Many companies offer their employees the ability to fly business class for work-related travel, and the majority of employees are happy to take advantage of the opportunity. After all, business class offers more comfortable space, leg room, and more food and drink options. Additionally, many airlines provide lounges and quicker check-ins for business class travelers.
That said, not every company can afford to send their employees in business class. This is especially true for employees who need to travel frequently, as the additional costs can add up quickly. You may be wondering how you can make the best of an economy flight, especially if you have a longer flight.
Thankfully, we've got you covered. There are actually a number of ways that you can make economy class work to your advantage and to the advantage of your company. Let's take a look at the top four reasons business travelers shouldn't overlook flying economy.
One of the primary drawbacks of flying in economy class is the lack of space. You have little leg room, and it's not always easy to get comfortable in your seat. This is much less of a problem in business class, where you can stretch out, relax, and take a nap to feel rejuvenated.
However, as strange as it may seem, you can actually use this mild discomfort to your advantage.
If you're like most people, it can be difficult to fall asleep or relax in a cramped economy seat. If you can't get comfortable or fall asleep, why not get some work done? Many airlines offer WiFi (usually for a fee), or you can do your work offline.
In any case, one of the best ways to make a long flight in economy feel short is by rolling your sleeves up and busting out the spreadsheets.
2. Cost benefits.
Obviously, one of the primary reasons companies choose economy over business is the cost. Your employer can actually save thousands of dollars by switching to economy flights for the long-term. That said, you may be wondering how that benefits you.
After all, if the company is paying for the trip, it doesn't affect you either way, right?
Wrong. Cutting costs and saving money are two things that pretty much every business wants to do.
Don't let your willingness to fly economy go unnoticed. The next time you're up for a promotion or raise, remind your boss that you've helped save the company a lot of money by flying in economy class.
3. Economy plus (premium).
If you simply miss the space and comfort of business class too much, you may be able to negotiate a place in the economy plus section (often referred to as "premium economy"). While each airline varies in the amenities and perks associated with premium membership, economy plus is generally a hybrid between business and economy class.
For example, many airlines offer priority check-in to economy plus travelers. Additionally, these seats generally come with more space, better food and entertainment options, and even WiFi. If your company wants to save on costs without depriving you of too many luxuries, economy plus is the way to go.
4. Free amenities.
While it's easy to complain about the lack of space and uncomfortable seats in economy class, there are also a lot of perks. This is especially true on international flights, where economy passengers are given more amenities like free food, drinks, blankets, and headphones.
Most economy class flights now include private entertainment screens for each passenger (though this doesn't apply to many shorter domestic flights). You can listen to music, watch a movie, or even play simple games using the touch screen in front of you. Finally, many economy class flights include charger ports for your phone or laptop, so you can keep yourself busy and/or entertained for the entire trip.
Though most business travelers prefer the perks of business class, many companies simply don't have the resources to pay for it. However, this doesn't mean that your flight has to be miserable. Whether you want to get some work done or distract yourself with the free in-flight entertainment, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of your economy flight.