Flying business class is always a special experience, no matter how often you fly. Forget the cramped conditions and lackluster meals in economy class – business class is a whole new world, filled with champagne, lie-flat seats and fine dining. In order to maximise your experience, here are some business class flight tips to help you get the most out of your ticket:

Dress smart casual

When flying business class there isn’t actually a strict dress code but you may want to dress a little smarter for your journey – you never know who you’ll meet! Most people dress smart casual, but still comfortable, especially if it’s a long haul journey. Consider wearing a pair of leggings, a top and nice cardigan or blazer, paired with a pashmina and smart ballet flats.

Take a stylish carry-on

A great way to glam up any outfit is by wheeling along a stylish carry on bag. Try the Knomo Sedley for a wheeled bag that will easily fit a 15” laptop. This bag will easily attach to bigger pieces of luggage thanks to its cleverly concealed zipped lined back section.

Leave extra room for all the amenities

On business class flights you’ll usually be given an amenity kit containing all sorts of luxury toiletries from brands like Bvlgari or Giorgio Armani. On some airlines, like Qantas or Qatar Airways, you may even be given a pair of pyjamas, so you’ll probably want to take these home to use again after your flight. Bring a shopping bag or extra space in your carry on for all these extra goodies.

business class is a whole new world, filled with champagne, lie-flat seats and fine dining

Check if you can pre-book your meal

Some airlines allow you to book your meal in advance, so take advantage of this if you want more choice when it comes to your main course. Singapore Airlines has a ‘book the cook service’ that allows you to pre-book your meal up to 24 hours before the flight.

Don’t overpay for business class

Let’s face it, business class isn’t exactly cheap but there are plenty of ways you can fly business class for less. One way is to get discounted business class flights through a specialist travel agent that has access to unpublished prices. Another way is by collecting air miles with credit cards and using them to buy award tickets.

Don’t be afraid to ask for things

Flight attendants in business class are usually on hand to provide a superior service and make you feel like a VIP. If you’re unsure of how your seat works or you’d like to know what wines they have on offer, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask! There’s usually an extensive selection of snacks and drinks, so it’s always worth seeing what they have available.

Take advantage of extra baggage and chauffeur-drive

Another highlight of business class is being whisked from your doorstep to the airport in a chauffeur-driven car. You must book this in advance though (usually up to 24 hours before) so make sure you call up to organise this before your journey.