The 6th of July was an interesting day because Jo and I flew back from Budapest, where we had been staying for the weekend of the Red Bull Air Race. It was an early start to the day.
It was also the day I flew British Airways to Atlanta. It was a mad dash home to have a nap, pack and head out to Heathrow to catch my flight.
Atlanta was lovely and hot. I stayed at the Sheraton Hotel off the big ring road around Atlanta. It is a great hotel with large comfortable rooms.
The Uber taxi ride to ICE head office was not great and my colleague and I were almost killed at the ICE entrance gates because the idiot Morman Taxi driver didn’t understand the rules of the road and somehow managed to cross an intersection without looking. I tell you my life flashed in front of me. If the Uber app allowed it I would have rated him -5 stars.
After the near death experience in Atlanta I decided to fly back home in business class, just in case it would be my last flight home 😉 Business class is like the holy grail of travel, until they tell you it will cost you £400 to upgrade.
It is a hard pill to swallow even if it was my last ever flight. At face value it is a rip off because I literally moved one row to my new seat. Yes the chair was bigger and it folds down into a bed and there is slightly more choice of food, served on a wider tray with proper cutlery, but is that all worth four hundred quid more? I am not convinced. I felt a little out of place sitting there, drinking my can of London Pride beer, opposite some snob sipping champagne.
Anyway I won’t be upgrading to business class anytime soon unless I have earned some decent Avios points, which gives me a cheaper option to business class or British Airways upgrade me for free.
Edit 20/12/2015: it happened woohoo – my British Airways flight from Houston to London was upgraded to Business class. Man it was an awesome Christmas present from British Airways! – ha ha ha!
What is great though is the British Airways lounges. No matter what airport I have been in, having a soft chair, access to free food and drink and power sources is a helleva lot better than sitting in the waiting area of an airport.