Trips

Review: British Airways Business Class A380 London to LA ( BA Club World )

a plane with seats and a person walking

We may receive a commission when you use our links. Monkey Miles is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CreditCards.com and CardRatings. This relationship may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Monkey Miles is also a Senior Advisor to Bilt Rewards. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.


Review: British Airways Business Class A380 London to LA

The pattern with One World flights has been to route through Dublin, Stockholm, etc to find discount business class, so this itinerary ( booked into British Airways Business Class ) started in Paris and routed me back through London to Los Angeles.  We started this adventure with a trip on the Eurostar and a night at the gorgeous Hotel Marignan booked via a train + hotel package.

The money saved by routing through one of these cities amounts to thousands of dollars per roundtrip, and still puts you on a direct flight from London to LA. Now, if I were to choose on product alone – I’d fly American, no questions asked. American’s product dominates BA ( aside from their new Club Suites ). However…since I’m after Alaska status this year and not One World status I’ve pushed my flights to BA. Why?  Alaska Air has insane partner earn rates. How insane?

This roundtrip will earn 50k redeemable Alaska Miles. That’s enough for a one way flight back to Europe. So yes, not only am I flying for thousands less, I’m earning a one way for every roundtrip I fly. Pretty crazy, huh? Let’s take a peek at British Airways Club World Business Class A380 London to LA

We also reviewed the entire experience on our YouTube channel:

The Details:

  • When: November 2019
  • Where: London to Los Angeles ( LA )
  • Cabin: Club World
  • Seat: 58 J
  • Loyalty: Alaska Air
a plane with seats and a person walking
Upstairs on British Airways Club World

My First choice wouldn’t be the A380.

  1. I reviewed British Airways Club World Business Class A380 LA to London last year so in terms of giving you guys a different review…it’d be better to do a different plane, but alas, the timing didn’t work out, nor did the price.
  2. I’m not a huge fan of the A380. I’d say I’m unique in this position – see, I like airplane noise. I sleep with a fan, and the A380 is UBER QUIET. It’s a beast of a plane, beautiful, spacious, but too quiet for me. If you don’t like ambient white noise…you’d love it.

an airplane parked at an airport

The Cabin Layouts, courtesy of SeatGuru + best places to sit.

 

Seating – Upstairs:

I didn’t get the best seat on the plane. You have to pay in advance and I’m just not into that. If you’re interested which is best…read here.

I’ll add, if you have status with British Airways or One World ( Sapphire + ) you can access the seats ahead of time. I’d highly recommend doing this, and it’s really a shame that it’s not opened up to Alaska MVPG+ as well.

Here’s where I believe the best seats are located on both decks:

Here’s a look at the upstairs and downstairs club world

I ended up with 58 J. The seat configuration creates a situation where you’re basically staring the person sitting next to you. As you can see in the picture below, the seats are head to toe with a space in between that features a privacy screen that can be raised and lowered.

You can also see in this picture that you don’t have a pod ( like you would on American) and that the passengers sitting on the inside have to step over those on the aisle. The windows seats definitely have more privacy, light, and I think it’s arguably better stepping over, than being stepped over, but that’s personal preference. The window seats also have more storage.

Other than the lack of direct aisle access for every seat…the lack of storage is my second biggest complaint.

If you look closely in this picture you can see that there is just one drawer for storage that is beneath the IFE. For someone who wears glasses…there isn’t anyplace to put them in bed mode that safely prevents you rolling on top of them or falling into the aisle, seat, etc.

Sitting in the middle section. You’re far better off upstairs, than downstairs.

As you can see, downstairs the cabins layout is 2-4-2. This means that those middle seats are VERY close together. If you’re together, that’s great – in fact, there are some that not only offer the combined space, but also aisle access. See the diagram above. If not…you may have an unwanted cuddle mate with some bad turbulence.

a seat in an airplane

The Service and Food.

British Airways has taken big steps to improve the soft product on flights. They now have White Company bedding, and the food is catered by Do and co.I’ve always had tremendous service on BA flights, and that was consistent here as well.

The Menu

White Company Amenity kit:

My Dinner and Breakfast…

I have to say….the food was very good. My only complaint would have been the dessert – it was far too small!

The IFE and Amenity Kit

The IFE needs improvement to compete. Bose/Beats headphones and a much better remote would help immensely. I found the interface to be quite clunky compared to the competition that is out there for the same price point.

The Bed

You can see in the this picture that it is a completely lie-flat product. Kudos for that! However, it’s very narrow and, if you’re on the aisle like me, VERY exposed. I was bumped a couple times by passengers walking by, or getting stepped over. I wasn’t really looking to sleep on the flight as it was a west-bound flight, but it did disturb me.  If I had my druthers I’d take a window seat, but as long as I wasn’t trapped in the “middle, middle” I wasn’t that particular. If you’re looking to get shut eye…go window

a bed with a pillow and a blanket on a plane

Snack Bar.

Shortly after the meal is served a snack bar is set up in the galley. It’s pretty basic, but has ice cream, chips ( crisps 😉 ) , etc.

Overall:

If I wasn’t earning A TON of Alaska Miles every time I flew…I would opt to fly American – no question. However, despite the product being inferior, the service and food was great, and the crew was outstanding. Attitude is the most important part of a flight…if the crew is great, it can make up for so many other things. Business Class isn’t about luxuriating as much as it getting sleep – I mean, the whole point is for businessmen to be able to land and go to work. The new club suites are a massive improvement, but for the vast majority of people flying BA, you’ll get something very similar to this product. Choose you seats wisely, and don’t get pinned in an awkward situation.

 

 

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

a blue credit card with blue lines and white text

Learn More

 Affiliate link 

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


4.8
4.8/5
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

75k Ultimate Rewards after $4k spend in 3 months

*you may find an elevated offer walking into a branch – see below

Annual Fee

$95

Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • 75k Ultimate Rewards after $4k spend in 3 months
    • Worth $937.50 in Chase Travel℠ and way more if you maximize transfer partners
    • Some people have seen Chase branches offering the following:
      • 75k Ultimate Rewards After $4k spend in 3 months + 10k Ultimate Rewards after $6k in 6 months 
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

11 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.