Your BFF is hosting a last-minute ladies’ weekend in Miami, but as you’re doing the math on airfare costs, you notice: A first-class ticket shockingly costs only about $200 more than flying coach. Sure, it’s a splurge–but is it worth it?
Here, five reasons it just might be.
1. YOU NEED TO TAKE A CAB TO THE AIRPORT
Nowadays, a lot of airlines actually provide first-class passengers with a complimentary ride to the airport, a service that usually sets you back $50 to $100. And not just any ride: Some airlines (like Delta) offer VIP pickups in cars ranging from a Mercedes-Benz to a Porsche or Cadillac, depending on the airport.
2. YOU’RE PLANNING TO CHECK A BUNCH OF BAGS
Think about it: At $30 a bag per each leg of the trip, you could end up shelling out an extra $90 in baggage fees alone. Most first-class tickets come with one of the best air travel perks there is: free bag check.
3. YOU ALWAYS BUY FOOD (AND DRINKS) ON THE PLANE
Put your credit card away: When you fly first class, dinner and unlimited Sauv Blanc typically comes included with the ticket price. First-class folks also have access to an exclusive airport lounge with–wait for it–more free booze and delicious snacks.
4. YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH YOUR KIDS
Hello, VIP: Major US airlines will soon offer onboard nannies to first class passengers (international carrier Etihad Airways already does). Hard to put a price on that, right?
5. YOU’RE ALL ABOUT STATUS
Sure, miles are great and all, but booking a first-class ticket helps you accumulate “status points” at a much faster rate. Those points can be put toward airfare, upgrades and more, which means you can vacation more often and still save cash. Boom.