Saturday, December 30, 2017

Free Upgrade on Heathrow Express for Star Golds!


 

Several years ago, Terminal 2 opened at LHR Heathrow housing various Star Alliance carriers under one roof.
A little known benefit of having Star Gold status (with any airline) is the possibility of being upgraded to the First Class cabin on the Heathrow Express. 


While in itself the seats are a but more spacious, this can produce a benefit for frequent flyers as the cabin is usually less full than the main section of the train.




To redeem this offer, just present your Gold Status FFP card along with your standard class ticket when boarding the train.





Officially other benefits of traveling in First include access to Periodicals such as FT or various business magazines at no cost. 


In reality the trip is so short at just 15 minutes from Paddington to T1-2-3 and an additional 4-5 minutes to T5, that the difference in carriage and seats will not be as great of an advantage as on other trains, but it does provide a quieter and more relaxed travel environment.

Link to the official page with T&C

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Etihad Apartments from London to Abu Dhabi


Etihad 20
LHR-AUH London - Abu Dhabi
Airbus 380 - Apartment















Bathroom/Shower on board






Travelling Teddy bear loves her personal space... 


 Enjoying the view of the engines...



Another trip to the loo/shower... 






A delicious Cheese plate prior to landing...





Landing in Abu Dhabi...


Friday, December 22, 2017

Etihad First Class lounge - Abu Dhabi

Etihad First Class lounge - Abu Dhabi

After another lovely night at the Premier Inn it was time to fly to Almaty on Etihad on their Airbus 320, but as I had flown in to Abu Dhabi in Apartments/First Class I was eligible to use this lounge.







Travelling Tedd Bear enjoying a glass of Champagne and a cappuccino before her flight...

Plenty of breakfast options at the sit-down restaurant...





I ordered an Arabic omelette which was slightly underwhelming...


Rest area with a relaxing screen...


There is a buffet area with plenty of fresh fruit and small dishes... 







A little kids area... 



The lounge offers various global (and crappy newspapers) printed the same day!





 The general bar area has a cool set of shelves designed in the Etihad style..
















  


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