What’s the best part of traveling? For me, it’s arriving to my destination, opening the door to my hotel or hostel, and plopping myself onto the bed. I made it! Don’t we all wish we can get from point A to point B with a snap of a finger and skip the flying part? I’m a bit of an anxious flyer so this is something I wish for, always!
When I traveled to Taiwan, I actually was looking forward to going to the airport, boarding the plane and coasting 40,000 feet in the air. Why? Because I was flying business class, baby!
I decided I was going to visit Taiwan for four days in September for Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). Holidays in Korea mean that you need to book your ticket early because prices skyrocket and flights sell out faster than you can blink.
I started looking for flights in May which is considered a little late in the game to be buying flights for September. But things got really busy with teaching and time slipped away. I browsed through Skyscanner, set my email alerts with several Asian airlines and hoped for the best.
A few days later, I was perusing China Airlines when I found a few flights still available for the day I wanted to depart. Nothing was available in Economy; but there were some seats left in Business class.
Hmmm… I’ve never flown business class before… and I am in a “treat yo’self” kind of mood… WHY NOT!?
Next thing you know, I have an email confirmation for my flight to Taiwan and a smile from ear to ear. Unfortunately on the way back from Taiwan, I flew a budget airline but it was basically a first class flight in my eyes. More on that later.
So you’re probably wondering how my flight was, right? When I arrived at Gimhae International Airport in Busan, I thought I’d have to wait in a massive line. Because I’m used to flying economy, I forgot that business class ticket holders can queue in another, much shorter, line. Check-in was super easy! And going through security check was a breeze.
When you fly business class, you get exclusive access to the business class lounge. So of course I took advantage of the amenities. I showed my ticket to the front desk and enjoyed a glass (or two…) of wine and nibbled on some snacks. I knew I was getting a meal on the flight so I didn’t want to fill up too much.
When I boarded the plane, I made my way to my window seat. There are only 8 seats on China Airlines business class so it was nice and cosy. There was a blanket, pillow and slippers waiting for me at my seat. As soon as I sat down, the flight attendant gave me a refreshing towel and asked if I wanted a beverage. I was feeling like royalty already!
Shortly after takeoff, I placed my order for my meal. I liked that there was a selection to choose from. The meal was served on actual plates and with real cutlery. No plastic forks and knives here!
What I Ate
- Roasted chicken in bulgogi sauce with steamed rice and Chinese cabbage
- Korean banchan (side dishes of kimchi, cucumbers and onions, and bean sprouts)
- Korean tapioca bread
- Seasonal fresh fruits
- Green tea cake
After 2.5 hours in the air, I landed in Taipei, Taiwan; ready for my four-day holiday! I really enjoyed my business class experience with China Airlines. The seats were really spacious and comfortable, and the food and unlimited drinks were delicious. I just wished that my flight was more than 2.5 hours so I could enjoy the luxury of Business class longer. I will certainly fly with China Airlines again!
On my flight from Taipei to Busan, which just avoided a major typhoon heading towards the mainland, I flew with VAir. Because it was a budget airline, there was no first-class flying for me. BUT I had the luxury of having the whole row to myself close to the front of the plane – a first for me! And the seats were actually very comfortable! I think I could get used to flying – especially in business class.
Have you flown business class before? What about first class? Do you know any tips to score an upgrade? Leave your comments below!