When it comes to flying in a premium cabin, business class is usually more than enough — a lie-flat seat, plus a great degree of privacy than in coach, can help you land well-rested and ready to stave off jet lag.
First class, though, is just fun. It’s a blast to drink champagne and eat steak — or mind-blowing Japanese food — at 35,000 feet. Between that and the incredible, private suite, featuring a comfortable bed, the flight becomes part of the trip’s entire experience.
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