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International Business Class Seats: How expensive are they?

Traveling in business class offers an unparalleled level of comfort and service, whether you're hopping between cities within your country or jetting off to a distant part of the globe. However, the experience—and the price tag—can differ dramatically between domestic and international flights. In this blog, we'll explore the nuances of business class travel, dissecting the cost and what you get for your money on both domestic and international flights.

Understanding the Business Class Experience

Before diving into costs, it's essential to understand what business class entails. Generally, business class offers priority boarding, more spacious seating, enhanced meal services, and access to airport lounges among other perks. On international flights, the experience is often more luxurious, with lie-flat seats, privacy partitions, gourmet dining, and sometimes even amenities like pajamas and amenity kits.

The Cost Difference

Domestic Business Class:

  • Pricing: On domestic flights, business class seats typically cost anywhere from 50% to 200% more than economy seats. The price difference largely depends on the length of the flight and the airline.

  • Value Proposition: For shorter flights, the business class experience is more about convenience than luxury. Think more legroom, early boarding, and free drinks, rather than a fully flat bed or high-end entertainment systems.

International Business Class:

  • Pricing: The leap to international business class can be substantial, with prices often being 3 to 5 times higher than economy class on the same route. For instance, for a Dubai flight, leaving from Dulles International Airport in March 2024 (purchased in September ), the cost of a business seat was $6,200 per person (round-trip).

  • Value Proposition: The steep price tag is justified by a significantly enhanced experience. On long-haul flights, the ability to sleep on a flat bed, enjoy high-quality meals, and access superior entertainment options can be a game-changer, not to mention the benefit of arriving more rested and productive.

Is it Worth the Splurge?

Deciding whether to splurge on business class depends on several factors, including the length of the flight, personal budget, and what you value in your travel experience. For short domestic flights, the benefits of business class may not justify the cost for all travelers. However, for long-haul international flights such as from the US to Dubai, the added comfort, service, and amenities can make a significant difference in your travel experience, especially for those who need to arrive well-rested for work or other engagements.


The decision to book business class seats, ultimately hinges on a mix of personal preference, budget, and the specific offerings of the airline and route. In the past, VEI offered business class seats for certain destinations, but in recent years, the airlines have only offered contracts for the basic economy seats.

If you're ready to treat yourself to one of the greatest flying experience and purchase that roundtrip business class seat, you have the option to purchase the Land Only package from VEI, which includes everything but the flights. You would then purchase your flights online. It is a great opportunity to earn points and sky miles.

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