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SAS Business Class Mini-post #2 – Best Seat

When I started this blog, I didn’t really plan to write reviews, since there are already tons of reviews of almost every hotel/lounge/premium cabin. I realized that I enjoy writing them, though, since (as the title of this blog suggests), I enjoy hearing myself type. The one thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that I never bother to take pictures. I’m not very good at it, and I don’t see the utility of going to great pains to photograph something that has already been exhaustively documented on One Mile at a Time. You loyal readers come here for my scintillating words, not for the pictures, right?

And anyway, because I was the very last person to board my SAS business class flight, I didn’t really have much of a chance to get photos of the cabin anyway. In fact, the only photo I took the entire flight (besides shots out of the window) was of the packet of nuts featured in my last post.

I do have a full review of the flight in progress, but I wanted to highlight my thoughts on the best seat in the house in a separate post, because I disagree with the conventional wisdom here. Every review I have read says that the even-numbered window seats are the best, since the seat is flush against the window, with the console in between the seat and the aisle. (The odd-numbered window seats are the opposite, with the seat against the aisle and the console against the wall.) In general, these are good seats, but 1H and 9H are the best seats, hands down. (9H only applies if you’re on an A340, by the way).

Why do I feel this way? Because 1H and 9H have almost twice as much room as the other seats, and I’d much rather have all the extra space than be set off from the aisle. Here’s a screen shot from the Google Earth view of the business class cabin. The perspective is exaggerated, but you get a sense of how much further away the “front” of the seat is. The IFE screen is about a foot further away from your face, and only your shins/feet go into the bulkhead wall in bed mode. I got to compare both side-by-side, since Justine was sitting in 10H, and while I appreciated being right up against the window, half of my body was basically in a coffin when I lay down.

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Overall, 9H is my favorite seat, since it’s in the two-row mini-cabin on the A340, which makes for a very peaceful flight. Plus, you get two windows, whereas 1H (pictured above) only has one window. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the H seats are preferable to the A seats, because the left middle seat (B) is right next to the aisle, whereas the right middle seat (D) is set off by the console. That means that A and B are right next to each other, separated only by the aisle, whereas D and H are not. As a result, the H seats feel more private, even though the seats are on the aisle.

Seriously, if you’re flying SAS business class, call them up and ask to change your seat to 1H, or 9H if you’re on an A340.

What’s your favorite seat in SAS business class? If you don’t say 1H or 9H, don’t bother saying anything, since you’re dead to me.

 

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SAS Business Class is a fucking piece of shit that doesn’t even give you nuts in a RAMEKIN!

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What the fuck is this bullshit, SAS? A plastic bag of nuts? NO RAMEKIN NO DEAL.

I’m just kidding. I liked SAS business class a lot (expect a review full of text and no pictures shortly), and more importantly, I had never even heard of a “ramekin” until I started reading other blogs’ reviews of premium cabins.

What do you think? Do you expect nuts to be served in a ramekin? Do you expect anything else to be served in a ramekin? Do you walk onto a plane expecting to receive ramekin after ramekin until there’s no room left on your tray table because of all the ramekins? RAMEKIN!!!!

 

All Mixed Up

I’m intrigued by Aeroplan – in general, it offers a user-friendly way to search for Star Alliance awards, and business class awards to Europe are 45,000 miles each way. That’s a favorable comparison to United, which charges 57,500 miles for their own flights and 70,000 miles for partner flights. The problem I keep running into with Aeroplan is only seeing availability for goddamned mixed cabin awards that no rational person would ever spend miles on. I realize this problem isn’t specific to Aeroplan, since they’re just reporting availability from across the Star Alliance network. It’s just as bad when searching availability on United, and although you sometimes have the option to exclude mixed cabin awards from showing up in the list of flights for a specific date, you can’t view an availability calendar that has been filtered to get rid of mixed cabin awards. That means that you have to sift through date after date of available flights to find a single cabin award – and if you live in San Francisco, you may never find it.

Hey wait a second, here’s something funny. I went over to Aeroplan to pick a random date in order to find a representative example of how annoying mixed cabin awards can be, and I found this:

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SAS partner availability in business class?! I’m definitely filing this away for future consideration. SAS’s new business class cabin looks super nice, although everything I’ve heard suggests that SAS almost never releases partner award space. I also have a soft spot for SAS, since I love their livery… even though the one time I flew them, I was on a plane that looked like it had been in service since the 1980s.

This image doesn’t totally do the livery justice, since my favorite thing about it is the “misty morning gray” color scheme. Especially when it’s contrasted against an airfield full of nondescript white European planes.

 

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Okay, back to my irritation over mixed cabin awards…

Here’s a good one: 45,000 miles for a 1 hour flight in “business” (which on an intra-Europe flight means a coach seat with the middle seat blocked off and maybe a meal) and a 12 hour transatlantic flight in Economy. What a deal!

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This is my favorite: an itinerary that shuttles you all over Europe on short hops (again in “business”) before plopping you into the economy section of a long haul flight. I’d maybe splash out 45,000 miles for this award if it had a few more connections, but as it is, it seems a little too efficient.

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To be honest, I don’t really care about all this anymore, since all I can think about is booking a business class award on SAS. Petty annoyances will just have to make way for my genuine interest.

Requisite question designed to spur a flurry of responses in the comments section: How much did it suck the last time YOU flew a mixed cabin award?