We decided to try Virgin for the first time in decades. Our first time with them was excellent, but we hadn't used any of their routes over the years, so this was a good opportunity to try them again, but this time in premium economy. We had to stay overnight at Gatwick, so were able to use their facility for checking bags the night before, which was excellent.
The space is easy to identify with massive logos visible from the drop-off forecourt, and once in the terminal, there are numerous signs with the various check-in counters, as well as an abundance of self-service units. Service at the counter is probably the weakest element during this flight experience — it is totally efficient, but there are no niceties, and I am simply directed to look at the information screens for my gate allocation at the service closing. Boarding begins minutes before departure with priority customers called first.
Luckily, I love flying and I especially love experimenting with different classes of service, from Economy to First Class in order to share what the real-life experience of flying with particular airlines is actually like. Thankfully though today I want to share an extremely positive experience I recently had when I flew in the Premium Economy cabin on a Virgin Atlantic flight. More and more longhaul airlines are offering this additional class of service as yet another option to passengers who want to enjoy a little bit more comfort during their flying experience.
Please refresh the page and retry. B ridging the gap between business and cattle class is premium economy. This once novel concept is now increasingly being adopted by airlines that are seeing financial benefits in offering passengers that little bit more comfort for a little bit more money.
Premium economy can be a spacious and relatively luxurious way to fly long-haul. Or it can be a pinched and overpriced experience that leaves you feeling ripped off. So how much extra do you have to pay, and what do you really get for your money?
My partner Paul and I recently went to London for a long weekend and for the first time for us both, we flew Virgin Atlantic. Neither of us sleep very well on planes, so we generally try to fly business or first using frequent flyer miles when we travel internationally. My guess is that Premium Economy was introduced because so many companies stopped being willing to pay for Business.
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Read the Sleep Council's top tips for catching some zzz's onboard. We've asked the experts at The Sleep Council for their professional advice on how to get more sleep while you're in the air. Whether you're enjoying the mood lighting in Economy, stretching out in Premium, or bedding down in your Upper Class flat bed, we have three tailored guides full of useful information to help you get a good flight's rest.