Airlines

My Flight: British Airways Club World (Business Class) – London (LHR) to New York (JFK)


A review of British Airways Club World Business Class

 

The British Airways Club World (Business Class) cabin is one I know very well and which, in my opinion, delivers exactly what I want on a regular basis – great service, food and drink (add extra chocolates to that) and comfort. Here is how a recent flight from London Heathrow to New York JFK went.

A good travel experience does not begin when you arrive at your destination. For me, it is pretty clear – it all starts at the airport. Long-haul flights for me, are very special moments – it is code for ‘me’ time: no interruptions, time to catch up on movies and TV, bubbles and of course, continuing to believe that ‘there are no calories up in the air’, especially when it refers to chocolate. Don’t ask.

 

 

Check-in

The BA First Check-In area at LHR

The BA First Check-In area at LHR

Checking in at London Heathrow’s terminal 5 is always a breeze. I call this one of my ‘spiritual places’ (it is where many travel adventures) and it really has a calming effect on me (as soon as I enter the terminal). It is bright and airy, very quiet and there are no queues. Club World passengers have many dedicated check-in desks, but as a BA Executive Club Gold Cardholder, I am also able to check in for any flight on the First Check In area. I chose the latter as there was no queue (and because it always feels special).

When you approach this area, you are greeted by BA ground staff and directed to the next available check-in desk. Ours was short but sweet – the ground agent was nice and seemed particularly excited by our final destination (which was Miami, via JFK) – everyone wants to escape the British winter.

 

Security

All business class passengers (as well as silver and gold cardholders with a guest) can use the Fast Track security lane, which usually works well (but depends on the time of day). We had 5 people before us on our lane and it took us around 10 minutes – most people were leisure travellers and they took their time.

 

The Lounge

The BA First Lounge at London Heathrow T5

The BA First Lounge at London Heathrow T5

We could use either the BA Galleries lounge (as can all business class and silver cardholders) – both at the main terminal (T5A), where you have a choice of North and South lounges (I prefer the South one), but you can also use the lounge at T5B, the satellite terminal where our flight was to depart from.

As a gold member, I love stopping by the First lounge, and obviously we did so. This lounge is for First (who can also use the *heavenly* Concorde Room) passengers and Gold cardholders.

On this occasion, the lounge was very busy, although finding a place to seat was not a real problem. However, finding a clean one, proved more challenging. BA has recently changed the catering on its Heathrow lounges (with some hiccups, but I do think everything is OK now), but I feel that there is less staff than before. Do not quote me on this, but it was clear on this occasion (and other subsequent visits). It feels that you need to get hold of someone, rather than have someone come to you, which used to happen. We did find someone, who promptly cleared the table we intended to use and we placed our order: an epic bacon and egg made-to-order sandwich, aka my favourite breakfast.

Another area of the BA First Galleries Lounge at T5

Another area of the BA First Galleries Lounge at T5

You have a buffet available (which has improved a lot) – and obviously it changes during the day. You can find a very good selection of continental breakfast items – bread, cheese, hams, muffins, pastries, cereal, etc, as well as bacon, and all the things you need for a full English breakfast. I must confess I rarely use the buffet as I love the made-to-order selections – so I always make sure I have enough time at the lounge, although I never had to wait more than 10 minutes at any time.

You will also find a full coffee, tea and soft drinks selection and, of course, the fab champagne and wine bar. As it was early in the morning, I actually did not have any Taittinger (which is back on offer, both the rose and the lovely Prelude brut). The champagne selection changes every now and then (and I really was surprised to find a brand like Castelnau on offer for a while, alongside a lovely Bollinger. But we are back in Taittinger World, and that is a good place to be).

Love Taittinger. No comments necessary.

Love Taittinger. No comments necessary.

The lounge offers a wide newspaper selection, but the magazine options can be completely hit or miss. Sometimes you have a good day and you can get ‘normal’ magazines (like Tatler, CN Traveller, Vanity Fair, Hello, etc), but most often than not, it is full of ‘airport lounge’ magazines, and I am not sure who reads them. I was able to get a copy of Hello! (I have a little trick which I shall not divulge… well, basically, you can ask!), but nothing else. I hoped I would get more on the plane, which actually happened (as normally).

I tried to use the Elemis spa, but I couldn’t get a slot. Sadly, this has happened a lot lately, and I always feel that there aren’t enough therapists for the number of treatment rooms. You can also try to use the T5B Elemis Spa, but there was no availability either, not even for a chair massage. It is not a deal breaker, but I do confess I like my pre-flight mini facial.

I think the lounge, overall, is outstanding – it is a really nice space, tastefully designed and decorated and you don’t find lounges like this everywhere. I am very lucky that this is my ‘home’ lounge and it is the one I measure every other lounge in the world against. It is a busy lounge, because obviously it is the ‘home’ of British Airways.

 

The Flight

–          Welcome – we boarded the plane using the fast-track lane. When we got to the door, we were greeted by name (which is always a nice touch. All it takes it a quick glance at your surname…). We also got the ‘Welcome back, Mr. and Mrs. O’Reilly’, which I have to say, is one of the things that really mean something to me. It is silly, I know, but it is all about the little things. Our seat was on the main floor (the upper deck, which I usually prefer, was full), but we had the last row facing a wall, meaning that one of us had no other passenger contact, which I quite like (sounds very anti-social but given a choice, I prefer not having a stranger climbing over my seat).

The BA Club World cabin. Wished I could tell you which type of plane it was, but I do not speak 'airplane', I am afraid.

The BA Club World cabin. Wished I could tell you which type of plane it was, but I do not speak ‘airplane’, I am afraid. (Photo credit – Wikipedia Commons)

 

–          Amenities – on our seats, we found a pillow, a duvet and noise cancelling headphones. As we got ready to sit down, the crew came round with drinks (champagne or water) and also brought the amenity kit, which turned out to be the new one, which was introduced in late 2013. I was quite intrigued as it looked completely different from the previous ones (it was time for a change!). Elemis was kept as a brand (which I find interesting – I like it, but I don’t love it. I have been thinking about a new brand to suggest to BA and I can’t think of another brand which would fit the bill, besides Aromatherapy Associates and REN, both used in the First Cabin, *sighs*). Love a good first world problem.

$_35

With the change, there is now a male and female version (obviously Mr. O and I got one each), which makes perfect sense as we have different needs. To be fair, the products included are better than before. The lip balm and the moisturiser in particular. The ‘bag’ is given to you folded, but once you open it, it becomes quite a large bag, perfect for shoes, or underwear, or just ‘stuff’ for future trips. I have been using mine as a ‘tech bag’, where I put all the adapters and cables and what-not. I think it is also great as an overnight laundry bag, for example. It also includes a pen now (which was only given to you in World Traveller Plus, aka Premium Economy), but interestingly, it is unbranded.

Worth noting that I almost had a heart attack when I realised that the ear plugs and the eye mask were not included. Why? Because most people don’t use them (and worry not, they are available on request). But what you don’t know is that the ear plugs in Club World (and no others in the world – believe me, I have tried everything), keep my marriage alive and well. Without going into too much detail, they are the only ear plugs in the world that work for me, and block out, let’s call it ‘noise’ (and what every friend that flies Club brings me back – unused, of course). For years you were unable to buy them, but thankfully there is a similar model available for purchase in the UK now. But I was counting dearly on both pairs for the upcoming trip ahead, and was delighted when the cabin crew brought me not one, but 10 pairs.

–          Drinks service – As stated previously, we were offered a glass of Taittinger champagne when we boarded, and before the main meal (which was lunch, on this flight), you are offered a pre-meal drink, as normal. I choose a kir royal (not pictured), as well as water. I declined the nuts and asked for the pretzels (which I prefer), and the crew gladly got me some.

I got the window seat and the wall (just the way I like it)… and the bubbles too!

I got the window seat and the wall (just the way I like it)… and the bubbles too!

At this stage, you are also given a menu which lets you know which options you have during the flight. It has good variety and more and more healthier choices, clearly marked.

–          In-flight dining – as my starter, I picked the ‘tarragon and orange cured salmon gravlax with vegetable caviar’ and I have to say, it was outstanding. It came with a fresh salad, which I also ate. For my main course, I had a ‘seared fillet of British beef with horseradish, dill and chive sauce, broccoli, courgettes and sweet potato mash’. And although it didn’t look like fine dining (it was the sauce, of course), it was also delicious. For dessert, I did everything I could to resist the key lime pie (only because I was heading to Miami and there would be plenty of it) and had the cheese selection, which is obviously something I don’t have a lot of when I visit the USA for obvious reasons. On offer were ‘Coastal Cheddar’ and ‘Somerset Camembert’ with grapes and biscuits. On recent flights (and everywhere in the UK), traditional crackers have been replaced by oat biscuits, which I personally really do not like. I expected these and was pleasantly surprised by the new flat breads which were also lovely.

My lunch onboard

My lunch onboard

In terms of wine selection, there were 2 reds and 2 whites available – I had a Chateau Favray Pouilly Fume 2012 with the salmon and a glass of Meiomi Pinot Noit 2012 from California, as I was heading to that part of the world. Both were very good. 

Prior to landing, we were served ‘traditional afternoon tea’, which I must confess, is one of my favourite BA meals. It comes with 3 sandwiches and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. And your choice of tea (mine was Earl Grey).

During the flight, you have access to the ‘Club Kitchen’ where you can help yourself to snacks during the flight and in between meals – I am particularly keen on the chocolate and sweets basket, I must confess. You can find a selection of wraps, fruit, salads, ice cream and drinks. If you need anything else, there is always a crew member around to help you out (especially if you want an alcoholic drink).

–          In-flight entertainment – Obviously the screens are not of the same generation of the new A380, but they are reasonably sized and worked well during my flight. Needless to say, I went to town with the films and I think I only slept a couple of hours, as there was a lot to catch up on. There is also a power plug to charge any devices, which I did not use.

 

The Club World seat

The Club World seat

–          The seat – the seats are absolutely fine and I love the cabin colour (I cannot wait to try the new new ones, which are grey and also look the part). They recline to a flat bed with the help of the footstool and I cannot fault them. They are wide enough, comfortable enough and I like the privacy you get if you have a window seat. The cabin has a 2-4-2  configuration with seats facing each other, so Mr. O and I can have lunch and look at each other (very romantic). If I am travelling solo, there is a little screen that you can put up.

The BA Club World seat before it turns into a flat bed

The BA Club World seat before it turns into a flat bed. Photo credit: BA

 

Final thoughts – we had a really good flight, as usual. The crew was really nice and friendly, nothing was too much trouble – this is what I expect from BA, and I got it. Flights from London to NYC in Club World cost from £1650 return.

Until the next flight…

xo

Mrs. O

 

PS. You can also read other flight reviews – BA Club World (Business Class) on the A380, World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) on the new A380, and for the BA001 all business class service from London City to JFK. See also other airlines including Qatar Airways (Dreamliner), Jet Airways (Premiere) and JetBlue (Mint).


Article was posted on
View Comments (71)

71 Comments

  1. Helen B

    August 10, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This was a really helpful article as we’re flying business class for the first time in a few weeks and didn’t know what to expect. One really naive question though (& sorry if it’s a silly one) but do you have to pay for the drinks, food and treatments in the Heathrow lounge?

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 11, 2016 at 12:14 am

      Hi Helen – it is all part of the business class experience with British Airways. PS. You will have access to the Business Class lounge instead of the First lounge, so champagne won’t be readily available. But if you ask, a glass will come and find you. Enjoy your flight!

  2. Marla

    May 15, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I found your article while browsing for info on food on BA flights. We are flying Club Europe and Club World from Phoenix to Stockholm and London to Phoenix later this summer. I really appreciate the information you provided and the pictures, and now I am even MORE excited about our upcoming trip. Thanks!!!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

      My pleasure! Enjoy the flight!

    • Chris

      August 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Apparently they’ve now cut the food options on the flights? Flying lhr to lax next month, slightly disappointed.

      • @mrsoaroundworld

        August 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        In economy only!

        • Chris

          August 30, 2016 at 5:50 pm

          Phew. Am traveling Club World and had read that they’re taking away items from Club Kitchen and no starter options. I know it seems petty but was a bit cheesed off that they might’ve changed from what I booked and paid for.

          • @mrsoaroundworld

            September 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm

            Really? I had not read that… but I will be on board soon and will let you know! They changed the champagne from Taittinger to something very inferior 🙁

  3. Carolyn

    May 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Can anyone tell me – if one has a window seat, do they have to climb over the person in the aisle to get to bathroom – or is it easy access?

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

      You kind of have to climb over, except if you are in the part of the cabin upstairs where there is a space. My least favourite part of the Club experience and hence why I always choose aisle!

    • Michele Surgenor

      October 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I spent two twelve hour flights in a window seat. It can be quite claustrophobic especially when the partition is up. And I was horrified when I realised I had to climb over someone to get to the toilet! The man whose feet I had to climb over was not impressed when I inadvertently woke him up twice! He had flattened out his bed early while I was still watching a film. I am shocked at the design of this aircraft! I am fit and healthy but I would hate to imagine an older person trying to get out to the toilet without having to waken a fellow passenger. I was not happy! I have traveled with other airlines who have adopted the herringbone layout which I feel is so much better

      • @mrsoaroundworld

        October 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

        I totally agree with you – I really don’t like the configuration of the current CW class, hence why I take extra special care when choosing my seat

      • Ivy Hewlett

        May 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm

        I am disabled with a walking stick and it really doesn’t have the facility for a disabled person to get in and out! Three times from Gatwick to Tampa I had to wake the man up so I could get to the toilet! Not impressed! A terrible layout, they have squashed too many seats in, very claustrophobic! We travel twice a year to Tampa and have always gone with an American Airline, more space and comfortable but having to change flights to Tampa is no longer practical for us! I know nothing will change, just a thought for the future!!!

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          May 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

          I understand your frustration – and from what I understand, the new generation of BA planes will address this 🙂

  4. Hannah

    February 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Firstly I just love reading your travel blogs and you detail everything so well!

    Your BA Club Class review has made me super excited for my trip to Vegas in October! Although, my partner and I will be departing from LHR T3. Have you ever been to this terminal and if so what’s the BA lounge like? I’m not going to lie I was kinda disheartened when it was T3 and not T5. 😔

    Also what’s seats would you recommend? Window, double, upper deck, etc…

    Look forward to hearing from you! 😀

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      February 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Hi Hannah! Thank you for your very kind words. The T3 lounge is not exactly the same as the T5, but it is not bad. You won’t see champagne at the Business Class Lounge (unless you are BA gold and have access to the first lounge), but you can ask any lounge staff and it will magically appear. I don’t know which plane flies to Vegas, but if it has an upper deck, it means it is an older one (I think 747), so I would definitely go upper deck as it is a smaller cabin and really lovely! Enjoy the flight!

  5. Lynette

    August 16, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Hi Ana and everyone who had posted comments, I enjoyed reading your post / comments. I am curious to find out if any of you have found that the service / attitudes of the Club World crew out of LHR is not as good as the return (coming back into LHR)? I take Club World a few times a year to Toronto and New York where I have family. I have started noticing that the attitudes of some of the crew on my outbound flights from LHR seem to be getting worse (some of them continue to keep very high standards). They are not as helpful if you asked them to lift your luggage into the overhead locker, making excuses like “I’ve got a bad back”. On my most recent flight from LHR to JFK in early July, one of them said to me “You shouldn’t carry your luggage on board if you’re not able to put it into the overhead lockers yourself. I don’t know what you have inside.” I found that completely out of line and have made a complaint. Another time, they gave out wrong menus (the menus were from the previous flight rather than our flight). I just feel like the Club World crew flying out of LHR (not all of them, but some) have become complacent and seem to think that since they are on ‘home ground’, they can afford to let their service levels slip, or rather can afford to slack since frequent / business class travellers flying out of LHR will most likely take BA anyway. I agree with all of you about the good food and seats (I found them more comfortable than First Class seats which feel so isolated), but I have begun to dread the poorer service on my outbound flights from LHR. What do you think?

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 16, 2015 at 11:03 am

      That is sad to hear and shouldn’t be the case at all – do complain to BA, I am sure they will be interested in hearing that. The menus is a big no no – there is no need to make that mistake. As for the luggage, to be fair, for the last couple of years (I think), the message is that we need to be able to do it ourselves. And hence why I travel with very little hand luggage, especially if I am on my own.

  6. Yvonne

    April 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Fab info thank you so much for sharing, complete panic hit me yesterday booked club world via Sandals & when I paid the balance of the holiday several months ago,I expected to be able to choose our seats all be it for a price. No I had to wait until Sandals used my tickets yesterday just 4 wks before we travel! Logged onto BA within minutes & yes as I expected 4 or 5 seats available. So disappointed it’s pur 1sy holiday without the kids & a surprise for hubby’s 50th, had to book window seats row behind the bassinet & return seats had a choice from back row Middle seats chose aisle and 1 middle but then after reading seat guru (quite negative info not there)!changed the night time flight back to the 2 Middle seats. Any tips Thank you

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      I quite like the middle seats when flying with Mr O. The downside is that you have to climb over someone else if you need to get up. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of Taittinger 🙂 and it will be ok.

      • Yvonne

        April 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        Thank you for your response much appreciated, wasn’t sure I had made the right decision in upgrading. Would we be better taking a change of clothes for the night flight back ie comfortable leggings to change into after our meal to sleep in or would other passengers think we were slightly bonkers?

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          April 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm

          Absolutely – they are given away in First so people are prepared. But make sure they are not regular pyjamas. I once saw someone do that and scarred me for life 😉 Have a lovely flight. Middle seats as a couple is actually pretty perfect.

  7. Lex121

    November 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Your blog has become one of my go-to travel review sites – super detailed and it makes me smile, so it’s a refreshing change to most of the others on the Internet. Helped us decide to go with BA Club World when we fly to NY next week (rather than Virgin Upper) so fingers crossed!

    Keep up the great work.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      November 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      That is so lovely to hear, thank you! I hope you have a great flight 🙂

  8. Mabel

    October 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hmm, thanks for the information. I just got back from London on Delta’s premium economy and it was NOT worth the extra money and no sleep. I’m looking at flying business class next time I go (possibly in the spring) and can’t decide between BA and Virgin. I’ll bookmark this to help me make my decision. 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, and hope you have a great flight!

  9. Damian

    October 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I’m about to book a London to NYC flight (and struggling to find prices close to £1650!), but my longest ever flight has only been about 3 hrs, so a bit nervous about the 7.5hr flight ahead! I find I get a bit claustrophobic/cramped on economy flights, and that raises my anxiety levels. We’re looking at upgrading to give us a bit more “breathing” space so your article was really useful. Do you know what the differences are between World Traveller Plus, Club World and First? I understand your article was about Club World, and looks amazing – I can’t imagine what extra First would give you!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Damian hi! If you look under ‘airlines’ you will find articles on world traveller plus and first too, which detail it as well as I can. Obviously the differences are related to space, at a premium on an airplane, and the food, drink and service options… it is all relative as they say! What dates are you looking to travel?

  10. Geoff

    October 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

    We have treated ourselves to BA club world from Heathrow to Dubai. I only have a BA blue club card, so when can I pre book my seat, we would love to fly on the upper deck, can you pay to pre book?

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      October 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      If you have a club world seat you can pre book whenever you want 🙂 part of the perks of flying on that class. Enjoy your flight!

      • Geoff

        October 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

        I phoned BA and they told me that I can pay to select my seat.

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          October 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

          Oh, I see. When you are Silver or Gold these are indeed benefits… hope you get your seat!

      • Mike Anderson

        October 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Unfortunately only BA Silver (or oneWorld equivalent) and above get free seat selection in all classes below First.

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          October 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

          Oh wow, I did not know that. I would think if you bought a business class seat you’d be able to select your seat?

      • Geoff

        October 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm

        Thanks, do you think it worth it to pay £80 each, each way?

  11. Chris

    August 14, 2014 at 8:42 am

    We have just upgraded our flight from LHR to ORD from World Traveller Plus to Club World (a first for both of us), and after reading your review can safely say are really really excited. Anyway, one thing we are flying out on a 747, and have read some comments on other sites that these planes are a bit tired and tatty around the edges. What is your experiance of the old 747 fleet? For us, we are jsut glad to be sampling a “bit of posh”

    Anyway, great reviews, we have had really enjoyed reading them.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Hi Chris, you are in for a treat indeed! My problem is that I don’t speak plane – I do not know my 747 from a 777, so I cannot help. I know 787 (haven’t tried BA’s yet, but tried and loved Qatar Airways’ experience) and A380 (sadly, only WTP, which was way better than normal!). Have a lovely trip!

      • Chris

        August 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Thanks for that, we are not realy plane nerds either (I do know this one has a 4 engines, buts about it). Thanks for the response though, I’m more than certain we will have a lovely experiance (followed by two nights in the Trump Tower Hotel once we arrice in Chicago).

        • @mrsoaroundworld

          August 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

          That won’t be too shabby! I don’t know Chicago very well, only been once, but had a fab dinner at Sushi Samba. Highly recommend it! And definitely a good steakhouse in order too!

  12. Alexis

    May 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Hi. Just come across your blog and enjoying reading your travel reports.

    By way of information, the second lounge picture you posted (with the red jacquard chairs and stripy sofas) is actually of the Galleries Club lounge in T5B, and not as noted underneath the Galleries First lounge in T5A.

    The plane you flew on was a 747-400 as it had an upper deck, although the photo of the CW cabin is from a 777-200 or 777-300.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Alexis, absolutely – I didnt have photos of the first lounge without people, and had to resort to stock photos for the cabin.

  13. Bertie Trager

    May 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    As a retiree of 35 years with BA I enjoyed reading the passengers comments on BA from the checkin to the entire BA experience. I have always been proud of my airline and to read these comments makes me feel great.
    Nice that Mrs O. took the time to write about us.

    Bertie Trager
    1971-2006

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      May 8, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      That is lovely to hear, Bertie 🙂 Thank you for your kind words

  14. Izy Berry

    May 5, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Wow, great insight into the other side of flying. I am hoping to travel business class some day soon 🙂
    Izy Berry recently posted..Travelling in Central America: Give your Taste Buds a TreatMy Profile

  15. craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous)

    March 30, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Since you were a shoe lover, I was curious as your selected flight footwear. Did you put on the slippers? Do you slip of the fashionable ballerina shoes you love so much… Photo evidence tells us all.

    stay curious, Craig
    craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous) recently posted..Raicilla-Mexican Moonshine That Makes Me HappyMy Profile

  16. Leah

    March 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve only flown BA one time, and the actual flight experience was perfectly good. I do have a bad taste in my mouth, however. The desk didn’t allow me to check my bag, despite getting to the counter 45 minutes prior to departure, which was stated policy. Because of this, I had to change my flight, which cost an extra $400 dollars, nearly twice as much as the flight initially cost.

    I imagine I’ll fly them again. Your experiences sound too lovely not to give BA another shot.
    Leah recently posted..Travel for Travel’s SakeMy Profile

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      That was not a good experience at all. I thought the cut off time was 50m

  17. Traveling Ted

    March 21, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Great insights into the flying experience from beginning to end. Good idea to think of a long term flight as an opportunity to get things done.
    Traveling Ted recently posted..A Singapore MacRitchie Reservoir adventureMy Profile

  18. Pola (Jetting Around)

    March 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Ha, I’m fresh off my 1st BA flight and typing from Heathrow’s Terminal 5! I flew Economy and hopefully will get to try other classes in the future, but even the regular cabin was fine. Great entertainment system. Oh, and I don’t say no to Spanish red wine on flights. 😉
    Pola (Jetting Around) recently posted..Book giveaway: The Same Sky [Ends 3/22/2014]My Profile

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I am glad you liked it. Imagine of what is yet to come!

  19. Lance | Trips By Lance

    March 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    There is nothing wrong with wanting to be next to the wall. I don’t board a flight to be social. This looks like they go a long ways in ensuring passenger comfort.
    Lance | Trips By Lance recently posted..Hiking Tennessee’s Old Stone Fort State ParkMy Profile

  20. Erin at The World Wanderer

    March 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This looks pretty fabulous to me. It reminds me a lot of my experience flying business on Cathay Pacific. Loved having a little nook to myself!
    Erin at The World Wanderer recently posted..Music Monday: All I Want.My Profile

  21. Mary Anne

    March 19, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I’ve flown many a first class or business class flight, but never had my own cubby to hide in. I so want to try that next time. Looks fantastic.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

      I love long haul flights 🙂 and business class seats have come a LONG way 🙂

  22. Fi Quinn

    March 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I noticed on my recent flight to New York on Virgin that there was no amenity pack on the day flight out. Fortunately there was one on the return night flight. I use the earplugs and eye patch but have no need of the socks, toothbrush or toothpaste. I would rather have handcream, lip balm, facial spray and mouthwash.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Interesting… that would be because they wouldn’t expect you to sleep on a day flight… in which class was this?

  23. Maria

    March 18, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Was this an advertorial? If so, no disclosure?

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Of course not, Maria. Had it been complimentary or sponsored, it would be clearly disclaimed.

  24. Karina von Buettner Ravache

    March 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    We now live in Brazil and fly Club World to UK in the 747 – the “double-decker” plane! We love the Club World in the upper deck, there are only 20 seats and 2 bathrooms, it it never full there, and you do feel you are getting a more personalised service. It is a shame that they are retiring these planes soon! I will miss them as I love “going upstairs”!!! And BA does not have a lounge in GRU – São Paulo so you have to use the AA lunge which is DREADFUL!!! No champagne/sparkling wine, hundreds of screaming children, GP surgery style furniture and their idea of food is sliced hot dog sausage with parsley!!! No buffet, no spa, nothing! I love T5 and agree with you about the SPA, on my last 3 trips we did not manage to get any appointments!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I love the ‘upper deck’, and you are right, it is a small cabin and it does feel so special – my usual seat is 60J 😉 I haven’t used the lounge in Sao Paulo, but did in Rio and was a very similar experience – I remember actually making a formal complaint. It was the AA lounge and dreadful – no comments on the food. God bless T5 – the challenge now is to improve all the destination lounges as they are not consistent. JFK is a good one 😉

  25. Maria

    March 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I fly World Traveller Plus usually and I am looking forward to my first Club World flight to New York soon. It will be a dream come true – and I deserve it. I like it when you said it was ‘me time’.

  26. John

    March 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I prefer BA first – who doesnt? I use BA a lot and I like it. And Club is always a good place to be. I never noticed the ice cream… one for next time. Virgin have it and always thought BA was missing out. No comment on the calories.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      March 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Very funny, who would not prefer BA First? It is an annual treat for me, and a dangerous one. But Club is very very good. Yes, ice cream can be found in the ‘Club Kitchen’. Flavours vary depending on the route.

  27. Peter M

    March 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Love BA Club world. As you say, solid – good service, good food and the seats are good. Also curious to try the new A380!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

More in Airlines

flight review qantas first class 380 dubai to london first class suite 1300

My Flight: a review of Qantas First Class A380 from Dubai to London

@mrsoaroundworldJanuary 31, 2017
british airways first class seat 2 b 787 dreamliner

Finding more about the design of British Airways First Class Suites

@mrsoaroundworldJune 13, 2016
behind the scenes of heathrow britain busiest airport itv documentary ana silva oreilly

Behind the scenes at Heathrow Airport #britainsbusiestairport

@mrsoaroundworldMay 25, 2016

My Flight: American Airlines Business Class review from London to Miami B777-300

@mrsoaroundworldApril 1, 2016

My Flight: British Airways Club World A380 from London to Los Angeles

@mrsoaroundworldSeptember 11, 2015
The screens (and a peek at the cabin)

My Flight: Jet Airways Premiere (Business Class) London to Mumbai

@mrsoaroundworldApril 1, 2015
NUXE Summer Sale: 30% off on orders over £20

Disclosure

Please note that some of the links on this website are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link.

Love Travel. Love People.

Love Shoes.

Copyright © 2017 Ana Silva O'Reilly.

%d bloggers like this: