Flying with Turkish Airlines has opened our eyes to a different style of travel.
This trip marked the one and only time we've ever flown in business class (well, okay, there was that time Ryan managed to weasel his way to first class while on route to Las Vegas but that's a sore point). And, just like you'd imagine, it was absolutely divine! But it comes as no surprise that flying in business class is "nice." We wanted to bring you behind the scenes to see just what our experience was like so you can decide for yourself if the upgrade from economy to business is a smart move for you.
We go way back with Turkish Airlines...
Both times we traveled in economy class and, while we enjoyed our experience, the truth is that we were asleep for most of it. Travel miracle! But when we boarded through business class this time, we were wide awake and determined not to miss a thing!
So many sweet treats.
Little details make the meal.
After several hours of feasting, I was snuggling down on a flat bed which was helpfully made up by the staff. Cuddling with a real duvet, I felt like a princess. Surely it doesn't get any better than this?
Stretching but not much slumber.
Breakfast was similarly delicious as dinner and I was very appreciative that I could have both hot chocolate and a smoothie. It was so nice to have some choices! The hot breakfast entree wasn't so much to our taste but the fresh, flavorful fruit plates were terrific.
Our favourite thing of all...
Our favourite thing about flying business class wasn't the wonderfully calm environment, nor the gourmet meals, the wine, the bespoke herbal tea blends, or the lovely toiletries. It was being able to embrace a real city-to-city experience.
The no-stress, no-lines experience was a dream come true. We sailed through security in Montreal, clearing the short business class line in mere minutes before relaxing in the lounge. We didn't have to spend a minute waiting in line to board the plane. And when we landed in Istanbul, we were the first people off the plane. Hurrah!
Incredibly, only 12 minutes passed from when we touched down in Istanbul to when we purchased our metro tickets to the city center. 12 MINUTES! Yep, that includes clearing customs - in a special line just for business class passengers.
So should you fly business class? If you can afford it: YES! We couldn't get over how much more relaxed we were - and how much more efficient our travel experience was. And the comfy bed, gourmet food, and great service were just icing on the cake. I'd highly recommend searching fares early to find a bargain.
But if you can't afford to upgrade to business class -or you can but you'd rather have more money on hand for your destination - we can still enthusiastically recommend Turkish Airlines. Their economy service treated us well in the past and I have no doubt we'll be enjoying it again in the future.
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Our trip was part of a press trip organized by Turkish Airlines. All research, writing, and opinions are our own.