We’ve all had this moment: In the slow march to finding our plane seats, we can’t help but look longingly at the business class section behind those mysterious curtains or bulkheads. And as soon as our knees start to hurt from constantly brushing against the seat in front of us, regret starts to sink in. Why didn’t we just upgrade our air tickets to be seated at the front of the plane? Was saving money worth the bruises, back aches and neck pain?

The answer to the last question may vary, depending on your carrier of choice, route, flight duration, type of aircraft, and so on. But one thing’s for sure — the benefits of booking business class tickets go far beyond getting ample legroom.

Having cushy pillows to support your neck and back, and getting warmed by blankets so you can easily doze off, or savouring fine food on china crockery with starched linen serviettes is just the tip of the iceberg. From checking in with ease and waiting to board the plane in an exclusive lounge to choosing from a wide selection of in-flight entertainment, these business class perks certainly make long journeys much more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Bigger luggage allowance

Packing (and unpacking) may be the most annoying part about traveling. Sure, you can always pack light and recycle pieces throughout the trip, but it only makes the task more daunting, because you need to strategise about how to mix and match your outfits. But if you fly business class, you’ll get more baggage allowance (around 40 kilograms) than when you’re flying coach. Now, showing off your #ootds just got easier.

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No more long queues

If you’re having an early morning flight, the last thing you’ll want is to stand in line for a long time just to get your boarding pass. But you can actually skip the long queues. With a business class ticket, you can deposit your bags in a matter of minutes through a dedicated check-in counter. The faster you can proceed to duty-free shopping, the better, right?

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Premium lounge access

Too early for your flight? No problem. Head over to the first and business class lounges, where you can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks (booze included), clean bathrooms and showers, and comfortable seats. And with abundant electrical outlets and speedy wifi, you’ll be able o finish some work before boarding the plane. Or, just relax and watch your fave TV series online.

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More legroom

If you’re going to spend at least two hours of flying, having enough space to stretch out is everything. Who can ever say no to a wider seat, an extended leg rest, and a fixed-shell area (that restricts passengers in front from reclining into you), anyway? Now you can catch up on your sleep in comfort.

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Good food and fine wines

Airplane food has long had a reputation for being unappetising or bland. But this looks set to change when you fly business class. Not only will you be pampered with a variety of tasty food prepared with the best ingredients, you’ll also enjoy a range of wines to choose from.

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Top-notch entertainment system

It’s hard to sleep through a flight when you’re filled with so much excitement about your trip. But don’t worry, there are plenty of things to entertain yourself with, without emptying your smartphone and laptop batteries. When you fly with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, you can choose from more than 700 hours of inflight entertainment, which includes old and latest releases of movies and TV series, as well as music and podcasts.

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Personalised service

Need a blanket? Friendly flight attendants will fetch you one, along with a pillow and a good pair of socks. It just goes to show you don’t need to be a celebrity to get a VIP treatment. With a business class seat, you’re guaranteed to get personalised services. Greeting you by name, they will attend to your every need and ensure your journey is as comfortable as possible.

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