I've only ever flown coach for 32 years, but I just splurged on my first international business class trip - and it was as good as flying United gets
- I have only ever flown coach for 32 years.
- But I'm pregnant and needed to take a red-eye flight for a business trip to Germany, so I decided to drop $829 on a last-minute upgrade from coach to business class.
- It's definitely the best flying experience I've ever had, although I wouldn't say it lived up to the hype.
As a New Jersey resident who flies a few times a year for work, mainly in and out of the Newark airport, I am subjected to many United Airlines flights.For 32 years, I've always flown coach. I can never justify spending a few thousand dollars extra for fleeting comfort.
But every time I roll my suitcase past the business passengers to my seat in the back of the plane, I stare longingly.
They look so happy, curled up in their cushy chairs, sipping champagne and scotch, surrounded by fluffy bedding. They know they will de-board better rested and with fewer neck cramps than the rest of us.
Finally, I had an opportunity to peek behind the blue, class-dividing curtain.
I had to take a business trip to Germany. But I'm pregnant, and for $829 I could upgrade from coach and guarantee a seat in United's Polaris business class for my red-eye flight.
It was about $100 extra an hour. So I said, "Screw it!" and treated myself.Off I went, on a nonstop flight from Newark to Berlin, swaddled in Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and a 180-degree reclining bed.
Here's what it was like to finally fly business class after 32 years in coach: