From the lazy bubbles slowly rising through the glass of Grande Siècle to the tranquil, mood-lit cabin, every element of British Airways First Class oozes elegance with subtle hints of quintessential Britishness. It's easy to forget you're soaring through the skies at 30,000ft when you are enclosed in your own luxurious cocoon, where anything is just a button-press away.
I have been to Venice many times, it's one of those places that I could return to time and time again and would always find something new to see or do. While perusing the destinations on offer in a British Airways sale last year I found a deal to Venice for £100pp for flights and hotel, and at that price I couldn't resist booking myself a cheeky Venice city break just before Christmas 2017.
Fifteen years ago Concorde graced the skies between London and New York, holding the prestigious British Airways flight numbers BA1, BA2, BA3 & BA4. Unfortunately since the retirement of Concorde in 2003 you can no longer fly to New York in a mere three hours. A few years back British Airways launched their Club World London City Service between London City Airport and New York's JFK airport, adopting Concorde’s flight numbers. The British Airways Club World London City Service operates an all business class Airbus A318 featuring just 32 flat bed seats.
A while ago I read about a great Sunday night deal offered by Hotel du Vin, so I thought I'd give it a try. The deal allows you to book a room for the night for as little as £30, with the condition that you spend a minimum of £75 on Sunday evening in their bistro. For this trip I decided to book a stay at the Hotel du Vin Cambridge as this was the ideal location for a place that I wanted to visit in the vicinity.
For this years Christmas market break I wanted to try somewhere completely different to the destinations that I've visited previously. One of my friends suggested Italy and after some research I concluded that the Turin Christmas markets were the ones which I wanted to visit.
Poland has always been somewhere I have wanted to visit, and after my failed attempt in getting to Wroclaw last year I've been longing to book another trip. Earlier this year I saw a great deal on flights to Gdansk with Wizz Air and I just could not resist booking a Gdansk city break.
Just like the once a day British Airways Boeing 777 service between London and Madrid, Iberia also run a long-haul aircraft once a day between London and Madrid. This service runs late afternoon from Madrid to London, and returns to Madrid early evening. After taking the British Airways service on my outbound flight to Madrid, on my return I flew Iberia Business Class from Madrid to London.
The last stop on this years trip to Spain was to spend a few days at the family home, near Marbella in Andalusia. Most people who visit Andalusia head for the sun-soaked beaches of the Costa del Sol, but I wanted to spend my time here exploring some of the less touristy places.
I have visited Granada briefly on a couple of occasions in the past, but these visits were flying visits, maybe for a meal, or just a passing visit on the way to or from the ski resort in the Sierra Nevada. When I booked my Spanish trip for this summer, I decided that as I would be passing through Granada I would stop here for a mini Granada city break on my way to southern Spain.
Once a day British Airways operate a Boeing 777 on their London Heathrow to Madrid service. The upside is that if you're travelling in Club Europe you actually get a Club World flat bed seat. As I was booking a trip to Spain this summer I decided I would fly British Airways Club Europe to Madrid on this particular service, for this added bonus.
Just over a year ago British Airways announced that after many years they would recommence their London to Kuala Lumpur service. It was announced that the service would be operated by their brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and with an upgraded, more exclusive First Class cabin. As soon as I heard about this I just knew I had to book British Airways First Class from Kuala Lumpur back to London Heathrow.
To end my amazing trip to Australia I decided to book a stop over in Malaysia on my return journey. I already had a flight booked from Kuala Lumpur to London with British Airways, so I just needed to find a flight to Kuala Lumpur from Adelaide. I looked at many options including Qantas, Malaysia Airways and Singapore Airlines, but then by chance I heard about an option with an Asian low cost airline, Air Asia. Premium Flatbed is the Air Asia low cost business class product which I had found.