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AA, UA, Or VS To LHR?  
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

Greetings everyone. Just a few days ago, I was presented with an oppurtunity by a good friend of mine to meet him in England. Now, my good friend has offered to pay my way to LHR and is willing to buy me a first class ticket. Now I have chosen three carriers that I am thinking of flying with to LHR. These three are United, American, and Virgin. What I want to know is which one has the better first class and who should i fly with to have the greatest experience? Also, how would you guys rate their clubs and lounges? Thank you for your time and please respond.

signed,
Matthew


2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
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User currently offlineBrink777 From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5954 times:

virgin if you are flying frist class nice bar in front

User currently offlineClrd4t8koff From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5952 times:

WOW, that's quite a nice friend to fork over that kind of $$ for a first class ticket, or else he has quite a few FF miles he wants to cash in on. Anyhow, back to the original question. As far as who has the better first class product, well, I would have to go with Virgin on that one. I personally haven't tried it, but from what i've read in the trip reports and the comparisons that have been made, Virgin seems to be the way to go.

As far as the lounges go, I think that depends on what gateway you use. I am sure if you are flying out of MIA, then AA probably has a nicer lounge than Virgin. If you are flying out of JFK then I would probably say Virgin has the upper hand.

All-in-all, I would take Virgin if I were you!  Cool


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

Lucky you!
Well if your friend is willing to buy you a first class ticket, do NOT chose Virgin because their Upper Class cabin is a Business Class, (J,C). Virgin does not offer a First Class Cabin (F, P). For First Class, I would choose BA. You will enjoy their brilliant First Class lounge in JFK, and if I'm not mistaken, you can use the Concorde Lounge which remains in JFK and LHR!
You can also use their brilliant Molton Brown Spa. Use the link below and just look at BA's FIRST CLASS product.
http://www.britishairways.com/travel...public/en_gb?source=CF_first_en_gb


User currently offlineWheelsatc From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

Well if your thinking of flying first then you won't be flying Virgin seeing as they don't have first class only upper class which is the equivalent of business class. I don't know much about AA or UA but I doubt they are better than VS or BA for that matter, BA of couse do have a first class which I would recommend.

User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

VS without a doubt!

Rob!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5881 times:
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If flying first, forget the rest, it has to be BA!


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5874 times:

Considering that VS doesn't even have a First Class.... shouldn't your three wind down to UA, AA, and of course the obvious choice: BA?

User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5784 times:

Well guys, I can not take British Airways because my good friend refuses to purchase a ticket with them, so that's why it's only AA, UA, and VS.

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5773 times:

...do your friend a favor, fly Air India.

User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5756 times:

I would fly AA as they have the best service and the best First Class

User currently offlineAAgent From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 560 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5738 times:

Although I can't speak from personal experience regarding either UA or VS, and have no reason to bash either of them, what I can tell you is that you will NOT be disappointed flying First Class on American Airlines. It will be a luxurious and enjoyable experience throughout your journey. Whatever your decision, I know you'll enjoy yourself. If you do choose to you fly American (and I hope you do), please post a trip report to let us know what you think. In any case, enjoy your trip to England and have a wonderful time visiting your generous friend!

Best Regards,
AAgent



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User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5682 times:

VS. I wouldn't fly any other carrier transatlantic unless VS didn't fly the route I wanted.


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User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2721 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5680 times:

If it's First, go BA! You won't find a much better experience.


When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineSpeedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 878 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5665 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 3):
if I'm not mistaken, you can use the Concorde Lounge which remains in JFK and LHR!

You are right, the Concorde Lounge is for First passenger now....and the select few former frequent Concorde passengers who where allowed continued use of the lounge for a limited time.


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

I would recommend BA, for the service, adn the lounges. The Molton Brown Spa at LHR is great, and just what you want. They get you set for the journey.

If he won't buy you a BA ticket as such, then get a codeshare with AA, or get a AA ticket, and then just chnage it after you get you hands on it.

Also, I would consider who you have points with. A First Class to London will carry a few points and status credits, so it is worth looking at.

But, BA is the WAY.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

VS VS VS VS VS

That's your only choice . . . the other carriers are US based and the US based carriers service, well, in a word: SUCKS. I'd take VS Upper Class in a second, with the great seats and the bar up front, it's a no brainer.

Yeah, yeah, I'll hear all about how US carrier service over the pond is much better than domestic (no kiddin huh), but it wouldn't change my mind a bit . . .


User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

Would it possible for me to use the British Airways lounge if I traveled first class on American Airlines?

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5631 times:

Yes, you can use the BA lounge. Not use about arrivals at LHR, but defo on o/b.

User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5604 times:

Well after talking to my friend a few days ago, he changed his mind and said it would ok to fly British Airways. Right now, I'm thinking of taking BA out of LAX.

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5599 times:

Virgin without hesitation!

AA is far behind any European carrier in that or any other route.


User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

I've heard from a few friends that Air New Zealand has a great first class product. Can anyone tell me if they've flown with them on first? Also, thanks for the help and your opinions guys, i appreciate it.

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineCathay744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5568 times:

I have 2 Words for you , "Fly VS"

User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

Well, my 2 favorite airlines are UA and VS so this kind of puts me in a tough position! lol. Well, If you're flyin' first --> definitly VS!  Smile

User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2721 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 21):
I've heard from a few friends that Air New Zealand has a great first class product. Can anyone tell me if they've flown with them on first? Also, thanks for the help and your opinions guys, i appreciate it.

They do fly LAX-LHR as part of their AKL service, but are have discontinued First Class in favour of VS's Upper Class product.



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
25 RoseFlyer : I have flown NZ in their international first class (LAX-AKL on a 744) just over a year ago. The seat is one of the worst first class seats on the mar
26 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : UA!! My personal preference Lee
27 Paul : BA is the best without a doubt, their lounges are fantastic, plus the cabin is much more personal than the VS's. Why go to the bar when everything can
28 Fbgdavidson : People! Don't tell the guy to go with your favourite carrier, instead base it on your experience in First with the airlines the guy is considering! Be
29 Ozglobal : I can verify the above.
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