I’ve flown all over the world the past 3 years writing this blog, and I’ve learned a thing or two about how to make my flight experience the best it possibly can be.
Now if you’re like me, and weren’t born rich or have a super high-paying job, you need to learn how to get the First Class experience without paying the First Class price.
I’ve put together a list of my favorite tricks I’ve learned over time, and regardless if you’re flying coach or First Class, these tips will make your next long flight an absolute pleasure.
Here’s the first one, I just used it on a JetBlue flight from New York to Anguilla.
When I was checking in, the flight attendant told me that if you’re traveling as a couple, don’t book your seats right next to each other…
Instead, she said, “select the aisle seat and the window seat leaving the middle seat open.”
If you’re lucky, nobody will book the middle seat. If the plane is not full, this is a big possibility.
This works best if you’re booking for a premium seat (more legroom, etc.) because nobody wants to spend extra money to sit in the middle seat.
So if you do this, and worst case scenario, someone does have the middle seat. Just ask them to switch. It’s worked 100% of the time for me. People would always prefer to sit in the window or aisle instead of a middle seat anyway.
Coming up next: How to Use Points to Book a First Class Flight for Free
Learn How to Use Your Points to Book a First Class Flight
First of all, NEVER, EVER use your points for a flight within the United States.
If you want to experience ultra-luxury, the best use of your points is ALWAYS flying Internationally. This flight below, on Singapore Airlines, cost me just 107,500 miles.
I’ll go into more detail on how to actually book a Super First Class flight using points, but the starting point now is to get yourself an awesome points-earning card.
The best one on the market now is the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
It earns 3x points on dining and travel. So if you get the card, and book your flight on it, you earn 3X points.
The next best card only earns 2X points, so this is a huge deal.
Also, when you sign up and spend $5,000, you get 100,000 points. That’s almost enough points to get the flight on Singapore Suite Class. It does carry a $450 annual fee, but it totally pays for itself.