EK vs BA vs VS

Old Sep 4, 17, 7:10 am
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EK vs BA vs VS

HI All,

Need a little bit of insight regarding Economy on EK vs Premium Economy on BA & VS.

Mrs NMC980 is going to be travelling in her 3rd trimester at Xmas and wants to be as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately Business is not an option and there are no J-class reward seats available on EK. Has anyone flown PE on BA or VS? One better than the other? How does it compare to EK?

Thanks!
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Old Sep 4, 17, 7:17 am
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Well the bad news is EK doesn't operate a premium product, the good news is the economy product is as good (outwith leg space) as most premium products.

Having recently used BA Business Product on B747, A380 aircraft's, i will firmly say EK wins w=hands down for like to like products.

Hope this helps somewhat.
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Old Sep 4, 17, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by scotclif View Post
Well the bad news is EK doesn't operate a premium product.
Thanks Scotclif - have clarified this now in the original post
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Old Sep 4, 17, 7:31 am
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BA PE is way more comfortable than EK economy. I've flown both in the last year. BA PE has much more space and better service + overall experience. I don't think you can really compare the two.

EK economy is good, but it is still cattle class and you're piled in like sardines. BA PE feels a bit like domestic first class in the US. Seats are a bit smaller but much better than even the best economy seat.

Haven't flown VS so can't compare...
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Old Sep 4, 17, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by vytas315 View Post
BA PE is way more comfortable than EK economy. I've flown both in the last year. BA PE has much more space and better service + overall experience. I don't think you can really compare the two.

EK economy is good, but it is still cattle class and you're piled in like sardines. BA PE feels a bit like domestic first class in the US. Seats are a bit smaller but much better than even the best economy seat.

Haven't flown VS so can't compare...
Great - thanks!
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Old Sep 4, 17, 8:46 am
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It depends what route. If you are going on the BA A380 then definitely go for BA, if you are on a BA777 then think long and hard about it. The route to BKK with BA in PE is awful. Old seats and outdated AVOD
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Old Sep 4, 17, 9:36 am
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VS PE > BA WT+

BA has an upside of 3 flights to VS having 1 flight per day for different times that work for different people.

Is QF also an option?
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Old Sep 4, 17, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by Yoshi212 View Post
VS PE > BA WT+

BA has an upside of 3 flights to VS having 1 flight per day for different times that work for different people.

Is QF also an option?
3 flights to where? OP hasn't specified route unless I missed it?
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Old Sep 4, 17, 9:52 am
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@skywardhunter, you are correct that OP hasn't stated a routing. I assumed a LON-DXB routing because it's the EK forum but it could easily be otherwise.

Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
3 flights to where? OP hasn't specified route unless I missed it?
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Old Sep 4, 17, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by Yoshi212 View Post
@skywardhunter, you are correct that OP hasn't stated a routing. I assumed a LON-DXB routing because it's the EK forum but it could easily be otherwise.
Could be anywhere in Asia, Africa or Australia (donno if VS flies there), hence earlier post asking which BA a/c as this affects viability of BA PE vs others.
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Old Sep 4, 17, 10:13 am
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Sorry guys - yes, either LGW-DXB or LHR-DXB.
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Old Sep 4, 17, 10:55 am
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In that case my original statement stands of VS PE > BA WT+ but BA has more flight options which may be an advantage for your wife.
I have not flown QF's PE product but it does look nice and does have the advantage of being able to credit to either EK or OneWorld programs.
OP mentioned that there are no EK J awards but are there any QF PE or J award seats available via EK for redemption?

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Sorry guys - yes, either LGW-DXB or LHR-DXB.
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Old Sep 4, 17, 10:58 am
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VS Premium Economy is one of my best experience I had compared to other airlines.
BA World Traveller Plus is also not bad, but I believe VS is a better one

Do you have any status of FFP to consider, apart from EK?
Of course it depends on your schedule, whether the airline is better.
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Old Sep 4, 17, 11:27 am
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If EK Y ist much cheaper perhaps consider purchasing an extra legroom seat? This may be a compromise option if you wish to stay with EK or save 💰
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Old Sep 4, 17, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by nmc980 View Post
Sorry guys - yes, either LGW-DXB or LHR-DXB.
Have you taken into account how long it takes a taxi/train/car/walk to either airport?
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