Thanks to BA's great $198 fares to my favorite city, London, I took a quick 7 day vacation to Europe for thanksgiving. I was planning on staying in London, but couldn't resist getting an easyjet ticket ($80 w/tax) to Madrid for a few days.
**I'm sorry some of my pictures are a bit dark, but I didn't want to use my flash in some places..**
I had the best luck in the world on the flight home to San Diego.. I got a free upgrade to Club World (business class)!
My flights were as follows:
Nov 26 BA 274 SAN-LHR
Nov 30 EZY LGW-MAD
Dec 02 EZY LGW-MAD
Dec 03 BA 275 LHR-SAN
BA 275, 24F
my flight was an exact mirror of Cpt. Picard's report - http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/27589/
Here are some scenes from the going to, and at the San Diego airport:
The flight attendants on this flight were not exactly charming, about as bad as flying AA transatlantic. When they pushed the food trolly around, the F/A asked, "beef or chicken".. when I asked what kind, he said "it's the good kind." Thanks for the help dude.
The Easyjet flight to Madrid was fine, I like EZY better then southwest, except paying $1.60 for a soda is stupid.
Leaving Madrid was more interesting, lots of Ibera flights lined up in front of us.
Video of take off out of MAD:
Here's the good part!!!
I took the underground to LHR, getting there about 2 hours early. I went ahead and used self check in since the lines looked really long, and confirmed I had my planned seat 23F for the ride back. I toured the airport for a bit, and was one of the last to get on. As I was sitting near the gate, I watch a woman bitching out the gate agent, cause she couldn't get a seat and was stuck on standby. I thought, "looks like a full flight." When I handed my ticket to the gate agent, she did some typing on the computer, and says, "looks like you have a seat change." I thought, shit, now I'm going to get stuck between two fatties... but then she says, "your new seat is 16E, an isle.. and it's in business class. I stood there in disbelief, and then took the ticket and thanked her repeatedly. As I walked into the cabin I noticed First was mostly full (people with business tickets probably got moved up) and business was completely full. The only reason I can think I got upgraded was my HP Flightfund Platinum number I used for my flight. It wasn't based on my dress, since I used self checkin. Most of the people in business looked like regular coach pax also.
Near the gate:
The taxi was very quick because our gate was right across from the runway threshold. The takeoff was normal.
The Club World seats were very comfortable, except for the too-short leg rest, but I'm 6' so most people would be ok.
The only disappointment was the food -- personally, I almost always LIKE airline food, but this sucked. The appetizer I chose was :
Wild mushroom terrine with tarragon dressing
Fresh seasonal salad with vinaigrette
The food was delivered by two beautiful F/A's, along with some Bailey’s on ice... (good for a morning drink cause it tastes like chocolate milk).
Lunch was not good.. It was basically beef stew, not what I was expecting to see. Dinner was acomanied by a basket of bread rolls offered by the F/A:
Braised beef with red onions and mushrooms, mustard mash, roasted carrots and brocoli
Dessert was pretty good.
Chocolate morello cherry crumble tart
After the meal service, the F/A's pretty much hid in the gally until 1.5 hours before landing. A few times they came around offering OJ and water. I went up a couple time for a soda, and I "raided the larder"... basically a self service area for business class with sandwiches, chips, and cookies. I came back to get another sandwich cause they were so good.
1.5 hours before landing snack was served:
Egg and Chive brioche roll
Smoked salmon and cucumber on whole meal bread
It was better then nothing, but not great.
Overall the flight was great, I enjoyed the bigger seat mainly. After 11 hours I felt totally relaxed even though I didn't sleep. BA was offer a good selection of movies this month too, I watched Austin Powers 3, K19 widow maker, and The Barbershop.
Thanks for reading! Hope it wasn't TOO long...
Getting on the 777 in San Diego:
Getting on Easyjet in LGW
777 landing at LHR