I recently visited London (see, London Trip Overview). I flew on British Airways business class. I purchased the ticket as part of the AARP/30,000 Avios special from a few months ago, so it only cost about $550 out-of-pocket.
There was a special airport security line at JFK for BA Business and First Class passengers. The line was long and slow, and it may well have taken as long as the general line, but at least it was civilized. While I was standing on line, I got to see these very cool sofas.
Once inside security, I went to the British Airways Business Class Terraces Lounge. My first stop was the Elemis Spa. The British Airways lounges at Heathrow and JFK have Elemis Spas, and passengers travelling in First or Club World and British Airways Gold card members flying long haul may sign up for a complimentary a 15-minute treatment. My flight was fairly late in the evening and some of the treatments on the menu were not available so I opted for a mini-facial. It was relaxing and refreshing until I had an allergic reaction to one of the potions the technician rubbed on my neck and I felt like my skin was burning. I washed it off and felt better in a few minutes, but that was the end of the facial! Still overall, it was a good experience.
The lounge at JFK is spacious and comfortable.
The bar was self-pour and the wine was good.
What I hadn’t realized is that there was a separate room where hot dinner was served. I was rather surprised. My flight was not until almost midnight and there was no formal dinner scheduled, so I made sure to have my dinner in the lounge. I had a helping of sauteed steak and some fish, and both were delicious.
This is the dining area.
And more good wine.
There was also a cheese, fruit and dessert station, but frankly I was full by this point.
For me, the 747 plane and flight experience was good. I know many others have complained about the seating configuration, but I was in an aisle seat, which I found comfortable. I might have felt claustrophobic in the window seat, or too close to my neighbor if I was in the middle of the row, but the aisle was just right.
I am still wondering what this was under the green beans. Maybe I don’t want to know.
Some cheeses and Walker Oatcakes.
Some cheesie eggie thing.
And, then I was in London. Ready for a long weekend vacation.