|British Airways Flight 174 JFK to LHR|
|Seating Photo Courtesy of The Points Guy|
Last Spring as I flew through Paris to Budapest, I had a hard time believing what depths Coach had sunk to. Aboard an Airbus 380, that most massive of planes Coach is like going to a terrible movie theater with the worst seats in the world. Both ways were endurance contest. So with great trepidation, I plunked down an extra $495 to fly British Airways “Premium Economy” both going to and coming from Viking Star, the Viking Ocean cruise ship, I am flying to Barcelona to meet.
|PR Photo of Premium Economy Filet|
I am happy to report, it’s everything it should be for $495. Roundtrip. There is 8 more inches of legroom, just a two-four-two seating plan and unlike certain flights on other airlines, the seats recline without your wanting to strangle the person in front of you. I would say that BAs Premium Economy is just a notch below Domestic First Class, if that. And how was the food? In June, I forked out 25 Euros for an Air France meal so pedestrian that I wrote them a received a refund. Tonight’s meal, as advertised, was identical to a selection from BA’s Business Class service. It was one I’ve had flying to LA for years: A filet mignon, cooked to within an inch of its life, but served with ‘real’ china and ‘real’ silverware’ and copious amounts of wine. It certainly wouldn’t garner any Michelin stars but, at least, I wouldn’t demand a refund.