Best Airlines for Business Travel
Nealeigh Mitchell | Excelle
The recession turned practically every carrier into a low fare airline; fancy flying was one of the first items chopped from businesses budgets.
But the economy is finally turning around. And in an effort to bounce back from billion dollar losses, airlines are offering all kinds of extras to woo corporate fliers.
So which perks would persuade you to pick one carrier over another? See how the most popular international fleets stack up.
Cabin comfort: United’s business class passengers settle into a long-haul flight on fully adjustable ergonomic seats with lumbar support and leg rests. The airline is currently rolling out seats in international and business class cabins that lie completely flat when fully reclined. Travelers also receive a complimentary amenity kit featuring Murad products to help protect skin from travel stress.
Meals: Leave the $5 airport peanuts in the terminal. Passengers enjoy premium wines, ports desserts, fruit, cheeses, and a three-course meal. Some international travelers are lucky enough to be served local cuisines, including Japanese cuisine for travelers to Tokyo.
Entertainment: Premium cabin customers can catch up on films on a personal 15” widescreen video monitors with access to 150 hours of on-demand movies and TV shows. Some flights offer iPod and iPhone connectivity to play iTunes video. Plus, noise-reducing headsets drown out the snorers.
Work: Most aircraft come with in-seat power outlets for your tech gadgets. Satellite phone service is available for a charge and customers traveling between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco (premium service flights) can surf the Web, and access corporate VPNs on their Wi-Fi enabled laptop or mobile device.
Frequent Flyer: United’s Mileage Plus program offers a decent list of partner airlines and partner hotels to its loyal customers. Plus, several car rental companies and credit cards are affiliated with the airline. You can earn miles with the United credit card, T-Mobile Wi-Fi service, or even by subscribing to a newspaper. The one catch is there’s an expiration date on accrued miles. Use them or lose them!