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Is it worth upgrading from Economy to Premium Economy?

Find out information on Premium Economy and whether purchasing a Premium ticket over and Economy ticket is worth it. Use our comparison table below to see how the two classes compare for all the major airlines! 

WHAT IS PREMIUM ECONOMY?

 

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Because comfort is such as big priority for many travellers, some airlines offer Premium Economy as a separate seating class to Economy, usually with a greater service and space. Not all airlines offer Premium Economy - it is usually found on international flights. Airlines are increasingly offering Premium Economy, but the question is, is the increased fare worth the upgrade?

The difference between Economy and Premium Economy

 

The difference between Premium Economy and Economy will vary between airlines, and is likely to also depend on the type of aircraft you are flying on. In many cases, Premium Economy will be separated from Economy with a curtain to increase privacy. You can also expect wider seats and a few extra inches of recline, as well as extra amenities and facilities including complimentary snacks/meals/drinks, power, and a larger personal entertainment screen.

Top Tip: Is extra space a priority to you? Check out our guide to learn more about seat width and pitch and the best airlines for personal space in Economy: Airlines with the Biggest Seats in Economy and Premium Economy.

 

Is it worth paying for Premium Economy?

Premium Economy definitely offers a better flying experience. The upgrade can be quite a bit more expensive, so is it worth paying for the increased cost? There’s no denying that premium economy is a better flying experience compared to the economy, so the question is, how much are you willing to pay for that privilege? As stated above, there can be some good value, but it can also be quite expensive. It depends on your priorities; many people value the extra room, especially on transatlantic or long-haul flights. Premium class seats will typically have 5-7 extra inches of legroom and width. If the difference is just 15-20%, it might be worth upgrading.

Additional facilities often include adjustable headrests and leg-rests, larger personal TV screens and power ports for laptop or digital devices. Passengers can also usually look forward to a premium food service and complimentary alcoholic drinks.

Airline Comparison

 

Take a look at our table below to see how Economy compares with Premium Economy on some of the most popular airlines:

 

AIRLINE NAME SEAT PITCH SEAT WIDTH FOOD OTHER AMENITIES PRICE
(ECONOMY VS PREMIUM)
Aegean Airlines
Economy: 30 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 17-18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary snack/drink

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system available

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available
 
Adria Airways
Economy: -

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 16+ inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Snacks/drinks available for purchase

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Aer Lingus
Economy: 31-32 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 17 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal (transatlantic flights)

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Aeroflot
Economy: -

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 17+ inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, comfort kits, entertainment system

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Air Astana
Economy: 30-32 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, amenity kit

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Air Canada
Economy: 29-34 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 17-20 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertaimnent system, power supply, amenity kits

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Air China
Economy: -

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 32 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertaimnent system, power supply 

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Air France
Economy: 29-32 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches

 

Economy: 17-18 inches

Premium Economy: 19 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, power, amenity kit

Premium Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, power, amenity kit 

 

Paris to Dubai
 
Economy:
£750

Premium Economy: £1,700

 
Air New Zealand
Economy: 30-34 inches

Premium Economy: 41-42 inches

 

Economy: 17 inches

Premium Economy: 18.5-10 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

 

Economy: Baggae included, entertainment system, skycouch options

Premium Economy: Baggae included, entertainment system, skycouch options, elevated legrests

 

London to Auckland
 
Economy:
£2170

Premium Economy: £3800

 
All Nippon Airways
Economy: 34 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches

 

Economy: - 

Premium Economy: 19.3 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, power, amenity kit

Premium Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, power, amenity kit

 

Narita to New York
 
Economy:
£3970

Premium Economy: £1996

 
Austrian
Economy: 30 inches

Premium Economy: 33-35 inches

 

Economy: 17-18 inches

Premium Economy: 19 inche

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

 

Economy: Baggae included, entertainment system

Premium Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, power, amenity kit, foot rests

 

Vienna to Reykjavik
 
Economy:
£630

Premium Economy: £6550

 
American Airlines
Economy: 31-40

Premium Economy: 16-18 inches

 

Economy: 16.5-18.5

Premium Economy: 17.1 - 19 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary snacks/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system

Premium Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, amenity kits, power supply, more legroom, priority check-in/boarding etc

 

London to New York
 
Economy:
£857

Premium Economy: £1144

 
Avianca
Economy: text

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: text

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
British Airways
Economy: 30-38 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches

 

Economy: 16-19 inches

Premium Economy: 18.5 inches

 

Economy: snacks/drinks available for purchase

Premium Economy: complimentary meals/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included. Entertaiment system on longer flights

Premium Economy: Baggage included, amenity/comfort kit, entertainment system, power supply 

 

London to New York
 
Economy: £860

Premium Economy: £1155

 
Delta Airlines
Economy: 30-35 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches

 

Economy: 16.5-18.5 inches

Premium Economy: 18.5-19 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary snacks/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meals/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included, Wi-Fi, downloadable entertainment

Premium Economy: Baggage included, Wi-Fi, entertainment system, amenity kits

 

Comparison not available

 
Emirates
Economy: 32-34 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, Wi-Fi, entertainment system

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Ethiad
Economy: 32 inches

Premium Economy: Economy upgrades but no Premium Class

 

Economy: 17-19 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Snacks/drinks available for purchase

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, amenity and comfort kits

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
Gulf Air
Economy: 32 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 17.5

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meals/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available
 
Oman Air 
Economy: 31-34 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: snacks/drinks available for purchase

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage Allowance, entertainment system, power supply

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available
 
Philippine Airlines
Economy: 30-33 inches

Premium Economy: not available 

 

Economy: 16 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary snacks/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available
 
Singapore Airlines
Economy: 32-34 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches

 

Economy: 17.5-19 inches

Premium Economy: 19-19.5 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, amenity kit

Premium Economy: Baggage included, entertainment system, amenity kit

 

Singapore to New York
 
Economy:
£2300

Premium Economy: £2900

 
Turkish Airlines
Economy: 30-31 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: 16-17.8 inches

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Complimentary meal/drinks

Premium Economy: not available

 

Economy: Baggage included, amenity kit, children's entertainment

Premium Economy: not available

 

Comparison not available

 
United Airlines
Economy: 30-38 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches

 

Economy: 16-19 inches

Premium Economy: 19 inches

 

Economy: Complimentary snacks/drinks

Premium Economy: Complimentary snacks/drinks

 

Economy: Baggage included, Wi-Fi, entertainment system

Premium Economy: Baggage included, Wi-Fi, entertainment system, extra legroom

 

Comparison not available

 

 

Which airlines offer Premium Economy?

 

AIRLINE NAME COUNTRY NAME FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY
Aerolineas Argentinas Argentina Club Economy
Aeroflot Russia Comfort Class
Aeroméxico Mexico Aeromexico Plus
Air Austral France Classe Comfort
Air Canada Canada Premium Economy
Air Caraïbes France/Caribbean La Classe Caraïbes
Air China China Premium Economy
Air France France Premium Economy
Air Transat Canada Club Class
Air New Zealand New Zealand Premium Economy
Air Senegal Senegal Premium Economy
AirAsia Malaysia Hot Seat
AirAsia X Malaysia Hot Seat
Alitalia Italy Classica Plus
All Nippon Airways Japan Premium Economy
Allegiant Air USA Legroom Plus
American Airlines USA Main Cabin Extra
Asiana Airlines China Economy Smartium
Austrian Airlines Austria Premium Economy
Avianca Colombia Economy Plus
British Airways UK World Traveller Plus
Brussels Airlines Belgium Economy Privilege
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Premium Economy
China Airlines China Premium Economy
China Southern Airlines China Premium Economy
Condor Germany Condor Premium Economy
Delta Air Lines USA Delta Comfort+
Edelweiss Air Switzerland Economy Plus
El Al Israel Economy Plus
EVA Air Taiwan Elite Class
Finnair Finland Economy Comfort
Frontier Airlines USA Stretch
Hawaiian Airlines USA Extra Comfort
Iberia Spain Premium Economy
Icelandair Iceland Economy Comfort
Japan Airlines Japan Premium Economy
JetBlue Airways USA Even More Space
KLM Netherlands Europe Select
LAN Airlines Chile Premium Economy
LOT Polish Airlines Poland Premium Club
Lufthansa Germany Premium Economy
Mahan Air Iran Premium Economy
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Economy Plus
Norwegian Norway Premium Economy
Oman Air Oman Premium Class
Pakistan International Airlines Pakistan Economy Plus+
Philippine Airlines The Philippines Premium Fiesta Class
Qantas Australia Premium Economy
SAS Scandinavian Airlines Denmark/Norway/Sweden SAS Plus
Scoot Singapore Super/Stretch Seats
Singapore Airlines Singapore Premium Economy
Spicejet India Premium Economy
Sunwing Airlines Canada Elite Plus
TAM Airlines Brazil Space Plus
Thai Airways Thailand Premium Economy
Ukraine International Airlines Ukraine Premium Economy
United Airlines USA Economy Plus
Vietnam Airlines Vietnam  Economy Deluxe
Virgin America USA Main Cabin Select
Virgin Atlantic USA Premium Economy
Virgin Australia Australia Premium Economy
Vistara India Premium Economy
WestJet Canada Economy Plus