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British Airways - during COVID - Club Europe/Business Short Haul

Old Oct 31, 20, 6:39 am
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British Airways - during COVID - Club Europe/Business Short Haul


British Airways – Business Class (Club Europe) - during COVID – LHR to Cagliari

This was my first flight in a long while. (My planned 747 64K upper deck flight LHR-LAX for this month got cancelled) BA, and many other EU carrier are having very low fares for short-haul business at the moment and LHR-CAG was a steal at £211.

Order by phone




I arrived at the Club Lounge at LHR T5 and of course things have changed. The food and drinks service is now ordered over the internet. The range of drink was broad, with Champagne orderable (previously it was available by request only and was not displayed). The food menu was not the most vast, but the Breakfast bap that I had was reasonably tasty. The ridiculously fast speed of the service was a real delight and totally unexpected.



Off to the gate and I was informed I would have to wait until my row 2 seat was called for boarding! This is to reduce the amount of passenger mixing in light of COVID. Personally, I have always tried to board last pre-covid anyway.

We were handed antibacterial wipes and gel, and got underway shortly after.



The service in the air was prompt. Food options were ‘veg’ or ‘non-veg’. My ‘non-veg’ box arrived with a mini-bottle of Feuillatte. The sandwich was tasty, as was the couscous salad and the chocolate mouse – I would guess it was around 750 calories in total.




All-in-all, the current lower prices on short haul Club Europe routes are very appealing to me. The lower service level is not an issue here. For long haul trips, where one is looking for some style and to be romanced a little, BA will not be cutting it for me until service improves.


Flying direct from the UK is very beneficial for brits trying to avoid being quarantined on return (since we are not allowed transits in red-listed countries – a red-list which morphs weekly). Many people may choose to fly BA for this reason. BA may get away with the cost-cutting at this moment in time, but may not as times evolve.


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Old Oct 31, 20, 9:10 am
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Indeed the limited service is not that worse on short haul, it wasn't a dream before. With the right price it's OK.
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Old Oct 31, 20, 3:40 pm
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£211 for LHR-CAG is definitely not good value. I can fly DFW to CLE, a greater diistance, for $38 (£28) one way on AA, and not much more back.
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Old Oct 31, 20, 5:30 pm
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Originally Posted by 1P View Post
£211 for LHR-CAG is definitely not good value. I can fly DFW to CLE, a greater diistance, for $38 (£28) one way on AA, and not much more back.
I’m from CLE, and I don’t even want to fly home.
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Old Oct 31, 20, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by 1P View Post
£211 for LHR-CAG is definitely not good value. I can fly DFW to CLE, a greater diistance, for $38 (£28) one way on AA, and not much more back.
I forgot that LHR - CAG and DFW - CLE were comparable routes 😂. Do you judge ‘value’ exclusively by distance?
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Old Nov 1, 20, 7:58 am
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Originally Posted by krispy84 View Post
I forgot that LHR - CAG and DFW - CLE were comparable routes 😂. Do you judge ‘value’ exclusively by distance?
If you do this many inter-European routes are terrible value.
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Old Nov 1, 20, 8:34 am
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Originally Posted by offerendum View Post
If you do this many inter-European routes are terrible value.
Precisely!
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Old Dec 23, 20, 5:26 pm
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great information

I'm flying short haul to LHR from Europe and then connecting to the states. It's my first time flying BA in international business. I'm glad to hear the service is still decent.
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