Dare I say it? I think I’m in love. After flying in international business class on a domestic redeye transcon, I don’t think I can ever go back (although I’ll have to since I have three more booked between now and the end of the month).
The first entertaining thing was the number of seat changes at the gate. There were a couple of people I quite literally wanted to punch. In particular, one gentlemen that chewed out the gate agent because he was “downgraded” from first class to business class. His attitude was much like mine in the last post, only I was kidding and he wasn’t. The gate agent explained to this guy that the service would be the same, but I went a step further and took it upon myself to explain to the guy he was getting a flat bed instead of a crappy seat that hardly reclines. It was funny to see when he was aboard — he spent a good ten minutes during boarding playing around with the seat, obviously very pleased, as he exclaimed “weeeee.”
But darn, I’ve never felt so refreshed after a domestic redeye. I got nearly four hours of sleep and not “airplane sleep” — real sleep. As a matter of fact I feel so refreshed that I might not take my usual “post-redeye” nap today. Believe it or not this was my first time in United’s new business class seats on a night time flight, and I have to say that I slept remarkably well. I’m as cheap as they get when it comes to flying, and even I’d pay a reasonable premium to be able to secure such a seat on every redeye compared to a domestic first seat.