|View from Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Air France Graf lounge at Boston Logan|
When the time came to board, we discovered that flying in World Traveller Plus class does not afford you early boarding. In fact, nearly everyone else boarded the plane, from First down to regular Economy before we had the chance to get onboard. Since it was the very start of our trip, I wasn't about to get upset about that, but it made me already wonder about my purchase. We opted against the $800 per person upgrade and waited to board our seats.
|British Airways World Traveller Plus vegetarian meal|
For our outbound flight this was pasta with marinara sauce and cheese. Nothing fancy, which is why we always pack protein bars, nuts, etc. Not sure why vegetarian or vegan to most means carbohydrate heavy meals. I picked at the veggies in the sauce and called it quits.
|The UK Border at Heathrow Airport (photo courtesy of dannyman)|
It was finally my turn and somehow as I suspected would happen, he couldn't operate the biometric machine without an issue. He asked me to take my glasses off and I stood there for what seemed like an eternity while he fumbled about trying to do his job. We then proceeded up the escalator to the security screening area with a line that makes the ones at DisneyWorld seem short. Having absolutely no pride, I found an employee nearby and told him we had less than five minutes to get to our gate. He said he was concerned that others might want to jump the queue, but he was able to move us to the head of one of the lines. The couple that we got in front of was less than accommodating and as soon as he left, they wouldn't let us in the line so we waited. Apparently, security was having what seemed like excessive problems that morning because everyone was leaving liquids in their carry on bags. We placed our items in the bins and crossed through security and bolted for our gate.
Believe it or not, the flight was still at the gate and we were permitted to board. I was a hot, sweaty mess at this point and was pleased to be able to sit down and take my jacket off. Our flight was delayed about 15 minutes because two people never showed and they had to remove their luggage from the plane. I was hoping that they didn't mean our bags. My guess is that they were still in the security line. Our one hour flight to Edinburgh was uneventful and my husband was happy to receive two breakfast trays as they served us a breakfast burrito (tortilla and eggs are not part of my diet) along with copious amounts of coffee.
Our flight landed and we headed out into the airport to begin our new adventure in Edinburgh. Overall, I found our British Airways experience to be about the same as one of the economy airlines I might fly domestically. Would I want to pay for the upgraded experience again in the future? The slightly more leg room was nice, but I'm not sure you're getting anything that warrants the extra money. Take a look at the two pictures above from the British Airways website. Can you tell the difference between World Traveller (Economy) on the left and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) on the right? Probably not. If I could, I would definitely want to fly Business or First, but then again who doesn't?