Our trip from Cape Town, South Africa to Valparaiso, Chile was a breeze! Especially in comparison to our last trip from Morocco to South Africa. Any trip would be a breeze compared to that one though…
So, I truly believe that the reason that our 44+ hours of traveling were made bearable, and even enjoyable at times, was because we flew business class on all four flights. We played our airline mileage points “cards” right and were able to get a very reasonably priced business class flights for this leg of our journey. We decided to splurge a little here because we knew it would be our longest few days of travel of the whole trip. Moral of the story, upgrade to business class whenever you can! Especially if you’re traveling with an infant.
Our trip was pretty uneventful considering it all went rather smoothly, so we’re just going to share our favorite things about flying business class.
These seats were incredibly spacious. Carter could comfortably sit next to me on my seat and when it was time to sleep I would turn on my side and pull Carter in next to me. Oh and did I mention that the seats lay almost all the way back AND had a leg rest that come out! This was the first time we would have rather been on a plane than in the airport, but unfortunately we still spent around 20 hours in airports. Luckily we had our travel crib and that made everything a lot more comfortable.
The Separate Bathroom
In business class we shared a bathroom with up to 15 other people, rather than sharing 2 bathrooms with hundred or so people. It was nice to never have to wait in line, and the bathrooms didn’t smell like urine! The bathroom situation was a nice aspect of flying business class.
Airplane food has been nothing special for us in the past, but flying business class made all the difference! We had endless snacks available to us whenever we wanted and 4 course meals served twice to us on each flight (which we ordered based off of a menu). It’s was obviously still airplane food and not the best, but it was substantially better than economy. And, who can complain about the quantity?! The meals were plenty for the three of us to share.
So the seats were nice and comfy, providing enough room for Carter, but our legroom was a different story. Carter was able to stand and walk around in front of our seats as well as sit and color or play with toys. Scott or I could even get down on the floor with him! I think this was the biggest factor in having a successful flight.
Being First On and First Off
One perk that I didn’t realize we’d appreciate so much was that we were first on and first off with business class. First on was great because we could stow our luggage and sprawl out in our seats and on the floor, basking in the extra space we had.
Being the first off was fantastic because we were the first in lines for immigration and customs! This made a huge difference too. In the above picture, we were the only ones there so we let Carter go through the scanner thing by himself for the very first time! I grabbed the camera and took a picture as 20+ employees starting yelling “No cameras!” I apologized and put the camera away, but what they didn’t know is that I had already taken the picture 🙂
The Extra Carry-ons
Even though we had to spend a lot of time in airports instead of on the very comfortable business class seats, we were each able to bring 2 carry-on items instead of our usual 1 so we had all of our bags. We usually only have to check 1 bag (since having our Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib), but now we had all of our bags which meant several changes of clothes for everyone, toiletries bag for freshening up, all of our electronics, and our travel crib.
Carter slept really well in the travel crib during our layovers and, to me, it was more comfy than the benches, so I crawled in with Carter for several hours at a time.
Don’t let traveling with an infant scare you into thinking that you’re not good enough to fly business class, or you’ll be a bother to all of the “privileged” people in business class. Save yourself, your child, and in the end all of the other passengers a lot of grief and fly business class! Everyone will have a much more relaxed, spacious, and enjoyable flight if you have room to stretch.