I love helping you go further on your travel dollar with tips like the best day to buy cheap airfare. But there are some travelers for whom comfort and convenience are much more important than just saving $40 on a non-refundable ticket. For these passengers, price seems to be no object.
As airlines provide fewer amenities for coach passengers squeezed ever closer together, the carriers seem to be doing just the opposite for high value first-class passengers. The competition for the most outrageous first-class perks is soaring sky high.
These perks are most extreme on long-haul international flights where a couple of first-class, round-trip tickets can approach six figures or more! How about singing in your own private shower at 40,000 feet? Or having a butler attending to your every whim inside your airborne "apartment?" Seriously!
Now in fairness to the airlines, these pampered passengers are definitely paying for the privilege. I just checked round-trip fares from New York to Dubai. On Emirates Airline, you can pay just over $1,000 to sit in coach for 12 hours, or $30,000 for the same trip in a private first class compartment complete with your own "shower spa."