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Fly BA F or not

Fly BA F or not

  1. Sergey

    Hello,

    I have a dilemma. I am planning a trip to Middle East for our family and deciding which miles to use on which carriers. I have expiring Chase 2-for-1 certificate for British Airways. Understandably, I would prefer to use this certificate for First class, to maximize. However, I read many trip reports from this blog, that BA F is not quite good as other competitors. So, my question is, is it worth to use this certificate and pay huge taxes? I can fly, for example, Virgin Atlantic (use DL miles) in Upper class (taxes are very low), or even Aeroflot (via SVO) in Business. There are no availability on EY, and EK F is not an option (I don’t have that amount of miles).

    If flying on BA is not that bad and since they fly from many US cities (I’m on East Coast), which plane is better – 747 or 777? There are no availability on their A380 from IAD or MIA on my preferred dates.

  2. JustinB

    The BA 787-9 flies out of Boston daily and Newark Sat, which features their new first product. Score that if possible, but the cabin has only 8 seats versus the 14 in the older F.

    I can’t speak to the other airline options you mentioned, but I’ve enjoyed the handful of BA 777 F flights I have taken this year and would recommend. Crew has been great and enjoyed the food/beverage selection. Just have to get past the surcharges…

  3. Sergey

    [QUOTE=”JustinB, post: 21263, member: 1541″]The BA 787-9 flies out of Boston daily and Newark Sat, which features their new first product. Score that if possible, but the cabin has only 8 seats versus the 14 in the older F.

    I can’t speak to the other airline options you mentioned, but I’ve enjoyed the handful of BA 777 F flights I have taken this year and would recommend. Crew has been great and enjoyed the food/beverage selection. Just have to get past the surcharges…[/QUOTE]

    Thanks! I realized that B787-9 and A380 are newer planes, and pictures of F cabin are awesome. The only problem is to score F seats on these planes. I checked many dates for B787-9 and I can find only 1 F award on my dates. A380 is really difficult to get, especially from MIA.

    From your experience, on which plane F is “better” – B777 or B747? On some dates/routes I can see as much as 7 F seats on B777 or 5 F seats on B747.

  4. JustinB

    I haven’t flown the B747 so can’t help there. I would have no issues flying the B777 again though.

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