Business and First Class are both great choices. Especially when Business Class is becoming affordable for long-haul flights. If Business Class is so great, why fly First Class then? Except for the price (which in some cases is double the price for Business Class), there are more differences between them. Do you want to know what are 5 main differences between Business and First Class? Find them all further.
1st – Airport Lounges
Airport lounges per country differ, and in most cases, Business Class and First Class have separate lounge zones. The main difference between lounges is the facilities and the number of travelers who can enjoy them. The Business Class lounge is accessible to a broader audience. Except for Business Class travelers, frequent flyers, lounge members, any other passenger who paid an upgrade can use the lounge facilities.
First Class lounge is only open for First Class travelers. Apart from airport lounge access ticket, the facilities, menu, and service differ in both. More passengers can access the Business Class lounge, so more products and services are needed. Thus less service is provided and the less personalized the experience becomes. When it comes to First Class, everything is assigned, you will get a personalized selection of desired menu and drinks. Expect to get more attentive service and more privacy. Expect to have exclusive service at every step you make. Note that lounges for both vary from country and in some airports lounges may be merged for both classes.
2nd- Food & Drinks
Yet, both food menus are great and are upgraded very often, although the quality is different. First Class food menu is one step further. Every meal and drink served is either exclusive and selective, or rare. It has to be the best Champagne or Michelin Star Menu. Lately, Business Class of most of the airlines started to improve menus on board. More and more food options are available now: New Business Class Meals in 2018 Hence, Business Class food is not as luxurious as for First Class. What’s similar at both classes, is that food and drinks are complimentary and the options to choose from are large. The difference is only in the level of quality, tastes and how luxurious the food is.
Comparing seats at both classes is not hard since numbers don’t lie. To take the investigation further, not only the inches of seating were compared, but also the seating/sleeping options. Here you can see a comparison and the seatings by average width, pitch and % of Lie Flat/ Suite Seats (in 2015).
Almost all First Class has suite Seats, Business Class seats are a bit more than a half.
As you can imagine, when the flight is more than 5 hours, or even overnight, having a sleeping place is important.
Let’s discuss then the service, in-flight and before & after. When paying thousands for a flight, service must be an exception. What is the difference between the services in First Class and Business?
Both Business & First Class are getting complimentary food and drinks. Business Class service will be less personalized. Meaningless options are there. First Class is all about extra service, you might not even ask, but a flight attendant is already here.
During the flight, there are fewer people in the First Class cabin, comparing with Business Class. If Business Class was made for networking and building work connections. First Class was made to have everything for your own. The sleepsuits are not shared. Additionally, more staff are assigned to serve you.
After the flight, depending on the airline and route, most of the premium passengers will have a free chauffeur option. Do expect to have such as a First Class almost in every flight and ask if such an option is provided as a Business Class passenger.
5th- Extras and other perks
It is all defined in small details. All small amenity extras for both are free, the difference is in the quality and brand you receive.
First Class is all about serving the airline’s best and at every step you make during the journey. Amenity kits, which would be filled with luxury brands for First Class. Complimentary spa in the lounge while waiting for the flight. Pajamas on First Class is not something new. Everything is one step further comparing with Business Class.
Yet, Business Class also includes almost all these options, but less luxurious. Amenity kits would be less personalized and more often unisex. The brands are rather well-known, but not that often luxurious. Other small extras, such as pajamas are less common for Business Class Travelers. Hence, it is becoming more common to provide pajamas for Business Class, to find out which airlines provide pajamas, read our article Which Airlines Provide Pajamas in Business Class?
The Bottom Line
When choosing First Class or Business Class note that it differs from the: airline, destination and flight duration. It is different from airline to airline. Taking into account all the reasons mentioned above, First Class will always stay First in all its aspects.
On one hand, First Class is better in every aspect, starting from the ground service. On the other hand, Business Class is more affordable than First. It is known, that whoever traveled Business Class will never return to Economy. There are a hundred reasons why so. But if you go a level up, get unlimited extras and exceptional service, First Class is for you. It is all-inclusive and you do not need to worry about any small details which can ruin the journey. It is the perfect option for family and solo travelers. Business Class was made more for networking, work & travel lifestyle.
It is absolutely up to the traveler to choose the type of travel and Class. The destination city, departure airport, and purpose of travel may impact the choice. It is up you to choose which class to travel next. We will assure that in both, First and Business you will have a pleasant flight.