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How to deal with long haul flights, Pinktrotters tips!

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Tired of being squashed in a tiny seat during a long haul flight?
Have you ever tried to buy a Premium Economy seat?

For those who don't know it yet, Premium Economy is offered by a growing number of airlines, and typically sits between Business Class and Economy.
You can expect wider seats with more legroom and normally the seat will include a small legrest, the service might deliver enhanced onboard catering and on the ground it might also offer priority boarding and in a few instances access to an airport lounge.

We don't want you to waste your money, that's why we are about to give you a list of the best Airlines that offer this type of class.

Our favorite is definitely the one offered by Air New Zealand: known for being one of the most innovative airlines in the world, Air New Zealand's Premium Economy Spaceseat - currently available on its 777-300 aircraft - is otherworldly. The stylish, white leather seat, outfitted into its own shell, is quite striking. It has two center seats, which allow passengers to face each other over an extra-wide armrest. It's perfect for traveling couples, who can enjoy a dinner date at cruising altitude.

Virgin Atlantic launched the Premium Economy concept already in 1992 to woo cost-minded business travelers—and the service hasn't changed much in the decades since. Not that that's a bad thing; the dedicated check-in and bag drop ensure exclusivity from the very beginning, and the purple leather seats boast a width of 21 inches, one of the biggest in the business. The airline also offers some of the best Premium Economy dining options, including a multi-course meal and after-dinner drinks.

Open Skies, the lesser-known sister airline to British Airways only has one route: New York City (from either JFK or Newark Airport) to Paris' Orly Airport and back. Its Premium Plus category is all about intimate luxury thanks to a 2:2 configuration. The seats—with chic leather accents—recline to a comfortable 130 degrees. With the 47" pitch, it's difficult to find a more spacious premium economy seat flying the friendly skies. Bonus: Everyone on the plane has access to an entertainment-packed iPad.

Every trip on Cathay Pacific's Premium Economy cabin starts with a hot towel and a glass of bubbly or juice, if you prefer, hinting at the enhanced food service for the flight. The seats, which have an eight-inch recline, end on either legrests (if you're in the front row) or three-position footrests. Amenities like noise-canceling headphones, fancy bathroom soaps and the oversized pillows add to the luxurious experience.

If you need a cocktail to help you relax during a flight, Japan Airlines's Sky Premium class has you covered. The expanded beverage selection includes champagne, sake and sochu, among other offerings. This is in addition to the the TUMI amenities kit and the unique slide-down seat design inside individual shells, which prevents passengers in front of you from reclining into your lap. The perks start well before you board: pre-boarding lounge access is included. And we love it!

Now that Thai Airways has ceased flying through the U.S., American travelers looking to board the airline have to get Europe first, with the most convenient connections via Scandinavia. Flights from Stockholm or Copenhagen to Bangkok are selling the last five rows of the business cabin on a Premium Economy ticket, meaning you get to travel the 11-hour flight in a lay-flat seat with the airline's economy service. Pricing here is roughly half the business rates and won't include the fancy dining options, which shouldn't be a big deal if you're spending most of the time sleeping.

So, when joining other Pinktrotters all over the world, why don't you try one of these Premium Economy seats? We're waiting for you ladies!

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