It seems that booking flights is always an afterthought to most vacations, you just do a search for the cheapest flight or use your favorite airline. Sometimes you want something more. For a special occasion or important work trip, traveling First or Business Class can be an important way to beat jet lag, or have a better traveling experience (see my previous blog post for more reasons why). Products differ greatly though so Nick Running Travel wants you to know from our personal experience the best and worst ways to travel to Europe from the west coast. This information isn’t just valuable for Europe though so in the coming weeks we will also publish our recommendations for Asia / Australia, NZ / South America / US East Coast
Best Business Class:
Air France 777 (SFO/LAX – Paris)
Air France has recently refurbished their 777’s to include new reverse herringbone seats which are currently the top of the line in privacy and comfort. Food and drinks on Air France are always top notch in keeping with their French heritage. Depending on final location this would be my preferred way to travel to Europe in business class.
American Airlines 777 (LAX – London)
American may not always have the best service, food or drinks, however the seats more than make up for it on this flight. Flying overnight to Europe means that you lose a whole evening, luckily with Americans new refurbished seats on their 777, that means you get a full flat bed with lots of storage space that lets you relax and wake up rested.
Delta A330 (SEA – Amsterdam)
Delta is the Americas best airline in terms of service (vs American or United), but unfortunately they currently don’t have the best seats for sleeping besides the newly released A350 (which currently only flies to Asia). The best seats Delta currently flies to Europe is on their A330 which as of now they only fly to Amsterdam from Seattle on the West Coast.
Best First Class:
Air France 777 (LAX – Paris)
Air France didn’t just recently refurbish their business class but also first class. The seats are super luxurious with a curtain that you can close for complete privacy. Air France’s first class lounge in Paris also has a restaurant by 3 Michelin star chief Alain Ducasse. Guests are taken to their airplane by private car and escorted on-board from plane-side.
Lufthansa A380 (SFO/LAX – Frankfurt)
Lufthansa has a great on-board first class experience but what really separates its product from other airlines is its own terminal for passengers in Frankfurt. That’s right first class passengers have a completely separate terminal, with security and immigration all done there. In fact for a small fee they will even send over the authority to process your VAT refunds prior to departure. While waiting passengers can access a full restaurant and cigar room, all included. Hard to beat that!
These recommendations are of course subjective, and while I would feel comfortable recommending these flights to anyone, personal preferences vary. Nick Running Travel would be happy to recommend flights for your itinerary that are customized to your preferences and needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us.