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.

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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.

Lounging in T1 Lounge at Dublin
Navigating through Dublin Airport Terminal One
Passing by Our Last Irish Gaelic Signs – Navigating to ur Gate
British Airways
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.

BA Club Europe Boarding at Gate 204
BA Club Europe Business Class Boarding

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.

BA Club Europe Business Class Seat

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.

Departing Ireland:

We had some interesting plane spotting opportunities departing Dublin, since everyone seems to fly though there

Spotting an Aer Lingus ATR72
Spotting a Croatia Airlines Airbus 319-100

As we said “good bye” to Ireland, we had nice views on climb to altitude.

Views on the Climb to Altitude of Ireland

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.

BA Club Europe Business Class Snack 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.

Landing Against a Backdrop of British Airways A380’s and South African Airways A330’s
A British Airways Boeing 747-400
Air Belgium Airbus 340-300

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.

Locating a Connecting Flight at London Heathrow

We would end up connecting onwards to British Airways Club World Business Class London – Vancouver on their Airbus 380 service.

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.

If you fly British Airways Short Haul within Europe, you spring for BA Club Europe Business Class or do you save your money and just stick to World Traveller economy ?

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