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Reviews from flights on airlines other than Virgin Atlantic and British Airways

AA1851 BOS-JFK First Class 10 Jan 2013

This time we had just finished 4 nights in Boston at the Mandarin Oriental (we do like the brand!). Boston consisted of lots of walking around the sights, driving out to various places and once again some fantastic dinners (1 exception). We had dinner at Moo (the exception!), L’espalier, Menton and No. 9 Park. There were so many courses as we had decided to try as many tasting menus as possible. So after much eating, now was time to drive back to Boston airport, drop of the car, catch the bus back to the terminal and check in. This time we were on AA again, so to the AA check in desks where we were quickly checked in and given our boarding passes. Fast track security was just that, fast. Off to the AA Admirals Club, access courtesy of Amex Plats. Again, like at JFK, this lounge was quite basic. And was also busy, we only just managed to find two free seats together! Free WiFi, limited drinks and paid for food. Down to the gate and boarding announced, first on again, to find a cabin crew member sitting in our seats eating his McDonalds! He apologised and quickly cleaned the area, and we were sat in 1D and 1F on this B737-800. This aircraft had AA’s new domestic First class seats so it was comfortable and clean. We had to wait a while for a pre departure drink as they hadn’t yet loaded the carts. Once they were loaded we got our drinks. Safety demo on the monitors that didn’t seem to know if they wanted to be...

US2036 DCA-BOS First Class 6 Jan 2013

After 3 fantastic nights in Washington at the Mandarin Oriental of monuments, memorials, museums, lots of walking and eating at Bourbon Steak, Restaurant Eve and Minibar it was time to hop up to Boston from DCA. So after checking out we got a taxi to DCA, this only took about 12 minutes and followed the signs to the US Airways First Class check in. Check in was quick and easy, bags labelled, we were told to drop them off a little further down the terminal which we did. I must say that the terminal (C) looked great, tall and light, lovely yellow supports. Travelling the First gave us access to the priority lane at security, this while nice, wasn’t really necessary as the queue was so short anyway, but I’m sure it gets busier at other times. Once through security we headed to the US Airways Club, and gained access with out Amex Platinum cards. While there isn’t much on offer in the lounge, some nibbles and drinks, it was nice to have somewhere quiet to relax before the flight, it was quite busy in the terminal. Free WiFi was available and used. There was a nice view onto the gates and easy to spend a long time watching all the movements (including the questionable management of the taxiways). After noticing it was time that boarding was scheduled to start we made our way to the gate, and we arrived just as they announced priority boarding so we managed to be first on. On this A320 we had chosen seats 1A and 1C. While some don’t like not being...

AA4410 JFK-DCA Coach 3 Jan 2013

So where were we? Oh yes we just arrived at the AA Flagship Lounge at JFK. So, for one of AA’s headline lounges, I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t terrible, but just nothing special. It reminded me of the MIA lounge that VS use, but with (far) nicer furniture and a larger food selection. Apparently better booze but I didn’t look. The only staff walking about were collecting used items, not taking and orders. But there was free wifi so out came the iPad and the few hours soon passed. We left the lounge a little too early, out of slight boredom and wanting to get down to Washington, so we had to wait about 5 minutes before boarding was announced. This was an American Eagle flight, and was an ERJ140, the smallest plane I have ever been on. Unfortunately they don’t offer First Class on this flight, but we thought as it was only an hour and 20 minutes we thought it would be ok in economy. We had chosen 4 B&C, the seats were “A” aisle “B&C” just 3 across. As there are few seats we were soon fully boarded and the door closed. Quick push back, but then we just stopped and sat there. We were told that we were waiting for our scheduled departure, about another 15 minutes. I was really starting to get uncomfortable in such a small and cramp environment, but once we were moving again and we took off I felt much better. In the air the lone cabin crew did a drinks run, these drinks you had to...