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Regarding lounges in the US:
The Amex Centurion lounges that I have visited have always been far better than US airline’s own airport lounges.
Granted I’ve only visited the ones in MIA and LGA, but they offer a range of very good food, plenty of light / views etc.
Open to those with Platinum cards.
Outside of that, a bit of struggle to be too positive about most US airline lounges in the States! The fact many gain entry by having an annual card tends to make them extremely busy, on most occasions.
Would agree with many, CX Pier in HKG is excellent, though I find the Wing a little underwhelming in comparison.in reply to: 100 Best Airport Lounges worldwide18 Jan 2018
Many thanks all.
I have top up insurance via a well known card provider, so given the above I will give it a go.
I’ll give the T’s & C’s a good read through first.2 Jan 2018
Terrible sleeper on planes, never normally getting more than a couple of hours at the most or at a time, so I try to pick what I think will be ‘quiet’ seats within the cabin.
Having had nuemerous poor nights sleep in the mini J cabin on CX 773, with cabin crew back and forth from galley, through first class and vice versa, I picked a seat right in the middle of the main cabin. So quiet by comparison and several hours of uninterrupted sleep. (Aided by keeping Bose Q30 earphones on to eliminate all other ambient noise).in reply to: Best night ever sleeping on a plane?25 Nov 2017
Most the US airlines have done this for a number of years.
TBH it seems eminently sensible. Reading the article on the BBC website I think they haven’t quite reported it as well / clearly as Tom and the team.
Not really sure there is anything to get worked up about about with this (except that they should have introduced it ages ago!)
Suggest they alter the gate area to make it clear what the boarding groups are etc. In many US airports there are areas marked boarding group 1, 2, 3, etc, which generally works well and better than a simple priority / regular line.in reply to: BA boarding by group number?20 Nov 2017
Indeed FDOS, but I’m sure you know what I meant!
While almost all will fly BA out of T5, I suspect what none of us know is the number of Emerald holders of IB, AA and other OW members that use this lounge.
Going purely on it being a OWE lounge, I think it does a decent job. It’s a step up from the other lounges in T5. I’d echo Martyn’s comments in that it can get a little busy but I’d give this lounge my vote over the JFK F lounge any day of the week.in reply to: The slow demise of LHR T5 First lounge20 Nov 2017
Also it seems that the PE cabins on the 777 ex LGW are still the old variety. (at least the BDA bound one)
Just shows you what happens when there is no competition.
The 4 class variety may have been updated but I’m pretty sure the others haven’t. Some dislike CW but this old version of PE has to be the worst in the skies, unfortunately. (VS used to treat its LGW fleet with similar contempt).in reply to: BA Leisure Fleet 777 irritation20 Nov 2017
I disagree with your latter point Swissdiver.
A BA gold member could fly as little as 4 short haul legs with BA and generate very little to them, so not all Gold’s are that valuable.
While not going into the merits or otherwise of the lounge, as they’ve been covered earlier, this lounge is really BA’s One World Emerald Lounge. Which on anyone day will be full of pax travelling in J, Y+ & Y, holding membership in any OW alliance programme at Emerald level.in reply to: The slow demise of LHR T5 First lounge19 Nov 2017
If you’d chose not to stay at the Shangri-La do try to visit the top floor bar. Outstanding views and def worthy of a visit.
The Langham and Four Seasons may also fit the bill.
I enjoyed the Langham as it’s set back a bit but still a fairly easy walk.in reply to: What to do in Sydney?5 Nov 2017
Reverse is normally true with BA tickets on AA metal in that on the MMB part of the BA website you’re able to ‘click through’ to the AA website to select seats.
Always worked well, but as others have said, not so good when AA ticketed on BA metal.in reply to: When will alliances get the basics right?4 Nov 2017
Re: AF, just be sure of the type of seat on offer in J. If I’m not mistaken there are still a few different variants about, with some being better / worse than offers.
BA upper deck of the 380 has always been fine in my experience. Would recommend a window seat for the extra space.
It’s normally used on the last service of the day from LAX, so good if you want / need more of the day in the US before departing.4 Nov 2017
I’m guessing as the OP said he got home 2 hours later than he should of, it might be difficult to claim EC 261.
I had reason to claim this last month due to a delay which led to a missed connection and to be fair to BA, they sent me a cheque within a week of the claim being made.
(Unlike Norwegian who I’m still waiting for a reply after they cancelled a flight with few hours notice due to a technical reasons, and offered an alternative flight 2 days later!)
Had the same issue with the video screen on a 380 last month. A scrunched up t-shirt of mine did the trick, but not ideal.
Good luck pursuing the taxi element, it would be a decent gesture if they did.in reply to: Should BA pay for my Taxi and should I complain?3 Nov 2017
Tom – agree with you re: the staff. By and large a credit to themselves and BA.
Once rolled out the bedding and dining is a good step in the right direction.
I know there are several that find the seat deplorable, but I’m quite happy in a window seat on the UD of a 747 or 380. Great privacy, and good storage to the side.
They are though very noticeably falling behind the competition. (Apologies for stating the obvious!) UA used to have a terrible J product on their legacy 777 & 767 (ex CO was much better), but even they are rolling out a new seat.
It really can’t come soon enough.31 Oct 2017
Arrived on an SQ flight from SIN 3 weeks ago and baggage wait for baggage was minimal, which to be fair has always been my experience of HKG.
Nothing beats SIN though. My record is 10 minutes from deplaning an MH flight, through customs, collect bag and into a taxi. Quite incredible. (Helped by the arrival gate being the closest to the immigration desks).
BMI at LHR could be a total shocker. I have memories of CDG being pretty poor as well with them.in reply to: What's going wrong with baggage at HKG?31 Oct 2017