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Bits: DragonPass lounge luxury in Dubai, going to the BAEC event tonight?, new BA safety video

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Using DragonPass at the DIH Ahlan First Class lounge in Dubai

Reader Greg dropped me a note to highlight a great deal he found in Dubai.  The new Concourse D, used by British Airways and most other long-haul airlines not called Emirates, has a lot of lounges, including the DIH Ahlan First Class Lounge.

As the name suggests, the DIH Ahlan First Class Lounge is aimed at First Class passengers on airlines who do not have their own Dubai lounge.  Air France and Singapore Airlines use it for their First Class customers.  For some odd reason, it also accepts the DragonPass lounge card – but not Priority Pass or Lounge Club.

This is not your typical 3rd party lounge as you imagine, being aimed at First Class passengers.  It has a la carte restaurant dining, it has free-flow Moet & Chandon champagne and it has (reportedly) an amazing whisky collection.  If you are into aviation you will also be obsessed by the 6-screen FlightRadar24 display.

A full review of the lounge can be found here (external link).

If you don’t have DragonPass via your Barclays current account, this HFP article shows ways of buying a one-off DragonPass access voucher cheaply.

Are you going to the British Airways Executive Club event tonight?

For the last couple of years, British Airways Executive Club has been running ‘After Hours Club’ social events.  They come with a hefty price tag (£65 per person in this case, which does not include unlimited drinks).

Anika and I have decided to find out if they are worth the money or not.  If you are there tonight (we are down at Ham Yard, see below) do say Hi.  Look out for our report – what happens at a BAEC social event, will not stay at a BAEC social event …..

New British Airways safety video released

British Airways has launched a new version of its Flying Start safety video, if the current version has started to drive you mad.  This one features David Walliams, Joanna Lumley, Jourdan Dunn (no, don’t know either), Sir Michael Caine, Naomie Harris and Olivia Colman.

The ‘directors cut’ is below at almost 6 minutes long.  The actual version being shown is shorter than the current version and there is a version for short-haul flights which has been cut even more – cabin crew had made it known that the existing video was so long that it was disrupting their pre-flight routines.

The good news is that donations to Flying Start increased by 20% when the first version was introduced.



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  1. Marcw says:

    Time to get the popcorn out!

  2. Lol, they really are hardcore on there aren’t they?!

  3. i did see one post that was curious, it said that the Iberia and BA avios schemes were to merge, so a negative balance on the IB scheme would carry across in the merger. But, from what i can recall it is just the scheme which was/is to merge into the BAEC?

    • the real harry1 says:

      they’ll all merge, so (if you were to transfer 90K to BAEC), your -90K in IB would catch up with you

      but a senior guy said that’s a long way off, they can’t work out how to merge IB with BAEC/ platform

      so maybe 2 years?

      • In the medium term, there will be a full merge. It will be Miles & More – 1 account covering a lot of airlines.

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