Following my family’s Chinese New Year celebration in Toronto, I embarked on my journey to Barcelona via London onboard British Airways A350 business class business class.
Club Suites are part of the airline’s newly revamped Club World cabins, which was first introduced in 2019 and has caught the attention of many airline enthusiasts.
In my case, this happened to be my first time flying in a premium cabin with British Airways as well. Given that the airline has a fairly mixed reputation, I was very curious how their newest flagship business class product would turn out.
British Airways A350 Business Class – Booking
If you’re looking to book a flight with British Airways, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles is one of the more favourable Oneworld programs to consider. This is because it will result in the most favourable surcharges on award flights with British Airways, which typically come with exorbitant fees.
In my case, I booked this trip from Toronto to London and onwards to Barcelona for 61,000 Asia Miles, plus about $500 (CAD) in taxes and fees.
In comparison, other Oneworld programs such as Alaska Mileage Plan, American Airlines AAdvantage, and British Airways Avios would have commanded roughly a similar amount of miles, but would charge you $800+ (CAD) in surcharges instead.
This is always something to keep in mind, since all of the programs, aside from Alaska Mileage Plan, are transfer partners with either American Express Membership Rewards, RBC Avion, or HSBC Rewards.
You can book the same product with any of the programs for roughly the same amount of points, but you can save a few hundred dollars by being selective about the program you use.
British Airways A350 Business Class – Ground Experience
Before getting on my flight, I stopped by the new Plaza Premium Landmark Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This is Plaza Premium’s latest flagship location in Terminal 3.
Within the lounge, British Airways operates a private area with dedicated sections for those flying business class, and then a separate section for those flying First Class and with top-tier Oneworld Emerald elite status.
The British Airways section of the lounge was quite enticing, so I opted to spend the majority of my time over there instead of in the main lounge.
There was a hot buffet selection that…
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