It’s a fact…the hardest part of planning a trip is getting started. What airline is the best? What are the best accommodations? How long is the entire trip? And most important, how much is this going to cost?
The primary reason that I started this blog is to help others achieve their travel goals, eliminating the most expensive costs of the trip (the airline ticket and hotel), by using miles and points.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel as much as I would have liked during the past few months but with that being said, life is about setting goals!
Before the end of the year I want to review these 7 business class products (and hopefully more) with points. I am a little embarrassed to list some of these products that I haven’t flown but, again, it’s about setting goals and accomplishing them.
So, in no particular order, here are the 7 products I hope to fly before the end of the year:
#1: Qatar Airways 350-1000 Business Class
One word: Qsuites!
Qatar Airways has an a lot of different seats across their long haul fleet but is known for their incredible Qsuites business class (currently available on all A350-1000s, select A350-900s, 777-200s, and 777-300s).
I visit (or transit through) Doha many times per year but have never experienced the much acclaimed Q-suites and it’s a fact that’s hard to swallow. I have flown Qatar’s 777 “old” business class product (2-2-2 configuration) many times prior to starting my blog and although it’s not industry leading, it’s extremely comfortable.
Qsuites has been ranked best business class product in the world so this is a product that has been on my radar in the #1 position for some time. I’ll also have the opportunity to visit Doha which is one of my favorite cities in the world. #win-win
#2: Swiss Airlines 777-300ER Business Class
Swiss chocolate, Swiss fondue, the Swiss Army knife, Rolex Watches…name something the Swiss don’t do well. This is why I have high expectations for the Swiss business class product.
The aspect that I find most interesting is the seat configuration of 1-2-2 and then 2-2-1 for the following row. The single seat is known as the “throne seat” and is shown in the picture above. The throne seats are reserved for the elite frequent fliers (not me) but I’m going to try my hardest to review that seat.
#3: Air France 777-300ER Business Class
Similar to Swiss, Air France appears to be very chic and polished. This may be my perception but I complete these reviews to determine if my perception was correct (or very wrong).
On Air France’s 777-300ER aircraft, they have a total of 40 business class seats arranged in a reverse herringbone, 1-2-1 configuration and I’m looking forward to the review.
#4: Etihad Airways A330
In 2014 Etihad revealed the details of their stunning new A380’s which are arguably the most beautiful plane in the sky. And prior to 2014, I would argue that Etihad had a good reputation and was well regarded as an airline. They were innovative in terms of their onboard product and I considered them one of the world’s best airlines.
However, over the last few years they have experienced a decline unlike any other airline and I’ve largely forgotten about them.
Well, it’s time to change that. I am curious to see how their fleet has held up since I last flew them in (or around) 2015.
#5: Alitalia Airline 777
Alitalia has been on the brink of a financial collapse for years. You will not hear or see any “social media influencers” uploading videos to their blogs detailing the AMAZING Alitalia business class product and how it should be added to your bucketlist but that’s what intrigues me about Alitalia.
Additionally, it’s fairly easy to add Rome, Italy to your travels when in Europe so why not try it?
#6: Turkish 787-9 Business Class
I have flown Turkish Airlines many times (both economy and business) and I love their business class. Additionally, the airline recently took delivery of their first 787-9 featuring an all new business class.
787’s are also referred to as “dreamliners.” The cabins are state of the art with, both, cabin pressure and humidity higher than other airplanes. This cuts down on passenger fatigue, headaches, etc. and thus passengers don’t experience jet lag. Given the new business class product, good food, and lack of jet lag, I think it will make for a good review, yes? This is why it is on my list to review soon.
#7 Air France A350-900 Business Class
Recently, Air France also took delivery of their first A350-900, featuring an all new business class. While I’m a fan of the 350, the cabin can feel cramped depending on the seat configuration. Although these are the same seats that you’ll find in United Polaris, I’m curious to review this seat sooner than later as Air France began flying this plane on the Toronto (YYZ) – Paris CDG) route this past week.
As you can see, I have quite a few flights to book if I’m going to accomplish this before the end of 2019. Fortunately, over the last few days I’ve been researching different routes to make this all happen (hence the reason I haven’t posted a blog in a few days).
I also want to add that I am open to special requests. I want to focus on airline reviews that are beneficial to my readers. Let me know what airline review would be most beneficial to you.
Anyone have airline review requests for the end of the year or for the beginning of 2020?