British Airways BA Best Price Match Guarantee 2019 Review

British Airways BA Best Price Match Guarantee 2019 Review

Most flyers do not know that BA will Price Match an exact flight if found cheaper elsewhere. We put the that British Airways Best Price Match Guarantee to the test…

“If you book with us, but find a qualifying British Airways flight for less elsewhere and let us know on the same day as you book, we’ll give you a voucher for the difference. Even better: if you’re a member of our Executive Club, we’ll give you double the difference”.

To access the Best Price Guarantee official Page, Click Here –  Best Price Match Guarantee

Best Price Match Guarantee – How to work the Guarantee Correctly

British airways best price match guarantee

Instructions

  • Make your flight only booking on ba.com.
  • Take a screenshot of the page with competing fare. Hold onto this until BA contact you.
  • Read through our helpful FAQ’s, to ensure you capture all the necessary information, before submitting your claim.
  • Fill out the form below on the same day you make your ba.com booking.

How to make a Successful Claim Guarantee 

  1. Preparation is the “Key” to ensure your claim is not refused. Firstly look up and document the BA Price for your chosen flight. 
  2. Now you have the official British Airways flight cost in front of you, head over to one of the many Online Flight Booking agencies out there. We use companies such as Skyscanner, Expedia & TravelUp ensuring you document you cheaper fare price. It’s best practice to take a screenshot as evidence of your findings.
  3. Ensure your screenshot of the cheaper fare price includes details such as Date and time the screenshot was taken;
    • Full itinerary (including all flight numbers);
    • A full breakdown of the individual fare for each passenger including credit/debit card charges and booking fees; and
    • Website name/logo.
  4. If your Making a claim for a child & or adult, show a full breakdown of the fare, with all passengers included.
  5. Ensure the date & time are clearly displayed on your screenshot evidence submitted.
  6. You may need to expand into further information / details on the competitors fare breakdown to display all booking classes. 
  7. Submit your claim by Clicking Here – Make a Claim

Limitations to the Guarantee Price Match

Price Match best price guarantee ba

You do not receive a refund in cash, only in the form of an E-Voucher which can be applied to your next BA Flight booked directly on British Airways. 

Where as it appears the best Value refund is applicable if your BA Executive Club Member, if you look closer at the Terms & Conditions you will notice limitations to the refund amounts. 

British Airways Executive Club members can only claim up to a maximum of £100 in the Double statement. In reality this means that your maximum price difference equates to £200 refunded in the forms of an e-voucher. Anything over £100 will not be doubled up as a Refund.

You can only make your claim online and not over the phone.

 The price guarantee is only valid on BA operated flights, including CityFlyer and Comair in South Africa, and not on any flights operated by partner airlines.

We Put the BA Best Price Guarantee to the Test…

We decided to put the Price Match Guarantee to the test today, find our results we found below.

We picked a Flight from London Gatwick to Malaga (Spain) on British Airways in Business Class, Club Europe departing LGW – 06/11/19 at 13.55 arriving AGP – 17.45.

Returning to Gatwick from Malaga – 10/11/19 – 12.05 arriving 14.00.

First the BA Flight Fare Screenshot we found Below:

BA best price match 2019

So take a note of the BA Price for this Fare – £820.12.

Now we headed over to an Online Flight Agency called TravelUp, we use this site as routinely they always serve up more competitive fare prices. Look what price we found below for exactly the Same fare, booking class & dates.

British airways price match 2019

Comparing the two different fare prices for exactly the same flight, by the same carrier and the exact Same booking class.

You can see a price fare difference of £15.08 between British Airways direct and TravelUp.com.

To a flyer not a member of the BA Executive Club, you would receive an e-Voucher for £15.08, the exact price difference between the two fares.

However, if you were to become a member of the Executive Club by Clicking Here – BA Executive Club Sign-Up

You would receive an e-Voucher to the total of £30.16 to be used off your next BA Flight booked directly through your account logged into your executive club account.

BA Best Price Match Verdict / Conclusions



As you can see from the above examples, BA can charge higher fares direct to their customers.

What most people are not aware that there are routinely cheaper fares out there to be grabbed outside of booking directly with British Airways for the exact Same fare.

It seems crazy that the flight provider would charge more for exactly the same flight but online booking agencies are provided fares at cheaper prices by the supplier.

To save money on your flights, all you need to do is a bit of initial research before pushing the button and paying. It’s a s easy as that…

We recommend you follow our guidelines above, if you follow all the instructions and submit your evidence, you will receive the fare difference back quickly.

To maximise your return, ensure you Sign up to the BA Executive Club to claim double the difference back.

We hope you have learned something new by reading our article today, if you have any questions please leave a comment below.



BA Tier Points Calculator 2019 & Helsinki 180 TP Run £228 Sale Fare

British Airways Tier Point Calculator 2019

Helsinki 180 TP Run – £228 Sale Fare



In this article today, we attempt to Cut the Jargon on the subject of “Tier Points” on British Airways and provide an easy to follow User Guide on the subject.

We also have provided you a handy Calculator to check how many TP’s you can earn per flight.

For anyone who is not familiar with the terminology “Tier Points“, on BA these are points earnt when you fly on any cash element fare booking or with other OneWorld alliance partners. The amount of points you earn depends on your ticket type and fare class, destination and the amount of miles flown. On these flights you will also earn Avios Points which can be redeemed for flights, seat selection, meals / drinks etc.

BA exec club 2019

Firstly, you will need to become a member of the BA Executive Club membership scheme to collect Tier Points and Avios Points on all bookings. You start your membership off on Blue Membership at 1st Tier,  the 2nd Tier is Bronze, 3rd Tier Is Silver & 4th Top Tier is Gold Membership.

However, Tier Points do expire after a certain amount of time but Avios Points do not.

Without joining the Executive Club you cannot earn Avios or Tier Points.

Join the Executive Club by Clicking this Link – BA Executive Club

BA Tier points chart 2019



As you can see above from the chart provided, each Tier comes with its own rewards and as you progress through the Tiers, you will receive increased rewards for flying on British Airways.

How many BA Tier Points do I get?

The amount of Tier Points you get depends firstly on the booking class of you fare. You earn Tier Points for flying in Economy, Premium Economy, Business & First Class. How many points you earn also depends on the amount of Miles you fly in total on each flight.

Can you buy BA Tier Points?

You cannot buy BA Tier Points directly from the airline like Avios Points. However, you can indirectly purchase Tier Points by flying on British Airways flights, cash paid tickets. 

What are Tier Points with BA?

How many BA Tier points do I get

Tier Points on BA are points earnt when you fly on any cash element bookings. The amount of points you earn depends on your ticket type and fare class, destination and the amount of miles flown.

Do you earn Tier Points on Reward flights BA?

You do not earn Tier Points or Avios Points on Reward Redemption flights. You can however indirectly earn TP’s by using Avios Points to reduce the cash fare cost of any BA flights.

BA Tier Points Table / Chart:

The Table / Chart below sets out how many Tier Points are earnt by sector, fare class and flight distance. It is always important to check what booking class code your flight has been assigned as different codes produce varying amounts of TP’s.

Can I buy BA Tier points

BA Tier Points Calculator

If you need to find out how many Tier Points you will earn by flying a certain Cabin Class by destination on British Airways, simply click below:



BA Tier Points Calculator

Simply input your flight details and dates and the Calculator will present you with the total TP’s per journey.

BA Executive Membership Overview

Blue Level:

BA Blue Executive Club 2019

Blue is the entry level to the Executive Club, everyone who joins the scheme automatically starts on Blue Status. You do not need to earn any TP’s to retain Blue Executive Club Membership and it is free to join and does not expire.

Benefits include members are provided priority over non-members if a flight is busy, you can save your preferences for which seats you prefer also in your online account or Smartphone App.

Verdict

Blue Membership is the entry level and provides only a limited amount of basic benefits. 

Bronze Level:

BA Bronze Executive Club 2019

The requirements to obtain Bronze Executive Membership from Blue requires the member to have booked using Cash and flown on British Airways or on one of their Alliance Partner airlines a minimum of Two Segments or One Return Flight and earnt 300 x Tier Points, or taken 25 x BA flights.

Extra benefits include 25% more Avios points on bookings, Priority Check-in & Boarding.

When you’re a Bronze Tier Member you can select your Seats for Free 7 x days before departure & gain Priority Check-In & Boarding / Security fast track.

Verdict

At Bronze level you start to enjoy some decent benefits from the membership scheme. To be able to select your seats at 7 x days before departure is a good benefit but not in comparison to instant seat selection when your Silver level. 25% more Avios Points is good & priority boarding / dedicated check-in zone usage even if your flying Economy is worthwhile having.



Silver Level:

BA Silver executive club 2019

To obtain BA Executive Club Silver status level requires the member to have booked using Cash and flown on British airways or on an Alliance Partner airline a minimum of Four Segments (2 x Returns) and earnt 600 x Tier Points, or taken 50 x BA flights.

Silver Tier Membership provides instant free Seat Selection at the time of Booking. Additional benefits include 50% more Avios on Bookings, Priority Check-In & Boarding, Access to Business Class Lounges & additional Baggage allowances / Security fast track.

Verdict

Silver level is what most flyers chasing Tier Points aspire to obtain as easy to acquire by completing Tier Point Runs of only 4 x Segmented flights such as the Helsinki route.

The benefits of instant seat selection can save you upwards of £200 per flight. Lounge Access to BA / OneWorld alliance lounges generally cannot be paid for so can save you upwards of £50 per couple per entry incomparison to pay to enter lounges. 50% more Avios, additional baggage allowances can also save upwards of £100 per journey, Security fast track saves £5 -£10 per entry, per person. 

Gold Level:

BA Gold Membership Level 2019

To obtain Gold Status Membership you need to have booked using Cash and flown on British airways or on an Alliance Partner airline a minimum of Four Segments (2 x Returns) and earnt 1500 x Tier Points or more.

Additional benefits include Selecting your Seats for Free at the time of Booking,  includes exit row seats but excludes Hand Baggage Only tickets. Minimum allowance of 2 x checked luggage at 32kg for all passengers on your booking even in economy class.

100% more Avios on bookings, First class Priority check-In & Boarding, access to Business & First Class Lounges & additional Baggage allowances & additional flight availability / Security fast track.

The Use of the BA Elemis Spa facilities before your flight regardless of your cabin of travel. The Use of the BA Arrivals lounges after your flight regardless of your cabin of travel and the ability to Transfer Avios to other members for free capped at 162,000 Avios per year.

Verdict

The benefits of Gold Status are outstanding and what most frequent flyers aspire to achieve but are a lot harder to earn due to the high level of TP’s required.

The same benefits as Silver level but also 100% extra Avios per flight. Access to First Class Lounges are one of the best benefits. Even when your flying Economy, you can still access BA First Lounges drinking £150 bottles of champagne and eating Restaurant quality food served to you at your table by a Waiter. 

BA Gold guest list 2019

There are also additional higher levels of Gold Status Membership available at 2,500 Tier Points – A Gold Upgrade for Two (GUF2) voucher. Allows you to upgrade a cash ticket to the next cabin for yourself and a companion.

3,500 Tier PointsTwo Gold Upgrades for One voucher, 5,000 Tier Points – A Concorde Room card and Gold Guest List membership. The Concorde Room card allows entry for you + a guest into the Concorde Room lounges at London Heathrow and New York JFK.

Now you understand the BA Executive Membership levels and the benefits of collecting Tier Points, we can move onto how to collect TP’s for the cheapest fares available.



Tier Points – Easiest & Cheapest Way’s to Collect within Europe

Remembering that Bronze level requires atleast 2 x BA Segmented Flights completed and the requirement to earn a minimum of 300 x TP’s, we will now look at the easiest routes to meet the requirements.

To make Bronze level the fastest and the cheapest way, we are looking for BA Segmented Flights or Returns that will make atleast 300 x TP’s.

Unfortunately, you would have to fly a Long Haul Route to earn 300 x TP’s over 2 x Segments which will be more expensive than flying Short haul.

BA Flights Club Europe – 80 TP’s One Way / 160 TP’s Return (Lon Departure)

Algiers / Athens / Bucharest / Catania / Chania / Corfu / Dalaman / Funchal / Gran Canaria / Helsinki / Heraklion / Istanbul / Kalamata / Kefalonia / Kiev / Kos / Lanzarote / Larnaca / Malta / Marrakech / Mykonos / Paphos / Reykjavik / Rhodes / Santorini / Skiathos / Sofia / St Petersburg / Tenerife / Thessaloniki / Tirana / Zakynthos.

By flying Return any of the routes in Club Europe, Business Class above you will have met all the requirements to be awarded BA Bronze Membership after only 2 x Return Flights as 160 TP’s x 2 = 320 Tier Points.

Now you have the data to enable you to gain higher Tier Levels within the British Airways Executive Club, we will look at the costs involved. Today, we will centre our attention on a famous Tier Point earning route London – Helsinki.

BA Tier Points – London- Helsinki Route £228 Return Sale Fare

Usually, London to Helsinki in Club Europe can cost you upwards of £400 Return, Per Person.

When flyers decide to embark on a Tier Point Run (Flying on BA Flights on Purpose to obtain TP’s), they usually wait until a British Airways flight Sale starts to leverage the best value.

Today, the latest BA Luxury Sale launched and featured our favourite TP run route at only £228.

BA Luxury Sale 2019

At £228 Return, Per Person – London to Helsinki, by flying this route twice you can achieve Instantly Bronze & Silver Status.

Helsinki in Finland is the chosen destination for people wanting to grab a glimpse of the “Northern Lights“. Helsinki is the Capital of Finland and is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks, perfect for a weekend trip away. 

Helsinki tp run

How to Track Down the Helsinki Fare at £228

We use the handy Google Flights search function to Track down all our Route bargains. Go to here – Google Flights UK, plug in your chosen departure airport, your destination and your preferred dates. 

Google Flights uk

Next, click on “Stops” and select “Non Stop Only”, then click on “Airlines” and select “One World” BA’s Alliance, then click “Class” and select “Business“. 

Ensure the selection is “Round Trip” and you have selected the correct amount of Persons flying. Press enter and you will be served a number of results displaying airlines, duration of flights, departure / arrival times & cost.

To Search availability by month, Simply click on “Price Graph” and you will be served a Bar Graph of results per month.

Your looking for the Lowest Point on the Graph results like below.



 

Helsinki Tier Point Run 2019

Availability on the London to Helsinki route also spans into 2020 as displayed below.

Helsinki ba Tier Point Run 2020

On this Route at these prices you will experience British Airways Short Haul, Business Class others known as Club Europe – Our Review can be found here – BA Club Europe Review 2019

You would be flying on a BA Airbus 320 aircraft or Finnair Airways A350 aircraft on this route. Duration is approximately 3.05 hours.

If you want to complete this route purely as a Tier Point Run, you can book a same day return and not even leave the Helsinki airport. This route does use the same Inbound aircraft to complete the Outbound so you can get back on the same flight back.

This is called a B2B or Back to Back flight when completing a TP Run.

Other Routes Earning 180 TP’s in the BA Luxury Sale

Heathrow to Helsinki TP Run 2019

Helsinki is only one Route at the moment offering incredible value for achieving BA Tier Points cheaply. Below is a list of other destinations offering 180 TP’s in the luxury sale.

Bucharest (£268) / Catania (£262) / Gran Canaria (£304) / Istanbul (£290) / Kalamata (£298) / Kefalonia (£310) / Lanzarote (£308) / Malta (£238) / Marrakech (£279) /Reykjavik (£296) / Sofia (£210) / Tenerife (£306) / Tirana (£244)

So you could have a Weekend Break searching out the “Northern Lights” in Finland and have another City trip away in Sofia in Bulgaria all for £498.00 in total whilst earning 360 TP’s and achieving BA Bronze Status.

Add on some Winter Sun in the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria / Lanzarote or Tenerife or a Back 2 Back Return to Helsinki and you will be awarded Silver Status at 640 TP’s earnt. 

If you want to learn how to leverage the little known BA Price Match Guarantee potentially saving you Hundreds of Pounds off your flights, Click Here – BA Price Match Guarantee

Summary / Conclusions

BA can you buy tier points

Today, we have set out how you can achieve Bronze BA Status by flying 2 x Return Flights and spending less than £500 or the great Silver Status for less than £1000.

The BA Luxury Sales offer immense value in Business Class, some amazing bargains can also be had if you add in a Hotel also, sometimes it can work out cheaper than the flights alone.

One point to remember when achieving BA Executive Club status is that status expires at the end of the following year of your accounts membership start date.

As an example, my Executive Club account states I opened my account in August. In order for me to gain nearly 2 x years of Status, I would need to complete 2 x Flights earning 320 TP’s as quickly as possible, preferably in August.

Each month past your BA Executive Club account opening date that you have not fulfilled the requirements of status will result in that amount of time deducted off your status. 

A lot of Tier Point Runs are completed as soon as possible after the flyers account anniversary date thus maximizing the time Status is held.

Another point to note when thinking of flying purely for the purpose of collecting Tier points is the value your getting for the expenditure. If for instance your only planning one trip using BA a year, it may not be cost worthy conducting a TP Run so it’s worth working out the benefits before you book & fly.

If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, please do so below.



BA Club World London – Seychelles for £1249.52 Return

BA Club World Sale London – Seychelles for £1249.52 Return Each

British Airways has today launched a luxury sale offering substantial discounts on both Business Class & First Class flights.
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Today, whilst browsing the sale fares in Club World we came across this amazing bargain for a direct flight from London Heathrow to the Seychelles.

What makes it even better is you would be flying in a relatively new aircraft on the British Airways fleet – the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Ba sale fare Seychelles 2020



The Boeing 787-9 is a mid-size, dual aisle, twin engine jet and Boeing’s most fuel efficient aircraft to date – 20% more fuel efficient than the similar sized commercial jets it is designed to replace. Composite materials make up 50% of the primary structure, including the fuselage and wings.

The windows are over 30% larger than those on most similarly sized aircraft and the brightness can be adjusted at the touch of a button. Serrated edges on the engine nacelles reduce the noise levels by up to 60% both in- and outside the cabin. The aircraft also features raked wingtips to further improve fuel efficiency.



The Boeing 787-9 – the latest addition to the fleet – features an evolution of our First cabin, with just 8 seats compared to the usual 14, increased range and is 20 feet longer and four inches taller than the 787-8.

Customer benefits include:

  • Choice of First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller
  • Personal audio and video on demand
  • Increased cabin comfort with large windows, higher humidity and lower pressurization

To read our full Review of this aircraft in Business Class to the Seychelles, Click Below:

 BA 787-9 Dreamliner Review 

British airways 787-9 Business Class Club World

We recently flew this route from London Heathrow to the Seychelles, the benefits of flying in Business Class on this route include:

  • Direct Flights – approx flight time 10.5 hours.
  • Business Class Lounge access
  • Dedicated Check In Zones
  • Priority Boarding
  • Club World Lie-Flat Bed Seats
  • Premium 3 Course Dining options
  • Complimentary Drinks including Champagne
  • White Company Amenity Kit
  • Access to the Club Kitchen
  • Priority Departure

The Luxury Sale rules include that you must book by the 29th October and travel dates vary by destination. You can access the BA Luxury Sale fare page here:

BA Luxury Sale

The Seychelles Sale fare highlighted today includes the price only for two people flying together or otherwise known as a Companion Fare. 

The total fare price for Two People flying Club World Return to the Seychelles is £2499.04 in total.



This fare represents amazing value as you could easily consider this Companion sale fare price at easily 50% off. 

Ba luxury sale fares 2019

To fly to a luxury destination from London direct to Seychelles for £1249.52 each is rare to find so we would recommend you jump in quick and book.

The dates we searched for these flights were Outbound 5th September and inbound 13th September 2020. Various other dates were available at similar costs.

If you have wanted to visit the luxury destination of the Seychelles, this is the time to bag a bargain flight in luxury.

To read our Recent Review on the 5 Star Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa hotel in the Seychelles, click our link below:

Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa Review 

Hilton Seychelles northolme pool

If you have any questions or have discovered British Airways Business Class Club World fares cheaper than above to the Seychelles, please leave a comment below.



British Airways Club World vs Premium Economy 2019

British Airways Club World vs Premium Economy 2019 Review

Today, we tackle one of the most commonly asked questions by flyers and attempt to cover all the facts on British Airways Club World Business Class vs BA Premium Economy in our Review in 2019.

Discover the difference’s here between BA Club World Business Class & Premium Economy. We cover in our Review below the difference in Seats, Dining , Lounge Access, Priority Boarding, Drinks, Amenity kits, In-flight Entertainment & Costs in 2019 between the two cabin classes.

British airways club world seat
British airways New Club World Seat A350

British Airways Club World 2019 Review

BA announced to the Media in 2019 that a new Club World Business Class Suite was due to be launched on the brand new A350 aircraft. This was welcome news to frequent flyers as most Business Class cabins had not been updated for many years now.

However, before you get too excited looking at this beautiful new BA Club World offering, bear in mind this seat is currently only installed on the A350 aircraft. Depending on what route your flying, you may be very lucky to have the pleasure of experiencing the new Club Suite.

The downsides are only a few aircraft at present have this new Business Class Suite product installed so your more likely to experience one of the older Club World seats below which are still excellent in our opinion.

BA Club World Seats

BA Club World Seat A380 above & 777 Below.

BA Club World Seats 777 2019 Review

British Airways Club World Business Class Seats

All Business Class Club World seats offer the facility to lie fully-flat making a fully horizontal bed for all passengers.

Seating in CW are positioned in a few different layouts depending on the aircraft. Some are positioned in a 2-4-2 layout where you receive 2 seats on the outside of the aisle next to the windows, then 4 seats in the middle and then a repeat of the 2 outside aisle seats next to the windows on the opposite side.

Business class seats are also positioned so one seat faces backwards whilst the accompanying seat faces forwards. In the middles seats the outside seats can face forwards and the middle pair face backwards.

On the newer 787-9 aircraft Business Class consists of 2 outer seats and 3 middle seats with one facing the opposite direction.

Alongside offering you a fully lie-flat bed seat, you receive a Branded pillow, White Company bedding including a mattress topper and a luxurious super soft blanket. By placing the mattress topper down on the seat when flat, we found this to be comfortable enough to get a decent nights sleep.

We also discovered that the White Company bedding blanket supplied was adequate to keep us warm when the aircraft became cold especially on overnight flights.

British Airways Club World Business Class vs BA Premium Economy

To enable a seamless bed sleep experience, you need to utilise the retractable footstool so when both the seat are fully engaged in the horizontal position and the footstool is horizontal, these both provide a flat bed platform which is long enough for most people even at 6ft or 183cm.

The seat pitch of all British Airways Club World Seats are an average of 52″ long, add the footstool when in the horizontal position to the end of the flat seat adds another 20″ of length for a combined seat length of 72″ in total.

Complimentary Lounge Access

BA Business Lounge Access 2019

All BA Business Class passengers receive complimentary access to BA Lounges or OneWorld alliance lounges throughout the World. From experience we have found the lounges on offer out of London to be a good standard offering free food & Drinks in a relaxing atmosphere.

However, lounges in other countries run by OneWorld alliance partner airlines can be a hit or miss affair. To receive complimentary access to lounges is certainly a great benefit both outbound / Inbound.

Business Class Priority Boarding

Club World priority boarding
Club World Priority Boarding

All Business Class Passengers receive priority boarding. Depending on your ticket class you will be requested to start to board the plane before Premium Economy & Economy passengers but after First Class passengers if that cabin is installed on your flight.

We always find Priority Boarding a nice feature as you enter the plane with a limited number of passengers enabling you enough time to accustom yourselves to your cabin and be seated before the main bulk of passengers enter the aircraft.

Dedicated Business Class Check-In Zones

BA Club World check in 2019

British airways Business Class passengers receive access to dedicated check-in zones at all airports in the world which speed up your journey through the airport to security.

Your luggage will be attached with a Bright Orange luggage label stipulating the luggage is priority and your luggage is sorted and returned to you faster at your destinations.

BA Club World Business Class Checked Baggage allowance

All Adult Passengers of British airways Club World receive a generous baggage allowance of 2 x 32kg checked in luggage per person.

Business Class Hand Baggage allowance

All Club world customers are allowed one piece of hand luggage and one small additional item such as a handbag or laptop on board, both items can weigh up to 23kg each.

Business Class Fast Track Security

After dropping your luggage off at the dedicated check-in zone, you head your way to the fast track security zone which is also part of your package if you fly Club World.

Fast track security at all airports is definitely a benefit in our opinion. Usually you would queue up for between 5 – 10 minutes in long queues at normal security but with Fast Track security you have dedicated areas just for business class passenger speeding up the process.

BA Club World Seat Facilities

Retractable Tray Table 

BA Club World tray

Not only do you receive a very spacious 52″ long seat pitch with a Club World Seat, you also receive the following facilities within your Business Class seating area.

Fully retractable & collapsible tray which stows away sideways when not in use. This retractable tray folds out sideways providing enough space to hold a dining plate, side plate, bread basket and drink comfortably. The retractable tray is also large enough for all Business passengers to catch up on work during the flight with enough space to adequately hold a large laptop and most associated extras.

In-Flight Entertainment System

BA Club World ife

Most British Airways Club World Seats have now been updated to receive the latest In-Flight Entertainment systems on board. The latest updated IFE systems incorporate touch screen controls with a large library of either movies, documentaries, music, audible books, games and episodes from the most popular series. 

The IFE systems can also be controlled from a wired controller which is housed when not in use next to your seat as per the picture below. The controller is beneficial when wanting to play the installed games.

We also experienced recently an upgraded version of your real time flight mapper which displayed in 3D your route, your exact location in the world and views from the rear of the plane.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

BA Club World noise cancelling headphones

Business Class Long Haul cabins also supply good quality noise cancelling headphones to all passengers. These are hard wired at present but passengers will expect Bluetooth connectivity in the near future. 

Noise cancelling headphones on a long haul flights are essential to drown out the background noise from the engines and to emerge yourself in a good movie when on a long flight.

White Company Amenity Kits

BA Club World white company amenity kit

The White Company Amenity kits are upgraded from the old style Elemis shoebag style amenity kits previously offered.

The new amenity kits come in a leather effect small, zipped bag in black containing comfy flight socks, eye make, white company small moisturizers and lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Overall this new amenity kit is better than the previous elemis kit and slightly better quality.

Club World Business Class Dining & Complimentary Drinks

Club World dining options in the past have come in for some heavy criticism from fare paying passengers. From tough, jaw breaking steak offerings to bland chicken dishes.

What is a pleasure to review were the most recent 2019 Do & Co updated dining menus featured on our last flight.

BA have “upped their game”, listening to passenger complaints of the Business Class Dining options and introducing new menus on board.

Firstly, all Club World passengers receive a menu to choose from a varied selection of starters, mains, desserts and drinks. These Menu’s are made from thickened paper and fold open to display all options available. These menus make the experience of dining special as it feels like your ordering food in a restaurant. 

Club World Dining menu
Club World Dining menus

Passengers can experience a full three course dining experience with either Alcohol or non alcoholic drinks to accompany each serving. Complimentary Twinings Tea and Union roast coffee are also served and a bread roll of choice with either Butter or olive oil.

As an example, on our last flight a few months ago we opted for Sea Trout as our mains as below and a delicious Seafood starter.

Desserts:

On this occasion we opted for the delicious Cheese board consisting of various award win in English cheeses, grapes, dried Figs and quality crackers to accompany.

My wife opted for a Chocolate pudding on this occasion which included a sponge centre.

BA Business Class 777 dining

Club Kitchen Facility

BA Club kitchen 2019

Business Class passengers also receive access to the Club Kitchen facility. This Comprises of a dedicated area which holds refrigerators full of soft drinks, water & wines. Above there are also storage areas which hold baskets full of Chocolate, Crisps and sandwiches on occasion. 

We found the Club Kitchen to be a useful addition to the service enabling us to grab a snack I feeling peckish on a long flight.

Club World Cabins

BA 787 9 CW cabin

Most of all the British Airways Business Class cabins have had an update / refresh recently. On the newly refreshed CW cabins you will experience mood lighting which softly illuminates the ceiling lines. Seat panels, trays, Sid panels, window lights and segregation walls have all been replaced with new and classy looking colour schemes and corporate logos. 

This refresh provides customers a feeling of a classic British look with neutral colour palettes  and clean lines.

BA Club World Cabin Crew Service

BA cabin crew

Business Class Cabins all receive a number of dedicated cabin crew on-board. For our most recent flight we noticed atleast four dedicated cabin crew members serving passengers in CW.

In our experiences you can receive either a very good cabin crew experience or not. On some flights an excellent service and other flights not so good. On average we experience a fast and polite service which is above average.

British Airways Club World Q & A’s

What does club world mean on British Airways / What is BA Club World?

BA Club World on British Airways is the official name for its Long Haul Business Class Service. Including an extra passenger experience you will receive extra luggage allowance, dedicated check-in zones, Fast Track security, Lounge access, Priority boarding, Lie-Flat seats, Three Course dining, snacks, Complimentary Tea & Coffee and alcohol.

Is British Airways Club World same as business class?

Club World is British Airways Business Class Service on all long haul routes in the world offered to premium passengers. 

What is a Club World seat on British Airways?

Passengers flying BA Business Class Club World will receive on every flight a fully Lie-Flat seat. This seat measures 183cm long and when used inconjunction with the footstool makes a fully horizontal bed seat.

Does BA give free food?

BA supplies all Premium class passengers such as Club World or Premium Economy ticketed fares free food & refreshments. Economy passengers may find that some food and drinks are payable. Business Class passengers will be offered a three course meal at least twice per flight & additional snacks.

What is the difference between BA Club World and First Class?

First Class passengers on BA receive First Class lounge access, extra luggage allowances of 3 x 32kg. Dedicated First class cabins including a larger seat and personal space. A finer Dining experience than Club World including afternoon tea on some routes.

British Airways Premium Economy 

BA Premium Economy vs Business Class review

To introduce BA Premium Economy to any flyers not familiar with the product, we will start with what you do receive in Premium Economy incomparison to Club World. 

BA Premium Economy Seats

BA Premium Economy seats

The Seats in Premium Economy are slightly wider than in Economy but narrower than in Business Class.

The seat is officially 18.5 inch wide, all seats are Reclinable with a footrest and do offer better comfort than Economy when trying to sleep but not fully lie-flat bed seats as in Business Class and do not offer the same level of comfort.

You do get a Blanket & Cushion, Noise cancelling headphones, In-flight entertainment system & a very basic Amenity bag containing an eye mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, Flight socks and earplugs.

The seating layout consists of two outer pair next to the windows, a set of 4 seats in the middle and the same 2 seat outer pair. One bonus in Premium Economy are that all seats face forwards and not some facing backwards like in Business Class.

Premium Economy Dining & Drinks

BA Premium Economy Dining 2019
BA Premium Economy Dining 2019

You do get as standard two meals and complimentary drinks on board. The in-Flight dining options have been improved In 2019 so you do receive a good standard meal and drink. You may receive atleast on snack also during long haul flights and complimentary drinks.

You do receive complimentary sparkling wine, spirits and soft drinks offered throughout our flight duration.

In-Flight Entertainment

The IFE Flat screens are located in the rear of the seat in front of you or if located at the front of the cabin, a swivel, movable small screen attached to the side of your seat. All Premium Economy IFE holds a similar entertainment package as in Club World but not to the same standard.

Cabin Crew Service

BA Premium cabin crew 2019

As in all cabins, you will receive dedicated cabin crew in Premium Economy but some crew are also distributed to assist in other cabins on the same flight.

Checked Baggage allowance

BA Premium baggage allowance 2019

All adults are allowed up to two checked luggage items each in this Cabin class. The allowance per bag is 23kg each bag, per person. This same allowance also applies to children aged between 2 -12 years old.

Hand Baggage allowance

The smaller hand baggage item must not exceed 30cm in height by 40cm in width and not exceed 25cm in-depth. This hand baggage item must be stored under the seat in front of you.

Priority Boarding

BA Premium Economy priority boarding 2019

BA Premium Economy passengers do receive priority boarding before Economy, however you have to wait until all passengers in Club World / First Class have boarded first before your cabin class is called up and you can begin boarding the plane.

British Airways vs Premium Economy Comparisons

Using all the information above on both cabin classes, we will now set out the real differences as a comparison.

With Premium Economy as a comparison towards Club World Business Class you will not receive the following extras included.

  • No Dedicated Check-In Zones
  • No Fast Track Security access 
  • No Complimentary Lounge access
  • No Lie-Flat Seats
  • No White Company Amenity Kits
  • No additional meal services and additional free Alcohol including Champagne 
  • No Priority departure off the aircraft at your destination.

Dedicated Check-in zones are a nice feature as you queue up in a less busy environment rather than waiting in lines with the hundreds of Economy passengers. Average time saving approx 15 minutes.

(You cannot purchase dedicated check in)

Fast Track Security is another nice to have feature and probably saves on average 10 minutes.

(You can purchase fast track security at most airports, prices start at £5.00 per passenger, each way)

Complimentary Lounge access is a definite plus. To be able to relax in an environment away from the busy crowds in the main terminals whilst enjoying free alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, Tea & Coffee. Receive complimentary food & snacks whilst reading a free newspaper or magazine whilst sitting in a comfy ranch overlooking the runway.

You can purchase lounge access at most airports but you cannot pay to access any British Airways Lounges or Lounges run by any OneWorld alliance airline.

(Pay per entry lounges can start at £25.00 per passenger, each way).

No Lie-Flat Bed Seats & Additional Seat Facilities 

We cannot put a cost associated with the difference in seats. Costs associated with a lie-flat bed seat towards a seat that just reclines is personal to the passenger.

Also in Business Class if your seated next to the window, you almost have your own pod of personal space and extremely private. Club World seats also enjoy a much larger personal area of space towards Premium Economy.

Additional Improved meal services and additional free Alcohol including Champagne 

In Business Class you do receive atleast Two 3 Course Premium Dining options per flight and a snack. All Club World dining is served up on Bone China Crockery using Branded Cutlery, drinks served in glassware & China cups.

Free Champagne, good quality Wines & Spirits & extra premium meals will result in an additional cost associated. 

Priority Departure off the Aircraft at your Destination

Priority departure off the Aircraft at your destination is a nice benefit but once again we cannot put a cost associated with this benefit.

No White Company Amenity Kits

The White Company Amenity kit does include items you generally receive in Premium Economy like an eye mask. A few extras like small mositurisers etc Included in the amenity kit would only incur a small additional cost associated.

British Airways Club World vs Premium Economy Cost Difference

As you can expect, there will always be a substantial difference in costs between Business Class & Premium Economy Cabin class. Below we have attached a copy of a Cost Comparison between the two different Cabin classes.

Premium Economy – £718.00 Per Person, One Way. 

Business Class – £1148.00 Per Person, One Way. 

Difference in Cost – £430.00 or 37% Cost increase to fly Business Class.

Its a personal decision if you feel paying an extra £430.00 per person, each way to upgrade to Club World now you have seen the differences between the two cabins.

As an honest opinion, since flying BA Business Class, we would not want to fly in Premium Economy if we had the choice ever again. 

We agree the cost differences can seem excessive at 37% extra but to us this increase is well worth it for the extra comfort, service, meals, drinks & Lounge access. 

Upgrade from Premium Economy to Business Class Cheaper

By utilising a simple Tip using a Credit card Sign up bonus, we can show you how to earn enough avios points to upgrade to Club World for under £100 in Taxes.

American Express offer all new applicants to their Free Gold Rewards Card a very lucrative 12,000 Avios Points when you spend £3000 In three months.

If you look at the example of the amount of avios required to upgrade from Premium Economy to Business Class long haul below, you will see on this route it only requires 20,000 avios points to upgrade.

BA upgrade 2019

The example above uses a higher category long haul route but upgrades can be bagged for 15,000 avios points, check out the chart below.

Avios redemption chart 2019

If you take out the American Express Gold Rewards Card via this sign up link below:

 Amex Gold Rewards Card Extra Bonus Sign Up 

You will receive an extra 2000 avios points, so 12,000 points instead of 10,000.

Spend the required £3000 in the first 3 Months and you will earn 15,000 avios points enough for that amazing upgrade to Club World.

Amex Gold referral bonus 2019

We hope you have found this article interesting and helpful. If you would like to ask any questions or leave a comment, please do so below.

Seychelles Mahe Airport Business Lounge 2019 Review

Seychelles Mahe Airport Business Lounge 2019 Review




If your flying out of Mahe airport in the Seychelles on Business / First Class, you will be provided complimentary access to the Salon Vallee De Mai lounge.

The Seychelles Mahe (SEZ) Business Class airport Lounge actually belongs to Air Seychelles but shares accessibility with other many other airlines including British Airways.

Before we get going, I’m not impressed with most of the lounges in Premium locations in the world and the state of their only Business / First Class lounges. If you think of the Maldives & the Seychelles, you immediately think Premium and expensive destinations.

Then why not invest in providing high paying customers a decent lounge experience?

So to this day, it still bewilders me why the only lounges on offer at these airports are basic, lack decent food / drink offerings & lack that certain level of comfort expected of these premium locations. People can pay anything up to £8,000 for British airways First class flights from London & all you receive are a very basic lounge for your inbound experience, this is the same from Male airport in the Maldives which I didn’t even bother writing writing review on, it was that bad.

Locating the Seychelles Mahe airport Business Class Lounge

Seychelles airport business lounge

After checking in your luggage, you take a left and walk towards a double set of doors which lead to a security zone. Once through security you take a set of stairs up to the first floor and take a left again.

Past some small souvenir / duty free shops and at the end of the level you will see rather unique looking entrance to the Air Seychelles Business / First Class Lounge behind a set of obscured glass doors.

The Seychelles (SEZ) Mahe Salon Vallee De Mai lounge Business / First Class lounge provides access to passengers flying on Air Seychelles, British airways, Emirates, Qatar, Sri Lankan, Kenya, Ethiopian, Austral, Turkish, Condor, Austrian & Air France.



As you enter through the automatic, sliding glass doors you check-in at a large wooden reception desk to your right. For some reason they appears to have three uniformed sat at reception for a lounge that probably holds 50 passengers at maximum capacity.

To your left, a self service food & drink area with a centre island containing breads,toaster, jams, a hot food container with bacon / sausages and a bread board with some cake.

Seychelles business ba lounge

Around the perimeter another self serve area with drinks either soft or alcoholic. Under counter refrigerators holding more drinks with above coffee / Tea dispensing machines, cups & saucers, plates, cutlery & glasses.

Various cereals, pastries, milk, fruit & condiments along the countertop. Surrounding the kitchen area there were various chairs, tables for passengers to sit and eat.

Sez Mahe airport lounge

The rest of the Seychelles Business Class Lounge consists of different areas with seating, some with fabric armchairs, leather sofas and wooden chairs & tables.

Towards the rear of the lounge contained an area of armchairs, sofas and a large wall TV screen which sometimes departure / arrival information displayed.

Seychelles airport British airways lounge

The flooring is all wooden throughout the lounge with matching dark wood tones throughout, neutral wall coverings, window blinds & some planters to add to the jungle hut look.

One set of toilets serve the entire lounge, these were kept clean during our visit and smelled of citrus oils.

Seychelles airport business lounge

To the Centre area of the lounge contained two small areas of brightly colored yellow then grey armchairs and wooden tables. Supporting, decorative wooden beams appear to designate certain zones and beams on the ceiling all add to the ever familiar dark wood tones throughout.



To the perimeter of the lounge were Windows overlooking the runway. The most interesting thing i found to look at in this lounge was our plane, the British airways 787-9 Dreamliner parked awaiting loading.

Our review of the journey can be found here ->British Airways 787-9 Club World <-

Seychelles business ba lounge

All the tables & chairs were taken when we arrived in the lounge next to the Windows so we got to sit in the coloured armchairs in the middle.

To be honest, there is not a lot more to say about this lounge. I’ve added a few more pictures below before my round up and conclusions.



Conclusions / Recommendations

The Seychelles Mahe airport Business / First Class lounge in our opinion ticks the Boxes in the basic lounge category just like the lounge at Male Airport in the Maldives.

These types of lounges appear to have minimum amounts of Money invested in them and are almost appear an afterthought for Premium passengers. Why not invest and make the lounges something to remember when you leave your Paradise location rather than leave a negative impression of the beautiful location you’ve just visited?

Back to topic, this lounge provides the basics of food, drink and comfort whilst awaiting your departure flight. It appeared clean and tidy, food was limited but luckily we knew it would not be long until our airline would provide a proper meal.

It is nice to receive complimentary lounge access on our flights wherever we fly. I would not be happy paying for lounge access to this lounge and would not recommend it unless free to access.

This review is the shortest i have ever written, I hope you found something of interest here and found it informative if not a little negative (Sorry). 

Please feel free to leave a comment below of your experiences of the Seychelles lounge.



Earn up to 1800 Bonus Avios – Rover Pet Services – BA E-Store offers

Earn up to 1800 Bonus Avios – Rover Pet Services – BA E-Store offers

Every now and then a big, bonus Avios point offer emerges on the BA e-store.

The British airways e-store are notoriously bad for advertising the biggest bonus avios point deals but if you know how to sniff out their best offers using their search bar, you can find them easily.

Today, we came across a new offer for up to 1800 bonus avios points for various per services.

Below is an outline of how “Rover” works and how to gain that big bonus point offer.

 

Existing customers collect 700 Avios.

Stated reward is for your first booking (new dog owners only). Existing dog owners will earn a lower reward.

About

Rover connects dog owners with their perfect dog sitter. Search from thousands of local, reliable dog sitters across the country, each providing a guilt-free alternative to dog kennels or pestering your family and friends! 

You can find and book your perfect dog sitter in four easy steps: 

1) Enter your postcode to find local sitters offering home dog boarding, doggy day care, walking, house sitting or drop-in visits near you. 

2) Review each sitter’s listing and read reviews from thousands of other dog owners, then arrange a meet and greet. 

3) Schedule, book and pay online – no need for cash! All Rover bookings are covered by the Rover guarantee, a 24/7 support and veterinary consultation. 

4) Send your pooch on a holiday of their own, and stay up to date with photos and videos from the sitter.

 

 

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa 2019 Review

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort 2019 Review

If your thinking of a luxury vacation, think no more than the Seychelles!

The Seychelles is up there on most people’s, most diserable locations to visit in the world atleast once in their lifetime. It was on our “Bucketlist” of places to stay & we only made it possible by utilising a bit of knowledge on collecting & redeeming points and a little luck on our side.

Our Seychelles dream started way back almost a year ago. We had a large pot of Avios Points sitting there doing nothing, with talk of a BA Avios devaluation coming, the heat was on…

British Airways, almost a year ago suddenly announced that they were reinstating a previous, direct route from London to the Seychelles. As soon as this announcement went Public all the best seats in First Class & Club World were being snapped up by Avios point collectors. Not only was this a new Premium route but BA were also flying the fairly new British Airways Boeing 787-9 aircraft (Win,Win).

British airways 787-9 Business Class Club World

To Read our Flight Review, Click Here ->BA LHR – SEZ 787-9 Club World Review <-

Searching & Searching we finally found some dates which still had Club World (Business Class) availability outbound from Heathrow. However, searching almost a year in advance using the Avios Reward Flight tool, we still had a few days before the Inbound Avios Reward Search showed any availability.

Staying up until Midnight, ready to pounce, the return availability showed up and there they were, 2 seats available in Club World. Clicked, booked & we were on our way to the Seychelles.


Hilton Seychelles Northolme resort

Luckily for us, we had a large stash of Avios Points in our account from utilising the much missed, previous Tesco Direct Bonus Point offers.

Unfortunately this route has now closed but this route collected us enough Avios Points to be able to pay for our Club World flights Inc a 241 BA Amex Companion Voucher + £1200 in taxes.

Then also pay, just using Avios points for our 5 Star Hilton Northolme King Hillside Villa accommodation with Breakfast included for 2 x people for Seven nights stay.

Room Rate – £550 Per night = Saving £3,850.00

Flights Cash Cost – £7000 = Saving £5800.00

So, a luxury Seychelles holiday for two in a 5 Star Hilton Resort plus Direct BA Business Class flights all for £1200.00 in Taxes & a load of free Avios points – what’s not to like?


Two weeks before our arrival at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa we started to receive email communication about our stay from the resort. After reading people’s reviews on Flyertalk we decided to allow the resort to book our Taxi transfers. It appears you need to barter the price down with the airport taxi drivers and we did not need the hassle after a 10 hour flight overnight, all for £20.00 saving.

Within these communications the resort offered us an Upgrade from our basic King Hillside Villa to one with a pool. After reminding the resort I was a Hilton Gold member we managed to reduce the upgrade cost per night down to £150.00 extra. We do not usually pay for upgrades but for £150.00 per night, we couldn’t resist our own swimming pool for a week especially as the vacation cost us so little.

This was probably one of the smartest moves we have taken when booking accommodation as this Villa was breathtaking and swimming in our own pool all day will stay in our memories forever.

Arriving at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Hilton Northolme seychelles

After a fairly short, 25 minutes Taxi ride from Mahe airport, we finally arrived in Paradise.

As you enter the resorts main entrance you immediately notice how established the resorts grounds are. Tall Palm trees, lushish greenery, Cannon ball trees, Waterfalls and exotic birds of all colours flying within the trees welcome you.

Your dropped off at a mini reception area near the entrance to the resort first where your greeted by Hilton reception staff, offered a cooling, fragranced towel and a fruit cocktail whilst your luggage is taken care of.

After a short while, your then asked if you would like to now visit the resorts main reception area about 5 minutes walk away. You do not actually walk to the main reception area, your transported in a buggy called the “Club Car”. This experience is unforgettable, facing backwards in a speedy electric buggy taking in all the sights of the resort.

As we arrived at the main Reception area we were warmly greeted by the reception staff and offered another complimentary drink. Our luggage was unloaded from the Club Car & stored safely away in a room behind reception.

Hilton Northolme seychelles reception

Due to our flight being overnight, we arrived at the resort at around 9.30am. It was explained to us that our room was unfortunately not ready yet (Normal Check-In 3pm) but would not be long which was reassuring to hear.

After reception taking all our details & the prepayment for the room upgrade, We were provided complimentary breakfast vouchers and a quick tour of the resorts facilities. After this tour we decided to have breakfast which was great. Shortly after finishing breakfast the resorts manager introduced himself & provided us more complimentary vouchers for Free drinks at the bar, 15 minute massages each & invited us to the manager’s meeting.

Hilton Seychelles northolme

About 20 minutes later a smiley receptionist advised us our room was now ready, this was only an hour after arriving at th resort. Encouraged to sit back & relax we were whisked away to our Villa.

The resort we believe consists of three types of Accommodation, the King Hillside Villa, King Hillside Villa with Pool & the largest Villa, the King Hillside 2 Bed with Pool Villa. Observing the standard King Hillside Villas throughout the resort, we thought ourselves to be extremely lucky to have upgraded as a lot of standard Hillside Villas only have a balcony & some views partially obstructed by large Palm trees & vegetation. 

Arriving at our King Hillside Villa with Pool

ilton Seychelles northolme villa

With great anticipation, we were escorted down some small steps to our Villas front door. With a swipe of our electronic door card, we finally entered our Villa for the week with staff bringing in all our luggage.

The room attendant explained all the features of the villa to us quickly and wished us a very special stay and then left us to settle in.

As you enter the villa, to your left contains a small, undercounter Refrigerator  containing the usual mini bar drinks & chocolate.

One tip, check the mini bar price list as paying the equivalent of €10.00 for 3 x small chocolates is a rip off. Above the Refrigerator is a marble counter work top containing a Nespresso coffee machine, glasses, cups & saucers, in a drawer underneath contains a large selection of Nespresso coffee pods, sugars, teas etc. These items including four bottles of water were replenished twice a day by housekeeping.

Hilton Northolme seychelles

To our right we discovered a toilet area with bidet, a corridor leading to a wardrobe area including drawers and a safe. Coming back into the main villa area was a door leading to a very large bathroom. This bathroom contained the largest Spa bath we had ever seen, a great waterfall shower, two individual ceramic basins, mirrors, toiletries, fluffy white towels and bathrobes / slippers.

As you enter the main living area, a huge queen size bed with swans made out of towels by housekeeping greeted us. It’s a four poster bed with nets to prevent any flying, biting insects made out of dark wood.

Hilton Northolme seychelles villa bed

The style throughout the villa is neutral, clean shades of white & cream with dark wood tones. The last area in the living room contains a large, fiat screen TV with international channels, a corner sofa, coffee table & floor standing lamps.

Then with large, sliding doors we could now see what we had been waiting for, the swimming pool. As we opened the doors you are hit with the heat from outside towards the lovely room air conditioning inside.

You walk out into a wooden decked area consisting of another corner sofa with lots of cushions, coffee table & a round dining table / two chairs. Large, reclinable wooden, Rattan Sun loungers with comfy cushions sitting in part of the pool.

Hilton Northolme seychelles villa pool

Now for the best feature of the Villa, the swimming pool.

The pool spans the entire width of the villa and can be accessed by a small set of steps down into the water. It’s an Infinity swimming pool with the most wonderful views from the water of the sea and islands in the distance with some partial views of the rooftops of the 2 Bed villas in front of us.

It did not take us long to change into swimwear and get in that pool to cool down.

Hilton Seychelles northolme

Swimming in your own pool in complete privacy does make your experience extra special. To rest on the edge of your Infinity pool looking over the bay towards a distance island in the midday sun has a certain appeal to it. Just to come out of your pool & be able to walk into your villa to change has an element of pleasure about it.

As a Hilton Gold member we received a bottle of Red Wine, fruit platter & Managers Welcome letter.

Hilton Seychelles northolme gold

Dining at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Due to research prior to arriving, we already had our Dining options planned out for the week ahead. 

To set the record straight, we are not “Foodies”. We pay for dining at resorts usually in line with what we feel is good / average value and do not usually exceed this. You won’t find us in the fancy restaurants on site charging upwards of $100 each plus taxes.

Your more likely to find us dining at the bar where we stay, these dining venues usually provide for us the best value for eating out. 

Day 1:

We dined out at the resorts Bar / Restaurants called – The Ocean View Bar.

On this occasion we ordered Pizza from the menu. Margarita pizza’s are always the best value wherever you stay. Our opinion were that these were just O.K. We expected a better quality pizza like from a homemade dough.

These tasted like a factory made base with toppings thrown on top, not what we were expecting from a 5 Star Hilton Resort.

Cost – $22 each plus taxes & tip.

Day 2:

Within our room, we discovered the room service menu. On investigation we could not believe our eyes, It was actually better value by atleast 20% to order food to be delivered to our villa. We always thought Room Service was a luxury option and would never be cheaper than eating out.

We also discovered that Gold / Diamond Hilton members do no pay room service delivery charges. 

We ordered Burgers which came with a very generous portion of fries and a small side salad. Cost – $54.00.

Hilton Northolme seychelles room service

For the next five nights we stayed in and ordered room service every night. The benefits of room service for us included not having to dress up each night and to dine in the luxury of your own villa looking out over the pool & bay. 

Our dining options for the rest of our stay included the Club Sandwich with fries / salad, Spaghetti Bolognase, Fish & Chips, Tomato Penne Pasta & a delicious chocolate brownie and ice cream. All the food we ordered as room service was if good quality and of reasonable cost for the Seychelles which is known for expensive dining at resorts.

Hilton Northolme seychelles dining

Behind reception you can find a Restaurant called – Le Cocotiers.

This offers a la carte dining menu options. Food prices are expensive there so we did not experience this venue. 

Breakfast at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa

Hilton Seychelles northolme breakfast

Breakfast each days starts at 6.45 am – 11.00 am.

As you enter the breakfast area you are asked for your room number and escorted to an available table.

Breakfast was a pleasure at this resort. Sliding doors were opened to let in the  Cooling sea breezes in an otherwise humid atmosphere at 9am. A very friendly waitress greeted us everyday and offered Coffee / Tea or freshly squeezed Orange juice which was delicious and became a daily ritual for us.

The breakfast dining option is a self serve facility with lots of choice. Champagne was also on ice for anyone wanting to enjoy a “Bucks Fizz” or two at breakfast.

We discovered delicious fresh fruit salads made with melon, Sharon fruit, kiwi and apples pre made in convenient glass jars. Fresh Muesli made with yogurt in glass jars also on ice.

A Juice bar with lots of variety of freshly squeezed juices on offer.

An Omelette station where you can order to be cooked and delivered to your table a variety of different Omelette, eggs or waffles. Breads, pastries, jams, butter, rolls and a toaster.

A separate section for cold meats & cheeses. Cereals, nuts, dried fruits & milk. Catering style, hot food servers hold bacon, sausages, tomatoes, vegetables & potatoes. 


The Beaches at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme

Hilton Seychelles northolme beach

Due to the location, the Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa is positioned on the coastline in the hillside. To the front of the location is a very small and Rocky sand beach which it looked like nobody used.

To the right of reception was a larger sandy beach with some sunless and a snorkel hire hut. Large rocks protrude out of the sea which gives the Seychelles its unique look.

To be fair, the Hilton Northolme is not really a beach resort as its very small beach could not entertain more than 20 sunbathers at any one time. This was also another reason why having your own pool was extra special for us.

There is however near reception a swimming pool area with more sunbeds and four poster, Sun bed loungers and a decorative waterfall.

Conclusions / Recommendations

Hilton Seychelles northolme pool

To stay at a 5 Star Resort in the Seychelles was a dream come true for us especially having a Villa with its own swimming pool all to ourselves.

The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is the smallest Hilton Resort in the world & rumored to be a favorite of Ian Flemming who reportedly wrote the James Bond film “Thunderball” whilst staying there.

As soon as you enter the resort you notice how well established the grounds are and how well kept they are by an army of gardeners. The Resort has a similar look & feel throughout with dark wood tones, lush vegetation everwhere but at the same time a feeling of old Luxury.

The staff at the resort are a pleasure to communicate with and go that extra mile for its customers. House keeping done a splendid job everyday, once in the morning and then a special turn down service & replenishment of water at 6 pm everyday.

Dining options are limited at the resort with only two places to eat, either at the bar or at the Restaurant unless you choose room service like we did.

A big bonus is the location of the resort to the Mahe international airport. Approximately only 25 mins by Taxi from the airport was one of the reasons we choose this resort instead of the Hilton Labriz which is on a separate island accessible by a ferry which can take up to an hour.

The Seychelles is truly a wonderful place to visit and a little piece of Paradise. The Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is highly recommended but if your after a beach holiday it would probably be better to choose its sister Resort – The Hilton Labriz. 


Tips:

If you want to save money on airport transfers, take Euros & expect to barter. This can save you upwards of 30€ each way. 

Food at the resort is fairly expensive, to save money choose the bar restaurant for dining or room service over the resorts main restaurant. 

If you can, choose the King Hillside Villa with Pool over the standard Hillside Villa but do expect to negotiate a better upgrade rate. Expect to pay between 130 – 160 USD extra per night.

If you have any questions or want to add your comments on the Hilton Seychelles Northolme resort & Spa, please leave a comment below.