With my Tier Point collection year ending in September 2017 I decided to cash in my avios that I had collected to date and break my Club Europe virginity with a Reward Flight Saver redemption for 15,000 Avios + £100 (fee and taxes).
I arrived at Heathrow Terminal 5 at 5:00am and proceeed to have the quickest check in at the Club check in-desk and whisked through security by 5:15am.
I headed straight to the Galleries Lounge, on this occasion I headed for the South Lounge as the flight was departing from gate A23 so made sense to be as close to the gate as possible.
The South Lounge was the first time in 7 years that I had visited any Business Class lounge so wasn’t sure what to expect and seeing a horse lamp at the entrance certainly did not disappoint.
Once inside the lounge I was not entirely impressed by the breakfast options available so opted to get myself drunk instead at 5:30am on Gin and Tonic.
After enjoying a few Gins (if it’s good enough for Her Majesty then it’s good enough for me) I decided to make my way to the gate and annoy the economy passengers that were stuck in a never ending queue by using the priority lane which was empty.
I’m a big fan of British Airway’s short haul operations, till date every short haul Euro-trip has been done solely using BA’s European network.
On board I made my way to Seat 1A which normally is held back for Gold Card holders but looks like on this flight there wasn’t many so I got to stretch my legs out and enjoy the leg room available.
The Club Europe seat is essentially the same seat installed throughout the aircraft but comes with the middle seat blocked off and a cocktail table inserted in place. This allows the flexibility to add or remove premium seats depending on the loads but does not provide a “proper” business class seat.
Once airborne the excellent cabin crew started the breakfast service, having indulged on the Queen’s tipple earlier in the day, the full english option was appropriate.
Once the breakfast had been served and the trays cleared, I settled into the flight with a glass of Castelnau champange and a black coffee (not espresso based) and enjoyed the quiet ambiance of an empty Club Europe cabin.
Overall I went into the flight unsure what to expect, I had not flown in the Club Europe cabin for short European segments flown in the past and the opportunity to visit the lounge pre-departure enhanced my newbie experience.
For 15,000 avios + £100 it was a bargain.