Having been born and brought-up in a middle-class family in India is a wonderful thing. We get to see, experience, learn a lot of things. One of the things I learned early in life is valuing whatever we had and using them wisely. We hardly ever pull our hands back when it comes to spending on something we want but we always make sure we use it to the max and in as many ways it is possible 😛 .
Be it using the tooth-brush to put drawstring in our trousers after using well beyond its life, be it squeezing the life out of the already empty toothpaste tube or be it rinsing the empty shampoo bottle for that one last shampoo, we Indians always make sure we get as much value for our money as we can.
This unique trait of ours and to the level we take it, is something which is very hard to find in people from any other part of the world and I am no different.
Though not the haggling thing but other than that, I do all I can whenever I am paying for something to make sure I get the best possible ‘value’ for the money I am going to spend.
For me, it doesn’t have to be the cheapest out there to be of best value. Rather, if by spending a little more than the cheapest priced product/service I get something which otherwise would have costed significantly higher AND I need it, that to me would be a better value, a bang for my buck!
While planning my trips too, like any other traveler who wants to get the most out of the money (s)he is spending, I too am always on the lookout for ways to save and get the most out of what I would be spending.
If it’s a trip to somewhere not that far then may be I can save a couple thousand rupees on the air tickets by taking that early morning flight instead of the one with a much more comfortable ‘departure time’. I can then use this saved money on doing something more memorable or adventurous at my destination.
That being said, taking the early morning flight to save couple of thousand bucks is not always the option. What if I am going to catch a ten-hour long flight or may be even a longer one? In case that is the case, I would definitely think and act differently. In a long-haul flight the least I would want to is to be to stretch my legs after few hours of doing nothing and would like to have a bit more seating-space where I can twist and turn a little may be and try to get a nap.
But that means going for the more luxurious Business-class. Sadly, that would cost significantly more, at-least more than double what the Economy class costs and would not be value for money from the point of view of someone like me.
Sad!? Not actually…! 🙂
It seems one of world’s premier airline Lufthansa, have taken note of this point and have come up with something that perfectly sits between the cramped and not-so-comfortable economy class and the exorbitantly priced business class. Something which a value-for-money conscious Indian traveler would love to spend his/her money on.
The premium-economy class as Lufthansa likes to call it, allows you to have that extra bit of leg-room which lets you stretch comfortably, one of the most fulfilling feelings on long flights in my opinion. Travelling in premium-economy also allows you to carry an extra piece of check-in luggage so that you don’t have to think twice while buying the things you would want to take back with you. Once settled, the on-board entertainment system keeps you from getting bored.
Right from the welcome drink to the personal space to your own foot and arm-rest to several other small but significant things that make the journey a relaxed and comfortable one, everything about is almost premium and all this at just a tad bit higher than the economy fare!!
Now that’s what I call a bang for my buck!
Video credits: #LufthansaPremiumEconomy
What do you think of the premium-economy class? What is your way of getting the best value for your money?