Traveling by air is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to get from one location to another. Passengers can traverse oceans, mountain ranges and vast expanses of land in hours. Most airlines offer a wide range of fares for each flight, depending on when the ticket is being purchased and how much a customer is willing to spend.
Economy class seats are usually the most plentiful. Economy class passengers are seated from just behind business class all the way to the back of the airplane. These seats vary in price depending on the airline, the destination, the length of the flight, the day of the week and the time of the year. Longer flights generally cost more than shorter trips, and trips taken on weekends carry higher price tags than those taken during the week. Those wishing to book a ticket with an aisle seat should do so as quickly as possible, since those seats fill up first.
Premium Economy Class
A select number of longer international flights will offer limited premium economy class seats. These seats offer a number of amenities that regular economy class seats do not. They include adjustable headrests and leg rests, larger personal screens, power plug-ins for laptop computers and premium food service. The premium economy class tickets also offer more leg room and wider seats than standard economy class airfares. Premium tickets purchased well ahead of the departure date may cost up to double a regular economy ticket. The price may go down if travelers choose to wait until closer to the flight date.
Business class fliers are seated in the front of the plane, with a curtain separating them from the rest of the passengers. The options available to business class passengers vary depending on which aircraft they are on. Most offer much wider seats than economy class, with just two seats on either side of the aisle. The majority of business class seats come with personal televisions, and some airlines even provide wireless Internet access. Complimentary food and beverage service and a wider meal menu are also provided for business travelers. These seats can run up to five times the price of a regular economy class ticket.
True first class seats are offered exclusively on long international flights. On all other trips, business class seats are considered the same as first class. International first class tickets provide passengers with extra seating room, electric seat controls, larger personal television screens and wider variety of meals, beverages and television shows or movies. These passengers are also afforded more privacy and attention from flight attendants. On selected long flights, a first class passenger's seat may recline until it is completely horizontal, making it ideal for use as a makeshift bed. First class tickets often cost thousands of dollars for a single flight.