in first class, are of course the premium entertainment that you get access to – you will have a larger personal screen with an extensive selection of TV-series, movies, games and music, which you can enjoy with the complimentary noise-cancelling headphones you get (in some airlines). You can also enjoy the complimentary amenity kits and luxury toiletries they give you. These most of the time include items such as toiletries from designer brands, skincare essentials, socks and sleep-masks – all selected so you will be able to have the ultimate first class experience. Additionally, by flying in first class, you will be treated with a level of service that is both attentive and personalized. The staff will do everything they can to ensure that you have everything you need throughout the whole flight.ย 


Getting the Best First Class Deals

We have presented some truly amazing perks of flying in first class. From chauffeur services to priority baggage handling, access to exclusive first class lounges and priority boarding, your trip can start in the most comfortable way possible. Additionally, with the premium seating and the fine dining experiences, all you need to do is simply enjoy the relaxing time you have when flying in first class. Now it is time to share with you how you can get the best deals on these tickets!


Be Flexible

A key to booking first class tickets at an affordable price is to be flexible when it comes to the dates of your travel. When you have the possibility to be open to different travel dates, it can allow you to find the best special promotions and discounted fares, so you can book your flights cheaper than normal. It could also be a good idea to look for first class tickets during the off-seasons or during weekdays, as it could increase the probability of you finding your at a discounted price. Sometimes airlines also release discounted last-minute deals – that would be an ideal way to save money if you have the opportunity to be flexible.ย 


Upgrade by Using Points and Miles

Another tip for getting a good price on your next first class trip, is to utilize your points and miles. If you travel a lot, you need to make sure that you make the most out of the loyalty program points and the airline miles that you have collected over time. Many airlines will give you the option to upgrade your tickets to first class by using your points or miles, which is an excellent opportunity for you to get your tickets without having to pay the full price. As a loyalty program member, you should also be on the look-out for special promotions or discounted mileage rates, which you could use in order to make your upgrade to first class even cheaper!

Plane in Air

Subscribe to the Airline Newslettersย 

Another way to get access to the best first class deals is by subscribing to multiple airlines newsletters and fare alerts. By becoming a subscriber, you will be in the loop when the airlines send out their discount codes, flash sales or exclusive offers. As a subscriber, you can be sure that you will be one of the first ones to find out about the airline’s discounted fares. This is a great tip if you do not want to spend a lot of time searching for the best deals – the best first class deals will then come to you.


Get the Best Deals by Signing Up to the World Traveler Club

The final tip we have for finding the best deals on tickets is maybe an obvious one, but nonetheless, a very important one, which can truly help you get the absolute best deals on your next first class ticket purchase. By signing up as a Platinum member of the World Traveler Club you will get access to the flight deal scanner, special access to premium deals, unpublished travel deals, and you will get access to all the business and first class deals. Remember to also sign up to the email Deal Alerts, and all the best deals will come directly to your inbox. To become a Platinum member, you pay a yearly fee – but from the amount of money you can save on the amazing business and first class deals they find, the price is absolutely worth it.ย 


Get Ready for Your Next Adventure

Flying in first class can truly be a dream come true. From all the perks you get access to, it can feel like the most luxurious and comfortable experience when it comes to travelling. From exclusive lounges and premium seating, to fine dining experiences and other awesome perks, such as getting chauffeured to the airport or priority boarding. The level of comfort and luxury you get access to by travelling in first class will absolutely make it an experience to remember. It can of course be very expensive, so it is not something that most of us can do every day, every year, or ever. That is why it is important to know where and when to look for the best deals, so you can make sure that you donโ€™t need to purchase your first class tickets at the highest price. By being flexible with your travel time, collecting points and miles, signing up to the airlines newsletters and of course, by becoming a member of the World Traveler Club, you will absolutely increase your chances by finding your next dream first class flight.ย 


First Class is Too Expensive โ€“ How Can I Buy a Ticket?

Yes, first class tickets can be very expensive. However, because of all the benefits you get when you are flying in first class, it can be totally worth the price if you want a super luxurious premium experience for your next adventure. By signing up as a member of the World Traveler Club, you can be sure that you get access to the best deals to destinations all over the world. Sign up as a paying Gold or Platinum member right now and get access to the ultimate business and first class deals โ€“ this can not only help you save lots of money when booking your next trip – when you sign up as a Platinum member, you also get access to the World Traveler Clubโ€™s own Travel AI, which can assist you in planning your trip, saving you lots of time and hassle.ย 


If you are interested in also finding business class deals, make sure to check out our guide on finding the best business class deals and our best tips and strategies for how to get a business class upgrade! And donโ€™t forget to check out our handpicked deals for business and first class flights.


Also, make sure that you read the SkyTrax ranking of best first class airlines of 2022 here.


About the author

Maja Lie is a Norwegian travel lover and digital marketing specialist. She just moved to Germany and is exploring the world while sharing her experiences through words and images. When she’s not travelling, she enjoys hiking, trying new foods, and planning her next adventure.

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