When we had to finalise our umrah booking, it didn’t cross our minds (my husband and I) to upgrade to Business Class on Saudi Airlines. After all, we’ll be reaching our destination like everyone else, won’t we? We pondered for a while and went ahead with it because flying for the first time with our toddler was a whole new ballgame for us. We had no idea what to expect and honestly, I never found the time to google on how to pacify baby for long journeys. So we figured we could just wing it and use a few tricks up our sleeves – along with a bag of snacks. We’ve been on a 4hr roadtrip to KL before and although it was an interesting experience, I wasn’t sure I’d like to go through it again i.e., feeling cooped up.
So how much did it cost? It was an additional $700 per person at the time and if we break it down was $350 per way. 30% less than what we imagined and a lot more for what’s to come. And if we were to fly to Jeddah on economy and return to Singapore on business, that’d work too because all we need is that well-deserved rest.
Seats are always limited and it’s no wonder but we managed to snag ours for Singapore to Jeddah vice versa. Our flight to Amman was on economy but we can handle a 2hr journey and the only differences were the extra legroom, SkyPriority and lounge access.
So there’s SkyPriority if queuing isn’t your thing. Skip the line and head to your seat in a jiffy.
But let me begin with the seats! There was so much space that we could practically recline to an almost flat position at a push of a button. I tucked baby J beside me and we co-slept comfortably with a cute pillow and a warm blanket mostly throughout.
I liked the sense of privacy it gave with its headboard that covered a bit of our sides. It’s like our very own private island. There were no pair of legs or hair poking near my window whatsoever.
Their menu was elegant and our meals were served on white ceramic plates with stainless steel cutlery rolled up in a napkin.
And then there’s the lounge access + free wifi. We were invited into the premium lounge as soon as we checked-in.
Among others were the fancy amenity kits by Salvatore Ferragamo and Porsche (for guys) and 30kg baggage allowance x 2 pieces per person which was more than enough for us. There’s also a shower facility should you wish to freshen up before your next flight.
It’s been a good trip overall and all we had were baby J’s impromptu bear-bear, two of his trusty toy cars and some lego bricks. Amazingly and Alhamdulillah, our journey across the Indian Ocean went by smoothly. Perhaps it was all in my head or we were simply delighted to have invested a bit more on our tickets. We were comfortable and felt very well taken care of… like a boss! Either way, going on Saudia Business Class was definitely something we’d consider again even if we need not bring the little one next time because once you go business, you can’t go back.