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

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British Airways New First Class

On Our Way Back

Daraius:  The British Airways New First Class cabin does not have a bed like Lufthansa’s new first class, but there’s something about the simple elegance of the cabin which appeals to me.

Here’s a video of Emily in the cabin.

I also like that the service is not overly intrusive and fawning like on some Asian airlines, but is competent and professional.  A dry sense of humour helps too.

British Airways New First Class

Elegant Cabin Interior

Oh, and I go nuts playing with the cool electronic window shades!

The flight attendant escorted us to our seats and took our jackets and distributed the amenity kits, slippers, and pajamas.

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Pajamas & Amenity Kit

I also like the blue light throughout the cabin.

British Airways New First Class

Blue Ceiling Light

We were in a Boeing 747, so some seats were right in the nose of the plane.

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Seats in the Nose of the Plane

We each had our own private seat pod.

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British Airways New First Class Seat

The furnishings were very elegant.

British Airways New First Class

British Airways New First Class Furnishings

There was a big table which folded out.

British Airways New First Class

Big Table

…and electronic seat controls.

British Airways New First Class

Seat Controls

There was also a much bigger TV than on our flight from Boston to London in the old British Airways First Class.

British Airways New First Class

Large TV

I really love the electronic window shades which transform…

British Airways New First Class

Window Shades

… the cabin when they are lowered into a very private flying experience.

Emily Jablon:  I like the shades too!  I’ve never seen anything like it on another airline.  It almost makes me feel like I wasn’t flying!

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Electronic Window Shares

Daraius:  Soon it was time for lunch.  Here’s the menu:

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Lunch Menu

Emily had the cheese mousse described on the menu as “Warm Twineham Grange cheese mousse with asparagus and lemon dressing.”

Emily Jablon: The Mouse was delicious!  I would order it again for sure.

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Cheese Mousse

Daraius:  I had the Gazpacho described as “Gazpacho with cucumber

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Gazpacho

We sat together for the last meal of our Honeymoon!

Emily Jablon:  It is so nice that Daraius can sit with me to eat dinner.  I’ve volunteered to sit on the small seat, but he always declines.  What a sweetie!

British Airways New First Class

Our Last Honeymoon Meal

Daraius:  Emily had the beef described as “Braised British beef with grain mustard and horseradish mashed potatoes and confit of carrot and hispi cabbage

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Beef & Carrots

I had the guinea fowl described as “Roasted Guinea Fowl with broad beans, pea fricassee, sweet potato mash and Port jus

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Guinea Fowl

Then it was time for dessert.

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Dessert Menu

Emily had the chocolate fondant described as “Chilled chocolate fondant with roasted hazelnuts, sugar tuile and a salted caramel center

British Airways New First Class

Chocolate Fondant

I had the peach frangipane described as “Peach frangipane sponge with caramelised peaches and light custard sauce “

Emily Jablon:  Daraius’ dessert was tastier than mine, but they were both very good.

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Peach Frangipane

Emily had tea to finish her meal.

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Tea & Biscuits

After lunch, the flight attendant made my bed, and I caught up with the Economist.

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What Have I Missed?

…while Emily finished her school paper.

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Emily Catching Up on School Work

Emily Jablon:  I always feel cold on flights so I dress in layers and ask for extra blankets.

Daraius:  I plugged in my laptop to charge, but it wouldn’t charge!  I asked the flight attendant, who explained that while the laptop would not charge, it would also not discharge while plugged in.  So my battery sat at ~60% throughout the flight.

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Laptop Outlet

I skipped the afternoon tea service and caught up on some work.  Looking at the menu again makes me hungry, and I’m not sure if I should have skipped some more dessert!

Emily Jablon:  I took afternoon tea which included scones and tea.  The scones were delicious!  It was service in a real tea kettle rather than in a cup with a tea bag.

Daraius:  I think there was a tea bag in that kettle!

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Afternoon Tea Menu

At Boston, there was virtually no line at immigration, and after about 25 minutes we were on our way to catch our Southwest flight back to Kansas City.

We did have to pay ~$400 per long-distance segment in taxes and fees to fly British Airways, but the experience was worth it to me.

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

  1. how do you know if your plane will have the new first class before you book? thank you.

  2. what flight number was this? I havent come across any new BA 1st classes! Are there many of them?

  3. Ok, I have to ask – does the filming (inside the cabin) ever bother other passengers?

  4. I’m glad to see the inside of First Class, this is the only way I’ll get to see it anytime soon, lol ! We have four kids. We went to Europe this past summer and next summer we’re going to Singapore and Beijing….it’s Economy all the way for us!

  5. I was wondering if there’s a unspoken rule regarding having a toddler under 2 in first class, do the other passengers look at you funny when you have a crying baby at 30000 ft? and the flight is 14 hrs?

  6. How far in advance did you have to book this. For the last couple of weeks I am looking for a rewards flight on BA and nothing shows up or at least anything reasonable.

    Thanks

  7. Lufthansa has also electronic shades on their A380 First Class

  8. @tommy: The other passengers will hate you in coach, they’ll hate you in business, and they’ll hate you in first. But my experience is that most parents don’t care.

  9. Thank you so much for all details and pictures. You are lovely couple and I wish you all the best, continue to enjoy each other at home and during traveling for many years to come. I am totally convinced now to use BA miles for 1st class night flight to Europe. My question: did you find any difference between new and old first class flat beds in terms of soft/firm, sizes, etc. ?

  10. Hi,
    Did u pay the crazy tax fees when u booked the ticket Or is there a way around it?
    I want to fly with ba to london using miles but the fees are to high

  11. So for the food offerings, is it like a cruise where you can order two entrees, 3 desserts, no appetizers, etc? Or, is it a limit of 1 of each?

  12. I recognize The Economist even in profile. I was reading the same on my Southwest flight today from BUR-TPA. I had a bulkhead, so my flight was very similar to this trip report. 😉

    • @FG – I booked it ~9 to 10 months out.

      @Ben – Another reason to fly the Lufthansa A380!

      @Tatyana – Thanks for your kind words. Yes, the New First Class was much better than the old First Class, but it may not matter if it is a night flight and you just go to sleep. That said, I did prefer the return flight in the new First Class better.

      @shaul – You do have to pay ~$400 per long-distance segment if you fly on BA, and there’s no way to avoid that.

      @Ken – I’ve never been on a cruise, but you can have as much as you like (provided they don’t run out of stock after serving the other passengers).

      @MileValue – I’m waiting for your trip report. 🙂

  13. I like to go to Europe. Please tell me how I can get points and use for europe. Planning for 2014. Thanks

  14. Interestingly enough… this setup looks almost exactly like the new Business Class seats on Cathay Pacific which I just flew HKG-BKK.

  15. Glad to see the pictures and report of first class trip. It looks more like a club.

  16. I can’t believe you were able to get such nice pictures with your iPhone. It is nice to see ordinary folks like yourselves having such a good time in style.

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  18. Oooh la la! Ideal honeymoon would be a month on a private yacht in the Mediterranean with a crew dedicated to meeting our every whim. Of course, we’d use miles and points to book airfare as well as pre- and post-cruise hotels.

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  27. This excellent presentation of your travel to/from europe on British Airways First Class was so incredibly helpful.I am flying back from europe on BA in First Class to Boston May 7th from Heathrow,after sailing over from San Juan -Southampton..This excellent video was so great and has got me excited..Thanks Again

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  29. The return flight looked a lot better, at least in terms of the cabin interior.

  30. Emily had the “Mouse”?

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