There’s nothing worse than flying economy, except maybe flying economy on long-haul flights where your legs are crushed for hours and you can barely move because everyone is packed in as tightly as sardines in a tin can. That’s why anytime I hear about potential hacks to make the travel experience a little more bearable, I’m all for it. Earlier this month an Australian mom revealed potentially the best flight upgrade hack yet to make the uncomfortable experience of flying as comfy as being at home.
Adele Barbaro was traveling from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles recently with her husband and kids.
While that could have been a really miserable experience, it was actually pretty great because she did one simple thing. Paying a small fee of about $200 meant she could turn an entire row of Air New Zealand economy seats into a giant comfortable bed.
As Barbaro wrote on her Facebook page, “We got to experience the Air New Zealand SkyCouch on our way here and for those that don’t know what it is, it is a unique economy option where your entire row becomes a bed. So, if there is 2 of you travelling, you can purchase a third seat at half price and you will get the entire row to yourself.”
If that wasn’t convincing enough on its own, she’s not finished. “The legs rest all rise to meet the chair in front and create a completely flat, large play or sleep area. Paul and Harvey had a bed and so did Chloe and I. It’s the next best thing to business (but way cheaper) and perfect for long haul flights with young families. And we all slept. We are a little thrown by the time difference but it’s nice to arrive and start our holiday without being sleep deprived!”
Of course, this hack won’t work on all flights since the SkyCouch feature does seem exclusive to AIr New Zealand. However, that airline flies on hundreds of routes worldwide, so it may be worth looking into seeing if it’s available on your next trip.