With airlines around the world adding premium economy cabins, you can now fly long-haul in relative comfort for about 20 to 40 percent more than a full economy fare.
“Premium economy is ideally suited to anyone who wants to travel further and more often, without burning through a travel budget in a single trip. It is a practical option for business travelers whose corporate policies ban business class bookings, for small businesses, and for entrepreneurs,” opines a UNIGLOBE expert.
There’s more to premium economy class than extra legroom, luggage allowance and priority boarding. To be sure that you’re enjoying the full premium economy experience in case you to choose to fly with an airlines that does offer one, ask yourself these four key questions:
1. Does your ticket buy a special seat?
This is a standard requirement for true premium economy. You should expect a wider seat with greater recline, leg rests and an adjustable head-rest. You should also expect more leg-room, but that is a common feature on economy-plus-but-not-premium-cabins.
2. How well will that movie play?
A larger (often better resolution) in-flight entertainment screen is another common feature of Premium Economy. Premium Economy seats are wider than standard economy seats so airlines have room to improve your cinematic experience.
3. Who else is in there?
The operative word in a premium economy cabin is “cabin”. It should be a relatively separate space, with dedicated service. Sometimes that means a secluded section at the front of Economy class, but most often there is full separation with a divider wall.
4. How much attention are you getting?
Airlines offering premium economy cabins, even some offering “plus,” will at least give you a little keepsake amenity kit for the journey, and often a dedicated menu. You should also expect special attention at the airport and in the cabin.
After all, you're paying for “premium,” so you should get your money’s worth.