Better Business Class $$$ Value: Day or Night Flights?

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euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

Better Business Class $$$ Value: Day or Night Flights?

I am flying Oman Air Biz Class in December and I am reallly excited due to the reviews and awards these guys have been winning for Business Class. I am hoping for an amazing experience as its my first Business Class flight and more importantly its the flight that will be carrying me in style to my new home - EUROPE!

Since booking my flights, my obsession with Airline travel/Business class has deepened and it suddenly dawned on me - perhaps I made a mistake selecting the day flight, for some of the following reasons:

1). After receiving my email confirming the booking, it appears the Meal service is listed as Lunch and Snack and no dinner.

2) Wouldnt it be far more enjoyable to utilize a fully flat bed on a night flight?

3) I am thinking the magic of a more dimly lit cabin/stars/darkness is more appealing than bright daylight.

4) Why pay for the pleasure of an amazing flat bed when a day flight would mean you'd be less likely to sleep.

Ps- I wont be sleeping much of it anyway. I want to enjoy and experience every nuance of the service. Kinda feel its silly to pay so much to sleep all the way through it!

Unless you do it regularly for Business reasons :)

What do you prefer? What are the pro's and con;s? Which option holds more value for you?

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

Oh, I must add that the flights departing later and returning to bangkok usually include lunch, dinner and breakfast.

Gosh, I must sound like a real scrooge eh? lol

tronek

Velocity Platinum

Member since 10 May 2013

Total posts 93

Eat well in the lounge before your flight, and it won't matter whether they serve 2 or 3 meals on the flight. You won't be able to eat it all anyway!

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

That means I have to get up off my butt and find my food lol. Id rather it served to me while I lie down like a king :)

 

wozcor1

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 28 Jul 2013

Total posts 88

Day flight is good. I did BC with Cathay from HKG > LHR in their renovated seats. I felt like I was at the theatre too and didn't want to miss anything. It was like a kid being at a circus. Trust me though you will use the flatbed. I did. I pressed every button (like willy wonka and the glass elevator)..

Propofol88

QF Platinum

Member since 24 Jan 2013

Total posts 85

Last year I flew SIN-ADL business class with SQ and I felt a bit ripped off when a late supper wasn't offered on the red eye flight. For the 7 hr flight, only breakfast was served prior to landing and this wasn't of any good as I didn't eat much in the lounge prior to take off from SIN. And being booked to fly MEL-SIN in a couple months in SQ first class, I also noticed that they give you the option of either a late supper OR breakfast on the red eye out of MEL (and NOT both breakfast and supper - stingy given that I paid handsomely for the flight!). I suppose if you want value for money when it comes to food, from my experiences take a day flight.

You'll be able to nap on the day flight as they generally dim the cabin lights and get you to pull down the window shades.  

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Aug 2011

Total posts 384

On SQ - If you want more food just ask for it (even in Y they'll wander off and find something).

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

Total posts 218

There is no value for money when it comes to business class travel. The food is ok - great considering you're on a plane, but if you want value you're better off spending the money at a top restaurant. If you calculate the incremental price difference between a business ticket and economy ticket, then divide it by the number of meals you're served, what does that come to? $500+ per meal? 

Business class is nice, but you'll likely be disappointed if you expect to be treated like a king. Service is far better at a nice restaurant or 5 star hotel. 

If I was paying for business class myself - I would be happy to pay if I am flying overnight when it is important I get a good nights sleep for meetings. If I am flying during the day, its nice to get upgraded but I wouldn't pay for it because I could spend that money on hotels and restaurants. 

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

I understand what your saying. The first and main reason I booked bizz class was for the comfort and fully Flat bed. Also, its my mums 60th and dads 80th birthday present, so us kids chipped in to send them to Italy bizz class as theyve always flown cattle class. Fully flat bed and comfort is the caje, good service and food is the icing.  

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

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euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

The longest flight ive flown as an adult was 4.5hrs to perth in cattle class. I hattttted every second. I was literally squirming lol. The cramped seats, the irritating people. Never again. Thankfully when im living in europe the djstances are smaller so i wont mind suffering for 1 to 2hrs, especially when its a 20pound flight

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

i fly buisiness about 50 days a year with all different airlines,mostly long haul,a day flight is always better as you can fully utalise the service being provided,night flights you tend to have a meal and then the lights go down and every one is put to bed,a great waste concidering the cost.i alwas go for day flights,even if it means going with different airlines on each leg.hope this helps

euroboy1977

Member since 13 Aug 2013

Total posts 92

That does help as you've made some great points.

This wont be my last Bizz flight. Once I move to London I intend flying to New York regularly, but I want to stick with the one airline so as to maximise my points.

From what I can see, Virgin Atlantic's business class product and lounges look amazzzzzing and its mostly about $2200AUD return most times of the year. Plus they've recently added High Tea to the Menu.

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

Vigin Atlantic is a great  airline and their clubhouse at heathrow is the best lounge in the world

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

Day or night - does not matter, because you want to sleep. Not because you are sleepy, but because you like to adjust to new time (heck, it is 10+ hours!) as quick as possible. Even if you not going to sleep, you have far better chances to arrive more like a human after 20+ hours journey if you travel in comfort and not kill 1 or even 2 days of your life for recovery. Food on plane still inferious, it is better to eat in lounge and sleep more on plane. YMMV.

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