Room to move and space to relax are the name of the game with Fiji Airways’ newly-expanded ‘My Bubble’ and ‘My Island’ inflight upgrade options, now available on select long-range international flights to and from Nadi.
The My Bubble upgrade, available from 72 hours prior to departure, allows you to reserve the economy seat next to yours, so that it remains vacant and you can enjoy some additional personal space.
My Island extends this to booking out an entire row of three seats, with a mattress topper, larger pillow and extra blanket provided.
This is Fiji Airways’ answer to Air New Zealand’s famous Skycouch, which itself is seeing an evolution to the Kiwi carrier’s upcoming Skynest lie-flat bunk bed from 2024.
Fiji Airways CEO and Managing Director Andre Viljoen explained to Executive Traveller that the two new products are part of a broader fine-tuning since the carrier resumed overseas flights in December 2021, alongside a revamped international menu focusing on ‘island fare with flair.’
The two Fijian seat upgrades are available on long-range routes including the daily A350 from Nadi to Los Angeles and San Francisco – a 10+ hour journey where any extra space is appreciated – in addition to the Nadi-Vancouver route.
How to book My Bubble and My Island
Pricing for both My Bubble and My Island are based on flights and availability, though the airline offers no guide on what you might pay. That said, Executive Traveller recently received an email alert for My Bubble on a Brisbane-Nadi flight showing availability from FJD$109 (AUD$74).
Travellers can check eligibility for the My Bubble upgrade at the Fiji Airways website from 72 hours up until 4 hours prior to travel. If available, they can then select one adjacent seat (or all seats in the row, in the case of My Island) and make their payment, before receiving a confirmation via email.
If you leave your run too late, My Bubble can also be purchased when airport check-in opens (3 hours prior to departure) if available.
There are a couple of requirements though: you must be flying on a Fiji Airways operated flight, and have a confirmed ticket document number that starts with 260.
Fine print also reveals tickets purchased using rewards, redemption tickets, free tickets, ID discounts, AD discounts and infant tickets are ineligible, as are those on a group booking.
Fiji Airways currently offers twice-daily flights from Sydney to Nadi on its flagship Airbus A350 – boasting an impressive business class with features that rival some of the world’s best – in addition to five flights a week from Melbourne and Brisbane on the 737 MAX 8.