Experiencing First Class on an Economy Class Budget

These days, as fuel prices surge, causing airfares to skyrocket, and with most airlines cutting back on services in all classes, it is important to try to make the travel experience as tolerable as possible.

However, FlyerTalk member mikeinseattle wants to go beyond simply tolerable as he has some interesting ideas on how to create the First Class experience while traveling on an economy fare — and he requests assistance on how to do so in the Help me create the first class experience while traveling economy thread.

Some of his ideas include purchasing your own food and in-flight entertainment before boarding the aircraft. He points out that even the most expensive options will most likely cost less than the difference between a premium class airfare and an economy class airfare, and both will most likely be of far better quality than what would be provided by the airline — that is, if the airline even provides food or in-flight entertainment.

FlyerTalk member GG recommends here bringing such personal items as slippers, earplugs, moisturizer (unfortunately, this is currently not allowed on-board these days), a travel pillow and even a footrest with which to pamper oneself.

As moisturizer and other liquids and gels are currently not permitted aboard the aircraft in ones carry-on, creating the First Class experience while traveling on an economy fare has become far more challenging.

Are you willing to help and contribute to the cause? If you have any good ideas to add to this thread, you just might enhance the travel experience of many frequent fliers with one click of the mouse…

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