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Top tips for flying long haul

by Travelbag on 05 August 2016, 14:08PM

Far flung holiday destinations such as Australia are on everyone’s holiday goals, however unfortunately many people are put off by the long flights. Let’s face facts; it does take around 24 hours to fly from London to Sydney. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Is it possible to travel for that long and not hate it? Of course!

We recently sent a group of Travel Experts to Sydney, flying with Qantas via Dubai on the A380 aircraft. Here are their top tips on how to fly long haul:

Get prepared

Flying long haul - get prepared

As well as pre-booking your seats in advance, it is also all about what you take with you in your carry-on bag. Not sure what to pack? There are some essentials that should come on every flight with you, long or short haul. In fact, we have written a whole blog about the items you should not fly without. Check it out here.


Upgrade to Business Class

Qantas business class

Sleeping on an (almost) proper bed has to be the most sure-fire way of arriving well rested at your destination! It is even possible to upgrade your flight just one way for a taste of luxury. Imogen from the Travelbag Brighton shop tells us about her Qantas Business Class experience:

“The first thing I noticed about this class was how spacious it was and that’s not to mention the lovely Qantas pyjamas they give you to get changed into to ensure a comfy flight, and the Kate Spade vanity kit to freshen up. The fully flat beds ensured I had a nice rest and was able to watch a film on the great entertainment system with the lights dimmed.  The seats are in a ‘pod’ like style and so you feel as though you have privacy from the other passengers. At dinner time the ‘pod’ was transformed into a mini dining table with a linen table cloth and proper cutlery and crockery.”


Upgrade to Premium Economy

Qantas premium economy class

If Business class isn’t an option, then upgrading to Premium Economy is by no means a compromise! Zoe from the Travelbag Knutsford shop tells why:

“The Qantas Premium Economy seats are located on the upper level along with business, which makes the product feel of a higher class. The cabin only has between 32 and 40 seats which makes the whole experience more exclusive. In your private cabin you have your own dedicated cabin crew who are there throughout the flight if you need assistance. As you reach your seat you are greeted with a glass of fizz. The seats in premium economy are very comfortable and designed with a fold out foot rest and good recline making it easy to sleep. You are also given larger pillow and blanket along with a small amenity kit. You also get to share the larger business class bathrooms too. At meal times your tray table is covered with linen cloths and your meals are served on plates rather than plastic trays."


Eat and drink well

Qantas meal service

It’s a well known fact that flying dehydrates you and dries out your skin, which means it’s extremely important to eat well and drink as much water as possible throughout the flight. Our Travel Experts found that flying with Qantas made this much easier:

“Having a choice of three varied meals on your menu card meant you didn’t feel forced into eating something you didn’t want. There were also lots of different drinks options to choose from. After the meal service, the mini bar at the back of the aircraft opens up, which is great to have as it means you can go get drinks and snacks yourself without bothering the cabin crew. It also gives you a good excuse to get up and stretch your legs.” – Isabel, Travelbag head office.


Rest up

Rest up

Making sure you are comfortable is essential if you want to arrive at your destination ready to explore. Florence from the Travelbag Winchester Shop tells us how the Economy Class cabin in Qantas planes helps with this:

“In the economy section on Qantas planes, every seat has a netted foot rest which I found so helpful and it’s also good for your health to have your legs elevated. The seats reclined back quite a lot and there was a lot of leg space too.”


For more advice on flying long haul, get in touch with our Travel Experts. Or, if you are ready to get in the air already, you can find out more about flying with Qantas and our top deals here

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