How to Travel First Class on a Budget

How to Travel First Class on a Budget

Once, when I was about 18 I was a bit late to catch a plane  to New York and so I got upgraded to first class. Oh it was wonderful. Upstairs on the plane (yep upstairs – how grand!) I drank champagne, chose a movie, reclined full length and got a little vanity case full of freebies. Travelling back economy I felt very squished and squashed.


How to Travel First Class on a Budget


Theoretically and morally I think class systems are horrendous. Paying a bit more for a nicer seat is okay I think just like you may pay a bit more and get a nicer dress I just wish first class was called something different.

I always believed travelling first class was something I could not afford to do. That it was for posh people. I am now enlightened. We can all do it!  

Let me explain.





How to Travel First Class on a Budget

On East Midlands train journeys from Nottingham to London  you can now enjoy free wifi access in First Class (from just £4 in Standard Class), fresh milk served with free hot drinks (at least £1 a time otherwise) and free breakfast snacks (on selected Monday to Friday services).

You also get free bottles of water – so grab a couple to see you through ! If you book in advance and travel at certain time going first class may only cost £5 more. You are saving that with the wifi and free tea and biscuits  and bottles of water!


How to Travel First Class on a Budget

You also get access to the first class lounges on the station where you can get free mineral water of fresh juice and a comfortable, clean  wifi enabled sanctuary on the platform hey and even free newspapers. This keeps me out of the WHSmiths which definitely means savings on magazines and chocolate too!

Do take a look at first class fares whilst booking your advance journeys – once in a while it is a perfect treat and may even save you money!


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