I want to go to Memphis, either this year or next year.
Was looking at flights with BA, which means going Edinburgh - London - Chicago - Memphis, in total roughly 17/18 hours.
London to Chicago is around 8.30 hours. Booking Premium Economy will cost around £800 extra and will also mean I have to wait till next year I'm impatient and want to go NOW
Is it worth paying for the extras? I'm thinking more of the extra space with the seats, also this will be my once in a lifetime holiday and I've waited years to go, so do I make the most of it, go later and travel a bit more comfortably or do I go this year and save some money and have more to spend on Elvis stuff
Whether PE is worth the money does depend on the airline to some extent but if it means the difference between going this year for your 50th or putting it off until next year then I probably wouldn't bother. Unless an upgrade on the way back won't break the bank.
Some US airlines have PE but it's generally only a pitch (legroom) increase and free alcoholic drinks rather than a completely different seat.
That said, it might be worth looking into booking business class on the US domestic sector. That's going to be a long flight after a transatlantic flight and they do treat you a bit more nicely ime.
I have to agree that if the destination is the special treat then spend the money on that. Not many of us can easily afford First, Business or Upper class for a personal break and as others have said its not that much better than economy. Especially on Virgin. Their brand image is fab but the actual product (experience) isn't anything to write home about.
Going aaaallll that way in a day is going to be miserable a challenge however you do it. So spend the money in Memphis, maybe a fantastic hotel?
We did this trip last year and it was awesome! We flew with united an the flight service was pretty awful however they do fast track you through ohare if your connecting flight is with the same airline and tight turn round. However while we made the plane, it luggage did not and we did not get it till the next day. If you do this option take spare pants in your hand luggage!