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Apr
01

Is Virgin Premium Worth it?

virgin plane

virgin plane

Question: For our 10th anniversary, my husband is springing for two business class tickets on Virgin Atlantic to London. OR we go economy and I get a new GUCCI bag.  What should I do? Is Premium Class worth it?

Answer:

I took a random day, mid-week, April 12th. Virgin economy offers a flight to London for $578.00. Same flight, premium, their business is $1,357.00. So what do you get?

  • Dedicated check in, if you haven’t already checked in online and dedicated bag drop.
  • Priority boarding
  • A seat with a pitch of 38 inches.
  • Pre-flight drinks.
  • Your favorite newspaper
  • A personal  TV offering the latest blockbuster movies, the latest TV shows, video games and up to 14 audio channels ranging from pop to classical.
  • Devoted cabin crew to guarantee prompt and attentive service.
  • A beautiful menu served on china dinnerware accompanied by stainless steel cutlery.
  • After dinner liqueur.
  • Fresh fruit from the fruit bowl.
  • Priority baggage reclaim on landing
Virgin Atlantic Economy Class

Virgin Atlantic Economy Class

Economy:

  • Check-in with general population
  • Board with general population
  • A seat with 31 inches
  • drinks though not pre-flight, if you’re lucky pre-meal.
  • magazine rack
  • personal TV offering movies, video games, music
  • overworked though kind cabin crew
  • not so beautiful menu, but edible and free
  • no fruit
  • baggage drop with the rest of the general population

The good news here is you can buy a seat with extra legroom for anywhere between $40 to $75 because if you get shafted and have to sit in a window seat on a fully packed 747, chances are your flight will not be fun. The 747’s are configured 3-5-3 which means if you’re in a window seat, you’re snug in a tiny space with the curvature of the plane eating up whatever legroom you might have had and you must climb over two people to get out. The seats are small at 31 inches.  If, on the other hand, you get an Airbus with a 2-4-2 configuration then you will be more comfortable.

FOOD: Meals are good and they are free, bar service is also free.

ENTERTAINMENT: Virgin has the others beat in Economy class. Several movies/TV channels to choose from in your personal entertainment system and lots of music channels too. Many of the seats also come with their own video games console with up to 35 games. Every seat has its own seatback TV with a choice of channels to keep everyone entertained throughout the flight.

Is it worth it?

gucci is forever

gucci is forever

The flight is approximately 11 hours. You have free food and drinks. You have pretty much the same entertainment as business. So…Check flight, try to get the airbus with the 2-4-2 configuration. Purchase extra legroom seat.  Buy Gucci Bag. A good Gucci lasts a lot longer than 11 hours.

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