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#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 dadwasathome

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 VeritasVinum

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.






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