When you’re busy and spend a lot of time traveling for business, the last thing you want to do is spend more time than necessary navigating the airport. Airlines and airports know this, and have come up with some great ways to allow you to spend the minimum amount of time possible between your hotel and your Business Class seat.
Your Chauffeur Awaits
Many airlines offer a complimentary chauffeur service for Business Class travelers. For example, Emirates will take you from your hotel to the airport within a reasonable distance (which varies from city to city). Emirates business travelers in Dubai are picked up in a BMW sedan while families and groups traveling in Business Class can enjoy a ride in a more spacious Mercedes Benz van. There’ll also take you on to your hotel or first meeting when you land too at no additional cost. Impress your colleagues by arriving in style!
Speedy Check-in and Quickly Through Security
Most airlines offer a dedicated check-in desk for Business Class travelers – some are automated, some are real people. At Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Terminal 3, Business Class travelers are met at their car by a porter who will take them to a dedicated check-in desk personally. Ideal if you’re at an unfamiliar airport.
British Airways will collect your bags from a London location up to 24 hours ahead of your flight, take your bag to the airport and check in your bags for you, meaning you only have to think about your hand luggage on the day of your flight. You’ll also be fast-tracked through security at Heathrow and Gatwick and when you arrive back, you can enjoy a complimentary 15-minute Elemis spa treatment in the lounges at Heathrow T5 and T3. What a way to relax after a long flight!
First on, First Off
Almost all airlines allow their First and Business Class passengers to board first, often through their own entrance, and to disembark first too, meaning you’re less likely to be late for that first meeting. Some carriers, including Emirates and Lufthansa, also offer priority access through security at many airports. Your checked bags should normally be the first on the carousel when you land too. It’s all part of the service!
Booking Business Class travel isn’t just about having a more comfortable seat and a few extra amenities – it’s also about saving you time. Many airlines are doing everything they can to ensure that you arrive at your next meeting as rested and ready as possible.