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20° & RAINY ON SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY IN AUCKLAND
By Stephen Heard
November 04, 2019
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Five Reasons to Upgrade During Your Next Long Haul Flight

Travel at high altitude in class.
By Stephen Heard
November 04, 2019
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When you have a long haul flight on your hands, splashing out that little bit extra on an upgrade can mean that you still feel human when you land. In addition to the royal treatment onboard, there are several reasons to bump yourself up a class for the journey — from whopping baggage allowances to luxury lounge access and restaurant quality meals.

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SKIP THE QUEUES WITH PRIORITY BOARDING

Are you one of those travellers who yearns to be one of the first onboard and have everything set up and ready to go for the long haul ahead? Upgrading allows priority boarding so you can skip the queues and beeline it to your extra cushy seat straight away. Priority access in upgraded cabins also means complimentary champagne and snacks upon arrival, hot towels for a much-needed refresh and a dedicated newspaper and magazine service so you can stock up for the journey ahead.

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TAKE EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK WITH ADDITIONAL BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Those who are always coughing up fees for overweight baggage at the check-in counter should consider upgrading simply to make the most of the additional allowance. With Singapore Airlines' Business Class cabin we're talking 20 kilograms more than your average passenger allowance at a whopping 40 kilograms. You'll have no excuse not to pack those extra few pairs of shoes and load up on all the souvenirs as you skip between destinations. And rather than lugging around one suitcase, the load can also be spread across several luggage pieces.

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PREBOOK RESTAURANT QUALITY MEALS

Dining at high altitude no longer means settling for cold bread rolls and overcooked pasta. If you're spending hours on a flight it's worth looking into pre-booked meal options like Singapore Airlines' Book the Cook. Upgrading your cabin class enables passengers to pre-book restaurant-quality meals created by a panel of top chefs. For Book the Cook, eight world-renowned chefs have lent their talents in the kitchen to serve up dishes inspired by their own culture and experiences. Flavour explosion dishes available to be booked up to 24 hours before departure include pan-roasted free range chicken breast in red wine sauce, duck breast cooked in Thai red curry, prime beef fillet with herb butter and green beans wrapped in bacon, and wanton chicken noodle soup. To complete the ultimate inflight meal, travellers can enjoy champagne or try a selection of wine varietals tested under cabin pressure by a panel of experts.

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ACCESS TO THE BUSINESS LOUNGE

If you're tired of battling over charging stations and coughing up the cash for sub-par airport sandwiches, then upgrade to receive complimentary lounge access. Not only will you have access to all the grazing snacks and full-course meals you can handle, but a bartender service serving beer, wine and spirits, comfortable loungers to take a load off, private showers and uncrowded bathroom facilities. For those on business rather than pleasure, take advantage of the unlimited wi-fi, free meeting areas and productivity working pods.

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FOR ULTIMATE ONBOARD COMFORT

Singapore Airlines' Premium Economy Class cabin serves as a comfortable upgrade option for the long haul. As well as receiving royal treatment throughout the journey, the cabin includes seating which reclines up to eight inches (20 centimetres) for the ultimate snoozing position. For further comfort, additional features include a calf-rest and foot-rest built into the seat, plus accessible power and USB ports so you land with plenty of juice in your device. More than 1800 entertainment options — including the latest films, television shows, music, games and apps – can be found on the 13-inch touchscreen monitor, and with noise-cancelling headphones provided for the journey, you'll have plenty to keep you occupied without distraction. In Business, the seating reclines and extends into a spacious flat-lie bed at the press of a button. You'll also receive your own pair of slippers and a selection of toiletries from Penhaligon's. Bliss.

Published on November 04, 2019 by Stephen Heard

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