After my first class flight on British Airways that took me from New York JFK to London Heathrow, it was time to relax in the airport lounges before boarding my flight to Amsterdam, my destination for this weekend!
Flight British Airways BA440 – London – Amsterdam
It’s a long way through Terminal 5 to reach the British Airways Arrivals lounge.
Not much indicated on the signs, I will have to go through customs first (very fast thanks to the new passport scanners) before heading to the exit of the terminal …. then ask for directions to finally find the salon!
The Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5
At this hour, the salon is not very busy. Nice! Here are some pictures of the relaxation areas and the buffet.
But before lunch, I decide to take a bath. Indeed, the lounge offers many showers, and some “cabanas” with bathtub. Because of the low traffic at the salon, there is very little waiting for my “cabana” to be ready.
What could be better than a nice bubble bath after a transatlantic flight? Meanwhile, a valet is ironing my jacket and shirt. Royal!
After this “brin de toilette”, I decide to go to the Spa. All passengers traveling in first class are entitled to a 15-20 minute massage, barber, facial…
Normally on appointment, I go directly since there is no one! I choose an excellent back and shoulder massage.
After a nice bubble bath and massage, it’s time for lunch. I go to the room reserved for First Class passengers. The difference: it is not a buffet, but a table service.
Shortly after lunch, I head to the business center of the show to start writing my milesopedia articles!
After 2 hours in the lounge, I leave it to go through security and into another lounge… the Concorde Room in Terminal 5!
The Concorde Room at London Heathrow
Indeed, although my connection to Amsterdam will be in economy class, having travelled in First Class just before, this gives me the right to access the most prestigious lounge at London Heathrow.
The lounge offers a very British/classy interior space, as well as a terrace overlooking the interior of Terminal 5.
There is the possibility to dine at the table, like in a restaurant. Everything is free of course.
The choice of alcohols is excellent.
I decide to sit comfortably in a club chair, and order a burger with a glass of rosé champagne.
After a short hour in the Concorde Room, it’s time for me to head for my door.
On the way to Amsterdam
The general strike in France causes delays and cancellations. My flight will arrive from Nice (my birthplace 🙂 ) with about 30 minutes of delay.
The airport is particularly busy, as usual. I was happy to relax in the lounges, away from the stressful atmosphere!
Here I am at my gate for my flight to Amsterdam.
One can immediately feel the “downgrade”. Traveling in economy, I no longer have access to the priority lanes and a stewardess comes to see me to tell me that my carry-on bag is too big and that it will have to be checked. I point out that some travelers – especially in the priority line – have bags as big as mine! In vain…
That’s the “First Class to Economy” effect. The fall is hard.
Note that this passenger was able to bring on board his cooler.
What is the difference between business and economy class on British Airways’ intra-European flights? No room for legs. Just the middle chair blocked and used as a common table.
I arrive at my seat. Like the rest of the cabin, it looks new. The leather is of excellent quality!
I notice that my carry-on luggage… could have easily fit in the luggage compartments. In short, no comment.
There is storage for magazines, and legroom is decent.
We leave the door 30 minutes late. The pilot will not fail to point out that those responsible are “once again, the French strikers”. Sighs are heard among the passengers, I make myself small. 😀
There is a lot of traffic in this late afternoon at London Heathrow. It will take a good 20 minutes before takeoff.
Here is a video of the takeoff:
Shortly after takeoff, the service begins. It must be said that the flight is very short (30 minutes). The choice is simple: sweet or savory and a few soft drinks.
After this short flight, I arrived at my destination for the weekend: Amsterdam!
The experience at London Heathrow, especially in the two British Airways lounges, was excellent. I arrived at my destination completely rested, and was able to work efficiently during that day.
The flight to Amsterdam went smoothly, except for the carry-on baggage that I had to check. I wasted a good twenty minutes waiting at the luggage carpets.
The maps to make this trip
Here, I needed American Express with Membership Rewards (transferable to Avios miles) and my Scotiabank Gold American Express card (which allowed me to pay taxes with the Scotia Bonus points).