How to Survive Flying Emirates Economy Class (Top Tips)

I flew Emirates A380 economy class from Dubai to Zurich. In the video, I gave 8 good tips on how to survive or how to enjoy economy class flying. I am sure you will benefit from some of the tip I gave!

The video also shows you the children’s kit and meal on Emirates. Also Ramadan Iftar boxes are shown in the video. Enjoy the magnificent forward wing view with engine on the A380!


Join me for a relaxed and fun flight from Dubai to Zurich with Emirates. I travel aboard the Airbus A380 aeroplane in Emirates economy class and I reveal eight tips and tricks on how you can enjoy and get the most out of your economy class flight. We can’t all experience the luxury of flying first class but this video aims to show that it certainly isn’t impossible to have a very enjoyable, relaxing and comfortable flight in economy class with just a little prior planning, research and thought.

In this video, I also specifically examine some of the comforts offered by the Emirates airline within their economy class to help their customers. One thing we focus on is Emirates’ provision for children and we examine the complimentary items including blankets, bibs, baby wipes and colouring in books which are given out to families with young children.

Tip #1 – Even if you’re flying in economy class, try and access a credit card lounge before the flight to make yourself more comfortable and prepared for boarding. You’re more likely to start the flight in a better mood and in a more positive state of mind, especially if you’ve had to wait at the airport for a while, if you’ve had something to eat, had a comfortable seat to sit on and been in relaxed and more quiet surroundings. If you are not eligible to enter one of these lounges, consider paying for entry; it is likely to be well worth your investment as one of the biggest reasons why people do not enjoy their flight in economy class is because they were not in the right frame of mind to begin with.

Tip #2 – Use a website such as to see where clusters of empty seats are on the flight that you wish to take. By using this website, you may be able to purchase seats from the airline’s website which are in a quieter spot, with less people surrounding you. can show real time seat maps for your flight up to one hour before the departure of the flight, letting you make an informed decision as to the best seat location for you in economy class.

Tip #3 – Use a website such as to get to know the layout of the economy class on your flight better so that you can select more advantageous economy seats with views over the engines, or, perhaps most importantly, with more leg room. There’s almost always a few economy seats with much, much more leg room than others because of the free space that has to be left in front of the aircraft’s mid-placed emergency exit.

Furthermore, after coming on board, if there’s a very favourable seat which is vacant and unsold, grab it before anybody else does!

Tip #4 – If you can, travel in the low season when fares are lower and when planes are less crowded. Low season months are February, May and November.

During my flight in Emirates economy class, I was able to move around to a large number of different seats as, travelling in May, it was low season. I was also able to lie down over a complete row of four economy seats and get a quality rest as if I was in business class, but without business class prices! If you can, it certainly pays dividends to travel in economy class when it’s less busy in the low season.

Tip #5 – Always bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol consumption which can dehydrate you. Additionally, always bring an eye-shade with you so that you can get quality rest whenever you need it; these are provided on some longer haul flights but it’s always best to have your own, just in case.

Tip #6 – Wear something loose and comfy to promote good well being and also good blood circulation whilst you’re up in the air. This is especially important when the flight is crowded and/or there isn’t a lot of leg room and movement is restricted. This follows on to…

Tip #7 – Wherever possible, stretch your limbs and walk around the cabin – it doesn’t just help keep your blood circulating in what can be a cramped economy class but it keeps your mood happy too. Feeling confined and restricted in economy class is a big source of uncomfortable economy class flights.

Tip #8 – Stay smiling and stay positive whenever travelling in economy class. Don’t forget to bring your headphones with you to listen to some of your favourite tunes whilst you’re in the sky!

I really want to hear your opinion – do you have any thoughts about what makes for a good trip in economy class? Is there anything that you swear by? Leave your comments down below and, as always, thanks for watching!


40 thoughts on “How to Survive Flying Emirates Economy Class (Top Tips)”

  1. Sam made it sound like Emirates economy is a struggle with the word”survive”.😂 It really has one of the best economy flights compared to other airlines. That is from my own experience flying Emirates economy Dubai to Manila.

  2. Sam, "Surving" is when you travell on a full flight from LHR to JFK on an Aer Lingus 737 with no tvs or WiFi and some dodgy cuisine! Airbus economy is like business class or premium economy on some other aeroplanes! I always try and get the front row seats on any flight so I can stretch my legs and unfortunately, you can't always travel on a half empty plane especially for us parents! I make sure I have my travel pillow, fuzzy socks and lounge sleepers so that I am comfortable and I always ask for an extra blanket as I feel very cold on planes!

  3. I've flown with Emirates in the past and it has always been a good experience! I'm flying again with them to Brazil. They have the layover accommodation covered's an around the world trip but l was willing to pay 1500 more for my flight because l didn't want to fly with American Airlines.

  4. Same answer as to when u live aboard and need to visit homeland wherever it is it take a long time to even budget for a trip so we just suck up and travel 2 days just to be with family it’s not about staying in a class section to look good and flaunt your status excuse me

  5. It’s called traveling and not surviving Sam! I travel a lot and it’s always economy even if I’ve my means. Please do not disrespect the majority of people who pay to displace to have a good time/work and not to sleep with a $10k bill. And do not forget who are your majority subscribers.

  6. Try flying with three other people beside you it’s not so comfortable . I’ve flown Emirates and it is hands down one of the best economy seats there is. Try flying Qantas, Virgin, or Jetstar economy would love to see a review because they are so bad you would want to scream get me outa here 😂

  7. I love flying with Emirates, went on their flights from Indonesia to some cities in Europe. The crews were okay (some were nice and warm, some not so much), food were pretty good, and the flights were smooth. I really appreciate the goodie bags for kids, my young son really loves them.

  8. one of the worst experiences in Emirates, they don't ask me for my requirement/ confirmation of the seat they just booked in some middle, Air hostess did not pay attention & not gave me anything which I needed, paying such huge amount for food & comfort gets nothing.

  9. Wow the entitlement!!!!! Recently I flew Kolkata to Dubai in economy class and loved it. I guess I am poor so I actually quite enjoyed my journey in the economy class 🤷🏻‍♀️

  10. I've flown with
    Pan Am….back in the day
    British Airways.
    Emirates economy class is way better then all of the aboves so called first class.

  11. We travelled with Emirates in Economy and had NO complaints. The crew were pleasant, the food delicious and we had enough space to be able to travel comfortably. The bathrooms were always clean too. I would use them in a heartbeat if we travel again.

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