Review: British Airways Club Europe Business Class, A320neo, Dublin – London Heathrow
Business Class within Europe isn’t always super exciting thanks to most air carriers just offering an economy class seat with a blocked middle. Our British Airways Club Europe Business Class flight from Dublin to London was no different, and offered a little more space along with a very light snack over the lunch hour. Read on to see what a ninety minute flight in British Airways Club Europe Business Class looks like.
This post is one chapter on our trip to Portugal, the United Kingdom (England and Norther Ireland) and Ireland. This trip was redeemed through American Airlines Advantage and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read more from this trip:
- Introduction: Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland via TAP Portugal and British Airways Business Class.
- A Positioning Flight: Air Canada Vancouver – Toronto
- TAP Portugal Business Class: Toronto – Lisbon
- Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa, Lisbon, Portugal
- The First Steps in the Hilly Capital City of Lisbon, Portugal
- Exploring the Turrets of Castelo del São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal
- The Seaside Town of Belem and the Jerónimos Monastery, Portugal
- The Lisbon Cathedral and Iberico Ham at Time Out Market, Lisbon, Portugal
- TAP Portugal Premium Business Lounge, Lisbon, Portugal
- TAP Portugal Business Class: Lisbon – London Heathrow
- Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge: London Heathrow Terminal Two
- The Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington, United Kingdom
- Walking Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, London, United Kingdom
- Churchill’s War Rooms & Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
- Touring the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom
- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
- De-Cyphering the Rosetta Stone and Camden Locks, London United Kingdom
- Day Tripping to Stonehenge, Salisbury, United Kingdom
- The Moxy London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
- The Plaza Premium Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal Two
- Aer Lingus: London Heathrow – Dublin
- Aloft Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
- Discovering Temple Bar District, Dublin, Ireland
- Calling on the Guiness Storehouse and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
- The Shertaon Athlone Hotel, Athlone, Ireland
- Drinking at Ireland’s Oldest Bar, Athlone, Ireland
- Hiking Along the Cliff’s of Moher, Ireland
- Crystal Springs Bed and Breakfast, Killarney, Ireland
- Circling The Skelling Islands and Driving the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
- Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland
- AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Experiencing the Tragedy of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- In the Shadows at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
- Terminal One T1 Lounge, Dublin Airport, Ireland
- British Airways Club Europe: Dublin – London Heathrow
- Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, London Heathrow
- No1 Lounge, London Heathrow
- British Airways Club World Business Class: London – Vancouver
Review: British Airways Club Europe Business Class Airbus 320 – neo, Dublin Airport – London Heathrow Terminal Five
After almost three weeks on the road, it finally came time to return home to North America. I used an American Airlines AAdvantage Award to get us home from Europe to Canada in North America. The United Kingdom government charges a large Air Passenger Duty tax for passengers departing the United Kingdom in Business Class. The rates are as high as £185 ($238 USD) per person. The work around to avoid paying this tax is to depart from a non United Kingdom airport. As a result, I had ticketed us on British Airways from the Republic of Ireland connecting at London Heathrow to Vancouver, Canada having saved £370 ($476 USD) on this trip.
We visited the T1 Lounge Dublin Airport – Terminal One, which was included in our ticket purchase. Please see our review of that lounge if you’re interested in learning more. After our time at the T1 Lounge Dublin Terminal One was done, we headed for the gate.
BA 827 – Club Europe (U)
DUB – LHR (Dublin International Airport – London Heathrow Terminal 5)
September 1, 2019
10:45 AM 12:15 PM (scheduled)
Booked: Airbus 320neo
Flown: Airbus 320neo
Boarding British Airways Business Class:
Once we arrived at the gate, boarding was underway fairly quickly. There wasn’t any discernible difference for Business Class boarding thanks to a lot of British Airways Executive Club Top Tier members that were also in the same boarding categories. We were assigned a non gate position today, so we headed outside.
On Board British Airways Club Europe:
Once we were on board, we settled into the usual European business seats which consist of an Economy Class seat with a blocked middle. It was the usual economy seat with the blocked middle.
The seat itself offers a little extra space as a result of the blocked middle but isn’t much more comfortable than an economy class seat in terms of what I would describe as a business class seat worldwide.
We had some interesting plane spotting opportunities departing Dublin, since everyone seems to fly though there
As we said “good bye” to Ireland, we had nice views on climb to altitude.
The Meal: A Snack Plate
A small snack plate of cold cuts was offered for the trip over. It consisted of cold cuts and some cut cheese and tomatoes. It was nothing really to write home about, despite that the flight was during a lunch meal time, it is still not long enough in duration to warrant British Airways offering a full lunch meal.
Arriving to London Heathrow:
After a flight time of about seventy minutes, we eventually landed into London, where the plane spotting opportunities are easily among the best in the world.
We made it off at London Heathrow Terminal 5. We ended up with a 5 hour connection thanks to patchy award availability on this Dublin – Heathrow segment. We found our way to the connections desk.
To keep the interest in the travel going, and because we had a 5 hour layover to kill, I asked WT73Jr to locate the Heathrow connecting terminal on the connections board. He chose to approach this through the “read every line” method, so that he wouldn’t miss his flight. Since the lights were organized by departing time, we were at the board for a good 7 minutes while he found the flight on the 9th monitor.
The Bottom Line: British Airways Club Europe
The BA Club Europe Business Class product isn’t anything all too exciting to write home about. It’s a little more comfortable, but I doubt I would spend much hard earned cash on BA Club Europe for a flight that’s less than ninety minutes. Thankfully, this was a free segment in an international ticket so it made sense to take advantage of the available reward space.