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Business class travel long haul

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Business class travel long haul

We normally travel economy class but having flown 8 hrs to Antigua with ba it has buggered my lower back. We don’t have plans to travel immediately but long term it looks like I am ok to use my back cushion and go economy to Europe if we want but we do want to go back to Oz and Hawaii (separate holidays I think). Which is the cheapest business class or best way to get to these where I can lay flat for most of the trip with my partner with me.

I seen sky ouch but how does the seatbelt thing work if seat belt stay on. Surely this is uncomfortable?

We would possibly stop Singapore on way to oz and maybe Thailand or Bangkok coming back? Or fiji

Any help greatly appreciated

Preston, United...
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1. Re: Business class travel long haul

The cheapest flights from the UK to OZ are probably on the Chinese airlines - one stop somewhere in China depending on the airline. I've not used them but the consensus seems to be that the aircraft are very good, as they are all pretty new but that service can be a little unpolished and the transit airport experience is not the best.

I believe China Airlines now also fly via Taipei - this might be a better standard but I don't know about price.

The airline I will be using on Sunday out to AKL and back from SYD is Korean via Seoul. We did this two years ago and it was excellent - great service, flat beds, one the world's best transit airports at ICN and keen pricing. We are paying £2,650 each, less than some other airlines' Premium Economy. It's very quick on the way out but on the way back you need an overnight at ICN, but Korean pays for a night at the airport Hyatt.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Business class travel long haul

+1 for what John said.

Also check out KLM - we got a great deal with them in business flying Etihad on all of the long legs between Sydney and Europe. Mind you, the food on the KLM leg beat Etihad (and IME Cathay Pacific) hands down!

Edinburgh, Scotland
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A great forum for Business class bargains is flyertalk.com/forum/premium-fare-deals-740/ they really do find some astounding offers, regularly. You'll need to brush up on "air travel" speak as they are not renowned for longhand - but it's usually well worth it.

The answer will be different for travel in different directions, For OZ or NZ the asian carriers fare well and often repositioning to depart from elsewhere helps (e.g OSL- CPH - ARN) , for HNL & OGG there was a cracker from BA/AA last year when departing from Cairo, £1660 rtn earning 66,000 miles in the process, not bad for a business class return to Hawaii ;-)

Usually, going west, there are good business class deals during the xmas holidays, often from Dublin, as the economy cabin fills up with tourists and gets more expensive, the business cabin is put on offer to help fill it. I tend to scour on https://www.google.co.uk/flights/ (but don't click any links) as it can search up to 5 departure airports to 5 arrival at once, it also has a flexible dates calander to help find cheap date combinations.

I would start by getting used to the flyertalk forum, it really is their mission in life to never miss an "offer" ;-)

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4. Re: Business class travel long haul

Personally, when it comes to value for money, I'd say EVA Air (transfer through Taipei and on to Brisbane) is unbeatable.

Terrific lie flat Business class product (which Is what I'm currently saving miles for) and competitively priced (usually about £2,500 for a return from London to Brisbane.

Do check it out.

I believe they can also fly you to BKK

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5. Re: Business class travel long haul

It also depends where you want to fly from in the U.K.

For me flying from EDI, getting business saver fares on Etihad works best. Perhaps not the absolute cheapest but quickest duration since it's only 1 connection with them and 2 minimum with everyone else

Surbiton, United...
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6. Re: Business class travel long haul

What is a sky ouch? If you are wondering about using the seat belt in a lie flat seat, then their is no problem. You do the belt up over your duvet and it does not have to be tight, just secure enough to stop you damaging the cabin roof if the aircraft hit very bad turbulence during your kip!

Your profile mentions that you live in "England". Well their are a lot of airports in "England" that offer flights to Australia. You need to be more specific! I personally think that the purpose of flying in something better than third class is for the comfort. I personally would not find bouncing round the world's airports with lots of layovers and long total journey times as "comfortable". My criteria is what is the shortest flight route with the fewest stops then who offers the lowest prices.

Us old pensioners need to major on comfort and sod the expense as I hope you agree!

Kansas City...
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7. Re: Business class travel long haul

The goal is the least cost business class with lie flat seats. Other factors are at play but if lie flat seats are the priority focus on nothing else. An alternative to business class is a trip with multiple stop overs to recover between flights and multiple flights of not more than 8 hours. The Chinese airlines are not an issue and the planes for the Chinese airlines are more often than not newer planes and newer planes will have more comfortable seats more often than not. No free lunch. Business class for long haul flights is expensive.

Kerikeri, New...
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8. Re: Business class travel long haul

If you are in the uk, then why not have a chat with someone from trail finders, who specialist in Australia or nz travel. They are reliable too.

Leicester, United...
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A second vote for telephoning Trailfinders business class department. They have many branches all over the UK. Reading between the lines it sounds to me like you would benefit from good advice and professional help.

southern england
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10. Re: Business class travel long haul

Air india is the cheapest with Dreamliner from heathrow with full flat bed , but very basic service by all accounts , but at just under £2k return maybe worth a look.