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Travel experts review ALL FOUR classes on a British Airways Boeing 777 flight – concurrently

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In line with the ‘Oscars of Aviation’, British Airways is the Eleventh-best airline on this planet.

It was given the impressive rating by the much-respected Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022 – but why? This fascinating video sums it up very neatly. It documents a visit 4 travel experts from The Points Guy UK (TPG UK) made concurrently on a single BA Boeing 777 flight between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Washington DC, with everyone occupying a unique class of cabin – economy, premium economy, business class and firstclass.

The reviewers are each filled with praise for his or her seats, with economy lauded for its legroom, premium economy for its comfort, business class for its privacy and firstclass for five-star-hotel food. But there have been some criticisms, from ‘dry chicken’ to ‘poor quality headphones’. Read on for more…

FIRST CLASS

Ben Smithson had the tedious task of putting BA’s first-class cabin to the test

Sitting furthest into the sharp end of the aircraft was Ben Smithson, with TPG UK paying 68,000 Avios, plus £545 for seat 1K.

He was really taken together with his suite, revealing: ‘It was a definite upgraded experience versus British Airways business class and overall significantly better than I used to be expecting.

‘The food, from presentation to range and taste was real effective dining. I can be completely happy to be served this in a five-star hotel in London.’

Ben (above) said of first class: 'It was a definite upgraded experience versus British Airways business class'

Ben (above) said of firstclass: ‘It was a definite upgraded experience versus British Airways business class’

Beforehand he was in a position to calm down within the ultra-exclusive Concorde Room lounge, which he described as ‘an airy, light-filled space to enjoy a glass of vintage Champagne while escaping the crowds within the terminal below’.

Nevertheless, on the downside, he said that the seat ‘is in need of a sliding door to present it privacy’ and the entertainment screen ‘was old, clunky and fairly low resolution’.

BUSINESS CLASS

BA's business-class (Club World in BA marketing-speak) 'Club Suite' was put to the test by Liam Spencer (above)

BA’s business-class (Club World in BA marketing-speak) ‘Club Suite’ was put to the test by Liam Spencer (above)

TPG UK raided 50,000 Avios from its vaults, plus £545, for seat 15K in business class

TPG UK raided 50,000 Avios from its vaults, plus £545, for seat 15K in business class

Liam said of the business-class food (above): 'All delicious, from the starter to the main course to afternoon tea. I opted for the chicken tikka masala for lunch after a recommendation from the cabin crew and it proved to be the best curry I've ever eaten on a plane'

Liam said of the business-class food (above): ‘All delicious, from the starter to the essential course to afternoon tea. I opted for the chicken tikka masala for lunch after a advice from the cabin crew and it proved to be the very best curry I’ve ever eaten on a plane’

Liam liked his Club Suite seat but said 'it could have been wider'

Liam liked his Club Suite seat but said ‘it might have been wider’

BA’s business class (Club World in BA marketing-speak) ‘Club Suite’ was put to the test by Liam Spencer, TPG UK raiding 50,000 Avios from its vaults, plus £545, for seat 15K.

Liam had an excellent time, telling MailOnline Travel: ‘This was some of the spacious business-class seats I’ve flown on. The fully-closing door allows for total privacy and was the true star of the product. The Club Suite cabin felt incredibly fresh, modern and clean.’

He liked the food, too – ‘all delicious, from the starter to the essential course to afternoon tea’. He added: ‘I opted for the chicken tikka masala for lunch after a advice from the cabin crew and it proved to be the very best curry I’ve ever eaten on a plane.’

Any negative points to the trip? Just a few niggles, it seems.

He said: ‘The Club Suite bed might have been comfier and wider. The bedding itself was perfectly effective, however the footwell was quite narrow. My Club Suite ticket granted me access to the British Airways business class lounges at Heathrow T5. These aren’t a nasty place to calm down before your flight but are a way behind other business lounges in the identical terminal by way of comfort, design and dining options.’

PREMIUM ECONOMY

Head of Points Guy UK Nicky Kelvin gave BA's premium economy ('World Traveller Plus') cabin a whirl

Head of Points Guy UK Nicky Kelvin gave BA’s premium economy (‘World Traveller Plus’) cabin a whirl

Nicky said of his seat: '[It] was very spacious and comfortable and the smaller cabin gave an extra sense of privacy'

Nicky said of his seat: ‘[It] was very spacious and cozy and the smaller cabin gave an additional sense of privacy’

The food in premium economy? 'Tasty'

The food in premium economy? ‘Tasty’

Head of Points Guy UK Nicky Kelvin gave BA’s premium economy (‘World Traveller Plus’) cabin a whirl and was filled with praise for his experience, which cost his website 26,000 Avios, plus £390.

He said: ‘The seat was very spacious and cozy and the smaller cabin gave an additional sense of privacy. The food and amenities were a real upgrade from economy and closer to what’s provided in business class. Food was served on proper crockery and was very tasty and the meal large enough to satisfy any appetite.’

Any downsides? Nicky added: ‘While the seat was very comfortable for a day flight and has an honest recline, I’d still find it very difficult to sleep on this seat on an overnight flight.’

ECONOMY

Sitting at the very rear of the flight (economy/’World Traveller') was Maren Gimnes (above, attempting sleep)

Sitting on the very rear of the flight (economy/’World Traveller’) was Maren Gimnes (above, attempting sleep)

Maren's seat was 37A. It cost 13,000 Avios and £290

Maren’s seat was 37A. It cost 13,000 Avios and £290

Maren enjoyed getting a whole bottle of wine with her meal but said the meat was 'very dry'

Maren enjoyed getting an entire bottle of wine together with her meal but said the meat was ‘very dry’

Maren was not impressed with the economy headphones

Maren was not impressed with the economy headphones

Sitting on the very rear of the flight (economy/’World Traveller’) was Maren Gimnes, together with her ticket for seat 37A costing 13,000 Avios and £290.

The ups for her? ‘Amazing and friendly crew with quick and efficient service’ was ‘up’ No.1.

This was followed by ‘an excellent amount of legroom’ and pleasing seat design.

She added: ‘The cozy blanket was rather a lot larger than I’m used to on long-haul economy flights and I used to be surprised what number of snacks we got between the meals. Plus, it was great to get my very own bottle of wine slightly than simply a glass.’

Maren’s gripes? ‘There was a variety of space between the seat and the fuselage, which made it uncomfortable to rest against the window, the essential dish had tasty vegetables, however the meat [chicken] was very dry, and the headphones were poor quality,’ she said.

For more information on travel suggestions and tricks, enroll to The Points Guy UK. To see the complete British Airways Boeing 777 Heathrow to Washington DC review video click here.  

Liam, Maren, Nicky and Ben at Heathrow Terminal 5 before their flight to Washington DC

Liam, Maren, Nicky and Ben at Heathrow Terminal 5 before their flight to Washington DC

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