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How to Survive Flying Emirates Economy Class (Top Tips)

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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!



  1. Kaan Özbilen

    May 21, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    “Surviving” in Emirates’ economy class is easy. Teach us how to survive in Ryan or Wizz Air’s.

    • Jasper van Ooijen

      August 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      What about easyjet

    • Maisie Feek

      August 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      Sam Chui Good luck even getting on the plane with the delays!!

    • BibaSenana

      August 28, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      But Ryanair Wizz etc had short flights. .can survive.

    • Rosalina Altomeni

      September 6, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Hahahaha but I was lucky with Ryanair for Seat it’s no problem for 1 hour 😂

  2. Anthony Hartono

    May 21, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    When the camera is turned off, he made his way back to his business/first class seat. We never know :p

    • Nordin

      May 28, 2019 at 11:58 am

      He would 😂

    • theEntreriCode

      May 30, 2019 at 2:54 am

      Hahah Sam has enough credibility to not do that. If he flies economy, he flies economy! I need to learn to be as happy as him in cattle class!

    • sailaab

      June 1, 2019 at 11:53 pm

      nahhh.. that was when him and 04:52 were engaged in making…. infants for lonely lion Louis
      #hashtag #MileHighClub

    • Sheilla Olga

      June 18, 2019 at 12:28 am

      @Sam Chui 😂😂😂😂😂👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  3. Black Terminal

    May 29, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I love the A380. Such a smooth flyer. Economy in Emirates is excellent.

  4. Daneando

    May 30, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Food serving person: hello sir would you like biscuits or a kitkat
    Sam: kitkat
    Food serving person: proceeds to put two napkins and both the kitkat and biscuits on his desk lol

    • Walu John Singogo

      June 5, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Daneando if it were me I’d say both 😂

    • 230968

      August 12, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Perks of being an airline critic.

  5. Ben Carter

    May 31, 2019 at 6:26 am

    It’s a 6 hours flight. I’m sure you’ll be fine 🙄

    • Yara Khalil

      June 18, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Ben Carter if you watched the whole video he says who needs business and first class when you have economy

  6. Donuts For Life

    May 31, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    My video be like: ‘how to survive the luggage compartment’

    • Jackk Reacherr

      June 5, 2019 at 2:28 am


  7. Dipro Prattoy

    June 3, 2019 at 4:38 am

    For you, flying economy is weird..

    For me and millions others its the normal one… is just a dream xD….and first class..
    Whats that ? Lol

    • MEEEH !

      September 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      @Jack-plays Gamer Dude your 12 and according to the Look of your room you probably arent flying at all

    • Jack-plays Gamer

      September 4, 2019 at 3:33 am

      MEEEH ! Wtf I live in a house with a pool

    • Golden Grenade

      September 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Dipro Prattoy not even economy on Emirates, i stick to budget

    • Jack-plays Gamer

      September 6, 2019 at 4:17 am

      MEEEH ! Ur poor probz

    • Muhammad Yusuf Wahyudin

      September 7, 2019 at 4:29 am

      That’s right. but I have ever been in Business Class for once. My seat was upgraded because they did overbooking prochedure. Thanks Garuda indonesia.

  8. Rian Young

    June 10, 2019 at 8:56 am


    Sam Chui: How to survive something you do every day.

  9. moody 7

    June 13, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Economy on Emirates A380 is not a surviving

    It’s a pleasure.

    • Jack Spy

      August 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Benjamin Playford uhhh….. wth r u talking bout???

    • purelle626

      August 10, 2019 at 3:25 am

      Right, try flying Frontier.

    • Mita *

      August 17, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Of course, some people in the world don’t have money to buy a ticket for Economy class… 😢

  10. William Sinolungan

    June 14, 2019 at 8:06 am

    How to survive flying Emirates economy

    step 1: Be gratefull, you’re flying Emirates for god sake

    • Yuyu Yuliasih

      July 30, 2019 at 12:54 am


    • Random Guy

      August 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      So right.

  11. Honghyuk Kim

    June 14, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    so he ended up surviving after being extremely lucky to be able to occupy 4 middle seats. How useful!

    • JL H

      June 22, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Exactly he had it easy.

    • Asma Bibi

      July 9, 2019 at 11:06 pm

      I think he is making commercial for Emirates airline thats why he got these seats

    • 230968

      August 12, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Is Sam advertising Emirates Business Class by talking low of Economy?

  12. Justice Warrior

    June 24, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Fly Emirates is just a dream airline!!
    It’s so good it’s unreal!

  13. rollosushi

    July 1, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Economy for Sam: how to survive

    Economy for me: bragging about going on a plane

  14. Harry c

    July 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    You should try spirit airlines, that’s call survival

    • Gamerboy360

      August 17, 2019 at 12:09 am

      Olivia Calderone I think frontier is not bad

    • Olivia Calderone

      August 17, 2019 at 12:19 am

      I’ve flown frontier a few times and I’ve had problems every single time. I won’t fly them again

    • Gamerboy360

      August 17, 2019 at 12:21 am

      Olivia Calderone I mean it’s the price you get 60 dollars for a flight

    • Olivia Calderone

      August 17, 2019 at 12:27 am

      Economy is supposed to be the opposite of luxury. That means no free snacks or drinks, no entertainment, no Wi-Fi, etc. It shouldn’t mean constantly cancelled and delayed flights. And that has been my experience, which is why I won’t fly them again

    • Christopher Schuster

      August 27, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      You should try writing a proper sentence.

  15. Bub Gaming

    July 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    You survive by not complain and being happy you’re going on holiday.

    First world problems strike again.

    • KID 7

      August 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      It’s not even a first world problem, it’s that Sam is painfully entitled.

  16. Phoen1xG4m1ng

    July 23, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Sam Chui : how to survive flying Emirates Economy class

    Me : *has never flown in Business class or first class

  17. Gmacpark

    September 2, 2019 at 5:18 am

    This is as useful as a chocolate fire guard, thumbs down loser


    September 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Dear god you make it sound like it is not the norm. How privileged of you.

  19. J. Khan Vlogs

    September 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Wish to Win Give away gift from you even one time in life !!! I wish !!

  20. Rosalina Altomeni

    September 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    4 Seat and You have Seat in the middle when u want eat ohh that’s Really2 hard work 😂😂😂 but I think emirates it’s really Good Airlines 👌

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