In service since late 2015, British Airways' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes are the most advanced aircraft in the carrier's fleet (innovations include an advanced pressurisation system which means the internal cabin altitude is significantly less than on other aircraft, said to help passengers feel fresher at the end of the flight). As the number of Boeing 787-9 aircraft in the BA fleet has increased so too have the destinations which they serve. British Airways passengers may fly on the aircraft if travelling from London to destinations such as Atlanta, Beijing, Moscow, the Seychelles and Toronto. This is a review of the experience aboard a night-time Club World (business-class) flight from London Heathrow to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, which serves Santiago in Chile. Pre-departure With my 10pm flight one of that day’s last scheduled departures, Heathrow Terminal 5 was exceptionally quiet when I arrived at 8.30pm. My ticket was processed … [Read more...] about British Airways Dreamliner 787-9: Club World business-class review
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Last week I went on holiday to Sicily. We could have flown a number of airlines from London: easyJet, Ryanair, Norwegian… Even Air Malta flies to Catania from Southend. But out of a deluded sense of loyalty we booked flights on British Airways and – because we had a long drive ahead of us and the plane was not due to land until the evening – we treated ourselves to Club Europe (business-class) tickets to ensure we were among the first off the plane. (Too bad nobody seems to understand the new initiative which tells you to board according to the number on your boarding pass, which means it is ignored and therefore business-class passengers are no longer first on the plane.) It came as a surprise, then, that despite a printed assurance on our booking that the flight would be operated by British Airways, and no mention to the contrary on our boarding passes, the plane we boarded at Gatwick sported the livery of Titan Airways and was staffed by Titan crew. Titan, for … [Read more...] about Watch out for wet leasing: Why British Airways business-class passengers should take care in Gatwick
WE all want that elusive first class upgrade – but actually getting one is another matter. But if you’re already using loyalty cards then you could actually be closer than you think to escaping economy for that far plusher seat. Gilbert Ott from God Save the Points told Sun Online Travel that people who invest in loyalty cards with airlines instantly begin to make themselves known – which could count towards an upgrade. Gilbert said: “Taking out loyalty cards is key as you’ll build up a relationship with the airline. “If you’re checking in and there’s a chance of an upgrade happening you’ll be much be more likely to get an upgrade than Joe Bloggs stood behind you in line with no relationship at all. “It’s still a long shot, but it’s more likely to be you if the airline has an idea of who you are to begin with. He continued: “It’s more likely to happen at a busy time for the airline, such as Christmas, … [Read more...] about How to get a first class upgrade on your next flight – and the way to get there is easier than you’d think
No matter how excited you are for your holiday, a bad flight can put a right dampener on your mood. Everyone knows that flying - especially in Economy - can be a bit miserable. Luckily, there are a few extras passengers can ask for that can make the cabin feel a bit more like First Class. Best of all, they won't cost you any more than your budget ticket. Birmingham Live put together this list of tips from Skyscanner, who caught up with cabin crew members to find out what extras you can ask for. You'll need to ask very, very nicely, but cabin crew can dole out the perks at their discretion. From extra food to cockpit tours, here's what they came up with... 1. First Class treats Just because you've paid for an Economy ticket doesn't mean you can't enjoy any of the perks that come with First Class, such as treats like a cappuccino or even a cheese platter. Some members of cabin crew will offer these out to passengers who ask very nicely; there are no guarantees, but you're more likely to … [Read more...] about Flight extras that will make you feel like you’re travelling in First Class
Virgin has launched two credit cards that reward borrowers with points that can be used on flights, upgrades and free "companion tickets". One of the cards, the Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card has no annual fee and offers 0.75 "Flying Club" miles for every £1 spent. You'll also get 5,000 points with the first card purchase as long as it's within 90 days of the account opening. The Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card costs £160 a year. Borrowers earn 1.5 miles per £1 spent and 15,000 bonus points with the first card purchases within 90 days. Double miles can be earned with Virgin flights and Virgin holidays with both cards if booked direct. Both cards offer six months interest free for balance transfers and money transfers after an initial 3pc fee. How do the Flying Club miles work? You can use the points on upgrades and companion seats once you hit a spending limit. But the best rewards are saved for the big spenders. Once you've spent … [Read more...] about Virgin launches two new reward credit cards – how much do you need to spend to get the travel perks?