The British Airways Club World-business class cabin with seats that open into a fully flat beds
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When traveling by air, most of us fly coach when we’re on our own dime. Occasionally, we’re fortunate enough to fly business class for work, if the trip is particularly long, or score a free travel upgrade. However, most of the time, we watch the lucky few seated in first class and feel envious of their comfortable seats and free drinks.

You know that first-class passengers enjoy a travel experience that’s completely different from the one you get in coach. However, you might not be aware of all the amenities available to the rich. Here are details on some of the most luxurious, over-the-top first-class cabins out there, so you can see what you’re missing.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines, headquartered in Singapore, flies to destinations all over the world, including Moscow and Zurich. A flight in its First Class SkySuites from Los Angeles, Calif., to Seoul, Korea, in December will cost you a whopping $10,400.

The onboard suites were created by Jean-Jacques Coste, a luxury yacht designer, and feature leather seats. Additionally, the space can be transformed into a dining area or lounging space and includes a separate bed. The space is self-enclosed and can be opened to accommodate two seats if you are flying with a partner.

Singapore Airlines has its own International Culinary Panel, and meals can be ordered on board or in advance. Food is served on Wedgwood china that is exclusive to Singapore Airlines.

To keep you entertained, flights feature more than 1,000 entertainment options, including music, movies and apps, which you can enjoy on your own 23-inch screen, complete with Bose noise-cancelling headphones. On some flights, you can even use Wi-Fi and messaging.

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Japan Airlines

On JAL, first-class tickets from New York City to Tokyo, Japan, in early December will cost you approximately $19,528. After a private check-in from the JAL Lounge, passengers can relax in fully reclining seats in their almost totally enclosed pods. The food is rumored to be amazing, with the airlisne offering both Japanese and Western menus, along with desserts from renowned chocolatier, Jean-Paul Hevin. Travelers can order food on board or prior to their flights.

For entertainment, a broad selection of movies and music is available, along with video games and digital Manga books. Different amenity kits for each leg of travel are designed by LOEWE and contain all your travel necessities. Travel wear constructed of odor-resistant fabrics and slippers is also offered.

JAL is based in Tokyo, Japan, and flies to 51 countries.

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

No need to book an Uber: your Virgin Atlantic Upper Class fare of $10,002 — from New York City to London in late December — includes a ride via chauffeur-driven car at both the start and end of your journey.

If you’re flying out of Heathrow, you can check in through Virgin’s Upper Class wing. Prior to departure from one of 10 Clubhouse locations, including Heathrow and Gatwick, you can hang out there until it’s time to board. The Clubhouses feature gourmet food and cocktails, and some locations even offer spa services. Plus, Heathrow has a Revivals lounge for freshening up after you land.

The ultra-comfortable seats aboard this airline transform into fully reclining beds, in case guests want to rest during their flights. When you wake up, be sure to take advantage of the in-flight internet, personal touch screen and gourmet food, available on demand. An amenity kit with travel-sized essentials is also provided.

Virgin Atlantic is based in Crawley, UK, and flies to multiple destinations, including Johannesburg, South Africa, and Delhi, India.

Etihad Airways

What does a $13,957 round-trip ticket from New York City to Mumbai, India, get you? Your own three-room apartment, aptly named, The Residence, for one thing. Each Residence suite features a permanent bed, made up by a highly trained butler, plus stylish pajamas, pillow mist and pulse point oil in your designer amenity kit to help you relax.

While on board, a personal chef will whip up multi-course meals and serve them to you on gold-plated Bernardaud porcelain. There is also a Cognac service and boutique wine list. Enjoy a glass while checking out the on-demand entertainment with your personal flat screen, noise-cancelling headphones and mobile and internet service.

Etihad is based in the United Arab Emirates and flies to dozens of destinations around the world, including Athens, Greece, and Auckland, New Zealand.


When you fly first class on Emirates, a chauffeur will bring you to and from the airport in 70 cities. Once at the airport, you will be granted speedy check-in service and access to the Emirates lounge, from which you board directly.

On board, the Emirates private suites ensure you can keep to yourself if you choose. Your seat converts to a flat bed. When you wake up, bring your Bvlgari designer toiletry kit and Timeless Spa products to the onboard shower spa (on certain flights), or use the Voya Skincare products that are available for your use. While each suite has its own bar, you can have a drink and a snack at the Onboard Lounge, which is available to First Class and Business Class passengers, if you’re feeling social.

If you’re hungry, you can order from the à la carte menu of regional dishes and dine with Robert Welch cutlery on Royal Doulton bone china plates. Wash down your meal with wine selected by a sommelier and enjoy a host of cocktails, champagnes, beers, spirits and hot and cold drinks. They also have fresh, detoxifying juices available.

For entertainment, there are more than 2,000 channels of movies, TV shows, sporting events, music and video games. You can create a personal playlist to suit your mood.

A round-trip First Flex Plus (flexible) ticket from Dallas/Fort Worth to Ghana in late December costs about $21,001. Emirates is based in Dubai and flies to many cities around the world, including Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Swiss Airlines

Your first-class ticket — which will run you $11,072 for a round-trip flight from Miami, Fla., to Zurich, Switzerland, in late December — guarantees you priority boarding and a relaxing experience in the lounge. You are also welcome to bring extra hand baggage and checked luggage, and the checked luggage will receive priority handling upon arrival.

Along with access to hundreds of TV shows and movies, the flight offers 400 CDs in your private listening/viewing station. There is also special content for children, and you can keep track of your flight progress thanks to the cameras on board.

You can eat whenever you are hungry, and depending on the time of year, a variety of Swiss and international delicacies await, including a selection from the Peninsula in Hong Kong. There are also different meal options throughout the year, such as seafood in February, caviar in May and white truffles in November.

As an added bonus, you can choose from six different designs for your amenity kit, which includes Zimmerli pajamas and La Prairie skincare products.

Swiss Airlines is based in Zurich, Geneva, and Basel, Switzerland, and flies to 102 destinations in 46 countries, including Vienna, Austria, and Porto, Portugal.

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British Airways

Once you check in, you can wait to board your flight in a British Airways lounge, which offers elegant dining. At London Heathrow and New York’s JFK, there are even spa services available.

Once you board, you’ll have your own private suite complete with a flat bed and duvet. There is plenty of storage for your belongings, and you will receive a gender-specific amenity kit, which includes cotton pajamas, slippers, socks and toiletries.

If viewing movies and TV shows on one screen isn’t enough, there’s actually a small hand-held screen and a flat screen, along with noise-cancelling headphones. The selection of content is quite broad, ranging from movies and TV shows to audio books, music and games.

The food menu is extensive and even includes a classic English afternoon tea. You can dine whenever you desire from the à la carte menu, which includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

British Airways is based out of London and flies to more than 180 destinations around the world, including Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Kathmandu, Nepal. A round-trip flight from New York City to London in late December will cost you about $16,365.


Lufthansa has hubs in Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Vienna. A round-trip, first-class ticket from Los Angeles to Munich will cost you around $13,600.

If you’re flying out of Frankfurt, valet parking and luxury lounges are available, and at many global destinations, a personal assistant will be on hand to accompany you through security and baggage. Once you board, your seat can be transformed from a working/lounging chair to a bed with a temperature-regulating duvet. An amenity kit is provided, and you have access to the First Class washrooms, which include spa-quality products for your use.

A variety of top chefs prepare the multi-course meals, and there is plenty of caviar to enjoy.

ANA, All Nippon Airways

Based in Tokyo, Japan, ANA serves dozens of destinations globally, including Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. A First Class, full flex (flexible) ticket from Houston, Texas, to Singapore costs around $20,000.

To better enjoy your time at the airport, take advantage of priority check-in and then relax in the ANA lounge until it’s time to board. On the plane in your semi-private cube, you will surely enjoy sitting with the cashmere and organic cotton lap rug or reclining with the duvet and mattress topper.

The menu features Japanese and European foods selected by “the Connoisseurs,” a group of renowned chefs from around the world. Your personal entertainment system includes movies, games, e-books, SKY LIVE TV and music.


First Class passengers aboard Qantas receive complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport, as well as assistance from “First Hosts” upon arrival at the airport. There is priority check-in and a First Lounge, which offers a gourmet menu, open or private seating and spa services.

Once in your Suite, you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out or even entertain a visitor, if you are traveling with a companion. And be sure to bring your appetite, as there will be an eight-course meal, plus á la carte options. All meals are designed by Chef Neil Perry, and sommeliers are available to recommend wines to accompany your meal. Feel free to snack or enjoy coffee, tea, wine or beer.

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For entertainment, you have a personal touch screen with hundreds of movies, TV programs, albums, radio stations and interactive games and maps. And when you are ready to sleep, the bed folds all the way down, and you are provided with a sheepskin mattress, pillows, blankets and a duvet. The luxurious, gender-specific amenity kit includes Aurora Spa skincare products, Martin Grant socks, sleepwear, slippers and an eye mask.

Qantas is based in Queensland, Australia, and services many destinations in Australia and a number of international locations, including Beijing, China, and Tokyo, Japan. A flight from LAX in Los Angeles, Calif., to Melbourne, Australia, in late December costs $17,534.

This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.

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