Travelling long distances at the back of the plane is a challenge. Here are tips to ease your pain.
1 Adjust your expectations. If you are used to being pampered in business class, recognise that in economy you won’t be. Making the best of what you have is the way to survive. Forget the “Do You Know Who I Am” attitude – it isn’t attractive even among premium passengers.
2 At check-in, ask if there are any spare seats and, if so, whether you can move so that one of them is next to you – giving you more room to spread out.
3 Build status with your airline and alliance of choice – this will increase your chance of an upgrade and provide you with lounge access before the fight.
4 Invest in Priority Pass membership (US$399/`25,800 annual fee for unlimited visits) – lounge access is good for loading up on food and drink before boarding if you travel in economy often.
5 Buy a bottle of water once air side to have on board.
6 You may enjoy ignoring fellow passengers in business class – after all, it’s all about space and privacy – but in economy, being polite to the person you are rubbing shoulders with for ten hours-plus is the best advice. You don’t have to tell each other your life story, but the odd smile and remark will help make the enforced proximity a lot more bearable.
7 Pay for an exit or bulkhead seat. On a long-haul might the cost is worth it, particularly if you are tall.
8 Seat choice is personal. If you don’t want to be disturbed and are con dent about not wanting the bathroom on a regular basis, then window seats are for you. If you like getting up and stretching, then an aisle seat will be the better choice. Avoid middle seats at all costs.
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