Trip Start Oct 27, 2007
Trip End Feb 27, 2008

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

At the airport, we made our way to the British Airways desk to drop our main backpacks off, and I greeted the gentleman behind the counter with a friendly "ohio gozaimasu." He seemed to take an eternity to look at our passports, and was busy pressing keys on his keyboard, when all of a sudden he looked up and said "I have a question...are you on your honeymoon?" I stupidly said "no" as Ali simultaneously said "yes," but thankfully the guy ignored my answer and declared "ok, I'm going to upgrade you."

To be honest, I wasn't overly thrilled as I just thought that we'd get a bit of extra legroom, something that wouldn't compensate for the fact that our original seats were in a two, with an area for stretching right next to it. Regardless, we went through security and bought some duty free sake, before having a final Milano Sandwich in a coffee shop - we figured that the food on the plane wouldn't be all that special, so we wanted to have something to eat beforehand. How wrong could we be...

To our surprise, we  were able to board the plane without having to queue with all the 'riff-raff' - there was a separate entrance for high flyers like us in Club Class! We were particularly excited when we got told that our seats were upstairs, as neither of us had been on the second floor of a plane before. It was only after climbing the steps that we realised just how comfortable our journey was going to be...

We had our own little booths, each one having a seat that reclined until it was completely horizontal - great for if you wanted a nap. I didn't want to waste time sleeping though, and I doubt that I'd have been able to anyway as I was like a child, so excited to be living the high life!

The meals on board were something else, with a chef cooking exclusively for passengers flying Club Class. The menu had such things as "prawn and crab timbale" and "jibuni-style simmered chicken," not to mention as much champagne as we wanted! Between meals, the exceptionally friendly air host and hostess regularly came around with further food and drink, and there was a 'help yourself' Club Kitchen which stocked sandwiches and snacks. I really did eat a ridiculous amount throughout the twelve hour flight!

We were also given various gifts such as complimentary slippers, and a travel pack with lots of goodies inside including "Lip Revive," "Eyes Awake Recovery Gel" and "Pro-Coll Marine Cream" (whatever that is!). When asked if we wanted a newspaper to read, I was tempted to say "The Daily Star" but kept with the upper-class nature of the occasion and opted for The Independent instead!

It has to be the first ever flight where I became more and more disappointed the closer we got to arriving home - I didn't want it to end! I watched a great film about Joy Division as well midway through the flight, and also a couple of Alan Partridge episodes. It really was an exceptional flight, but I fear that it could be something of a one-off as this kind of upgrade usually costs thousands. I suppose that I could always pretend to be on my honeymoon again, although I'm not sure that this would work if I happened to be travelling alone!

I'll give it some thought...
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arealhighlander on

Club Class
For the last 4 years we have only travelled club class when going long distance. It really IS worth the extra. We have used airmiles for the last 2 (British Airways London to San Francisco only cost £360 each with miles!!)

But always shop about you can get cheap business class - Qatar Airways UK to Bangkok was £1200 each return, and that was champagne all the way as well.

Worth saving up for and having less but better quality holidays :)

madison1964 on

Getting bumped up to 1st Class on British Airways has been a dream of mine for ages. I keep telling myself that's the only way I'm going to make the long flight from Vancouver to London. I guess I'll have to start saving...

Kelly Mitchell on

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, am very jealous! We have our own Blog too, www.theholidaycottages.blogspot.com if you want to take a look, or our website which is www.theholidaycottages.co.uk which has hundreds of self-catering properties all over the UK and Ireland for your next trip!

islam.morina on

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