Bits: Virgin East Coast 50% off sale, HFP in the Daily Mail, a good Club Europe meal

News in brief:

Virgin East Coast four day sale

Virgin East Coast is running a short sale until Thursday night.  The discount is apparently a full 50% on all sale tickets, although the deals cannot be combined with any railcards you hold.

The sale is valid for travel between 5th September and 4th November but excluding half term week of 21st to 30th October.

My very positive review of the new food offering in First Class on East Coast is here.  A review of the refurbished First Class lounge at Kings Cross will follow later this week.

The East Coast sale site is here.

Virgin East Coast

HFP in the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail ran an online story yesterday about the recent cutbacks to the British Airways food and drink offering.  My recent articles on the topic were referenced as you can read here.

Similar stories have appeared elsewhere in recent days which cannot make pleasant reading for BA bosses.

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An impressive meal in Club Europe

Ironically, at the same time as the Daily Mail was using my articles as the basis for a piece criticising BA cuts, I had one of my best Club Europe meals in a long time.

The picture above is a very decent cod and mash dish I got on the way down to Spain on Saturday.  I had no complaints at all.  There even a salad alternative for anyone who didn’t want a hot meal.  BA did well here.

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Comments

  1. Just took a Qatar flight from OSL to BKK in business. Set me back under £600 in the big sale. To say I was impressed is a statement which would be severely underestimated. Fantastic service and food. Great plane and entertainment and then the lounge experience in Doha.

    Wake up BA

  2. dicksbits says:

    The press reports were a PR disaster for BA. I can see the decision being reversed in some way.

  3. Larryflyer says:

    Something in the Daily Mail article sounds not quite right (there’s a first!). The anonymous passenger who paid £500 to fly LHR-JFK in WTP (presumably calculated as half of a round trip fare) says he got breakfast then just a chocolate bar on his 7 hour flight. BA are then quoted as saying the second meal is removed for flights under 7 hours in WTP (and under 8.5 hours in WT).

    Are there any LHR-JFK (westbound) flights that are scheduled for 7 hours or less? A couple of dummy bookings show (at this time of year, at least) that shortest scheduled time is 7 hours 30 minutes. Meals must surely be based on scheduled, not actual, flying time, so jet-stream anomalies are hardly relevant.

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