While we hear a lot in the news about budget airlines, there are plenty of rich travelers who are prepared to pay more for the privilege of flying in style and luxury. Whether you’re a wealthy businessman or have won the lottery, or have saved up to treat yourself to once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, airlines are competing for your custom by offering high-class services that bring back the glamour to flying.

Emirates First Class

After arriving at the airport in style in a chauffeur-driven car, first-class travelers on an Emirates 777-300ER flight can enjoy the luxury of a spacious, totally private cabin with a large TV screen and its own minibar as well as a seat that converts to a comfortable bed. All this pampering comes with a hefty price ticket – a flight from New York to Dubai comes in at around $28000. Emirates A380s are not quite as impressive but have the advantage of onboard showers and a bar, which is a treat for any weary long haul traveler.

Air France

First class travelers with Air France are welcomed into one of the world’s best lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Once in the air, they can relax in the extremely elegant first class suites in Air France’s 777-300ER. These suites feature a seat that converts to a very comfortable flatbed and feature curtains for privacy rather than doors. However, what really makes Air France stand out is the immaculate standard of service, not forgetting the superb and very French food and wine offering.

While they offer their first class customers a chauffeur driven transfer service and a separate first class lounge, Virgin Atlantic’s first class accommodation is not as luxurious as some of their competitors, consisting as it does of convertible seat-beds with half partition walls. However, even in Economy class, Virgin provide all their passengers with top class entertainment. As well as offering the latest box sets, animations and movies, Virgin offers a multi-player mode allowing passengers to play against their friends.

Garuda Indonesia First Class

Garuda Indonesia offers eight suites with closing doors on its 777-300ER service. So far, so good. But what makes Garuda Indonesia really exceptional is the service, from the warm, friendly and attentive cabin crew to the on-board chef, who cooks delicious menus that you can pre-order to meet your requirements. With superb wine pairings and immaculate presentation, Garuda Indonesia’s first class food offer is amongst the best in the world.

Etihad Airways

If you’re looking for maximum space in first class, Etihad is the airline to choose. Lucky travelers who book The Residence three-roomed suite with its double bed, living area and a private bathroom with shower, also benefit from a chauffeur, private check-in, butler, chef and spa. This amazing luxury doesn’t come cheap: a flight from JFK to Abu Dhabi will cost almost $33,000! However, the needs of less wealthy travelers are also well catered for, as even Economy class seats come with a nanny service and a 4-course meal included in the price.

Even the most luxurious flights can occasionally be subject to cancellations and delays. If you’re unfortunate enough to experience a disrupted flight, you could be eligible to claim compensation. To save the inconvenience and stress of dealing with the airline yourself, let GIVT do the hard work on your behalf. Our team of experts is here to help you win the compensation you’re entitled to: just fill in the online form with the details of your flight and we’ll do the rest.