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British Airways Travel Package... Worth the Money?

British Airways Travel Package... Worth the Money?

Nov 1st, 2005, 02:18 PM
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The armrests are slightly wider than normal coach, but not as wide as those between business class seats (on other airlines - BA's New Club Woild is laid out herringbone-style - feet to face.) The tray tables in WT+ seats are in the fixed arms, also business-class style, so there's no raising the armrests to stretch out or snuggle if one is so lucky.

American Airlines' 777s are being refitted with more seats, thereby undoing their wonderful "more room throughout coach" seating plan (mass insanity IMO.) However, early reports are that some of the coach rows in the refilled AA planes are more equal than others, i.e., pitch varying depending on row between 31" and 34" or even 35" - don't know which ones. In addition, there's a chance if you're going around TG that you could still get an MRTC 777, which has 18" wide seats and 34" pitch, but with raisable arms and 2 outboard rows of 2 seats on each side.

Thus - if you're lucky - you might be able to fly on AA in economy and not have that bad an experience compared to WT+ on BA, but at a much lower price.

What I would suggest looking at is AA's morning departure from ORD, which arrives in London around 10pm. Use some of the savings from the WT+ fare to Priceline a hotel at LHR or in the city, then spend your days in indie status, returning from LHR at your leisure. The daytime flights (at least for us) are much, much easier to take than the overnighters, you can sleep in a bed instead of an airline seat, and save money in the process. BA doesn't have a morning departure from ORD (they do from JFK, so that could also be an option) but WT+ on a daytime eastbound flight would be quite acceptable. But with a daytime flight, even the AA coach chairs are not bad.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:21 PM
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Let me try to clarify my post above. Unlike armrests in coach, the armrests in WT+ are like little walls. There is not an open space below them. I believe the armrests are shared, but unless you spill over the top of the armrest, I don't see how the person next to you will be affected.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:22 PM
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Well, unless the armest is like six inches tall, my arm (and perhaps some of my heft) would likely spill over the armrest into the personal space of the person next to me. That's why I'm asking if there are two armrests PER SEAT, or if you share an armrest with the person sitting next to you.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:24 PM
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Thanks for the clarification, PM. Much appreciated.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:28 PM
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You're welcome, starbuck. Have you looked at this page yet? It shows a picture of the seats in WT+.

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...v/public/en_us
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:29 PM
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Oh good grief. One armrest per side. Look here: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/446127/M/
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:29 PM
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Is this what you are referring to, PM? If this picture is accurate, then it seems to me that there is, in fact, a shared armrest.

http://www.factorydesign.co.uk/wtp2.htm
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:34 PM
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As I said in my post at 5:21, I thought I remembered it being a shared armrest. The picture I posted was a link on BA's web page. The other pictures posted are even more clear, and it looks like they are indeed shared. But as you can see from these pictures, the armrest serves as a solid divider between you and your seatmate.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 03:26 PM
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It is a shared armrest. On my home from Heathrow last month, the man next to me used it the whole time.

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