British Airways (BA) Business Class (Club World) Menu – Houston to London (IAH-LHR) – BA194

British Airways (BA) Business Class Menu (Club World) – Houston to London (IAH-LHR) – BA194

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British Airways (BA) First Class IAH-LHR (BA194)

British Airways First Class delivers again!

I used 2 companion certificates from the BA Chase Visa card to fly my parents to Europe – 1st Class – for their 40th wedding anniversary. I feel very fortunate in my life to have the ability to provide my parents a travel experience they have never had in their lives. The most comfortable flying they’ve come close too was a domestic business class seat from IAH-HNL. Certainly nothing like international first class! 🙂

The downside to flying BA are of course their fuel surcharges. It’s ridiculous when you’re redeeming 200,000 BA points that you still have to pay $1300 per person in taxes & fees. But a 40th anniversary only comes around once, so it’s worth the money to me.

We arrived early at IAH and had some lunch before proceeding to the BA First Lounge. I did my best to search for the lounge hours online, and found the lounge opened at 12PM. However, that is not correct. The BA First Lounge at IAH opens at 2PM! It’s not much time for the 4PM flight that we were on, but certainly lots of lounge time for those taking the 8PM flight. Here are some pictures of the lounge:

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The First Lounge at IAH is very nice. Furniture could use some updating as cushions are getting very worn, but the liquor selection was very good and they offered a number of snacks that were very tasty. The only one I couldn’t wrap my head around is why they would offer Chili before a 10hr flight to Europe in a pressurized cabin. Just doesn’t seem like that would be the best food choice on a long flight. 😉

Boarding was very quick, with First Class boarding first before everyone else. My parents and I quickly boarded and settled into our seats (2A, 2D, 2F). Parents were in the two middle seats while I was on the window – which is my favorite seat in BA First as the seat seems to offer more space, and I can control the cool window shades with the touch of a button. 😀

Once boarded, I let the purser know this was my parents first time in first class and they were celebrating their 40th anniversary, so they would know to be patient and take extra care of them. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew, who were all excited to have my parents onboard and make their experience extra special.

After welcoming us onboard, the crews first question was what drink we’d like to have for pre-boarding. Which was brought very quickly. And that was followed by pajamas. Here are some pictures of our BA194 flight from IAH-LHR:IMG_4168

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I always enjoy the extra long legroom to spread out with these window seats, the USB and 110V plugs they offer to keep all of my technology charged upon landing. Once changed into pajamas, and the crew offering to hang my clothes in the crew closet so wouldn’t be cramped and wrinkled in the small closet at my seat, the crew then distributed menus and began asking everyone what they’d like to eat. While the food on BA is never anything to write home about, having a table cloth, silverware, salt & pepper shakers and the ability to press a call button and ask for anything I want.IMG_4557Nothing like coach were flight attendants snarl at you for pushing the button, which they make seem like should only be for emergencies only. BA service in First Class, on all of my experiences, has always been very attentive during meal service. If you’re not in the mood to get out of your seat and stretch your legs in the galley, then you’ll need to press the button usually to get something quickly. But the flight attendants have always been quick and friendly when I’ve requested something mid-flight.

The flight itself was pretty uneventful. After a few hours of sleep, and catching up on some movies on their entertainment system, breakfast was served before landing. I chose the pancakes, which were a little on the dry side but the chocolate sauce made up for it!IMG_4174

Right before landing, the purser and head flight attendant came over to my seat and asked if it would be ok to give a gift to me on behalf of my parents anniversary. They offered a full bottle of champagne and the bottle of red wine we were drinking. A very thoughtful and generous gesture on behalf of the crew. My parents were super grateful. Thank you to the BA staff for making such a memorable flight experience for my parents anniversary celebration.

British Airways Club World (BA192) – DFW to LHR

Europe Trip Review – The Overview
British Airways Club World (BA192) – DFW to LHR
Waldorf Hilton London
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Hilton Prague Old Town
Lufthansa domestic Europe experience
British Airways Club Europe – FRA to LCY
British Airways Club World (BA193) – LHR to DFW

With booking business/first class during business summer months, especially using BA Companion Certificate for redemption, I’ve learned you’ve got to book this type of trip out at least 9-12 months. For me it was about 12 months to make sure I got the dates I needed.

We booked British Airways Club World (business) seats roundtrip from/to DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) to FRA (Frankfurt). Here is a screenshot of the retail price ($17464.04) for these segments: BA - DFW to FRAWe were excited to return to the British Airways 747 configuration with business class seats on the upper deck. While the seats are not as big BA First Class, or service as attentive, nothing I’ve ever flown compares to the “private plane” style of flying like BA’s upper deck does in business on their 747’s. We do truly love the quietness of the upper deck away from everyone else. And I do enjoy BA’s business class seats compared to United and other domestic carriers – much more private.BA Business Class 747

Here is a PDF link BA192 menu DFW-LHR (July 2014): BA192 – Club World Menu – DFW to LHR – July 2014

I opted for the Flounder, which was pretty good:BA192 Club WorldOther than the flight attendant keeping the lights on ALL flight so no one could get some sleep, and the service spotty given there are only 20 of us to server, the flight was fairly uneventful. We did get delayed flying into Heathrow, so got some good pictures of flying over London…BA192 London flyover picture #1 BA192 London flyover picture #2Onto London…!!

 

Europe Trip Review

Europe Trip Review – The Overview
British Airways Club World (BA192) – DFW to LHR
Waldorf Hilton London
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Hilton Prague Old Town
Lufthansa domestic Europe experience
British Airways Club Europe – FRA to LCY
British Airways Club World (BA193) – LHR to DFW

Retail value = $30,680.64

Out-of-Pocket costs included:
118,000 BA Avios points + $2296.30 (for BA’s ridiculous taxes on reward tickets)
50,000 United MileagePlus points + $271.20 taxes
240,000 Hilton HHonors Points + $343.22 (paid cash for Prague hotel)
48,000 Hyatt Points

Places visited:
London – 5 nights
Nice, France – 4 nights
Prague – 3 nights

With booking business/first class during business summer months, especially using BA Companion Certificate for redemption, I’ve learned you’ve got to book this type of trip out at least 9-12 months. For me it was about 12 months to make sure I got the dates I needed.

We booked British Airways Club World (business) seats roundtrip from/to DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) to FRA (Frankfurt). Here is a screenshot of the retail price ($17464.04) for these segments: BA - DFW to FRADue to limited availability with BA flights when booking, we then used United points to get where we wanted to around Europe on Lufthansa. Here is a screenshot of the retail price ($7119.90, yeah ridiculous) from FRA-NCE-PRG-FRA:LH- FRA,NCE,PRG,FRAThe hotels chosen were based upon trip reviews read online, and centralized locations. Plus whatever points were available. First up Waldorf Hilton London for 240,000 points, or pay $3145:Waldorf Hilton LondonThen was the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee for 48,000 points, or pay $2503.61:Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la MediterraneeLast on our trip was the Hilton Prague Old Town. The price was just too low to use points, so opted for cash with this one. We paid $343.22 for 3 nights. Turned out to be a great value:Hilton Prague Old Town
Next Review: British Airways Club World (BA192) – DFW to LHR