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British Airways to London (this post)
After our final night in Dublin, it was time to head back to the airport to continue our vacation in London. We decided to take a cab to the airport from the Westin Dublin and it was a good decision since the cost for two people was only a couple of euros more than the bus would have been. All-in it came to about 20 euros and took maybe 15 minutes or so. If you are traveling with a family, or even with at least one other person, I think a cab is the smarter play from this area to the airport.
Dublin Airport and DAA Executive Lounge:
The Dublin airport was very easy to navigate and since we were flying in “business class” (a.k.a. Club Europe) via British Airways, we got to use a premium security screening line that had no wait at all. For what it’s worth, the wait for the regular lines was not significant either when we were there. Once we cleared security we headed for the DAA Executive lounge thanks to our Club Europe seats. British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss, and Turkish all share this same lounge. The lounge was located right next to our gate, so we were able to stay there until just before boarding.
The lounge had large windows, lots of light, a decent internet connection, complimentary (mostly packaged) snacks, juice, sodas, and alcohol. Appropriately enough for Dublin, they had cans of Guinness! There was a limit of two drinks per person, so don’t plan on getting tanked in the lounge. 😉
The BA Club Europe Flight:
The British Airways flight from Dublin to Heathrow was only a tad over an hour long, but we really enjoyed it. In terms of the hard product, business class in Europe basically means that no one is seated in the middle seat. This made a big difference for me though as I was the one wedged in the middle on our economy Aer Lingus flight to Dublin. Not a huge deal for such a short flight, but this was much more comfortable. It was worth 4,500 additional Avios in my book, especially since Avios are so easy to come by via the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, and the Amex Membership Rewards program. The details of how and why we chose this flight are in this post, but the recap was that the tickets came to 9,000 Avios each plus about $27 USD.
While the extra elbow room was nice, what made this flight feel special though was how professional the service was. This was just a short BA flight, but their type of service just meshed really well with what we like. Not intrusive or overly involved, but very polite and helpful. I also truly enjoyed the salmon, fruit, and croissant sandwich, and coffee/tea. Not only did it taste pretty good for airplane food on such a short flight, but the way it was served just felt kind of elegant. It seems silly even writing that, but it was all just very well done.
In fact it was this brief flight that prompted my husband and I to decide to get the British Airways Visa and potentially focus on putting a bunch of spending on the card in order to go for the Travel Together ticket so that we can get two reward tickets for long-haul British Airways flights for the points cost of one. Do keep in mind that the fees for BA flights from the US to Europe are high, and you do have to pay the regular fees for each ticket even though the Avios requirement is waived for the companion ticket. However, even with the high fees we want to try a long-haul BA cabin out at least once on a special flight in the future and that seems like a good way to go about doing it.
Before long at all we landed at Heathrow and made our way to the Andaz Liverpool (see this post for ground transportation info). Our trip was starting to come to an end, but before that happened we still had two nights in London to enjoy.
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