I’m guilty. I’m one of those people on every long, international flight who has looked upon the business class travelers wishing with envy that I had their spacious seats and extra leg room without the awkwardness of elbow-touching the complete stranger next to me.
Fortunately, I’ll be crossing a couple of things off of my bucket list during our current trip, including flying premium business class with LAN Airlines for our honeymoon!
Before flying in the premium business my best flight experiences were having row of 2-3 seats all to myself on multiple occasions to spread out and sleep during the 10 hour flights to and from Chile and the US. Then I thought I received an upgrade since that same route now takes off in Dreamliner (Boeing 787) where I’ve finally ended a flight feeling well rested (as far as flights go).
When I thought it couldn’t get any better for me, Francisco and I were upgraded to premium business on a Dreamliner for our honeymoon. This was one of my few travel moments where I’ve felt like a country girl (read as huasa
), traveling for the first time while Francisco smirked and giggled at my wonder of actually having comfortable space. ”Even if I stretch my legs out, there is still room in front of me! Storage room galore, insulating headphones, and a seat that reclines into a bed and lightly messages you! Comfort on a plane? Whaat?’’ …Yeah, that kind of thing.
As soon as we got settled, we were greeted by our hostess with a glass of champagne and mixed nuts as we chose our dishes for our 5 course meal and browsed their menu including a selection of some of the best wines in South America. Who can complain when there’s free wine on a plane?
Salad, gourmet cheeses, and soup.
Conger eel in abalone sauce and pureed celery root.
Frilled steak, Chiloé Island potatoes, and shitake mushrooms, and roasted squash.
Salad the following day before we landed.
Although this was by far the best flight experience, would I pay for this in the future (as opposed to being upgraded)? Probably not, unless it were marginally more expensive than regular tickets. Considering I usually pay $150-300 for standby tickets, I doubt that will ever happen since they usually run for a couple thousand dollars. Nonetheless, it was hands down the best flying experience thus far, and I’m glad I got to do it on such a special occasion.
The absolute best part about the flight was that I slept like a baby for about 7 hours with almost no noise and a comforter to keep me warm at night. By the time we landed, I was wide awake, refreshed, and ready to take on our first day in the Old World! This is a huge difference from a regular flight where I’m usually tired, aching, and running on self-motivation and high off of travelling.
So where are we celebrating our marriage?
We’ll be spending three weeks abroad heading to Venice, Florence, Rome, Athens, the Greek Island of Santorini, Istanbul, and Cappadocia with a bonus day in Frankfurt before making our way back to Santiago.
We’ve started on the right foot, so I’m hoping to keep this momentum going for the rest of the trip. On paper the trip sounds really easy and perfect, but like most trips, I know we’ll be exploring on foot to get to know the cities and not just the sites. This really translates into attempting to balance between experiencing as much as possible in a leisurely and relaxing fashion with exhaustion and imminent cultural overdoses. We’ll keep you posted on how it goes!
Interested in how we spent our honeymoon? Check out our travelogue here!