The Best First-Class Airlines Prove It's All About the Journey

Money might not buy happiness, but when it comes to airline travel, it certainly goes a long way to make the journey enjoyable. Beyond silverware and hot towelettes, there are a ton of services and amenities that make first-class travel a luxury bucket list experience. 

If you're willing to splurge, don't just book any airline. "Not all first classes were created equal," says Emily McNutt, associate news editor at flight authority The Points Guy. "Do your research—know what you're purchasing and what the experience will be like." For example, McNutt points out that domestic and international carriers vary greatly. "Whereas on the domestic aircraft, you'd probably get something like a recliner seat in a two-two seating configuration, on the long-haul widebody plane, you'd probably be looking at a suite with a lie-flat seat," she points out. 

It's also worth noting that many airlines are doing away with first class altogether as they elevate the business class experience. In fact, McNutt's most extravagant flight was a trip in Emirates business class. "I had been traveling for more than 24 hours, I didn't want to get off the plane when we landed," she recalls. Ever dreamt of flying first class? These are the best first-class airlines that are worth your time and heard-earning money, says a flight expert.