If you are planning a lifelong trip that involves a long plane trip, you are probably trying to figure out how you can manage the long haul and still be awake, refreshed and ready for your new adventures. However, as we all know, long flights are exhausting and exhausting because we are rarely able to sleep a good night while sitting upright, packed between two other people and awake by waking people, coughing, babies crying and people wash past you on the paths. It is surprising that we cannot go through the day as soon as we reach our hotel rooms.
But do you know that we now have a very good alternative to airlines that offer fully horizontal beds that allow you to sleep soundly while lying flat? Now, when I say completely flat and horizontal, I'm not talking about a steep back combined with a foot pad, what I'm talking about is a bed that is as flat as your bed with a nice comfortable pillow and blanket. Put on a face mask and put on earplugs and you'll have sweet dreams as you fly through the clouds and wake up refreshed and ready to leave as soon as you hit the ground. Getting good, quality sleep on the fly can make your trip so much more productive and fun, which will make it worth the extra effort.
But I know you have to wonder how expensive these options are and are only offered to those who can afford first class. Unfortunately, most of them are only available in first grade, but that doesn't mean you can't afford it. One thought may be that it may be worth expanding your budget to include sleeping seats to ensure that you get the most out of your trip by eating soundly. But another option is to use those points that you save on your preferred airline or credit card. For first-class sleeping options, there are more and more airlines offering fully horizontal beds such as Delta, American, and Korean Air, all of which vary in price and availability.
However, for those of us who don't have the budget or the points to make a First Class option, there's finally a great new solution. Finally, flat beds are offered in the economy section through the innovative design of Air New Zealand and we hope that other airlines will follow their lead. Called "Skycouch", Air New Zealand has a series of three seats that are specially designed to create a completely flat space right up to the seatback in the front. This provides a place for children to play or a level surface for adults to relax and sleep.
So how much is the Skycouch option? For two adults traveling, the price of Skycouch will be based on the purchase of two seats at standard prices with third place at about half the price. The service will be launched in Air New Zealand between Auckland and Los Angeles and will be available on the Los Angeles-London carrier from April 2011. So while you might think traveling in a sleeping bed was an option if you want an economical trip, as you can see, now it can finally be.