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    I Flew Business Class For The First Time, And Here's Everything I Thought

    Seats with built-in massagers. That's all.

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    Let me preface this by saying that I am an economy gal. Some of my fondest flight memories include having my elbow violently shoved by a drink cart and being seated so close to the airplane bathroom, I could hear every flush.

    I mention the above because I recently flew on Etihad's Business Class (average price = $2,676 USD) and want to tell you about it through the eyes of moi, someone who has never been exposed to that level of in-air splendor.

    the boarding pass

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    I flew from Abu Dhabi to JFK on a nonstop 13-hour flight. My morning began with complimentary chauffeur service (hello, Mercedes-Benz) to the airport and a fast track pass through security.

    the pass

    And then, the boarding. Priority boarding means my derriere was seated right at gate open...and then I was immediately served a lemon mint juice and asked if I wanted a glass of champagne.

    the lemon mint juice

    Now let me walk you through the design of the seating pod itself.

    the seating pod

    The plush leather seats are purposely oversized, which means you get SPACE. Like, passengers can outstretch their legs without fear of crushing under-seat bags.

    There's also ✨ mood lighting ✨ and multiple compartments to your side for storage.

    You get a separate TV remote, which means none of that infuriating touchscreen nonsense, aka raising the volume doesn't involve holding your index finger in place for a full minute. My hand is cramping at the thought.

    the remote

    There is a FOOD MENU. Not your choice of bland chicken or watery pasta, but a tangible menu. With multiple options. Both food and wine.

    the menu

    First meal = fresh bread with olive oil and butter, a Mediterranean vegetable salad, a scrambled egg, beef pastrami, and English sausage wrap. Rating: 10,000/10.

    the meal

    There was even a delicious dessert of chocolate mousse cake with ganache. Sweet tooth still haunting you? Ask for a mini Häagen-Dazs pint. You can have that too.

    the cake

    I overheard three (three!) passengers order fish for their second meal, so I said to myself, Sure, let's give it a go. The meal: seared sea bass with warm buckwheat, kale, red peppers, pumpkin and salsa verde with bread, quinoa, and hummus on the side.

    the meal

    There was also a milk rose cake and a second cappuccino for dessert because when in business class, right?

    the cake

    But the pièce de résistance of Etihad's business class is — and I'm getting weepy just thinking about it — a seat that adjusts into a lay-down bed.

    My flight from Abu Dhabi to New York was 13 hours, and I slept soundly for SEVEN total. Uninterrupted snoozing. I woke up with no neck pain. None. It was divine.

    person sleeping

    And, drumroll please, the seats have built-in massagers *and* you can customize cushion firmness.

    TL;DR: Flying the Etihad Business Class was a top-tier experience, and, oh my word, I now understand the meaning of luxury. I'm pretty sure I'm ruined for life.