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Beginning many months ago I started helping my in-laws plan their next big trip to Europe using airline miles. They had been to Europe a few times before, but like most people lucky enough to travel on Trans-Atlantic flights, they had always done it in coach. Now, at close to 70 years old, they decided that business class sounded much more comfortable than another long-haul from Kansas to Europe. Amen!
We tweaked their award flights as award availability fluctuated and improved, and they ultimately crossed the pond in US Airways Envoy Suites (business class) booked for 50,000 American Airlines miles each. They will be flying back in Aer Lingus business class booked using British Airways Avios.
They sent me the shot below taken shortly before departure, and those smiles look to me to be the smiles of two travelers that have found their new favorite way to fly. I know because I’ve seen those looks before from my mom and aunt on their first international business class flight to Europe last spring… Heck, I’ve seen the same look on my husband’s face on his first international business class flight!
Where you sit on the plane does not make or break a trip. However, it absolutely can make the trip a little bit more special (and comfortable) if you sit up-front. If you are like most people and only take a really big international trip every so often, you can choose to save up your miles and do it in style. It may take a little extra time or work to earn the miles and find the availability, but it absolutely can be done. Even if you are already 70 years old (or older, one of their travel companions is 80!), it is not too late to add “international business class traveler” to your travel resume. Heck, my own 65-year-old dad just got his passport for the first time, so there is nothing wrong with changing up your travel patterns a bit at any point in your life.
I can’t wait to hear all about their 45th wedding anniversary trip where they will meet relatives in Eastern Europe for the first time, cruise with friends, and of course have some time in the “good seats” as they fly above the Atlantic.
Do you remember your smile on your first international business class flight?