If you’ve ever considered splurging on first-class plane tickets, you no doubt discovered it is a luxury for the super-rich, especially if you are family travelers. With tickets running several thousands of dollars for a single passenger, many opt for the lower-priced business-class section, which offers plenty of privacy and creature comfort with less sticker shock.
For those willing to shell out the big bucks, first-class seats feel almost like you are on a private plane, with privacy and luxury dictating every aspect of the flight. Business class offers much of the same comfort but with slightly fewer perks and less privacy. That said, business class features the welcome comfort and lower price tag, making these mid-luxury seats in high demand.
You may have heard the recent rumors airlines are phasing out their pricey first-class sections because these seats are going unsold. While companies like American Airlines, the most recent subject of these rumors, aren’t exactly eliminating their first-class sections, they are paying attention to passengers trending toward investing more in a combination of luxury and meaningful travel experiences, while still looking for a good value.
Airlines are responding to customer demand by trending toward expanded premium-class sections, offering more of these in-demand seats to give passengers extra comfort, space and luxury at a price tag falling somewhere in the middle, allowing families to have the space they need and still find value in the price tag.
American Airlines, for example, plans to adapt several of its Boeing 777-300ER planes along with all of its Airbus A321T planes to include more of what they call Flagship Suite seats. Flagship Suite seats are business class-style seating, allowing passengers to fully recline and enjoy extra storage space and privacy doors. These premium seats add plenty of creature comfort for long-haul international flights and could be indicative of future aircraft trends as the world continues to reconnect with its love of travel.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.