LHR BA 'first class experience' advice

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  1. baccarat_guy
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    Originally had booked the SO on an outrageously expensive one-way Delta upgradable fare EDI-CDG-CVG. While that was an 'awesome' flight (one stop), the $1700-one way was a bit 'large' for a one-way personal trip.

    Was able to claim an award (using AA miles) EDI-LHR-ORD-CVG; and while it wasn't super cheap (still $500 or so in taxes), still a lot less than parting with $1700.

    Itinerary is :
    EDI-LHR-ORD-CVG
    EDI-LHR (CLUB EXEC) arrives at 8.35am
    LHR-ORD (FIRST CLASS) departs at 11.45am (currently seat 2A)
    arrives ORD 2.15PM
    ORD-CVG departs at 5.10pm

    Considering the SO has 3 hours +/- at LHR, how can I best maximize her LHR experience?
    Cabana, spa appointments?

    Also, she will have a few hours in ORD, any advice with regard to lounges (flounges) @ ORD?
     
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  2. LAXtraveler
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    CCR in LHR is awesome. Make sure to go straight to the spa to see if you can get a massage/facial booked. Also, maybe go for a mid-morning brunch at the dining room. She can book a cabana via YouFirst but being alone in there might not be much fun, unless she likes to have a private TV.

    Enjoy!
     
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  3. Globaliser
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    Not sure which system threw up "CLUB EXEC", but there are some potential confusions here.

    Executive Club is the name of the frequent flyer scheme.

    Club Europe and Club World are the brand names for the short-haul and long-haul business class products.

    But there is no business class on domestic sectors; it's single-class from EDI to LHR. Some bookings - notably those connecting to/from premium cabin international flights - are made in booking classes that would ordinarily be in business class, but that doesn't change the fact that the EDI-LHR flight will be in single-class domestic, whatever the booking class on the ticket.
     
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  4. Tivoboy
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    one can book the cabanas far in advance of flying, I would email youfirst as soon as you can to get a cabana setup NOW if you want it. you can always exit early and give it back, and someone will make use of it if you don't want to spend that much time there.
     
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  5. Wurm
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    As Tivoboy notes, one can book cabanas as soon as the reservation is ticketed (you'll need to provide your BA booking reference (PNR), which is different than your AA reference - the BA reference will also let you use BA's Manage My Booking to make changes, add passport number and phone contacts, etc).

    You can book cabanas via e-mail or phone (I prefer phone) - either method, be sure to ask for a confirmation e-mail (the BA YouFirst agent simply takes your phone request and passes it on to the Quintessentially concierge inside the CCR itself - the concierge makes the actual booking).

    The US phone number for YouFirst is 800-331-1332 (this is a published number)

    The e-mail form can be accessed at:

    http://www.britishairways.com/travel/webforms/public/en_gb?eId=120001&wfpId=youfirstform

    The cabanas are smallish but do include en-suite shower/bath - meals and beverages can be ordered in as well. However, their value is lessened (time constraints) if one is taking a treatment in the Elemis spa- it may be more "efficient" to use a shower suite before or after the spa treatment. Cabanas are available from 08:00 (the CCR opens earlier, but the Quintessentially concierge typically comes on duty at 08:00, and other CCR staff cannot give out keys to the cabanas).

    As a BA F customer, the Quintessentially concierge service (for other than CCR access matters) is available to you 14 days before to 14 days after the F flight - you can call +44 0870 850 8585 for more information.

    In ORD, she will clear US Immigration and Customs in T5, the go to T3 for the domestic connection. As an arriving international F passenger, she will have access to either the Flagship Lounge or either of the two Admirals Club - the location of the gate for her CVG flight might dictate whether the (longish) walk to and from the FL is warranted.
     
  6. oscietra
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    Your SO will still get lounge access at EDI; one of the nicer lounges, and champers available on request.
     
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    Thanks for the detailed post. Understanding how to take full advantage of BA f is very helpful.
     
  8. ArizonaGuy
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    Is booking a cabana six months out a bit...cheeky? :)
     

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