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).

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LHR to TXL Flight Map

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.

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British Airways Galleries South at T5

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.

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When a horse doubles as a lamp

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.

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To Berlin we go!

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.

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Club Europe Seat

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.

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Handy middle 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.

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Breakfast is served

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.

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Castelnau and Coffee (an odd combo)

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.