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.

British Airways BA 787 9 Review 2019

British Airways BA 787 9 Review 2019

The British airways 787 9 “Dreamliner” is one of the newest & most advanced aircraft introduced in 2015 into BA’s long haul aircraft fleet being able to hold up to 216 passengers.

Is Boeing 787 9 The Dreamliner?

The 787 9 Dreamliner aircraft is exclusively made by Boeing and on British Airways they consist of 4 class aircraft covering First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy & Economy cabins.

What type of plane is a 787 9?

The Boeing 787 9 aircraft is a wide body aircraft primarily used for long haul routes. This aircraft can travel at up to 650mph and reduces noise pollution by up to 60%. Latest pressurization technology allows passengers to arrive at their destination feeling less fatigued.

british airways 787-9 seat mapThe First Class cabin seats have been reduced to only 8 seats from 14.

Club world (Business class) consists of 42 seats with two separate cabins.

Premium economy (World Traveller Plus) consists of 39 seats.

Economy ( World Traveller) consists of 127 seats.

The British airways 787-9 Dreamliner is 20% more fuel efficient than other similar sized aircraft.

The 787-9 travels at Mach 0.85, or about 650 miles per hour.

The Windows have been made to be 30% larger than similar sized aircraft.

The 787-9 Dreamliner use’s an advanced pressurisation system onboard resulting in cabin altitude reduced towards other aircraft. This technology enables passengers to land in their destination feeling more refreshed. (Read on to find out our experience of this).

The Business Class (Club World) product features New touch screen In-Flight entertainment systems, White Company mattress toppers & blanket.

Noise reduction headphones, seat USB & 3 Pin plug power sockets, fully lie-flat seats, newly improved dining options, fully dimmable window controls & footrest.

Our British airways 787 9 Business Class Experience

We booked our British Airways, Club World seats on the 787 9 “Dreamliner” almost ten months prior to departure. The cost of our flights from London Heathrow to the Seychelles Return for 2 x people would of cost us, if paying by cash approximately £7000.

To pay for our flights, we used 200k Avios Points (Peak) & a 241 British airways American Express Companion Voucher – Our review can be found by clicking here – >BA Amex Premium Plus Card <, plus £1150.00 in taxes saving us approx £5850.00.

If your not already aware, with British airways Business Class flights you receive complementary lounge access at your departure airports, Dedicated check-in areas, Priority Boarding & Fast track security.

To read our experience of the three different BA Business Class lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 before our departure – Click here > British airways Business Class Lounge’s Terminal 5 Review <

Heathrow Terminal 5 Boarding Gate Review

After 2 hours of experiencing all three of the BA Lounges accessible to Business Class passengers in Terminal 5, we made our way to our departure boarding gate area C.

As we arrived at departure gate C, we observed one area surrounded by mid height glass walls containing a number of seats. Noticing a number of passengers seated we took a seat awaiting any update to our boarding information.

After a 10 minutes of not hearing any priority boarding announcements for our flight, we decided to seek out assistance. What we discovered was that located behind our waiting area, partially obscured by a lift shaft was our boarding gate zone.

This area was separated into three lanes, sign posted at the start of each lane by small signage depicting First / Business Class passengers, Premium Economy & Economy lanes. What we observed whilst queuing were lots of economy passengers clogging up the priority boarding lanes and being turned away by the BA staff for being in the Priority boarding lane.

After a few minutes waiting, our boarding passes were scanned & Passports checked and we made our way down a tunnel to our awaiting aircraft. 

Boarding the British airways 787 9 Dreamliner Business Class Cabin

 

BA 787 Business class cabinOur boarding passes were checked once again on entry and a Cabin crew member directed us left into the “Mini” Club World Business Class cabin (Rows 6 & 7).

The “Mini” Club World cabin is situated directly behind the First class cabin and consists of only two rows of business class seats & 14 seats in total. The “Mini” section is separated by a bulk head containing the cabin crews kitchen area, club world snack bar, refrigerators and toilets. Behind the bulkhead consists of another 4 rows of Business Class Seats containing 28 seats.

The BA 787-9 Dreamliner Club World cabins has a layout of two seats on the outer rows next to the windows. These two seats are positioned in a “Ying Yang” style so the window seat faces backwards with the adjoining aisle seat facing forwards.

The middle seats contain 3 Business Class Seats layed out with the outer seats on the aisles facing forwards and the middle seat facing backwards. Due to the middle seat sandwiched between the outer two seats, this has unfortunately been given the nickname “The Coffin Seat” as pictured below.

British airways 787-9 Club World coffin seat

Unfortunately, the layout with seats facing backwards in BA Business Class cabins means that some passengers have to step over other passengers feet when the footrests are in operation.

This is one drawback of the existing Club World layout but newer aircraft such as the A350-1000 being introduced into the BA fleet in 2019 have overcome this problem by completely redesigning BA Business Class and introducing “Suites” with doors.

We choose Row 7, seat J & K as our preferred option. My choice, 7K Window seat was chosen due to being located facing the bulkhead wall resulting in me not having anyone to step over other passengers feet. 

 

787-9 Club World row 7 seat k

On first impressions entering the 787-9 Business Class cabin we were very impressed. The interiors in Club World look modern with shades of Grey & Beige with silver trims. Blue Mood lighting illuminated the ceiling lines underneath the storage lockers. 

The carpets looked clean and not worn and the general cleanliness of all surfaces were of a high standard. 

The “Mini” cabin has an intimate feel to it and a great view into the First class cabin which did not look much larger than Business.

Already placed on my seat as i arrived was a White Company mattress topper & blanket & a large BA logo pillow with a set of noise cancelling headphones.

One observation we made were that the windows in our cabin were all blacked out as we arrived, it gave a surreal feeling as if you were in a tunnel on a train. After being seated i decided to play around with the touch controls for my Windows and discovered that you had to alter the settings to daylight. These new window touch controls are a vast improvement on the old style shutter system. 

BA 787 window touch controls

Not long after being seated a very friendly BA Cabin Crew member handed out hot towels to us to refresh with and a glass of Champagne & bottles of water. Located under the In-Flight entertainment screen compartment a smart, swivel style retractable tray is also housed.

British airways white company amenity kit

All British airways Business Class Club World passengers now receive an updated White Company amenity kit containing an eye mask, flight socks, toothpaste & toothbrush & various moisturisers on every flight.

The In-Flight entertainment system is an updated version with full touch screen controls or by using the remote control situated next to your seat. The IRE screen folds neatly away when not in use into its housing. I found a new 3D version of the flight path route map installed along with a comprehensive selection of Movies, Documentaries, Music, Games, News & audiable books.

After about 20 minutes we were offered any drinks we selected from the Club World menu handed out. I decided to give alchohol a miss on this occasion and opted for a soft drink mixer called a “Fizzberry” which contains a mixture of Fever Tree tonic water, Cranberry juice, ice & a slice. This was served up in a chunky mixer glass with a bowl of spiced nuts, both were very good.

BA Club World non alcoholic drinks

Not too long into our flight time, approx 40 mins since departure we were handed our Club World Dining menu’s. We had a mixed experience of British airways Business Class Long Haul dining on our last flight from Gatwick to Male (Maldives) Review found by clicking here ->BA Club World Gatwick to Male Review <- so we waited with anticipation of the newly improved CW dining experience. 

We ordered off the Club World dining menu.

Starters:

Smoked Chicken Terrine with a Pickled Ginger / Samphire

Mains:

Sea Trout with crushed new potatoes, roasted root vegetables, Lemon cream sauce.

Dessert:

Cheese board with Grapes / Figs.

Wine, soft drinks or Water was offered to accompany our meals.

 

Wow, what an improvement on our previous Club World Dining experience on the 777-200.

The starter was tasty with unusual accompanying flavours from the pickled ginger / samphire.

The mains in my opinion was very good, especially for Fish served on an airplane. The crushed new potatoes were delicious, root vegetables especially the carrots held a good flavour and the lemon cream sauce was delicious.

Since our last British airways Club Europe short haul Business Class experience earlier this year, Review found by clicking here ->BA Club Europe Review<-, I decided to once again sample the excellent Cheese board. This consists of quality, British cheese’s such as Coastal Cheddar / Somerset Brie, biscuits with Grapes & dried Figs.

As an overall opinion, I would rate this Club World meal at an 8 out of 10.

On our return flight back to London we choose the following Club World Meals:

BA Club World mezze board

Starters:

Mezze board consisting of roasted Aubergine, peppers tomatoes, hummus, halloumi cheese. This starter was OK, a little bland in places & very cold.

Mains:

Club World king prawn curry

The King Prawn curry was very light in flavour with the sauce without much punch. The rice was cooked well but due to the lack of sauce be a a little dry. The King Prawns were toast though with roasted peppers.

Dessert:

Chocolate pudding with a sponge base.

BA Club World chocolate dessert

A bit cold once again and lacking flavour.

Overall Meal Rating: 6 out of 10.

The British airways 787-9 Club World Lie-Flat Seat

The BA Business Class seats on all long haul flights have the ability to completely Lie-flat resulting in a bed style seat.

In order to lie flat on the Club World seat, the footstool needs to be positioned horizontal first, this action results in the final section of your lie flat seat bed. The actual seat needs to be operated by controls located in the separation panel to position your seat flat which then meets the footstool to make a connected horizontal platform.

With a horizontal platform to work with, we used the new White Company padded mattress topper, blanket & pillow as our bedding. The padding on this plane’s Club World seat was comfy so adding the new bedding made the experience of sleeping pleasurable.

I managed to catch a few hours of sleep on this flight which is unusual for me as I usually cannot sleep on planes even in Business Class.

Club World 787-9 Storage Trays, IFE Controller, Seat adjustments

The Club World seat comes with useful, additional such as a storage drawer located under your foldaway tray / IFE at floor level. The storage drawer is large enough to hold a laptop, headphones, menus etc and comes in very handy when you want to store your tray away.

BA 787 drawer

The IFE  controller is located me to your seat housed in its own compartment. The ergonomics are slightly weird as you have to twist to take the controller out of its housing. The IFE Controller is duo sided, one side with shortcut buttons and the rear do using with on screen gaming. The controller is attached by wire and retracts back into the housing.

BA 787 IFE controller

The Business Class seat has its own electronic controls situated in the separation wall housing, Containing three separate adjustments, one controls angle, one control controls the back section of the seat and one adjusts height.

The seat also has two power points, one is USB & 3 Pin Socket, handy if you need to recharge your tablet, smart phone or laptop.

BA 787-9 Dreamliner Business Class Observations / Recommendations

In our opinion the British airways 787-9 Dreamliner is a definite improvement on the older generation of aircraft in use such as the Boeing 777.

Just to fly in an aircraft less than four years old is like riding in a newish car, unfortunately though, no new plane smell.

The interiors are crisp with a different colour shades and mood lighting really compliments the cabins. The electronic, adjustable window shades are a nice feature.

Some people appear to think the 787-9 seats in Club World are cramped for some reason, we didn’t find this to be the case especially after flying then previous same seat on the 777. I can seem why people may not like the new middle seat (Coffin) as to me that looked a little claustrophobic sandwiched between two outer seats.

The Catering has certainly improved at BA since a year ago. Overall we would rate our meals fairly highly but always appear to receive a lower standard of meals on our return journeys. This is probably down to the logistics of catering in other countries, we still do not understand why you cannot pre-order your mains for return journeys on BA?

Overall we would highly recommend using the 787-9 in Business Class if you can, keep an eye on the regular British airways world sales as the Seychelles do pop up regularly with good prices for flying the 787-9 in Club World.

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British Airways First Class vs Business Class 2019 Review

British Airways First Class vs Business Class

2019 Review

A Flyer question pops up regularly and that is, “British Airways First Class vs Business Class – which is Best?”

Now, from the outset it would appear that the answer would be a “No Brainer” for most – First Class obviously…

With lots of variables to compare between the two Cabin classes, you may be surprised to hear that its not always a “Done Deal”.

Today we will take a look at British airways First Class vs Business Class and put out there the facts and conclude by the end, in our opinion which is best.

You may be surprised by our findings and this article may challenge the opinions of many..

British Airways First Class Review 2019

is first Class better than business in ba

What can we say, First Class is always going to better, is it not?

In general, you are correct but what happens when the same airline brings out a ground-breaking new Business Class product which puts out there the question again on most people’s lips – First Class vs Business Class – which is better?

Got you thinking?..

Let’s take a look at the British airways First Class product now and we will let you decide.

From the outset, we need to compare both products so we will start with BA First Class at the Booking stage of any flight and the benefits included.

BA First Class Seat Selection

BA FIRST CLASS CABINS

BA First Class:

All First class fares include for free seat selection at the time of booking 

BA Business Class:

Business Class does not include seat selection for free at the time of booking  ×

BA First Class Checked Baggage Allowance

BA Business baggage allowance

First Class
Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 3 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)
Infants (under 2) 3 bags (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

Up to two items selected from the following:

  • Fully collapsible pushchair (stroller)
  • Car seat
  • Travel cot
  • Carry harness
Infants (under 2) 1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

Up to two items selected from the following:

  • Fully collapsible pushchair (stroller)
  • Car seat
  • Travel cot
  • Carry harness

Business Class

Adults and young adults (from 12 years) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)
Children (2-11) 2 bags (max. 32kg / 70lb per bag)

plus

Up to two items selected from the following:

  • Fully collapsible pushchair (stroller)
  • Car seat
  • Travel cot
  • Carry harness
Infants (under 2) 1 bag (max. 23kg / 51lb)

plus

Up to two items selected from the following:

  • Fully collapsible pushchair (stroller)
  • Car seat
  • Travel cot
  • Carry harness

 

  • First Class adult passengers receive 1 extra 32kg checked baggage allocation in comparison to Business Class.
  • Children in First Class also receive 1 extra 23kg checked baggage allocation in comparison to Business Class.
  • Infants in First Class also receive the same checked baggage allocation in comparison to Business Class.

Comparison & Conclusion

As stated officially by British airways, First Class passengers receive 1 extra 32kg of checked baggage per adult & children. 

Yes, we agree any additional checked baggage allowance is better to have more, but do any passengers actually need any more than 2 x 23kg of checked baggage each?

Its a nice to have but in reality, how many First Class passengers actually use the full allowance 3 x 32kg allowance each is what we ask ourselves!

British airways First vs Business Class Lounges

airways concorde room heathrow

Today we will look at as a comparison the BA First Class & Business Class lounges at Heathrow.

First Class Galleries Lounge

The First Galleries lounge at Heathrow consists of 4 areas with various seating areas such as dining featuring tables and a self-service food area, a terrace space and a champagne bar.

Food options as stated above include self serve or waiter service from the a la carte menu. A Business centre featuring all necessary equipment to continue with business whilst awaiting your flight departure.

Champagne in Galleries First is self serve so you can help yourself to as much as you want. Other location within the lounge consists of a wide and high standard of other drinks available

Food is available all day during opening hours.From fully cooked breakfasts to a selection throughout the day or indulge in afternoon tea selection.

The Concorde Room

BA Concorde room heathrow

The Concorde Room at Heathrow is Iconic and known worldwide for its elegance and timeless style.

With Private dining booths including waiter table service including a-la-carte dining menus.

If you need to catch up on work before your flight, enjoy the privacy of the business rooms whilst sitting in a real Concorde seat.

Elemis Spa Free Treatments

BA first class Elemis spa

All Passengers flying from Heathrow airport on British Airways First Class receive a complimentary 15-minute Elemis spa treatment. For First Class passengers the treatments can be booked in advance up to 28 days or 48 hours before departure.

Complimentary treatments are available at London Heathrow Terminal 5 (5A South, 5B and Arrivals lounges).

Business Class Lounge access

BA galleries lounge business t5

There are actually 3 Business Class lounges to choose from at Heathrow T5. 2 in the A Building, and one in the B Satellite Terminal.

If you want a more relaxing experience then the lounge in B terminal is recommended.

The Galleries Club lounges includes hot and cold food, self-serve tea and coffee, an open bar, showers.

The main Galleries Lounge in T5 is the largest of all 3 lounges at T5 consisting of seating for over 800 passengers. It’s located on the top floor of the concourse, above the Galleries First and Concorde Room lounge. This lounge is the most used go business class passengers at T5 and is often very busy.

The food and drink offerings vary, and include sandwiches, pasta, a salad bar, and several varieties of wine, champagne on request.

Comparison & Conclusion

The First Class lounges at T5 win “hands down” between First and Business class.

The Concorde room is Iconic in style and luxury. Galleries First to a slightly lesser extent but still excellent.

Include into the mix a Free 15 minute Elemis Spa treatment for First Class passengers, the Business Class Lounge experiences do not come close to the offerings of First.

First / Business Class Priority Boarding

BA First Class priority boarding

First Class:

Priority Group 1

First Class Passengers

Executive Club Gold members

Oneworld Emerald members

Business Class:

Priority Group 2

Business Class Passengers

Executive Club Silver members

Oneworld Sapphire members

Comparison & Conclusion

First class passengers or known officially as Group 1 always board the plane before Business Class.

To board the plane first before any other passengers will always be a Perk. In reality we are talking about a difference of less than 5 minutes until Business class passengers board. 

Due to the First class cabins comprising of a limited number of seats, its not long before Business class boards and can be literally a matter of minutes behind.

First vs Business Class Cabins

Ba first class cabin

As above,  First Class Cabins will always feel more intimate due to the lesser amount of seats installed.

Some First Class Cabins consist of only 8 seats, that’s a lot of space.

These cabins will always look & feel spacious and in general provide a better ambience. Privacy and comfort are of paramount importance within First Class Class have been designed with this in mind.

Also, First class cabins will general have a higher standard of fittings, lighting, seating and facilities. 

However,  this is where the New BA Business Class Suite cabins being installed on a Series of brand new A350 aircraft are starting to make people ask again “First class vs Business Class – which is better now”?

Ba Club Suite seat

The “New kid on the block”, the British airways Club Suite has the usual critics of BA eating their words.

The new BA Club Suite layout is more like a First class cabin. As an additional benefit, the club suite has a door encasing you in your own private suite, no BA First class product offers this benefit.

In fact, most people once seeing the pictures of the new BA Club Suite are asking how can First Class on the same carrier beat this new product?

The One Horse Race has a new Contender now!

First Class Seats

BA First class seat 777

There’s no beating a First Class Seat. You get comfort, style, privacy and all the latest tech. 

The space provided to just one First Class Seat can almost be as much as 2 normal seats on the same plane. In fact, if you like a window seat, how about having two Windows to look out of. 

Fancy your own wardrobe, you get that in First. Fancy a large screen flat TV, yes you guessed it..

A BA First Class Seat reclines into a fully flat bed by controls within your space. A standard BA First Class seat in Pitch ranges from 73 inches on the 787-9 all the way up to 79 inches on the 747-400. 

Width of a First Class seat is on average 1-2 inches wider than a standard Business Class seat.

You also receive improved degrees of recline compared to Business Class,  Electric seat controls to adjust recline position, legrest and lumbar support & Laptop Power Ports.

BA Business Class Club Suite Seats

BA Club suite seat a350

Now, this is where it gets really interesting.

If you take a look at the picture above of the new British airways Club Suite Business Class seat, you will probably notice some similarities to BA First Class seats.

Like with First Class you are now getting a very personal, large space with BA Business Class. It’s a suite unlike with First class. 

You get a door to fully enclose you in own personal space, you do not get that with First class. 

You receive a brand new seat designed with comfort and styling in mind. You get a wardrobe area just like First, side storage compartments, just like First. 

New, large flat screen TV’s, I won’t go on…

Comparison & Conclusion

In comparison, the new BA Club Suite seat is as close as it could get to First Class without being called First.

Where as First Class still has the edge in the sheer amount of personal space, there is not much in it now in comparison to the new Business product.

The seat, privacy, Technology, comfort and style is hot on the heels of First Class. In fact, many people are now questioning the existence of British airways First Class with the new Club Suite about to be launched.

First Class Dining vs Business Class Dining

British airways First Class dining

Now, First Class dining starts to pull back out In front in the Race again.

First Class dining offers simply the best in airline quality of food & drink.

All First Class passengers of British airways receive Breakfast, mid morning meals, lunch, afternoon tea & Dinner servings. 

Main meals are accompanied by delicious starters, whilst the cabin crew prepare your selected main course. Followed by tempting desserts and or the finest cheese platters, accompanied by seasonal fresh fruit and the finest chocolate.

All passengers can also choose their preferred meals in advance by logging into their British airways executive club account and selecting which meals they would prefer on their flights.

BA First Afternoon Tea

BA first class afternoon tea

If your lucky enough to be flying in the afternoon you will be receiving afternoon tea on board.

This consist of finger sandwiches served on bone China plates, cream tea including scones, jam and clotted cream.

Champagne is served at afternoon tea to compliment a pot of tea served alongside.

British airways Business Class Dining

BA Business Class food

BA Business class now offer a new service concept was recently launched in Club World which will see the cabin crew hand running most meals or using new carts.

You will have to order your starter at the same time as no longer are service trolleys in the cabin. Starters and desserts are now chosen from the new carts in the cabin. 

Expect 3 Course lunches & dinners. Breakfasts, mid morning & afternoon snacks. 

All dining options are served up in bone China with real cutlery.  

Comparisons & Conclusions 

BA First Class once again wins this one. You simply receive a better class & standard of dining than in Business Class.

To receive afternoon tea including Champagne wins the race by lengths.

BA First Class vs Business Class Amenity Kits

BA First Class Amenity kit female
First Class Amenity Kit Female

Once again BA First Class wins.

The First Class BA amenity kits come in two forms, Male & Female. 

The BA First Class Amenity kits are made by Liberty of London containing high class, superior quality contents. What is unique also is how they supply Male & Female versions. 

First Class Amenity kit male mens

The Male Liberty amenity bag contains Refinery’s revitalising moisturiser, lip balm, deodorant stick and shave gel as well as a razor, brush and comb, toothbrush/toothpaste, eye mask, socks, ear plugs and pen.

The Female Liberty amenity bag kit includes Aromatherapy Associates triple rose renewing moisturiser, hydrating hand lotion, renewing cleanser and deodorant stick, along with a lip balm, cotton wool pads, toothbrush/toothpaste, hairbrush and pen.

BA Business Class Amenity Kit 

BA Business Class white company amenity kit

The BA Business Class product supplies all passengers a new White Company amenity kit. 

The BA Amenity kit contains Flight Socks, Eye mask, Ear plugs, Pen, Toothpaste and toothbrush,White Company Spa Relax pulse point, White Company Spa luxury lip balm & White Company Spa Restore gentle moisturiser.

The updated version of the BA Business Class Amenity Kit on Long Haul flights was certainly a step up from the previous Elemis shoe bag style kit. 

BA First Class vs Business Class Service

Ba cabin crew

All British airways First class flights have dedicated cabin crew to look after all first class passengers requirements throughout their flight.

First Class has atleast 2 dedicated cabin Crew to every First Class per flight.

Business Class

All British airways Business class flights have dedicated cabin crew to look after all Business class passengers requirements throughout their flight.

The difference between First & Business Class will be that the crew serving Business Class will also share responsibilities serving other passes in other cabins on the same flight.

Another Win for First Class…

First Class vs Business Class Prices

First Class

 

BA First Class price

 

BA First Class prices

To fly British airways First Class from London Heathrow to JFK will cost per person at the cheapest rate we could find on the particular date when we searched – £3434.00.

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Business Class (New BA Club Suite)

The new BA Club Suite Business Class flights on the A350-1000 is only scheduled to fly on certain routes later on this year, so finding availability at present can be Tricky.

However, we discovered these amazing BA Club Suite flights, Return for only £1398.00 PP.

Read our full Review on this amazing fare by clicking here >> BA Club Suite <<

BA Club suite price

BA Club suite prices

That’s a difference of £2036.00 per person, return.

That is enough in savings between First class vs Business class fares to be able to Fly two people in the New BA Club Suites and still save £638.00.

Is paying £2036.00 per person to gain the benefits of First Class vs Business Class worth it?

Final Comparisons & Conclusions – First Class vs Business Class

First Class vs Business Class BA

To put it simply, British airways First Class is an outstanding product and especially when flying from London Heathrow.

From the outset, being able to select your favourite seats at the time of booking for Free through to arriving at the airport.

Being treated like a V.I.P as soon as you enter the First Wing, going through security is like a breeze and then on to those amazing lounges including the Iconic “Concorde Room” to fine dining and high end drinks.

Boarding first before any other passengers to a spacious, luxurious cabin to sitting down on a seat bigger and comfier than any other on the plane.  

How can First Class be Beaten?

BA First Class bed

In short, you can’t beat BA First Class by another BA product. 

However, when it comes to cabins and seating, the new British airways Club Suite launching soon on the A350-1000 aircraft is getting pretty close to the same product in First Class but at a fraction of the cost.

The cost difference between the two products is immense. As stated in our article, you can fly two people in the Club Suites towards First and still have a cool £638.00 in the bank.

Rumors are also circulating that BA may look to reduce the amount of aircraft with First class installed in the future.

Is this why British airways has launched such a great new Business Class product with its Club Suite? 

Will the new BA Club Suite replace First Class on many routes in the future?

Ba Club Suite seat

Who know’s at this stage but BA are definitely upping their game at last after enduring countless years of criticism of an aging long haul business product in the form of Club World.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our article today, we would love to read your comments on this topic First Class vs Business Class.

We will leave you with some questions.

Which is better in your opinion – BA First or BA Club Suites?

Will BA get rid of First Class in the future?

British Airways BA Premium Economy 777 2019 Review

British Airways BA Premium Economy 777 2019 Review

Recently we flew on British Airways in Premium Economy and our Review here covers the Boeing 777 Gatwick to Mauritius, Non-Stop flight.

Our Full Review below covers in-depth the facilities onboard the BA World Traveller Plus Cabin Including the Seats, Dining, Service, Cost, Priority Boarding, Extra Luggage Allowance etc.

We also set out to cover in our review for you today, answers to questions regularly asked of us such as:

What does premium economy mean on British Airways?

What is the difference between economy and premium economy?

Are premium economy seats worth it & How much more expensive is BA premium economy?

Our BA World Traveller Plus Flight Review Introduction 

BA Premium Economy is just one of the featured cabins flown on the non-stop flight from London Gatwick (LGW) to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (MRU) in Mauritius in the Indian ocean.

The Boeing 777 is one of most widely used aircraft by British airways across the world today. Chances are, if your flying on BA in World Traveller Plus, you will be Flying on the 777.

British airways fly three times a week from LGW to MRU from March to November, the days BA fly at this time of the year are Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays. The frequency increases to five times a week from November to March and they fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sundays.

Our flight duration on this route was approx 11 hours, 50 minutes and covers from London Gatwick to Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Intl airport in Nautical Miles – 6,045.

BA Premium Economy 777 flight map
BA World Traveller Plus Boeing 777 flight map

The aircraft British Airways regularly fly on this route are the Boeing 777-200 which comprises of World Traveller (Economy) with 203 seats, World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) with 24 Reclining seats & Club World (Business) with 48 flat beds.

BA Premium Economy 777

BA World Traveller Plus – Our Opinion

This was our very first time we had flown in BA Premium Economy class.

We had paid our Travel Agent an extra £498 each to upgrade from World Traveller (Economy) to cover our outbound & inbound flights.

We had only ever flown World Traveller (Economy) in the past but in Economy you sort of know what to expect, you have no real high expectations, cheap & cheerful,  No Frills…

This upgraded cabin was high on our wish list and high in our expectations!

What does premium economy mean on British Airways?

British airways Premium Economy is the next Upgraded Cabin from Economy. You do not receive Lounge access however you do get Priority boarding, a slightly larger, reclinable seat with a footrest and a larger, flat screen IFE system.

Also, an improved dining experience, an extra meal & complimentary drinks & snacks.

What is the difference between economy and premium economy?

The difference between British airways Premium Economy & Economy Class are the improved wider Reclinable seats, the priority boarding, the extras such as improved meals, a larger baggage allowance consisting of 2 x 32kg per passenger, noise cancelling headphones, laptop power supplies and a more, Intimate cabin experience.

Are premium economy seats worth it?

Yes, you receive a wider, more luxurious seat with a larger pitch, footrest, headrest and a better recline including improved ergonomics. Movable armrests allow more movement & the improved recline / headrest allow enough comfort to be able to sleep. Seat Power sockets are also installed suitable for laptops and other electronic devices for your entertainment.

How much more expensive is premium economy?

Premium Economy can cost as much as 60% – 80% more than Economy. It will be cheaper to book the upgraded cabin at the time of booking rather than wait until being offered an upgrade at the airport check-in. Sale fares offer all customers upgraded cabins usually at lower costs.

BA Lounge Access

airways concorde room heathrow

Before our first ever BA Premium Economy flight, we assumed paying that much to Upgrade our cabin class, we would automatically receive some type of Lounge access.

No, unfortunately after a bit of research online, we quickly discovered that lounge access was not applicable to tickets issued in World Traveller Plus. However, when you research other airlines, we quickly discovered that Premium economy class does not generally ever come with Complimentary Lounge access.

This policy appears pretty standard across all airlines in this class of fare including similar offerings from Virgin Atlantic. What we discovered after our trip was that you only get lounge access if you fly BA First or Business Class or if you hold BA Silver / Gold Status or equivalent from another OneWorld carrier.

You can however purchase Lounge access without flying in First / Club World but this will not include access to any of the official BA Lounges.

Lounge access can be purchased online or usually at the door of most pay to enter airport lounges.

All you do is enter the airport you want Lounge access for and companies such as Lounge Buddy will display all available options & prices online. Typical Lounge access will cost approx £20-£25 each. This amount can be dramatically reduced if you fly regularly & want Lounge access by purchasing an annual pass from these lounge companies.

Premium Economy Priority Boarding

 

One good perk that we found with BA Premium Economy tickets was that all passengers receive Priority boarding.

You do however 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.

This a great benefit in our opinion, to board the plane before the main bulk of passengers flying in Economy. We boarded our plane with the smaller amount of passengers within our cabin only.

This gives you enough time to store your hand baggage away and be seated before the main bulk of passengers enter down the same aisle.

Priority Boarding – Our Experience 

We made our way with great excitement to fly for our very first time in World Traveller Plus to the selected boarding gate. When we arrived at our boarding gate we found ourselves in an area consisting of lots of seats and even more passengers waiting around to board.

We quickly found some spare seats and eagerly awaiting our boarding access. Club World passengers were called up first, this took about 10 x minutes in total for all the business class passengers to board first.

Then Premium Economy passengers were instructed to start boarding, this benefit does make it feel special being able to board before economy passengers.

It was a fairly organised boarding experience, with all Business class passengers already seated before we entered the plane. This boarding experience did start our journey off on a good setting and made us feel more relaxed and not feel hurried.

So far, not that much difference in our opinion than flying in World Traveller except for priority boarding before Economy passengers.

BA Business Class Club World 777

Entering the Boeing 777 you turn right from the Galley but I did manage to a quick peek at the Club World business class cabin located to the left at the front of the aircraft. Club World or Business Class looked completely different to Premium Economy, firstly each seat is designed to have its own space.

The BA Club World Seats located next to the Window & aisle seats have separation panels for Privacy. The Seats are larger and are almost like pods with fully flat beds. They are also in a Configuration of 2 / 2 / 2, in World Traveller Plus the configuration is 2 / 4 / 2 seating. This gives you an idea of the extra personal space you get in the Club World Cabin.

For our next trip, we managed to experience Club World using only Avios points & taxes.

Read our Review of our First Club World experience from London to the Maldives here – BA Club World Review Gatwick to Maldives

BA 777-200 British airways Club world seats
British Airways Club World seats

Entering the Premium Economy cabin and after seeing Business class, we felt a little disappointed to be honest.

In our opinion, the Premium Economy cabin looks exactly the same as Economy except there are only two seats on the outside of the aisles next to the windows instead of three seats in Economy.

One added bonus in this cabin was the mood lighting, this was turned on once the main cabin lights were turned off during our night-time flight. It gave the whole cabin a relaxed feeling and quite contemporary.

Reading the latest BA news, it appears that the Premium Economy Cabin & Service have received an over-haul with lots of money invested by BA to improve the customer experience. This includes a thorough deep clean on all aircraft, upgraded cabin interiors, improved seating and a better food and drink catering experience.

British airways Premium Economy seats

BA Premium Economy Seating Layout

Before our Pre-flight departure, we were automatically assigned seats at the front of the cabin facing the Galley wall. This made it feel like we had extra leg room but not 100% sure if we actually did.

On British Airways you have to pay for your preferred Seat Selection. The only class of cabin which gets automatic seat selection at the booking stage is First Class. Purchasing seat selection on Premium Economy varies from £16 – £30 each, and that’s each way.

Not being able to select your seat at the time of booking in our opinion is a poor standard. This basically means that potentially if you book flights together, you could be seated away from each other. In theory, i have been advised this usually does not happen but not 100% guaranteed.

What we did not know at the time of booking our upgrades via our Travel agent was that if we had opened a British Airways Executive account, we could have logged in 24 x hours before our flight and selected our preferred seats.

BA offer all blue status account holders the option before you fly to pre-select your preferred seats but only 24 x hours before departure for Free.

You can however pay to pre-select your preferred seats at the time of booking by paying a fee. 

The Seats – Premium Economy

British airways Premium Economy seats seating b777-200
British airways Premium Economy seats 777-200

The Seats are slightly wider than in Economy and you do get a bit more leg room with movable foot rests.

The WT+ seat is officially 18.5 inch wide with a larger seat pitch. Economy seats are 17.5 inches wide and so not a great deal of difference. The seats are Reclinable and do offer better comfort than Economy when trying to sleep.

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 which looked remotely similar to those in Economy also.

The Cabin is smaller and feels slightly more intimate than Economy. BA Seats in this cabin have a modern Navy Blue & lighter Blue shades with Silver metal trims with adjustable headrests and moveable armrests.

The Seats we found were actually quite comfortable and helped us catch atleast a few hours sleep before arriving at our destination.

Food & Drink Dining Options

British airways premium economy dining

 

You do get as standard two meals and complimentary drinks on board.

We opted for the Chicken dish which came in the standard tin foil trays with a complimentary bread roll & butter. To be honest, it looked and tasted exactly the same as a similar Chicken dish we had eaten in Economy before.

A small chocolate dessert which was nice and a drink were offered with both meals served. The meal orders were taken quickly and the cabin crew served our selected meals shortly afterwards. We were offered Tea or Coffee twice during our flight time, Tea for me never tastes the same on a plane so I opted for white coffee instead.

No Nespresso or Latte’s served here but we were served perfectly drinkable filter coffee.

However, we did take up the offer of the complimentary sparkling wine, spirits and soft drinks offered throughout our flight duration. The sparkling wine was nice and came served up in British Airways branded glassware.

Cabin Crew Service

Ba cabin crew 777

 

By the time we were in the air, we did notice a lot of initial activity by the Cabin crew on board in our cabin.

Complimentary Drinks were served up quickly, then a long interval came when we did not see any Cabin crew except for one Stewardess making her way quickly down the aisle through to Club World. It looked like the staff on board were a little stretched.

Overall, the Cabin crew serving us were pleasant and professional.

In Flight Entertainment (IFE)

British airways offer all seats with the In-Flight Entertainment system by means of a touch screen or controlled entertainment console.

The IFE Flat screens are located in the rear of the seat in front of you or in our case, a swivel style movable screen attached to the side of our seat as we were at the front of the cabin.

The In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) contains lots of the latest films, documentaries, television, music, audio books and games to keep you occupied during your flight. We opted to watch a latest Cinema Blockbuster film and after we were kept occupied watching a series of comedy episodes and music documentaries.

The Noise Cancelling headphones worked well at blocking out the background aircraft noise and were very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Baggage allowance

BA World Traveller plus baggage allowance

 

All BA Premium Economy passengers receive as part of the upgraded fare an improved baggage allowance.

This includes for each passenger in world traveller plus the option to take on board with you two bags, one full-sized cabin bag and one additional bag such as a laptop holder etc.

The full-sized cabin bag cannot exceed 56cm in height by 45cm in width and not exceed 25cm in-depth. This larger of the two hand baggage items must be stored away in the overhead lockers.

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.

BA hand baggage allowance

 

 

 

 

 

Checked Baggage allowance

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. This is one additional checked baggage per person more than you are allocated when flying in Economy Class.

 

Verdict / Recommendations

Is it worth the extra cost from Economy?

In our personal opinion, its a tough decision to make and depends on a few different factors.

If your cost conscious then probably No!

If you want a few extra benefits / comforts such as being able to recline a slightly wider, comfier seat so you can catch some sleep if your on an overnight flight then we would say Yes.

The cabin interiors are better, you get extra complimentary drinks and an extra meal and snacks and priority boarding.

To pay approximately £250 each and each way for a few extras like a slightly bigger reclining seat, slightly more leg room and priority boarding maybe worth the additional fees charged.

Reading the latest news from BA, it appears that they have plans to improve the Premium Economy experience with improved dining options, improved cabin interiors, bigger touch screen IFE and a bigger recline on the seats. These improvements are only being fitted to some aircraft first, then a further roll out of improvements across most of the fleet at a later date.

Even with the new improvements, we still sometimes struggle to think that the new World Traveller Plus experience will be worth the additional fees charged at present.

You can however find these upgraded seats in one of the regular BA World Sales at a greater saving, if you find these on your chosen route then we would recommend this Cabin at the reduced sale prices.

We would only fly in BA Premium Economy again if there were no availability in Club World and we would definitely pay for Lounge access this time to make the whole experience as best it could possibly get.

We would however strongly recommend purchasing Premium Economy seats in one of the regular BA Sale’s with the option to upgrade your seats to Club World using avios points. 

You can also fly on British Airways in Premium Economy / Club World or even First Class using a 2-4-1 Companion Voucher where you get One Passenger free when using avios points.

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Have you ever flown in BA Premium Economy ? If so, whats your opinion – Good / Bad? We would Love to read your Comments below.

British Airways Club Europe Review 2019

British Airways Club Europe Review 2019



This was our first time flying on British airways Club Europe Business Class in 2019, so we had high expectations for this flight.

During our Review we will cover the BA Business class dedicated check-in zone, fast track security, BA club europe lounges, priority boarding, Catering, menu inc breakfast & lunch, seats, luggage & hand baggage allowance.

Using the Google Flights search facility, we found London to Tenerife at the lowest point on the price graph with availability was coming in at £330 each, a whopping £660 for the two of us. Time to switch to using avios points instead, availability in early March – 68k avios plus £98.00 Taxes, clicked and booked.

British Airways Club Europe flights in the regular BA Sales can be bagged for as little as £200 Return, per person. When you find a Club Europe flight that cheap we strongly recommend booking immediately as these sale fares sell out fast.

Another advantage of paying cash for Club Europe flights are you will be credited avios points for all flights and earn Tier Points from BA which after only two cash flights and earnt 300 x tier points will automatically gain your Bronze membership.

Gatwick to Tenerife flight map
Gatwick to Tenerife South flight map

Gatwick to Tenerife South is the only direct BA flights available in March from London taking approximately 4 hours, 20 mins consisting of 1,572 nautical miles using the Airbus A320 aircraft. Tenerife North is available from both Gatwick & Heathrow also but stops in Barcelona for 1.5 hours and the shortest flight takes approx 6 hours, 30 minutes.

BA Club Europe Dedicated Check-in Zones

BA Gatwick Dedicated Check-in
BA Gatwick Dedicated Check-in

When flying BA Business class in Europe, you receive as part of your flight package the use of the BA dedicated check-in zone.

From the main BA check in area,  we entered via an entrance signed as above. As we walked through we found ourselves in a queue awaiting service. Many Business Class luggage drop off booths were open and staffed but still some long queues.

We were directed to the First Class check-in booth on this occasion. The staff member was very attentive and chatty and attached a yellow First Class luggage label to our suitcases. Normally in Business Class you get an Orange luggage label which means your luggage receives priority within the baggage system.

BA Club Europe Fast Track Security

After our luggage drop off, we headed our way to the fast track security which is also part of your package if you fly BA Club Europe.

To find the fast track security lanes, you enter through the normal security area but then keep to the left through a dedicated fast track lane. There was one conveyor system for checking your hand baggage but the system worked efficiently and after only a few short minutes, we found ourselves already through. 

Normally, the security gate system at Gatwick can at times be long and a frustrating wait. Fast track security is definitely a benefit in our opinion and highly recommended.

Once through fast track security, we made our way to the BA Business Galleries Lounge, our full Review found by clicking here BA Gatwick Lounge

British Airways Club Europe Baggage Allowance



Checked in luggage allowance is 2 x 32kg baggage allowance per person. The hand baggage allowance is 1 x laptop bag of 23kg and 1 x cabin bag of 23kg.

Extra baggage in size & weight can be booked in but will incur additional charges.

Please refer to the BA Baggage allowance dedicated page below:

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials

Does BA Club Europe have lounge access?

All British Airways Club Europe flights automatically provide all passengers lounge access to any BA Business Class Lounge throughout Europe. These lounges will be either run by BA or by another airline in the One World Alliance.

Access to all BA Business Class Lounges Will have certain restrictions such as opening & closing times, some lounges will have restrictions on the amount of time can be spent in the lounges also.

BA Club Europe Priority Boarding

Also part of the Club Europe package is Priority boarding of the plane.

By the time we had reached our boarding gate we just caught a Tannoy message requesting that all Business class passengers to board the plane now. 

BA a320 priority boarding
BA CE A320 Priority Boarding

It appears that Short haul boarding is a lot quicker process than in Long haul.

Priority boarding is definitely a benefit in our opinion, just to be able to board the plane first gives you enough time to place your hand baggage away and be seated and settled before the bulk of passengers enter the same aisle.

British Airways Club Europe Cabin & Seats

As we entered the plane we were warmly greeted by the Cabin Crew who checked our tickets and directed us to our seat location/s in the front section of the plane.

On first impressions, the Club Europe Cabin looks exactly the same as in Economy.

There are no notable differences to us with the decor inside this Cabin unlike the differences between long haul Business & Economy class.

The real differences became apparent when we arrived at our seats.

The seat layout in Club Europe are the same as in economy consisting of three seats either side of the main aisle. However, the notable difference is that the centre seat is not used for a passenger, but utilised instead as a tray table.

This tray table in the centre seat enables passengers both sides to enjoy more width to stretch out and place cups / glasses or personal items on the table.

For a single traveller, this set up would also provide more privacy.

Club europe seats
BA Business Class Seats A320

We purposely choose seats as close to the front of the plane in the CE cabin as possible and managed to secure row 5, seats D/F.

This was due to us experiencing on our last BA Club World flight an unsatisfactory level of service by being unfortunately seated in the last row. It is common for meals to run out by the time the cabin crew have reached passengers in the last rows on BA.

If you’re not already aware, seat selection is not free even for Club Europe passengers.

To read our New article on whether you should pay or not to reserve BA Seats click here – BA Seat Selection. 

The legroom of the seats in Club Europe are 30 inches with a seat width of 17 inches. This according to the official information provided by British airways is the same as an economy class seat.

Club Europe cabins do not supply any in-Flight entertainment of any kind. We were a little surprised to discover this as we were on a flight lasting nearly 4.5 hours. 

Do you get food on BA Club Europe?

Yes, all BA Club Europe passengers receive a complimentary three course meal as part of their flight package. Meals will vary depending on the time of day at departure and the flights duration. 

Breakfast dining service can include hot, cooked food, cold selections and muesli or pastries. All breakfast servings come with tea or coffee or Champagne / Wines.

Usually all meals will be accompanied by fresh bread rolls & butter / fruit juices. Most flights will also serve Tea or Coffee separate servings with a snack.

British Airways Club Europe Menu

Our outbound flight departed Gatwick at 9.20am to Tenerife so was within the time slot of the Breakfast serving.

I had already indulged in a cooked breakfast that morning at the Hampton by Hilton hotel – Gatwick North review found here – Hampton Hilton Gatwick North so decided against the full English again and opted for a lighter breakfast of continental meats and cheeses.

This dish came with meats, egg, olives & selection of different cheese’s such as Brie & Mozzarella. Also accompanying the main dish was a fresh fruit salad and a shortcake style dessert with the usual Bread roll, butter & jam. We were also handed hot towels to clean and refresh our hands. 

BA CE Breakfast

My wife choose the Omelette which came with mushrooms, a cooked tomato and potato style Rosti.

This was also accompanied by the same fruit salad and a cheesecake style dessert. My wife enjoyed the Omelette, I tasted some and was impressed.

Both our breakfasts were served with either fresh coffee or Twinings tea.

BA Club Europe Omelete breakfast

On our return flights from TFS, we were on the afternoon service so had the opportunity to experience the Club Europe lunch menu.

On this occasion, I opted for the Beef Massaman curry and my wife choose the macaroni cheese.

British Airways Club lunch

I found the Massaman Beef curry actually quite good and tasty. It used a creamy style, mild curry sauce with braising style beef chunks and a Khichdi rice with vegetables.

This dish also came with antipasti including stuffed peppers with feta, olives and Sun dried tomatoes. A dish of a selection of cheese which were delicious including Somerset brie and coastal cheddar, black grapes & crackers then for dessert an Orchard fruit crisp.

BA Europe Business Class lunch

My wife enjoyed the macaroni cheese pasta dish. I also sampled some and was impressed for a pasta style dish on a plane, not dry and chewy.

Her meal also came with the antipasti, cheese selection and Orchard fruit crisp dessert, all accompanied by a bread roll and butter.

All meals were served up on Bone China crockery and accompanied by steel BA branded cutlery with Dining menus provided to all passengers in this Cabin.

Club Europe Drinks & Refreshments

Before departure, drinks were offered to all passengers by the Cabin Crew. This included any soft drink, spirits, still wine or Champagne. All drinks are served in BA branded glassware. 

I still like to take every opportunity to have a glass or two of Champagne either in the Lounge, pre-departure or during the flight.

During lunch I decided to try the White Chardonnay which I found pleasantly drinkable.

Tea by Twinings and Union roast coffee was regularly offered by the cabin crew to all the Club Europe passengers.

BA Club Europe drinks menu

BA Club Europe In-Flight Cabin Crew Service

BA cabin crew service in our experience is unpredictable.

On one flight you can experience a great cabin crew, then on another flight can be not so good which we feel is a real shame and does not portray we feel the correct customer service level to all BA passengers.

On our outbound flight the cabin crew were just ok, they completed the basics of their job and nothing else.

On our return flight,we experienced a much more customer focused crew with an on-board cabin crew manager present. The cabin crew manager made conversation with every passenger on our flight whilst serving customers with a smile.

We struck up a conversation with the Cabin crew manager during our flight on a few occasions and he shook my hand and wished me an onward pleasant journey when we departed the plane.

BA Club Europe Benefits vs BA Economy Class

Flying on British Airways Club Europe does certainly come with some Perks.

In comparison to Economy class on the same flight we received a better seat in our opinion. This was due to the layout of our seats with the middle seat reserved by a tray table. Just having the tray table located in the middle seat provided us both extra space to relax, spread out a bit rather than almost rub shoulders with a stranger if were seated in Economy class.

The Club Europe Dining options were in our opinion actually quite good including a 3 Course Meal & Drinks inc Champagne.

In Economy you have to buy your food which includes sandwiches, snacks & drinks and that is if your lucky and your sandwich or snack has not run out.

Club Europe providing Business Lounge access at Gatwick on British Airways Airways is definitely a big bonus.

You gain complimentary access to the prestigious BA Galleries South Lounge, economy class receives no lounge access unless you pay £25.00 each and with paying you do not get access to BA Gatwick South lounge, but a lounge nearby and not as good in our opinion.

Club Europe passengers receive priority boarding, economy class passengers have to wait until Business class passengers have boarded and settled.

Flying BA Club Europe can cost as little as £200 per person, Return.

This Business class flight will also come with extra Tier Points & additional BA Avios Points.

After only 2 Club Europe flights at 80 TP’s each way on the longer european routes, you will receive automatic British airways executive club Bronze membership which provides free seat selection 7 days before departure and an increased avios point earning level.

When you take into consideration all the extras associated with BA Business Class,Club Europe including free BA Lounge access &  Priority Boarding, dedicated check-in, additional luggage allowances at 2 x 32kg each, 3 Course Meals, Free drinks and more room in your seat allocation you can start to see why it is worth paying extra.

In our opinion there are not a lot of difference in the prices between Economy & Business Class.

Our Verdict / Recommendations on Club Europe

British airways Club Europe is “as good as it gets” for BA short-haul European flights unless your lucky enough to be flying on one of the very few, long haul aircraft used on some European routes in which case you would be lucky enough to be sitting instead in a Club World cabin.

The cabin & seats are the same as in Economy except for the middle seat being reserved & used for a tray table. The real difference is the meal & drinks selection served and being seated in the front cabin of the plane, fast track security, priority boarding & the extra baggage allowances and don’t forget access to the Premium Business Class Lounges throughout Europe.

Is it worth paying extra?

This all depends on how much you place a value on those extra benefits you receive in Business Class towards Economy.

We will always go out of our way to fly Club Europe now if flying short-haul but would always research the cheapest way possible. Remember we only paid 68k avios points plus £98.00 in taxes towards a cash fare price of £660, this makes 68k avios valued at £562 in our eyes.

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Our other recommendations would be to keep an eye on the regular BA Flight sales for discounted business class flights as some bargains can be found.

Another option would be to always try a “Dummy Run” booking using BA Holidays. The dedicated holiday package site regularly displays packages potentially making the Club Europe flights cheaper than purchasing your basic flight & hotel separately.

We strongly recommend to Definitely reserve your seats as close to front of the cabin as possible as this almost guarantees that you will receive your preferred meal choice. 

If you have any questions or would like to express your opinion on Club Europe, please leave a comment below.

British Airways Economy Vs Premium Economy 2019 Review

British Airways Economy vs Premium Economy 2019 Review

If your about to choose your British airways flights, but are you now wondering about BA Economy vs Premium Economy as a comparison? Our article tackles that common question, We will look at in-depth topics such as, do we fly in Economy or upgrade to Premium Economy and is an upgrade worth the extra cost.

What does premium economy mean on British Airways?

British airways Premium Economy is the next Upgraded Cabin from Economy Class or others is known as World Traveller. In Premium Economy passengers booked in this class of cabin do not receive complimentary Lounge access but Premium economy passengers do receive as standard Priority boarding, a slightly larger, reclinable seat with a footrest and a larger, flat screen IFE system.Premium economy passengers will receive also an improved dining experience, an extra meal & complimentary drinks & snacks on board and dedicated cabin crew throughout their flights.


What is the difference between premium economy and economy on British Airways?

The significant differences between British airways Premium Economy & Economy Class are in Premium economy you receive the improved wider Reclinable seats, priority boarding, improved dining options. Included also at the time of booking Premium Economy tickets receive as standard a larger baggage allowance than economy which all luggage has to be paid for, consisting of 2 x 32kg per passenger, during the flight passengers receive to use on board noise cancelling headphones, seats include laptop power supplies and a more, Intimate cabin experience from a dedicated cabin crew.

The seats in Premium Economy are more wider, comfortable and recline further so enable passenger especially on night flights an improved chance of sleeping.

What is the difference in price between BA Economy and Premium economy?

When you search and find your flights on British airways, you will always be served the cheapest fares first. These cheapest fares will always be in Economy Class or known officially on BA as World Traveller.

For many people the price is the most important factor, you still get a seat, you receive meals and you arrive in your chosen destination for the cheapest price available, what more could you want?

However, if you’re flying Long Haul on British airways then you could be seated for anything between 6 x hours to 24 x hours on a plane. Economy class is not the most comfortable, you may also not want to be seated next to strangers, you may prefer to dine on better meals, not have to pay for drinks and may prefer a larger reclining seat.

More comfort and more legroom means a better chance of sleeping if you experience an over night flight. These factors are the big decisions to make when choosing your cabin class on BA.

What is the difference between Business Class and Premium economy on British Airways?

In BA Business Class you will receive a fully flat bed seat, In-Flight Entertainment, Priority Boarding before Premium Economy passengers. You will also receive complimentary Lounge Access at both outbound and inbound destinations. Three Course meal service atleast twice, free Champagne & Spirits throughout your flight, interim meal services and use of the Club Kitchen. White Company Amenity kits at also provided to all Business class long haul passengers.

Do you pay extra to upgrade from Economy Class to Premium Economy?

When we look at the price difference between the two cabin classes, you may be surprised to know that the difference can be lower than you think. Below we have displayed a true life comparison to show you an average price difference between the two cabins – Economy – Premium Economy.

BA economy flight price

Taking a look at the screenshot above, you can see that an outbound flight from London travelling to New York in Economy can cost as little as £274 per person each way – Great Fare Price.

But wait… The BA price displayed is priced within a category called “Economy Light” which is the very cheapest price possible. This fare price does not include luggage, this is fine if you only carry hand baggage and plan to stay for only a few days. Any longer and you will want to take luggage with you on your trip.

Now lets take a look at the price with luggage included below for the same flight called BA “Economy Standard”.

Airways economy light seat price

You can see above that you would need to pay an extra £40.00 to take luggage up to 23kg with you. So now you’re at a price of £314.00 per person including luggage, one way. Still a great price to get to New York one way.

Let’s now take a look at the true price difference on the same flight between Economy Light and Premium Economy. We can see a difference of £252.00 to upgrade to the higher class of cabin and a total cost of £566.00 to fly in Premium Economy instead of £314.00 per person.

The big question, is the upgrade worth the additional cost?

Economy vs Premium Economy Check-in

When you arrive at the airport, you will not notice any difference between the two fares at the check-in stage. British airways do not currently have a dedicated check in zone for Premium economy passengers, you still have to check-in and leave your luggage at the general economy check-in zones.

As mentioned before, however at this stage you are allowed to check in one piece of baggage up to the weight of 23kg for Free with an Economy light fare ticket.

In Premium Economy you are allowed 2 x 23kg of luggage each and carry on hand baggage onto the plane with you. You could then put a value of £40.00 for this subtracting this cost off the upgrade price as your getting an additional 23kg of luggage included.

Upgrade price difference with 2 x 23kg luggage = £212.00 per person.

Lounge access

Unfortunately, you do not get any Lounge access with the upgraded Premium economy cabin class. This is only applicable when you fly in BA Business Class or otherwise known as Club World or First Class. You can however purchase airport Lounge access via various companies on the web such as from Lounge Buddy.

Priority Boarding

When purchasing an upgraded ticket, you do receive priority boarding on your flight. Depending on the cabin classes on the plane your flying, First Class and Business class passengers board first, then Premium economy, then economy passengers Economy last. 

BA Economy vs Premium Economy Seats

Pictures courtesy of BA
BA economy seat

This is where BA Premium Economy starts to show you the real difference from Economy Class.

First of all you get a larger, reclining seat with bigger pitch and extra legroom, lumbar support, a head rest and a foot rest. The difference being approximately 7″ of extra legroom between the two seats.

You also receive a comfy pillow and blanket on your seat awaiting you on boarding the plane. The Premium economy seat is 18.5 inches in width and provide 38″ in pitch. The economy seats measuring 17.5″ wide and 31″ in pitch.

The seat layout is also different between the two cabins. In economy you get a seat layout consisting of 3 x 3 x 3 seats per row. This means that if you’re flying as a couple, you will potentially have a stranger sitting next to you. 

BA premium economy seats
BA premium economy seat outer window seats

If you look at the seating layout in Premium Economy, you will notice a different layout consisting of 2 x 3 x 2. That one less seat per row allows for the larger seat and extra legroom per row.

The biggest advantage in our opinion is if you choose the window pair seats, you do not have the potential of a stranger sitting next to you for your entire flight duration. You will also notice in the BA example seat plan below that the upgraded cabin is approximately two-thirds smaller. This reduces noise and traffic within the cabin.

When you purchase your fares online, at the checkout stage you will be offered the opportunity to select your preferred seat/s for a fee. Unfortunately,  instant seat selection is still chargeable unless your flying in First Class on BA.

You can choose your preferred seats for Free 24 x hours before departure within your British airways executive club account. 

Alternatively, you can choose for Free 7 x days before departure if you are a British Airways Executive Club Bronze member. If you become a Silver / Gold member then you can select your seats for Free at the time of booking.

To read more on how to select your seats on BA click to read here > BA SEAT SELECTION <

You also receive a complimentary BA amenity kit consisting of flight socks, eye mask, ear plugs toothbrush & toothpaste, pen etc. 

BA Seat Map

The Difference between the Two Cabins Interiors

BA premium economy cabins
BA premium economy cabins

In BA Economy, the Cabin still has a modern look and feel throughout. However, due to the seating layout it does look and feel a little cramped.

Premium Economy cabins have undergone a revamp recently giving the look and feel of a more intimate cabin. With the new interiors, you get a better seat with greater recline, a 60% larger flat entertainment screen with personal in-seat power supplies, perfect for powering your laptop or smartphones during your flight time. You also get your own touch screen In-Flight entertainment system with controls and noise-cancelling headphones to enjoy a movie, watch your favourite TV episodes, documentaries or listen to music / books.

Food and Drink Comparison

The main difference in food and Drink between Economy vs Premium Economy consists of in Economy you receive complimentary drinks, snacks and a four course meal. You also receive a snack between your main meal and arriving at your destination.

You also receive a complimentary before departing a choice of refreshments including either sparkling wine, orange juice or water and a small accompanying snack.

In Premium Economy you receive a better dining experience served on China crockery and you are presented by the cabin crew a dining menu including the drinks selection menu.The meals served are using the best, locally sourced ingredients and tailored to the season’s. You also receive an additional three course meal instead of one per flight in economy class.

You also receive a second hot snack or lighter meal per flight and more complimentary drinks from the menu. On most routes, you can pre-order your preferred choice of meal for your flight within your BA Executive Club account. 

Meals served in this Cabin are more aligned with the dining experience received in Club World Business Class. 

BA World Traveller plus meals
BA World Traveller Plus Breakfast

You also receive Tea or Coffee served with all meals and at regular intervals during your flight.

Cabin Crew Service

Due to amount of passengers seated in both cabins, you do feel like you receive a slightly better service from the in-board cabin crew in World Traveller Plus. There appeared to be on our flight two dedicated cabin crew members to the Premium Economy Cabin. 

This resulted in a more attentive service and quicker delivery of the in-Flight meals & drinks. 

Our Personal Verdict / Recommendations

In Economy or better known on BA as World Traveller, you pay the lowest fare possible for the journey. When you pay for the cheapest fares, you do not usually expect much more than the basic standards of seats, meals and experience in general.

When you pay extra to upgrade to Premium Economy you do expect a certain, improved levels of food, seating and extra luggage allowance & extras for the extra money paid.

The upgraded experience is a serious step up and sits between Economy and Business Class. 

If you’ve never flown in an upgraded cabin, Premium economy is a great, first step. Our recommendations would be to ensure for comfort and privacy, definitely opt for the outer pair seats next to the windows on either side of the cabin. 

If you can preselect your seats before you fly, preferably at the time of booking. This will ensure you receive your preferred selected seats for your personal comfort & privacy.

You do get a certain amount of improved benefits in the higher cabin, larger seats, better recline and much improved leg room, improved meals served on real crockery and more complimentary drinks just adds to the experience and priority boarding. 

Using the example price difference comparison of British Airways economy vs Premium Economy fares, you’re looking at paying an extra £424.00 each way for two people or £212.00 each to fly in the upgraded cabin.

If your considering upgrading from Economy to Premium Economy, what ever you do please do not wait until you arrive at the airport. Usually, in most cases, the upgrade cost displayed in your BA account or sent to you by email will in most circumstances will always be cheaper than the price provided to you when you check-in at the airport.

Some people will potentially think that’s not good value and will always opt for the very cheapest fares first.

In our opinion, we feel that all depends on how much you value those improved enhancements to your overall flight experience in the upgraded cabin. 

Price vs Comfort – This is biggest decision every passenger takes!

To read our latest review on British Airways Club World Business Class vs Premium Economy, click the link here – https://theskinttraveller.com/2019/10/03/british-airways-club-world-vs-premium-economy-2019/

We would love to hear your experiences or opinions on the above article, please leave a comment or question below and we will always reply as quickly as possible.

British Airways 777 Business Class Review 2019

British Airways 777 Business Class 

Review 2019




British Airways (BA) Club World, also known as Business Class on the 777 consists of 48 Lie Flat Beds located in a separate Cabin at the Front Section of the Plane on the Boeing 777-200. Club World was the highest cabin class on the 777-200 we flew as there are no First Class Cabin installed on this plane, Read on for our Full Review below.

Our British airways plane departed from London Gatwick to Male airport otherwise known as Velana International Airport, the exact Nautical miles for the entire journey is 5,290 mi.

BA London to Maldives route map
British Airways Club World 777 Gatwick to Maldives

British Airways only fly this route direct between October to March and the entire journey takes approximately 10 hours, 15 minutes. You can however fly from London to the Maldives every month of the year via one of the BA alliance member airlines such as Qatar but this will not be a direct flight, these routes make a stop over at Doha airport where you change planes to Male airport. 

The direct seasonal route fly’s three times a week from London Gatwick, departing on a Sunday, Wednesday and a Friday. These flights due to the departure time will land the following day at Malé airport. The return direct BA route from Male to Gatwick departs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrives the same day.

What does Business Class mean on British Airways 777?

British Airways Club World or otherwise known as BA Business Class is the next upgraded cabin class from Premium Economy. You receive dedicated Check-in desks at the airport, Lounge Access, Fast Track Security, Priority boarding, Premium dining with free Drinks including Wines / Champagne. A generous luggage allowance, White Company Amenity kit, White Company Mattress topper, Blanket and Pillow.

Club Kitchen access where you can help yourself to soft drinks, Crisps, Chocolates etc throughout your flight. Hand roasted Union coffee, In flight Entertainment with on demand controls, afternoon tea, Scones & Jam or Sandwiches.

Is British Airways Club World Same as Business class on 777?

British Airways Club World is the official airlines terminology for its long haul Business Class cabin. Passengers flying in Club World will receive free seat selection 24 hours before departure, lounge access at both outbound & inbound destinations. Priority boarding before Premium & Economy passengers, lie flat seats, three course dining & free Champagne / wines / spirits throughout the flights.

Club World Dedicated Airport Check-In:

On arrival at London Gatwick airport we made our way to the Dedicated Check-in desks with anticipation of starting our First ever Club World experience. We had already checked in online 24 hours prior to our departure and had managed to select a great pair of seats situated next to the Window / Aisle.

The dedicated British airways Check-in desks were fairly quiet, with only one couple in front of us so we didn’t have to wait long. As we approached the desk we were greeted professional by the Check-in staff with big smiles and friendly chat about our destination. We noticed that our luggage was attached with Bright Orange luggage labels. We believe the labels are part of the Priority package and your luggage is sorted and returned to you faster at your destinations.

BA Club World Business Class 777 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.

BA 777 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.

Dress Code Requirements in BA Club World:

After researching online and the Conditions on our Tickets, we could not find any stipulations over a Dress Code whilst travelling in CW. We dressed Smart but Casual, we noticed many people in our Cabin dressed for comfort wearing leggings, T-Shirts, Jeans and Trainers.

Does British Airways 777 Business Class have WiFi?

BA Club World Business Class does not offer at present a Wi-Fi service on all its flights. However, it has been stated by 2019 up to 90% of the aircraft fleet will be connected. All Passengers will be notified whilst on board if their flight is enabled for a Wi-Fi service and fees may be applied.

Business Class Gatwick South Lounge Access:

British Airways Galleries North Lounge Gatwick Review

To Read our Full Review on the BA Galleries Lounge, North Terminal at London Gatwick, Click Here – BA Galleries South Lounge Review.

777 Business Class Passenger Priority Boarding:

We spent a considerable amount of time in the BA Galleries Lounge enjoying the Free Champagne, Latte’s and indulging in the food on offer. After three hours, our Boarding Gate displayed our Flight number, it was finally time to make our way to the Boarding Zone area…

We arrived at our Boarding Zone and quickly noticed it was looking very crowded. We managed to locate some seating and waited to see what happened next. After about 15 minutes a message came across the Tannoy asking for all Club World passengers to now make their way to the Boarding desks. This was very different to sitting around for ages when your seated in Economy and was a very good benefit in our opinion.

Boarding the British Airways 777 Business Class Plane:

As we entered the 777 Business Class, we were directed Left by a Stewardess into the Club World Cabin. It was a pleasant experience to enter an empty Cabin and not have to navigate busy aisles with lots of people in the way putting hand luggage into the over head storage lockers. As it’s a small cabin in Club World it didn’t feel crowded or busy and we could easily find our seats and store away our hand baggage quickly. The Cabin gave a good first impression and had a Smart, Classy interior look & feel with Grey / Cream Panel fittings, large round lighting from the ceiling and Mood lighting throughout the Cabin.

What is a Club World Seat on the 777 British Airways?

Our 777 Business Class Lie Flat Seats were located towards the rear of the cabin. I had the pleasure on our Outbound journey of the Window seat which in my opinion is one of the best seats in this cabin.

You enter your personal seat area behind the seat paired with yours next to the Window. The Window Seat faced backwards which was a first for me. It felt a little strange sitting backwards on a Plane but after a few mins I felt accustomed to my surroundings already. The Window seat feels more like a Pod, it’s a very personal space as you are separated from the aisle by the seat paired with yours. The seat felt very large in comparisons to Economy or Premium Economy we had previously flown.

You have a separation, privacy screen between you and your pairing seat. This can be left down to chat or up for complete privacy. However, the Cabin Crew do ask for this to be in the down position when serving food / refreshments.

A fold away footstool is located at the end of your seating area. This acts as the final section when you make your seat into the fully flat-bed for sleeping. Fold away table, a compartment at the bottom for storing items during your flight & power sockets. The CW seat converts into a 183cm or 6ft long fully flat-bed. It comes with fully adjustable headrest and lumbar support. This was by far the most comfortable airline seat I had experienced so far.

BA CLUB WORLD 777 200 SEATS

For anyone who has never flown BA Club World 777 and not familiar with the layout of the cabin on the 777, the 48 Business Class seats on this plane are arranged in a 2-4-2 layout.

Consisting of 2 pair seats on the outside of either aisle, next to the windows. Then double seats immediately next to each other in the middle with a single Club World Seat attached each side to the middle pair.

The layout for a first time flyer in CW is somewhat unusual due to some seats facing backwards and some forward facing for the aisle seats. For couples travelling together then the middle seats are probably best as your seated immediately next to each other.

Unfortunately, due to the configuration of the seats you will have to climb over passengers legs or feet unless your seated at the rear of the plane. This can be interesting if the other passenger have their seat fully extended position and you need the toilet. 

Quickly after sitting down, a Steward made their way though the Club World Cabin handing out glasses of Champagne. On the seat, when we arrived there was a pair of Noise-cancelling headphones, White Company blanket, mattress topper and pillow as our flight was overnight.

BA White Company Amenity kit

Also we were handed a new style BA Amenity Kit made by the White Company of London. This Amenity kit came in a small, black leather effect holdal. It resembles to me a large, make up bag with contents including a Toothbrush, Toothpaste, eye mask, flight socks, Elemis toiletries such as lip balm, moisturizer etc.

British Airways 777 Business Class Dining

The Food in CW are all served up on Bone China Crockery accompanied by real Cutlery. Tea & Coffee are all served in China cups with saucers and all drinks served in glassware.

About an hour into our journey we were handed the In-Flight Dining Menu. These Menu’s looked similar to what you receive in a Restaurant, Club World Branding and a full description of each selection with an extensive Drinks list.

I opted for a Smoked Salmon starter, it came up beautifully presented with a small side salad and dressing. I found this dish tasty and certainly a massive step up from any food I had ever experienced on a plane before.

Premium dining on board – Smoked Salmon Starter

For my Mains I opted for the Steak with a Peppercorn sauce, New Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables with a bread roll of choice & Butter. This arrived promptly and looked on First Impressions very appetising. The Steak was a disappointment, to me it tasted just like Braising Steak which had been boiled in Liquid, not the quality of steak i expected in this class of cabin.

For Dessert I choose the Milk Chocolate with a Passion Fruit crisp with Chocolate sauce. This was Tasty and the Passion Fruit crisp refreshing. Very well presented accompanied by a lovely glass of white wine.

Tea or Coffee was served during the Dinner Service and Drink orders taken.

Overall, my opinion of the Dinner Service was Good except for the below average steak served as part of the Main course.

The next Course due to our Flight being Overnight was the Breakfast Serving. Feeling still a little bloated from the Three course Meal the night before, Instead of a cooked Breakfast i decided to opt for the Muesli with a Berry Compote. This was pleasant and very creamy in texture. Union roast coffee was served and Orange juice.

BA 777 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE):

BA Club World In Flight Entertainment

The In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) in Business Class 777 consists of a flat screen with touch controls or can be used in conjunction with a separate controller which stores away neatly next to your seat. The controller is connected by a retractable cable so can be a little temperamental to use so I stuck to using the touch screen for most of the journey.

You have a selection of hundreds of films, Documentaries, Music, Audio Books and episodes of popular TV series to choose from. I quickly scanned the Movies section under Latest Releases and found a Movie Blockbuster just out on release in the UK. The screens in my opinion could be upgraded to a better Clarity but they served the Movies fairly well with no interruptions to service & worked seamlessly with the Noise Cancelling headphones provided.

After the Movie, I used the Popular sections and found a number of my favourite sitcom’s and even Watched clips of the Glastonbury Music Festival.

I also used the IFE screen to watch the Flight Map regularly which displayed our route and our current location. It’s interesting to fly above countries of the world you have never visited and good to see the Flight duration left until destination.

Morning View from my CW Window

With only a few hours left until we touched down at Male Airport in the Maldives, the Sun was rising and the distant sounds and smells of Breakfast filled the cabin. A flurry of activity from the Cabin Crew taking Tea & Coffee orders and then Breakfast requests.

Breakfast was over fairly quickly and we settled into our last hour until our destination. This last hour I found to be a great opportunity to get ready for arrival. I got changed in the CW toilets which are of a good size and have quality Elemis Hand wash and Hand Moisturisers. A quick freshen up and I was ready for the Maldives.

On arrival, the Club World Cabin passengers were allowed to leave the plane first to board the airport shuttle buses.

Our Opinion / Verdict on the BA 777 Business Class

This was our first ever BA Club World Business Class flight taken on the 777,  the highest class of cabin we had flown up to this point was BA Premium Economy. We had extremely high expectations of the Club World experience and on the whole we would recommend CW to anyone flying Long Haul.

However, we did take a closer look at the Cabin interiors in Business Class and our Seating areas and we did notice signs of ageing and wear and tear. Unfortunately, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft used on this route are getting fairly old now and we believe the CW cabins could have been fitted nearly 15 years ago. We also believe British airways are investing in a Cabin refresh but only on some aircraft at present.

The Dining experience was Good but let down by the standard of our Mains. We also believe a new Club World Dining Menu has been introduced so that would be a positive improvement.

The Cabin crew on our Outbound journey were Professional, Courteous and competent in their role. However, we found completely the opposite on our return flight from the Cabin Crew. On our Return, No real apologies were given to passengers for the lack of choice of preferred main meals & missing amenity kits. The Cabin Manager only asked for feedback of the service down one aisle of passengers which was poor in our opinion.

The seating layout and facing backwards whilst flying was a first for us. The middle pair seats if not seated next to your partner in our opinion was uncomfortable as you are sitting immediately next to a stranger for 11 hours. 

We paid 200k Avios points plus £1200 in Taxes for our Return flights. The average cash price of these tickets were £5500. We feel for that amount of money we should have received a better service from the airline crew on board on our Return journey, food standards should be excellent at all times and in stock for all Business class passengers or atleast allow pre-ordering of meals on all routes. The plane interiors need to refreshed or maybe use newer planes on premium routes like the Maldives. 

British Airways 777 Business Class is a good product and far superior to BA Premium Economy. We would recommend Business Class to anyone despite of some drawbacks. 

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