Virgin Atlantic Economy


planeAt the beginning of the year, I talked about Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class experience. The sleeping pods, the pajamas, the wine-pairings. It is a fabulous way to fly if you can swing the high price.  I only got the  celebrity treatment because they were running a crazy special. Living the high life at a fraction of the price. It’s nice pretending to be a millionaire.

Well, here I was flying to London once again, but there were no specials. Back to steerage for this gal. Flights to London are still not cheap by any means. You are looking at about $1400 from L.A. to the U.K. So what do you get for that price? With Virgin Atlantic, it’s still a pretty good deal.

I took the red eye after work. My seat came with a packet that included earplugs, a toothbrush, an eye mask, andfeel good kit socks. I also got a pillow and a blanket. Then there was the on-demand movies, tv shows, and music. The in-flight entertainment was nearly endless. My long flight came with dinner, dessert, an after dinner drink, and a light breakfast. The beef stew was tasty and I really liked the hot chocolate afterwards. The best part is that the staff was still very attentive to my needs.

The downside? It was a tight space. I felt pretty squeezed. My elbow continually bumped against the armrest with the remote control. I accidentally changed channels several times. And, as you can imagine, it was tough to sleep while wedged. I pride myself on being a healthy person so I can seatingonly imagine how much tighter it would be for the burger-eating American.

So I found Virgin Atlantic to still be a good product. For the sake of space, though, I will probably pay a little more next time. If I can’t swing a sleeping pod, at the very least, I would like to adjust my sitting position without elbowing my neighbor. Luckily this time, it was my husband. But after 10 hours, even he was giving me the evil eye. Book your flight with Virgin Atlantic and if you can swing it, skip Economy.

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