Jump to content

Premium economy
what's it like?


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 chookpea

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

I'm planning on a little trip to Asia (sans kids..woohoo!) with a gf.  I have enough points saved up so thinking of going business or premium economy with Qantas.

What's premium economy like, or should I go the whole hog and do business?

TIA

#2 password1234

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

I am pretty short so find that the premium seats are pretty good and the food better so for short trips would do that. For the longer trips business is fantastic if you can afford it.Are you upgrading or buying the whole ticket because you can only upgrade one level, economy to premium, premium to business. Plus no guarantee of the upgrade till the day of travel.

#3 Tall Poppy

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

I'm so jealous.  original.gif

Go the whole hog if you can. My sister often flies business and says how great it is. Recently with her DH & kids flew economy and wasn't too pleased in comaprison.

We're flying economy overseas late Feb and I'm worried about the flights but more with how the kids are. At least you won't have that problem.

#4 robot sm

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

We got upgraded to Premium Economy on a flight from LA to Melbourne, it was FANTASTIC.  More space, different food, and it was quieter as it was separated from the rest of the cabin.  Sparkling wine served while the rest of the passengers were boarding, too! original.gif  If I could afford to buy the premium seats up front, I definitely would.

#5 kandj

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

If you're using points for the whole flight, I'd just go business as its not much difference in amount of points and the best use of them these days.

Premium is nice, I've only been upgraded to it not actually paid for it. If I'd paid the premium price I think I'd be a little less impressed. It was really just a bit of extra leg room and a separate cabin.

So I vote treat yourself and go the whole hog original.gif

#6 eachschoolholidays

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Definitely business- the lie down bed makes all the difference

#7 matt1972

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

Will you be back in economy on your next trip?
I have done premium economy to L.A. from Melbourne before and it was great but it didn't scar me to go back to economy after that. I would probably cry in economy after spending time in business class.

#8 Apageintime

Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

For a short flight to Asia, premium economy, it's much better sevice as there is less people, the bigger seats weren't the winner for me. The extra recline was amazing though.

Extra luggage and priority boarding were a plus.

If you were going to Europe or America I'd say go full business, but to Asia premium economy should be enough fancy extras for you original.gif

#9 Velocinag

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

I haven't been on Qantas but have done Sydney to Ireland  several times with Virgin and Etihad. Premium economy is good but business is the way to go if you can. Last year DH and I did that trip twice with DD at 3months and 10months and business was brilliant. Great food and the extra space is well worth it. We used our points to upgrade.


#10 than4

Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

I (shock horror) didn't actually like premium economy.

DH and I got upgraded on a flight from Sydney to Bangkok for our honeymoon.  The seats were wider and you got more leg room, but you were also more enclosed at the sides and I like to lol over my DH during the flight and I couldn't do that in premium economy.  

If I was using points to upgrade then I would go business.

#11 remisch

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

We couldn't get business seats with points back from Europe last year, so went premium economy instead.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

If it's a day/afternoon flight to Asia, I'd go premium economy and save some points.  If it's overnight then I'd probably go business.



#12 Feraldadathome

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:57 AM

QUOTE (matt1972 @ 14/01/2013, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would probably cry in economy after spending time in business class.

I had to fly business from Malaysia for health reasons. This is so true for me on long haul....

#13 fibilly

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

Last year I flew business to and from Milan, then a week later flew to London economy  for my brother's surprise 40th and back premium economy, all on Qantas.

For my money, I'd go premium economy. The legroom is great (especially if you get a wing row like we did), and the food and service is so much better. The other significant upside is priority boarding and dedicated toilets - there are only about 30 seats so no huge queues for toilets at peak times. Its the equivalent of a domestic business class seat.

Don't get me wrong, international business flat bed rocks if you desperately need sleep, but I wouldn't bother on a flight just to Asia. I'd save your points for a really long haul flight.

#14 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:57 AM

I did Business and First Class before my 12th birthday. Life these days is cattle class with the occasional Business Class thrown in.

To Asia I would keep my points and use for another holiday. If you are looking at upgrading flights, most cheaper flights can only be upgraded to premium economy not business.

Gotta love DH who cashed in business class ticket so the five of Us could go o EU. Sitting with 20mo DD on his lap was a away backwards step compared to his Business lass trip three weeks before to EU... But you deal.

Edited by lsolaBella, 16 January 2013 - 08:59 AM.


#15 aphraell

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

I've flown First, Business, Premium economy and Economy long haul

If it was a day flight to Asia i would go with Premium Economy - not worth it to upgrade to Business when you aren't going to use all the facilities(i.e. not going to sleep!). You do get some extra space, food is a little better etc. ?But if I was paying $$ then I would probably just go economy as i think the service/comfortdifference doesn't justify the cost difference

If it was the US (and you had the points)  I would go for Business in the A380 (not the Boeing)

We have only flown First, Business or Premium Economy for the last 10 years but have booked a US trip with DD in economy - am definitely going to cry!

#16 RunDMC

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

It really does depend on the plane for both premium and business classes. While you will get better service you may not get a better seat. Short trips to Asia sometime use the old planes so you get the older seats.....I would jump at premium or business on the  A380
For example: Premium on Qantas A380 has a recline of 38 to 42 inches while Business on the Qantas 737-400 only has a recline of 35 - 37 inches.
Check seatguru.com while checking out your flight possiblities. On the Qantas website if you click on the flight number it tells you what plane.

#17 sammyv

Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

If you are doing a day flight go Premium but if it is over night go business.






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.