My first ever long haul flight was when I moved to the US from the Philippines. It was a total of 24 hours travel time, with the MNL-SFO leg as the longest. Safe to say it was brutal.
Flying economy for more than 6 hours is probably one of the most physically stressful experiences for me. It’s just uncomfortable, not ergonomic at all, and I’m sure it’s somehow bad for your health. I’m not trying to sound like a spoiled brat here; it’s just really such a toll for the body.
Fast forward to March 2019 when I had to take an emergency trip to the Philippines and decided to book business class for my return flight. As usual I flew with Delta and was it worth it? It was.
First of all, I like flying with Delta cos (1) WIFI. Yes it’s a big deal for me since it allowed to me to still do some work while up in the air. (2) I like stopping in Japan. It’s just such an interesting place. So business class, yes. The MNL-NRT leg was nice. They got 180-degree recliners, own pod, and more comfort. Cool. The NRT-ATL flight though..I had a suite! Delta One suites, I think? I had my own privacy door. So. Much. Space. Pillows. Blankets. Space everywhere. A friend who always flies with Qatar Airways keep telling that their Q Suites are the best blah blah, but that means around 36 hours of traveling because of long layovers in Dubai. Not for me. Delta though, it’s the perfect balance of time and price, for me.
FOOD. OKAY so another thing I like about business class is the lounge access. I made sure to go to every lounge in my layovers. The Manila one was meh..okay. Japan’s lounge WAS AMAZING. ALL THE FOOD. OMG. JAPAN. Unfortunately we were delayed and I only had around 25 minutes to spend in Atlanta BUT this girl is going to make the most out of this trip. IT WAS GREAT TOO! They had a bar, lots of food, comfortable seats, and there was a dog 🙂 ALL WORTH IT. The on-board meals were awesome, too! I kept sending photos to my friend cos it was like food kept coming.
My photos aren’t great at all but I’ll share them anyway.
And here’s a video:
So is business class worth it? For me it was. I probably would not do it again but I think it’s worth doing it at least once for a long haul flight. Airlines would not let you upgrade one leg of your trip only, they’re smarter than that.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spare for flights, one time is fine but make sure to make the most of the experience. Get food, get drinks, use the lounge, use the vanity kits, everything. You paid for it anyway. Don’t bother doing business class if it’s only a domestic flight, not worth it and you won’t even get the same perks.
I know Delta is not the best airline out there but I do like flying with them for my Manila trips. They got WiFi, the routes are good, crew is friendly, on-board movies are great, total travel time is good, and overall experience had been great so far.