British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London Review

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Introduction
Planning
British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London
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British Airways 282
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR)
June 22, 2013
Depart: 5:45PM
Arrive: 12:00PM (+1 day)
Duration: 10hr15min
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Seat: 2K, 3K (First Class)
Mileage Spent (per person): 62,500 AA Miles
Taxes and fees (per person): $329

As a disclaimer, this is my first international first class flight so I might be a little biased.  This British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London ticket is a continuation from my free one-way HNL-LAX leg I took about 3 months ago.

We arrived to the airport around 3:00PM to check in and obtain our boarding passes.  After picking up my jaw from “losing” $1,600 at check-in, we walked through security and headed towards the OneWorld First Class lounge.  It was a nice and quiet lounge stocked with drinks and alcohol, but I wanted to save my appetite because I knew we were going to be served dinner right away on the flight.

OneWorld First Class Lounge

OneWorld First Class Lounge

Drink Selection

Drink Selection

It was a nice and quiet lounge to relax in, but nothing to wow about.  After an hour or so, we headed over to the departure gate.  There sat the plane and a huge line out the door… Luckily we had our own separate entrance to skip the line :).

British Airways Boeing 747-400

British Airways Boeing 747-400

First Class/Business Class Separate Entrance

First Class/Business Class Separate Entrance

After turning left, I was excited to see that the flight was configured with the new first class!  After months of collecting miles and credit card churning, we were finally here! The cabin definitely gives off a great first impression with its mood lighting and electronic windows.  We stored our bags and were immediately offered champagne or water.  On our seat was an amenity kit, slippers, and pajamas.

My seat in 3K

My seat in 3K

Pajamas and Amenity Kit - Cool "First" Label

Pajamas and Amenity Kit – Cool “First” Label

Champagne and Electronic Windows

Champagne and Electronic Windows

Mood Lighting

Mood Lighting

View of the Cabin

View of the Cabin

Dinner service began almost immediately.  Menus were distributed, drinks and warm nuts were offered.   Warm nuts are definitely better than cold nuts!  I had another glass of champagne because its my only chance to have expensive champagne that I would never buy.  I normally don’t like champagne, maybe because I’ve never had the good stuff.

Champage #2 & Warm Nuts

Champagne #2 & Warm Nuts

After glancing through the menu, I had no idea what to get because I couldn’t understand any of it.  I’m definitely not sophisticated enough.

Main Menu

Main Menu

When I first read the option, I read the word “haircots”.  That immediately displeased me and I decided to go with the chicken.  My wife went with the monkfish, which sounded equally as weird.  We chose to dine together in my wife’s booth.  I would sit in the small ottoman, which is not very comfortable.  I’m only about 150 pounds and I could barely fit!  I won’t bore everyone with the menu pictures, but here are the meal pictures.

Amuse-buche - Scallop bruschetta?  8/10

Amuse-buche – Scallop bruschetta? 8/10

Warm Bread - 9/10

Warm Bread – 9/10

Tomato Soup - 8/10

Tomato Soup – 8/10

Fancy Organic Chicken - Tasted a little too exotic and complicated. 6/10

Fancy Organic Chicken – Tasted a little too exotic and complicated. 6/10

Monkfish - Tasted like fishy mashed potatoes with semi-canned vegetables - 4/10

Monkfish – Tasted like fishy mashed potatoes with semi-canned vegetables – 4/10

Ice Cream Sundae - 8/10

Ice Cream Sundae – 8/10

Chocolate Mouse - 9/10

Chocolate Mouse – 9/10

The meal experience was like eating at a busy fine dining busy restaurant.  The flight attendants seemed very busy running back and forth accommodating to 14 first class passengers.  I think the service was just okay because they might have been understaffed.  Of course, I can’t complain.  I pretty much enjoyed the whole meal besides the main entree.  Both the dishes were just overly complicated and the chicken didn’t have much flavor.  Dinner lasted almost two hours because there were many people to be served and each dish came out one at a time.  Overall, it was a nice experience dining together on the plane.  I don’t post many pictures of myself, but here we are:

Dining Together on BA First Class

Dining Together on BA First Class

After dinner I was offered turn down service where the flight stewardess made my bed and placed a thin mattress top on my seat.  I laid in my pajamas while attempting to watch Skyfall to get in the British mood.  Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the movie and fell asleep for 5-6 hours.  Best sleep I ever had on a plane!

Skyfall on the AVOD

Skyfall on the AVOD

Turn Down Service

Turn Down Service

I woke up about 1.5 hours before departure to have breakfast.  I wasn’t feeling hungry so I only had fruit, pastries, and tea.  The fruit was fresh and the pastries were crispy.  However, the wife’s pancakes weren’t that great.

Breakfast - Fruit, Pastries, and English Breakfast Tea. 9/10

Breakfast – Fruit, Pastries, and English Breakfast Tea. 9/10

Wife's Pancakes and Tea - 6/10

Wife’s Pancakes and Tea – 6/10

After breakfast, there was only about 30 minutes left in the flight.  The 10 hour flight just flew by so quickly(no pun intended)!  Everything went smoothly and we were fully rested when we arrived to London.

Conclusion

The British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London flight definitely exceeded my expectations.  We enjoyed every moment of the flight and had no issues at all.  Even though the service wasn’t personalized, it was still a great experience and I felt that the flight attendants did their best.  British Airways First Class seemed pretty private from the seats we selected because we couldn’t see anybody else while seated.  It was enjoyable dining together on the plane, but it wasn’t the most comfortable seating for me.  The food was decent besides the overly complicated entree dishes.  If you like to drink, there’s plenty of choices including JW Blue Label.  You could definitely get your money’s worth by drinking the whole bottle.  However, I didn’t get a chance to get there because I fell asleep.

Unfortunately, British Airways First Class availability from the west coast to London has greatly diminished and extremely hard to redeem with miles now.  That just goes to say, use up your miles for awesome experiences when you can.  You never know when they will devalue miles or pull award availability.

Stay tuned for an unexpected experience at the Concorde Room..

7 comments for “British Airways First Class Los Angeles to London Review

  1. Mr.d
    July 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Rom. Great post. Enjoyed it. I have never flown first or buss before. Hopefully some day. I have def promised an international trip to wife in first. We r headed to singapore and mumbai dec2013 for 2 weeks and i booked award tkts for both using united miles. I didnt have option for first or would have done tht. Anyways. Great job. The deserts looks delicious. I am gonna need one now. Lol

    • July 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Bread and dessert, best parts of the meal! The wife is the main motivation of flying business or first class.

  2. jason
    July 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Did you think it was worth it vs. AA? From the looks of it, the slight upgrade in food/wine offerings dont seem to justify the $500 pp extra in fuel surcharges/fees

    • July 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I think I personally got good value bc I also got a visit to the Concorde lounge and free hnl-lax oneway to justify the high taxes. I believe taxes are higher now at $500 per person and I would be on the fence about it. I think it’s still worth the once in a lifetime experience.

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