Bucket List #53: Fly First Class

I had seen this item on plenty of bucket lists, so thought I would add it in too. In 2010, I was able to experience the luxury of flying first class. The catch is though, while I did fly first class, I didn’t pay first class prices (good connections). Not that my method of acquiring impacted the experience in any way. Wow. Wish I did have the money to do it again. Bit of a tease really. I was able to fly first class from Sydney to London and back – what a dream!

“Would you like a champagne Miss?” or “Would you like to change into your pajamas before or after we take off?”

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The choice of food was excellent… no microwave dinners for me! On the way back, we trialled a new degustation menu and I’m not sure if it was the altitude or the several glasses of matching wines, but I thought it was ffffaaaann-tassstic!!

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And the best part – a flat bed. When ever you want it made up, the come a long and set it up, doona and all. While they did this, I took the opportunity to put on my pyjamas. I kept the pants and still sleep in them. So comfy! The little complimentary toiletries were better than most hotels I’ve stayed at. This experience really spoilt me.

"Would you like a champagne Miss?" or "Would you like to change into your pajamas before or after we take off?"

I lied. The best part is accessing fast-track lines. No queuing at immigration or customs, priority boarding and disembarking. Plus your bags are waiting for when you get to the luggage carousel. All that was missing was a nice a chauffer waiting for me with my name on a sign. Is that worth $12,000??? Perhaps not, but the incentive to upgrade to Business Class is certainly there.

While I can’t see myself getting such a fantastic opportunity again anytime soon, I really hope to enjoy it again one day. I can only imagine what it would be like to fly first class on the A380 or the Dreamliner.

What’s on your bucket list?

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