I had a work trip to Asia this week and due to overbooking on one of the legs, Singapore Airlines kindly upgraded me to a First Class Suite. Yes, it was my first time in First. Overall, I did obviously enjoy the experience although I spent quite a lot of the time either feeling unworthy or embarrassed. I have to say that I think it was all quite over the top. Almost as over the top as the price, I guess.
Anyway, here are my top tips for those travelling first class for the first time:
- When skipping past the long, winding queue of stressed and impatient Economy travellers towards the empty First Class check-in, be careful not to get your suitcase wheels stuck on the edge of the quite unexpected small branded carpet.
- After checking in, do not try to use the Express slip to get to the front of the queue at McDonalds.
- Do not eat at McDonalds before looking for the airline’s Lounge thinking that you better eat before you go in.
- Do not panic that there are no prices on the menu.
- Do not just order the soup to be on the safe side.
- And following on from that, do not ask for the bill at the end of your meal.
- Do not excitedly take photos of your First Class Suite. It will encourage an air hostess to take a photo of you in it.
- Eat the nuts. Do not think about returning them because they are warm.
- Do enjoy the entertainment with your Bose headphones and the large LCD screen which may be bigger than your TV at home.
- Before sleeping, do brush your teeth with Colgate, get changed into your Givenchy sleep suit and cleanse and moisturise with the provided Kiehl’s products.
- If you can’t fall asleep, do count the brands you have seen or used along your First Class journey.
- And finally, but perhaps most importantly, do not press the button that turns your chair into a bed while strapped into the seat. You will be folded in half and crushed underneath the flat bed.
And yes, sadly these things have happened to me. And for those wondering, that is not me in the photo.