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Business Class VS. First Class: The Differences

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In this introduction, I’m going to discuss one of my favorites asked questions:
Business Class VS. First Class: What are the differences?

In short, each airline provides a different product for each travel class.
As a result, the answer to this question is difficult because of the variety of different products.

In the following paragraphs, I will mark some definitions that are more accurate for each travel class.

Premium Classes

Business Class

Business-class is a travel class available on many commercial airlines.
First, it was originally intended as an intermediate level of service between economy class and first-class.
As you can see, many airlines now offer business class as the highest level of service, because they had eliminated first-class seating.

First Class

First-class is a travel class on some passenger airliners intended to be more luxurious than business class.

First-class usually refers to a limited number of seats or cabins toward the front of the aircraft which have more space, comfort, service, and privacy.
In general, the first class is the highest class offered, although some airlines have branded their new products as above first class.


Business Class VS. First Class: In a nutshell
The comparison below is a reflection of how I see the differences in excellent business-class and first-class products:

ParameterBusiness ClassFirst Class
SeatLie-flat BedIndividual Suite
Mileage Earning150%-200%200%-300%
LoungeBusiness Class LoungeFirst Class Lounge
Amenities OnboardAmenity KitShowers
MealFull Course MealFull Course Meal with special ingredients
Luggage2 Pieces of Luggage3 Pieces of Luggage

Of course, we can’t ignore one of the major differences: the price.
Usually, first-class is 1.5x-2x times more expensive than the business class, which makes it really less attractive.

Example Premium Cabin Products

In order to exemplify the differences between business-class and first-class, I have taken a few airlines and revealed both of the products.

Swiss Airlines

Business Class

First Class

Singapore Airlines

Business Class

First Class


Business Class

First Class

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As you could see, there are differences between business-class and first-class. Some of the differences can be very major (seat, dining, and amazing service), but also minor (mileage earn, luggage policy).

The next time you are looking for your luxury flight, you can think about what is important to you and decide: Business or First?

  • Photos By: Sam Chui, The Points Guy, Emirates, Singapore Airlines

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