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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
Aegean airlines
Economy: 30 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 17-18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Adria airways
Economy: -

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 16+ inches

Premium Economy: not available

Aer Lingus
Economy: 31-32 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 17 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Aeroflot
Economy: -

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 17+ inches

Premium Economy: not available

Air Astana
Economy: 30-32 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Air Canada
Economy: 29-34 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 17-20 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Air China
Economy: -

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 32 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Air France
Economy: 29-32 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches


Economy: 17-18 inches

Premium Economy: 19 inches

Air New Zealand
Economy: 30-34 inches

Premium Economy: 41-42 inches


Economy: 17 inches

Premium Economy: 18.5-10 inches

All Nippon Airways
Economy: 34 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches


Economy: -

Premium Economy: 19.3 inches

Austrian
Economy: 30 inches

Premium Economy: 33-35 inches


Economy: 17-18 inches

Premium Economy: 19 inche

American Airlines
Economy: 31-40

Premium Economy: 16-18 inches


Economy: 16.5-18.5

Premium Economy: 17.1 - 19 inches

Avianca
Economy: text

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: text

Premium Economy: not available

British Airways
Economy: 30-38 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches


Economy: 16-19 inches

Premium Economy: 18.5 inches

Delta Airlines
Economy: 30-35 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches


Economy: 16.5-18.5 inches

Premium Economy: 18.5-19 inches

emiratos
Economy: 32-34 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Ethiad
Economy: 32 inches

Premium Economy: Economy upgrades but no Premium Class


Economy: 17-19 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Gulf Air
Economy: 32 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 17.5

Premium Economy: not available

Oman Air
Economy: 31-34 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 18 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Philippine Airlines
Economy: 30-33 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 16 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Aerolíneas de Singapur
Economy: 32-34 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches


Economy: 17.5-19 inches

Premium Economy: 19-19.5 inches

Turkish Airlines
Economy: 30-31 inches

Premium Economy: not available


Economy: 16-17.8 inches

Premium Economy: not available

Aerolíneas Unidas
Economy: 30-38 inches

Premium Economy: 38 inches


Economy: 16-19 inches

Premium Economy: 19 inches

Which airlines offer Premium Economy?

AIRLINE NAME País NAME FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY
Aerolineas Argentinas Argentina Club Economy
Aeroflot Rusia Comfort Class
Aeroméxico Méjico Aeromexico Plus
Air Austral France Classe Comfort
Air Canada Canadá Economia Premium
Air Caraïbes France/Caribbean La Classe Caraïbes
Air China China Economia Premium
Air France France Economia Premium
Transat de aire Canadá Club Class
Air New Zealand New Zealand Economia Premium
Air Senegal Senegal Economia Premium
AirAsia Malasia Hot Seat
AirAsia X Malasia Hot Seat
Alitalia Italia Classica Plus
All Nippon Airways Japan Economia Premium
Allegiant Air USA Legroom Plus
American Airlines USA Main Cabin Extra
Asiana Airlines China Economy Smartium
Austrian Airlines Austria Economia Premium
Avianca Colombia Economy Plus
British Airways REINO UNIDO World Traveller Plus
Brussels Airlines Bélgica Economy Privilege
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Economia Premium
China Airlines China Economia Premium
China Southern Airlines China Economia Premium
Cóndor Alemania Condor Premium Economy
Delta Air Lines USA Delta Comfort+
Aire edelweiss Suiza Economy Plus
El Al Israel Economy Plus
Eva Air Taiwán Elite Class
finnair Finland Economy Comfort
Aerolíneas de frontera USA Stretch
Hawaiian Airlines USA Extra Comfort
Iberia Spain Economia Premium
Icelandair Iceland Economy Comfort
Líneas aéreas de Japón Japan Economia Premium
Jetblue airways USA Even More Space
KLM Países Bajos Europe Select
LAN Airlines Chile Economia Premium
Mucho polaco aerolíneas Poland Premium Club
lufthansa Alemania Economia Premium
Mahan Air Corrí Economia Premium
Malaysia Airlines Malasia Economy Plus
Noruego Noruega Economia Premium
Oman Air Omán Premium Class
Pakistan International Airlines Pakistan Economy Plus+
Philippine Airlines The Philippines Premium Fiesta Class
Qantas Australia Economia Premium
Aerolíneas escandinavas sas Denmark/Norway/Sweden SAS Plus
Scoot Singapur Super/Stretch Seats
Aerolíneas de Singapur Singapur Economia Premium
Spicejet India Economia Premium
Sunwing Airlines Canadá Elite Plus
Aerolíneas tam Brasil Space Plus
Aerolínea tailandesa Tailandia Economia Premium
Ukraine International Airlines Ukraine Economia Premium
Aerolíneas Unidas USA Economy Plus
Líneas aéreas de vietnam Vietnam Economy Deluxe
Virgin America USA Main Cabin Select
VIRGIN ATLANTIC USA Economia Premium
Virgin Australia Australia Economia Premium
Vistara India Economia Premium
WestJet Canadá Economy Plus