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Is British Airways getting rid of the Club Europe console table?

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On Wednesday we wrote about the plans by British Airways to cap Club Europe at seven rows due to the lack of galley space on its new and ‘to be refurbished’ short haul aircraft.

Our article was reposted at Flyertalk and confirmed by other crew members.  In a detailed reply, one crew member made a new revelation:  British Airways is to remove the Club Europe ‘middle seat’ tray tables.

British Airways removing Club Europe console table

If this crew member is accurate – and the comment was made as part of a detailed post which appears correct in all other details – then this is being done purely to save a very small amount of weight.

I admit that no other European airline has these.  However when I flew SWISS Business Class the other week I was disappointed to see that they didn’t.  I have grown used to being able to put my drink or tray on the console table.  I even remember thinking that BA isn’t always behind the curve on everything ….. a bit of a mistake there clearly.

Removing the console table will also make it very difficult to work on the drop down table and have a drink at the same time.

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  1. Completely OT, but this is “bits”.

    Looking for advice from experienced Heathrow T3 users.
    We (Myself, wife and 14 YO daughter) are going to New York for 6 days later in the year. We are booked on the 9AM flight out so an early start requiring an overnight stay. We will be driving up from the South West so will need somewhere to park. I’m wondering what is the best combination of hotel and car park for balance of convenience and cost? The car parks, in particular, are a bit of a nightmare as the reviews are all over the place.

    No points to redeem so it will be straight cash. I do have Accor points but they don’t seem to have rooms available that will accommodate 3 people.

    Not avers to a Travelodge for one night either if it is the best option.

    Thanks to anyone that can help

    • Could you book a room for 2 then request a roll away bed for your daughter? Prices tend to vary for these from about £20 – £50 (!!) so it may or may not be worth it.

      I’ve found Looking4Parking to have the best park and stay deals the last couple of times we’ve needed to do that.

      • Thanks Anna.

        Don’t think its worth bothering with the Accor hotel.

        Could you tell me which car parking you actually booked (I’m assuming Looking4Parking is just a broker?) and whether you were happy with it.

        Quite interested in Meet & Greet but you do read some horror stories (damaged cars, non-secure car parks etc). People at work have used Purple Parking quite successfully in the past but I notice they went into administration at the end of last year and they are now part Holiday Extras and I don’t know whether their service has suffered as a result.

        • Alan – JustPark has some decent deals for parking at hotels along the Bath Road. The Marriott offers parking on the site, for instance, and it’s no more expensive than Purple Parking or any similar companies. Very easy to reach, especially if you are staying nearby, which I assume you will.

        • Thanks for the advice Brian, I’ll take a look

    • Mark Priest says:

      Sheraton sjyline usually has some good stay and park deals.

      • Thanks Mark and Craig. I’ll take a look at those.

        Was hoping for something with very little “faff” factor as its an early flight out and an overnighter on the way back. Would like to just get off the plane, out the airport and go.

        I really don’t like hanging around for a bus after a long flight. Just want to get on with it! Still, whatever is affordable and good I guess.

    • Craig Strickland says:

      There is a Purple Parking next to the Premier Inn on Bath Road? They class up to 15 as a child and have family rooms.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Premier Inn Bath Road using Purple Parking next door. Park your car the night before you fly, walk to Premier Inn (it’s 1 minute away), sleep, walk back to Purple Parking in the morning and take their bus to the terminal. Since you’re parking with them then you’re eligible to use the transfer bus.

      • So there’s a path between Purple Parking and Premier Inn?
        I know that since Purple Parking went bust at the end of last year, and parts of it were bought by Holiday Extras, Premier Inn have ended their agreement with them. I don’t suppose they have closed the access path between the 2?
        Has anyone used the path since November?

    • Travelodge are Wyndham are they ?
      If so, 2 stays gets you 15k points, enough for a few night in any Wyndham hotel.
      Just as an aside.

  2. Apologies for another OT post…But… I’ve just triggered my companion voucher with the £10k spend on my BA PP card. I now want to downgrade to the free card to recoup 7 months of the fee and also retain a BA amex. What is the best tactic for this? Should I apply for the free card then cancel my BAPP? Or is there a simple downgrade facility that combines the 2 in one transaction? I’m guessing I can’t earn the current 5k avios sign up bonus with the free card?

  3. Has there ever been a chair design that expands economy into business? I’ve seen all sorts of weird and wonderful options, including double decker business class seats.

  4. OT – reg Avis Iberia/BA Black Friday offer. Just off the phone with Avis customer service, the IT issue should be resolved as of this week and points should start showing on the account by mid-March…
    Still missing 20k avios from these offers so will be monitoring closely 🙂

    • HappyHarry says:

      I have given up on Avis tbh.

      I went for a number of promotions and getting the promised Avios was an excruciating tooth-pulling nightmade 🙁

      So now I rent from Hertz instead and everything just works !!!

      • Tel me about want to take a look at my long history of clicks and purchases not showing. Total shambles and excruciating to try and get any sense out of them….sadly, they come across as just not believing you which infuriates me.

      • Agree harry,

        I am still waiting for 10000 emirates skywards points miles for an Avis hire from weeks ago.

      • The thing is, these offers are unbeatable if you need the car… I’ve always got the points in the end even if it wasn’t always easy – although this black friday problem is the worst I’ve had.
        I don’t own a car and rent 30/40 times a year – so I always jump on these deals because I can normally get 3 days for 55£ so pretty much free car if not better. Combined with the 9000 bonus for the long week end offer in November, I will get 14k avios for 55£… so paid to rent even with conservative avios valuation.
        I’d certainly not bother if I didn’t need the car though.

        • Agree they are very profitable. They’re also an easy way to get star alliance points if you’re saving for a redemption or want to keep your pot alive.

  5. Scottydoggiom says:

    The Club Europe product is not that different from normal seats further back . Perhaps if they took out the 3 seats and exchanged them for 2 big seats like the ones from Premium economy from a long haul flight , then perhaps people would want to pay extra for that .

    i realise that this is adding weight and is against what they are wanting to do , but it shouldn’t all be about cost cutting !

  6. OT – apologies, but I can’t seem to find a definitive answer and am sure one of you knows the answer: does one have to pay the resort fee in NYC for reward bookings? Thanks.

  7. Well to be fair we all knew that the difference between economy and biz seating was the blocked out seat in the middle and the little curtain. And to be really fair we all knew they were tongue in cheek biz class seats. I wonder how long it will be before BA stars selling these middle seats as premium economy 🙂

  8. Hi, another question on referral bonus. Can I refer the same person to different AMEX cards (BA Amex and Nectar AMEX) and get the referral bonus for both?

  9. Shouldn’t that be 315 Avios to take into account the 5% bonus?

  10. Getting 4 easter eggs for £3 at Tesco?

  11. rams1981 says:

    OT had email from virgin saying 30% bonus for boost purchases.

    Terms did say for those who were emailed so beware.

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