As a frequent business traveler, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by airline upgrades before. But recently, flying from Denver to Seattle, I received a complimentary round-trip upgrade to First Class! Having never flown premium before, I was excited to take advantage of the opportunity. Along with the comfy seat at the front of the plane, I didn’t realize first class came with additional perks before you even enter the plane.
Surprising First Class inclusions:
- Pre-flight: priority counter access at check-in; increased baggage allowance; priority baggage tagging; premium line access through TSA security; and priority boarding.
- Flight: blanket/pillow/bottle of water waiting at your seat; dedicated overhead bin space; in-seat power outlet and increased seat recline; attentive service from a cabin-specific attendant; drinks in real glassware (alcoholic and non-alcoholic); meal and snack selection.
- Post-flight: ability to get off of the plane first; priority baggage claim delivery.
Since I did not have to pay extra for the upgrade, its tough to say whether or not its worth the extra cost. What I will say is that the increased seat comfort, extra overall space/legroom, and additional attention from airline staff certainly reduced my usual travel fatigue. When I arrived at both my destinations, I felt stress-free and energetic! It’s the type of feeling that I certainly wouldn’t mind enjoying again on a long international flight! In fact, if the airlines are reading this blog, please know that I would gladly enjoy a complimentary opportunity on any future flight!
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