Our $32,000+ Honeymoon in Paris for only $2,000! – British Airways First Class Lounge – Boston

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British Airways Boston Lounge Review

British Airways First Class Dining – Boston

Our $32,000+ Honeymoon in Paris for only $2,000!

Emily Jablon:  Finally, we were going to Paris!  It was my first time to Paris and I was very excited.  We left Kansas City at around 11 am, and took a two hour Delta flight to Boston.  The flight had wireless internet, so we were both able to get some work done.  After we arrived in Boston, we had a six hour layover.  It looked like a very nice city and I’d love to visit one day.

Daraius:  Unfortunately, there were no non-stop flights on Southwest from Kansas City to Boston and the flights which were available were early in the morning, which would mean a full day away from work, and so wouldn’t work.  So I bought two 1-way tickets from Kansas City to Boston on a non-stop Delta flight for ~$220 each.  I also planned a long layover, in case something happened and we needed to take a later flight.  I didn’t want to risk arriving in Boston after our British Airways award flight departed.

Emily Jablon:  After checking in for our flight, we went into the British Airways lounge, where we had some snacks and got some more work done.  However, the wireless internet was very poor and we never got a connection.  Luckily, Daraius has internet through his iPhone, so we used his network.

Daraius:  The British Airways lounge in Boston was small and windowless.  As you entered the lounge, the left side was for business class passengers while the right side was for first class passengers.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Emily in the British Airways First Lounge in Boston

The snack offerings didn’t look very fresh.

There were few sandwiches…

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Where are the Sandwiches?

…but lots of chips (crisps) & biscuits.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Lots of snack food

There was hummus and pita bread, but the pita was very hard.  And carrots, celery, and tomatoes with ranch dressing.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Somewhat Healthier Snacks

There was a fair amount of self-service alcohol.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Self- Service Bar

 There was also tea and coffee available.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Tea & Coffee

Emily Jablon:  The lounge was quiet and nicely decorated, and had a large section dedicated as a restaurant.

There was a self service bar area with the drinks and snacks.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Snacks & Drinks in the Lounge

And there was a sit down dining area with a waiter to take your order and serve the food.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

First Class Dining Room in the British Airways Lounge in Boston

Daraius:  Since our flight was at 10:20 at night and only 6 hours long, we decided to have the pre-flight dining in the lounge and to then get as much sleep on the plane.

There was a separate dining area for business class and first class.  The First Class section had sit down dining, though the section was closed when we initially arrived in the lounge.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Getting Ready for Dinner

There was a buffet in the business class section.  I was curious if the food was the same for business class and first class, so I went over to check out the business class buffet.  The food selection was indeed different and so was the seating arrangement.

The First Class dining room had leather seating with pillows and tables with white tablecloths and fresh flowers.

Business class had aluminum chairs and bare tables, save the salt and pepper shakers.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

British Airways Business Class Dining Room – Boston

Here’s the menu for our First Class pre-flight dining menu.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

British Airways Pre Flight Dining – Boston

Daraius:  We had a very friendly and competent waiter serve us as well as all of the other tables in the lounge.  I had the sausage, described on the menu as “Forest Mushroom Ragout.  Lamb Merguez Sausage, Pimento Oil, Micro Salad.”  Emily had the salad, described as “Mesclun Greens. Organic Balsamic Dressing.”    I didn’t care for either of the starters.

Emily ordered the corn chowder, described as “Corn Chowder.  Chive Creme Fraiche” but I skipped it since I don’t usually care for soups.  But her soup was very tasty!

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Emily with the Tasty Corn Chowder

Emily Jablon:  I ordered the Filet Mignon described as “Petit Filet Mignon. Smoked Gouda Polenta, Spinach, Cipollini Onion Sauce, Gruyere Cheese.”

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Emily’s Steak

Daraius ordered the tart, described as “Provencal Tart, Tomatoes, Olives, Caramelized Onions.”  I really liked his tart, but the portion was very small.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Daraius’s Very Small Tart

For dessert we had the blueberry clafouti.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Blueberry Clafouti

And the selection of cheeses.

British Airways Boston Lounge Review

Cheese Selection

I made sure to leave our server a good tip because he was very eager to help.  After dinner, we did more work on the laptop and soon enough, it was time to board our flight to London’s Heathrow airport.

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28 responses to “Our $32,000+ Honeymoon in Paris for only $2,000! – British Airways First Class Lounge – Boston

  1. It’s good to see the flights and lounges had wifi, but come on man….it’s your honeymoon! Don’t do any WORK on the wifi! Netflix or something similar would be acceptable, but work…..

    But seriously, great trip report so far. Looking forward to reading the rest.

  2. Thanks for taking the half-second to grab that business class lounge “dining room” photo. I won’t feel bad about skipping that at all!

  3. Do people give you funny looks when you’re snapping pictures in the lounge?

  4. Glad you had a great trip you two!!

    You probably already know this, but if you want to know your chances of getting the new BA First Class on a specific route, just use this link:

    http://ftdashboard.net/dest/index.htm

    From there, click on the city you are flying into LHR from. For your flight, it was BOS-LHR, so we would click on BOS:

    http://ftdashboard.net/dest/bos.htm

    Any flights shown in aqua blue, have the new first class. Often there is a pattern that is discernible. If nothing else, you can see if the city pair you’re going to fly is mostly shaded aqua blue, or is mostly white. That way, if there is no pattern, but a lot of aqua blue, you will at least know you have pretty good odds of getting the new BA First Class.

    Some routes have a lot of aqua blue, and some have almost none, so I’ve found it a pretty useful tool. It’s much better than the FT thread for calculating precise odds, or discerning patterns you can use.

  5. @Daraius – Very nice trip! I am looking forward to read the rest of the trip report. May I ask if you have a short overview/highlights of this whole Paris trip? I will save it for one of our future dream vacations… Thanks.

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  9. When these lounges have a dining area where you can order meals, you never have to pay anything, right? Just the tip perhaps? And is there a limit on how much you can order? Will they let you order 2 entrees or desserts?

    • @David – I’d rather do a bit of work while traveling them come back to work to 1,000+ emails!

      @New Girl in the Air – 🙂

      @Ken – That’s an occupational hazzard.

      @Chris M. – Thanks for the tip. I actually used that for our trip in 2010, but I assumed they would be done installing the New First on this trip.

      @Nguyen – I’ll be posting details of our time in Paris on the blog.

      @Carol – You don’t have to pay to enter, to eat or to drink, and you usually don’t tip as well. You can usually order what you want.

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