Flying in Style

We all have our lucky days.  The day I flew back home to Manila is one of my luckiest ever.

I was nervous checking in at Heathrow Airport in London, as my luggage is overweight (about 12 damn kilos over).  I was trying to check in 2 suitcases (incidentally, the smaller one was filled with shoes -- no joke!  I'm Filipino and definitely Imeldific to a degree).  For my hand luggage, I hid my netbook in my handbag and my SLR was slung over my shoulder.

But instead of asking me to pay over $400 dollars for the extra kilos in my luggage, the ground staff told me that I could just take my shoe-tcase (suitcase, geddit? lollll I crack myself up), to the cabin with me.  Excellenttttt!  Maybe it was because I was early, or maybe it was because I'm petite and it wouldn't have made a difference weight-wise on the plane, but who the heck cares?  As long as they didn't ask me to pay or take stuff out my luggage, I'm perfectly satisfied.

Imagine my surprise as my plane took off for Hong Kong that my seatmate didn't arrive.  Yay! More room to stretch in during that gruelling 12-hour flight!

As I was walking out of the plane and towards the terminals in Hong Kong airport, several Chinese ground staff were hollering for people taking the next Manila flight.  I then noticed my name printed out on a bulletin board behind them.  I became nervous for a moment, because I'd thought I'm going to be questioned by Immigration or something.  It's a paranoid thought, I know!

Imagine my shock when one of the ladies handed me a new boarding pass which had BUSINESS CLASS stamped on it.

Oh happy day!!! I'd been upgraded!

So how does flying business class feel like?  Let me just show you.

The best thing about it is the privacy and the amazing leg room.  *sigh*  All you can see are your neighbours' feet, though.  Not exactly a pretty sight, but so what, eh?

And your seat may be customised in a myriad of ways through buttons on the bottom right corner of the photo.  I've never seen such a complicated chair in my life!

I guess you'd be too comfortable to even bother looking out the window -- because you can't.

You get proper glasses, napkins and cutlery during mealtimes, unlike the cheap plastic ones you get in economy.

And you can put  your feet up the whole flight.  Blisssss.

The trouble is, the flight from Hong Kong to Manila only takes less than 2 hours -- which is barely enough time to enjoy the whole experience.  Bummer, I know.  I can only wish this happens every time I take a long-haul flight!


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Krissy said...

Oh wow, lucky you, Emz! So jealous LOL!

Although yeah, I wish it will happen on longer flights next time! :)

June 25, 2011 at 10:21 PM
TJ Panganiban said...

I read in your other post that you were shocked that it was this hot in Manila. Well, I guess all that luck you experienced flying home was offset by all the heat. Still, I want to ride an airplane on an international destination. And if I can, I want to do it alone, just like you.

June 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Emz said...

Krissy: I agree!! It certainly is a shame, but I prefer to have experienced it in a short time rather than not at all. :)

TJ: That might very well be true! haha! and yes, going through a long-haul flight is good alone, but it may be better if there was someone to cuddle to -- so always take your girlfriend along! Yiiii! XD

June 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM
conrad said...

Hi Emz,
What airline did you fly?? Did you take in the advantages of business class like ordering a wider selection of alcohol, or ask for some better amenities?? :) Looks so nice, hopefully you'll luck out again the next time you go to England :)

June 27, 2011 at 3:06 AM
Emz said...

cathay pacific! you know what, i was too distracted by the chair and forgot all about the alcohol! hahahaha!

but then again, my parents were picking me up at the airport and didn't really want them to see me drunk already at lunchtime, so i figured i did the right thing. bwahahaha

June 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Jessica said...

Hi Emz! Me eeez baaccck! Haha!

To fly business class is one thing, but to do it for free? You are one lucky B****, ya know that? haha! I've traveled, yes, but I've never been upgraded! Sana mangyari din to sa akin! Cos you know, x2 ng economy fare ang business class. In short, MAHAL!!! Oh the price of comfort!

June 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Emz said...

It happened to my mom a few years ago too, wudjabelieveit? hahaha! Could be your turn next! You're right though -- unless I become filthy rich, I don't think I'll ever be able to actually afford to pay business class. the price is ridiculous!

June 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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