I recently traveled from Asheville, North Carolina, to Sydney, Australia, to join a cruise on Silver Shadow. I don’t even want to think about how many hours I spent “up in the air.” However, the jet lag hasn’t been nearly as severe as I had anticipated. Part of the reason for that is that I got a good night’s rest in Business Class on the 14-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.
Business Class is the way to go for such a long haul, as I recommend in Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise. But Business Class is often too pricey to palate.
There are ways to make the cost of Business Class air more palatable. Silversea Cruises, for example, offers bargains on Business Class upgrades (economy air is included in Silversea’s fares), so be sure to check those if you’re considering a Silversea cruise.
I used Delta Air Lines’ systemwide upgrades, which the carrier distributes to its loyal Medallions (Diamond and Platinum levels) annually. There’s no additional charge for using the certificates, but the booking must be made in a higher — and pricier — category.
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