Promise me this: if an airline offers you an upgrade to Business Class, take it. Or if it’s in your trip budget to buy a Business Class ticket, do it.
We had the rare pleasure of being offered an upgrade when we visited Singapore recently, on the country’s national carrier, Singapore Airlines.
Spoiler alert: it was fantastic!
Check out the video of our Business Class experience…
Singapore Airlines Business Class upgrade
Our luxurious experience began at the airport, where as Business Class passengers we had access to the lounge. Because Singapore Airlines’ home is Singapore Airport, the lounge is top notch.
Although it was pretty busy, it was a massive space with heaps of seating and many different food and drink choices. You can even make your own cocktails! The lounge was a lovely place to chill out before the flight, avoiding the crazy masses in the departure area below.
Getting on the plane first: tick!
I’m always super jealous when Business Class passengers get onto the plane first. Does anyone else hate lining up and jostling to get to your seat in Economy? The plane was quiet and calm as we were literally the first passengers to step aboard (yup, Business Class newbies here!). We were greeted by the charming and professional Singapore Airlines hosts and hostesses, who made sure the whole Business Class experience was perfect.
As we settled into our giant pods, glass of champagne in hand, we acquainted ourselves with all the space (so much space!) around us. Out of our minds (for this trip, anyway) was the cramped area further back in the plane.
We had cubby holes where we could store passports and other small items, a shelf for shoes, a fold out table, a foot rest, and a massive TV screen.
But the best part of Singapore Airlines’ Business Class cabin was the lie flat seats. Shaun has a bad back and it really hurts him when he has to sit upright in a plane seat for more than a couple of hours. But back to that after dinner.
Salmon and champagne, anyone?
The food was great – no foil sealed packets of soggy chicken or fish (why do they always have fish?!) to be seen here. We were treated to white linen tablecloths, proper silverware, glass glasses for our wine, cocktails, beer, or whatever libation you preferred, and china plates.
The three course meal we enjoyed was fantastic. The food we had included cured salmon and eye fillet steak. What?! One of the nice added extras of Singapore’s Business Class is called ‘Book the Cook’ – you can book your meal online before your flight with a choice of about twenty different mains, including lobster!
We could have really boozed it up too – the wine list and the cocktail menu looked top class. Unfortunately drinking alcohol in Business Class has the same effect as drinking alcohol anywhere. We had a busy schedule while in Singapore (and had to head to work as soon as we got home) so we didn’t want to be dealing with hangovers. We did treat ourselves to a gin and tonic (or two) though!
A good (horizontal) night’s sleep
The movie selection was top notch, and the screens were huge and crisp. When it was time for bed, the hostesses helped us change the upright seat into the lie flat bed (it involved some pulling and wiggling but was really rather simple).
The bed was pretty comfortable (for being on a plane!) but the best thing was being flat. We both got a good amount of sleep – what difference it makes when you’re not being jostled awake or dribbled on by neighbours!
Our flight wasn’t very long (about 10 hours) so it was perfect timing for dinner, a movie and a decent sleep. We arrived feeling refreshed and relaxed, and Shaun’s back was feeling great.
What a great flight! When we are planning trips in the future and the budget is looking quite healthy, we would definitely consider splurging on a Business Class ticket. It does cost a fair bit more than an economy ticket, but perhaps if we are travelling long-haul or for a special occasion we would consider it.
Note: we flew on two separate routes which operate aircraft with different Business Class cabins, as shown in the photos. Although the seats were different, the food, movies and service was of the same high quality on both flights.
Would you splurge on a Business Class ticket? Have you ever been surprised by an upgrade? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Thanks to Singapore Airlines for sponsoring our trip to Singapore. As always, you’ll always receive our honest opinion regardless of who is footing the bill!