Last week my beautiful British Airways gold card arrived in the post. I’d definitely earned it as from beginning of January 2014 to the end of June 2014 I had already been on 45 flights.
Here it is with luggage tags just waiting to be used !! I am so excited about this I felt it deserved a blog post all to itself !!
My husband nearly always flies with Swiss Air. He usually flies direct and in business class. If I flew with him I’d be in economy (no premium economy on Swiss) so we wouldn’t actually be ‘together’. Also hubby usually has some work to do and so even if we sit together, as we often do for the short flight to London we don’t talk to each other anyway - sound familiar ? So he flies Swiss and I fly British Airways. I usually connect in Heathrow. I get a reasonably priced ticket, there is the option of premium economy which is perfectly acceptable for even a 13 hour flight and I get to collect both tier points and Avios.
Shopping in Heathrow is fabulous, there is everything from Prada to Gordon Ramsey’s Plane Food and of course British Airways lounges. This is where loyalty truly matters….
I already loved the British Airways Silver Card, the quick check-in, the seat selection, the fast track at Heathrow, the extra luggage allowance and of course my favourite perk is the lounge access in terminal 5 Heathrow where I connect for all my long haul flights.
It is fabulous, I love these lounges.
Both the lounges in Heathrow T5 are busy, of course the airport is ENORMOUS, but you can always find a spot to unwind, charge you phone and catch up on emails.
They have showers that I use regularly after long flights. After sitting in your clothes for 10+ hours a hot shower with the fabulous Elemis products they have is priceless for me. (I often leave the plane in my jersey trs and t shirt and head straight for the shower. Afterwards I change into the clothes I first boarded the plane in - immigration don’t appear to care !!)
There is a great selection of food, my favourites are the bacon rolls for breakfast and the chicken curry at lunch, not forgetting the kettle chips and the cookies. There is a complimentary bar both soft drinks and wine. There is also a selection of spirits too but I never go there especially as I’m usually waiting for another flight,, however no lounge visit is truly complete without a glass of champagne. You do need to ask for this, but its not a problem, and it has become a little ritual for me.
So now I have my gold card I can’t wait until my next connecting flight in Heathrow T5 in September to see what the ‘Gold card lounge’ looks like. I have booked flights to New York, Tokyo and Boston for later in the year….. so I will be back to report on the extra benefits. Who knows maybe even an upgrade !!
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