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How classy are you?

Following on from Jess’ post and her top tips for traveling with your bub, it made me realize perhaps this is a bigger topic we could explore.  Plane travel really is tough with kids – whether it be domestic or long haul!

Brad and Angelina with their family at the Airport

Brad and Angelina must have a pretty efficient system for non-stressful travel with their 6 little kiddies. (image via Reuters)

A friend visited Australia over the Summer with her hubbie and 2.5 kids from London. They decided that after a hot Christmas, some overdone kids (and likely overdone mum & dad) that they would fork out the extra dollars to get an upgrade to business class for the first leg of the trip.  Those First class flat beds were calling them.  My friend’s feedback confirmed they were worth every cent (even though she probably wouldn’t be able to buy a new pair of shoes – her addiction – for another 3 years).

Obviously not in everyone’s budget (and certainly not always necessary), but in my friend’s case it was simple: The flight was departing at 9pm Australian time and was a 14 hour leg.  The kids needed to sleep over this time and it was unlikely this was going to happen very easily (or comfortably) back in economy. Cue images of kids sprawled out over mum and dad’s laps, with same mum and dad holding their breath in a frozen crooked neck yoga-esque position in an attempt not to wake them.  We have all seen it and it looks frightening.

One of the delights of first class - it is possible to actually get some sleep
(image via Qantas)

Having the chance to get some quality rest for that crucial first part of the trip, my friend said they arrived back home fresher and more readily converted back into London time (and weather…brrrr!).

So what do you think? Do you reckon it’s worth the extra costs for some shut-eye and rested kiddies? Or are you a frequent flyer and have your flying with kids plan figured out and down to a tee, so don’t need the perks of business or first class?

And on the topic of First Class, I’ll leave you with this – one of my all time favorite Seinfeld moments.  Jerry and Elaine are traveling back to New York and Elaine has to suffer in economy while Jerry lives it up with a blonde in First Class. The full clip has been unfortunately recently removed by Warner Bros, so I only have the first part to share. But basically, Elaine gets so frustrated in Economy and ends up sneaking into First Class to try to sleep – but gets busted. Her line: “Our goal should be a society without class!”  Classic.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2JKXbVGq7A&w=560&h=315]

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