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Economy Class vs. Business Class: What Are the Differences?

Out of the 1.4 billion people that travel yearly, only a small percentage travels in business class. Whether traveling for a vacation or on a business trip, you might wonder if you should use those extra miles and upgrade to business class. Especially for long-haul flights, the extra space may seem quite tempting. But is it that different from the economy?

The Price (Obviously)

Business class costs two to five times more than economy class. This applies to regular tickets and award tickets. Some might even say they’re on the same plane going to the same destination, so why does the business class cost so much more? Well, that’s because, in business class, you pay for the amenities and perks. Even though, in general, you can expect to pay at least twice as more for a business class seat, the pricing will vary between airlines.

The Legroom & Seats

The legroom and reclining seats are the primary reason why people go for business class. Business class seats recline an average of extra 8 inches than economy class seats. However, this can vary from airline to airline. The seat is roughly the same for economy class regardless of the airline.

man sitting in a window seat on business class

The Food & Drinks

Business class usually has a menu of fine wine and cocktails you can order from your seat. There are gourmet meals served on fine china and crystal. The economy class has a fixed menu with choices between different meats and vegetarian options. Mostly, non-alcoholic drinks and beverages like tea, soft drinks, etc., are complimentary in economy class.

Even the Boarding Is Different

There are clear differences between economy and business class when it’s in the air, but there are differences in the ground services for both. Business class has its check-in counter, and people flying in the business class board first. Some airports also have different priority lanes at security checks for business class. Their luggage also comes before the economy class.

economy class passengers boarding a flight

Mileage Accrual and Redemption

The decision to fly economy or business class also affects mileage accrual and redemption. Some airlines reward 125-200% more points or miles to business class travelers. You can redeem these miles/points in some frequent flier programs to upgrade from economy to business class. In other programs, you’ll be able to redeem these points for perks.

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