I’m flying out to Hawaii tomorrow for my honeymoon, and in honor of it I’ve decided to dedicate a post of the wonders and perils of airline food, and whether you should fly coach, business, or first.
So, let’s face it- airline food is bad. Well, in almost all cases. Most coach meals are despicable sandwiches or rubbery chicken dishes with the only savior being a packaged baked good. On some flights, however, I’ve had nice salads, beef in wine reduction, lime cheesecake, sundaes, and warm nuts.
I don’t think it’s worth it to upgrade on a domestic flight. Nibble at the provided meal, or just bring your own on the flight. Remember those around you, however, and choose a meal that’s not smelly or too crunchy/slurpy. It’s only 5 hours or so in a tiny space with crappy food. You’ll live.
The exception to this rule is on popular routes or ones that have children. I’ve never wanted to poke my eyes out more than flying to Orlando in coach. All of the screaming and moving children!
I definitely recommend upgrading to business or first class on international flights. It feels civilized. Linens, real silverware, multiple courses, a personal entertainment system, more legroom… ahh, bliss.
I have flown business class on all of my international flights except one: to Tokyo. It was nightmarish, and it is the primary reason I’m going first to Hawaii. The seats had absolutely no legroom and barely moved back. I was held up from entering the plane because of a random extra security search (yes, that teenage white girl is a real threat). A Japanese girl was sitting in my seat when I arrived, and I had to get a flight attendant to get her out of my seat. The girl was pretty belligerent, and she walked off to her proper seat with my pillow and blanket. There was no overhead space left for baggage, so my purse and carry-on were jammed by my feet. Dinner was a sandwich consisting of lunch meat, cheese, and gratuitous mayo plus a microscopic bag of chips. There was no personal entertainment system, just a small TV positioned at the front of each row. They were playing a Miley Cyrus movie and “How to Train Your Dragon.”
I will be flying first class during this trip, but I don’t think it’s necessary. On domestic flights, there aren’t many perks. I do like having a special security lane and primary boarding. Ever since they started charging for baggage, it’s been a madhouse back in coach to stuff your bags in the overhead bin.