AirAsia is a low-cost carrier based out of Kuala Lumpur.
All of their planes with the exception of their long-haul (AirAsia X) fleet are single-cabin Airbus A320s. So there is no business class.
But the cabins do have what they call ‘AirAsia Hot Seats.’
We used AirAsia to hop around southeast Asia.
We found it to be a cheap and convenient way to get around. And we found that buying Hot Seats or their Premium Flex bundle adds a level of affordable luxury to the experience.
AirAsia Hot Seats are bulkhead row 1 and exit rows 12 and 14 (there is no 13) have extra leg-room.
The Hot Seats in rows 2-5 get you early boarding and, of course, early deplaning. But the seat pitch in AirAsia Hot Seat rows 2-5 looked the same as the rest of economy to me.
You can book hot seats in advance or at check-in (if they are still available).
Flight attendants strictly protect and enforce the Hot Seats.
Trying to poach an empty Hot Seat either while boarding or during the flight results in near-immediate ejection from them. We watched this happen several times.
AirAsia Premium Flex is basically a bundle of all of the premium add-ons that AirAsia offers.
If you are familiar with Southwest Airlines, it’s AirAsia’s version of Business Select.
We have listed all of the perks of AirAsia Premium Flex here.
For us, AirAsia Hot Seats and AirAsia Premium Flex add a touch of affordable luxury to the entire AirAsia experience. We think they are worth the price!
Read more about our specific AirAsia Hot Seat and AirAsia Premium Flex experiences below!