Flying business class was never an option for me whenever I wanted to book a flight. Since my first flight at 6 years old, until now, I have always flown in economy class. Sometimes I joked with my travel buddy while walking from the gate to enter the plane (there are always two lines, one for economy class, the other one for business and first class), 'I think we should go through the business class lane, pretending to be a business class passenger. Then get kicked out to the economy seat after the crew realized that we are not supposed to be in the business class.'
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate to be in an economy class given the fact I always go with Garuda Indonesia to fly from Melbourne to Jakarta direct almost every year. They have the world's best economy class and cabin crew, I admit that and am super proud of it (being Indonesian).
However, my first experience flying business class with Singapore Airlines really takes my flight experience to a whole new level and open my mind to new things about airlines industries that I never thought of before.
I consider myself lucky enough to not spend a fortune to experience what people say a ‘luxury travel’. Yes, you heard that right. Like many other frequent flyer miles seekers, Peter, my husband who started it all, he planned it for the last 3 years to get a "free" (redeemable with a small fee) business class tickets for our overseas trip which we used in this case for our honeymoon.
So here we go, on 24th December 2017, we got to experience our first ever business class flight, from Brisbane to Singapore then from Singapore to Bangkok. (We'll talk about our short flight to Bangkok in another blog post). We booked this flight quite late, only around 1-2 months before the departure date. That’s why we couldn’t get a Melbourne flight to Bangkok (we live in Melbourne) and had to purchase a separate domestic flight to Brisbane from Melbourne which was quite expensive during high season in December. It was all worth it though since the experience on Singapore Airlines from Brisbane to Singapore was terrific.
Here are a few things that wowed me from the moment I stepped on the plane:
- Look how much space I have got in my seat - I couldn't even reach the leg rest in front of me on the normal seat position unless I switch to the recline position.