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The BA A350 taking me back to London Heathrow
The BA A350 taking me back to London Heathrow
The BA A350 taking me back to London Heathrow
The BA A350 taking me back to London Heathrow

Tier Point Run to Hawaii in Feb 2024: Day 5 – Boston BOS to London Heathrow LHR

By Nige on Tue 20 Feb 2024 at 22:18
Type: Post
Story: Tier Point Run to Hawaii in Feb 2024
Tags: BOS | Boston | British Airways | LHR | London Heathrow | Trips

I’d heard stories about it taking 20 mins to walk from Terminal B to Terminal E airside. I was going full pelt, and it took me (at best), perhaps 17 or 18 mins.

Heading through Terminal C on my way to Terminal E
Heading through Terminal C on my way to Terminal E
Heading through Terminal C on my way to Terminal E
Heading through Terminal C on my way to Terminal E

The alternative was to exit Terminal B, walk through the car park, and back through security at Terminal E. I couldn’t be bothered with the palava!

When I reached Terminal E, I headed up the stairs into the BA Lounge near to Gate E12 and had an extended training session with the lounge agents.

One agent thought I was already in the lounge; one agent couldn’t see I was GGL. Got there in the end and received an invite to First Dining too.

I dumped my stuff at a seat near the boarding area and headed back to Terminal C to the nearest Starbucks. I had missed my Starbucks at Los Angeles.

The amazing clam chowder enjoyed in First Dining in the BA Lounge at Boston
The amazing clam chowder enjoyed in First Dining in the BA Lounge at Boston
The amazing clam chowder enjoyed in First Dining in the BA Lounge at Boston
The amazing clam chowder enjoyed in First Dining in the BA Lounge at Boston

I thoroughly enjoyed my Starbucks! But I started feeling hungry, so when I got back to the lounge, I headed into First Dining, which was a fab experience.

I started off with clam chowder, which was a real treat. I don’t often get the opportunity to enjoy that, so I couldn’t resist.

It was very tasty, but I was served a huge dish!

The beautifully fresh and light salad served up in the BA Lounge at Boston
The beautifully fresh and light salad served up in the BA Lounge at Boston
The beautifully fresh and light salad served up in the BA Lounge at Boston
The beautifully fresh and light salad served up in the BA Lounge at Boston

Then came a very fresh, light salad with goats cheese. Lovely.

Salads are under-rated in my view. As I grew up, I never valued salad and would never choose it.

Now I really enjoy a nice, fresh salad, especially if served up at The Cheesecake Factory!

The New York strip steak enjoyed in the BA Lounge at Boston
The New York strip steak enjoyed in the BA Lounge at Boston
The New York strip steak enjoyed in the BA Lounge at Boston
The New York strip steak enjoyed in the BA Lounge at Boston

Finally, I enjoyed a New York strip steak with mash and spinach.

The steak was beautifully cooked and well tasty.

It doesn’t look much in the photo, but it was just the right size.

Flight: BA0212 Equip: A350-1000
Sched Depart: 18:55 Actual: 18:54
Sched Arrival: 06:30 Actual: 06:19
Takeoff: 19:28 Landing: 06:12

My flight back to Heathrow left from Gate E12 and we boarded from the lounge.

The benefit of Group 0 boarding - NOT!
The benefit of Group 0 boarding – NOT!
The benefit of Group 0 boarding - NOT!
The benefit of Group 0 boarding – NOT!

Boarding was another classic for BA. Although, to be fair, most of the issues were down to passengers behaving badly, trying to board before everyone else.

Being in Group 0, the idea is that as a perk, we get the opportunity to board before everyone else. A bit like AA and Concierge Key passengers.

When I reached the air bridge, it was packed with pre-boards. Not really that much of a benefit is it BA?

The larger CW cabin on the A350-1000 on the way back to Heathrow
The larger CW cabin on the A350-1000 on the way back to Heathrow
The larger CW cabin on the A350-1000 on the way back to Heathrow
The larger CW cabin on the A350-1000 on the way back to Heathrow

It was a BA A350 with the new Club World suite. No First Class on this aircraft. I was in the large dormitory style cabin at the front of the aircraft, which has 11 rows.

There’s a smaller 3 row CW cabin behind, which would have been a tad quieter. I was keener on ensuring I was off first, and I couldn’t reserve the right seats in the smaller cabin. As it happens that didn’t pan out well!

Onboard into seat 11A, which is the seat closest to door 2L. I was offered a champagne as a pre-flight drink.

The larger cabin seemed to be really busy. I can’t remember the last time I was seated in  such a large cabin.

The gorgeous lemon curd tart served on board the BA flight to Heathrow
The gorgeous lemon curd tart served on board the BA flight to Heathrow
The gorgeous lemon curd tart served on board the BA flight to Heathrow
The gorgeous lemon curd tart served on board the BA flight to Heathrow

I decided to watch the rest of Oppenheim, then I considered watching Zodiac, although I knew I should focus on sleeping. In the end, I didn’t bother watching Zodiac again – I must have watched it 10 times now.

We were delayed pushing back because of Heathrow limitations on landing before 6am.

It was going to be a short flight, so I really needed to think about sleeping.

I ordered the lemon curd as a pudding. I’d obviously eaten in the lounge, but I fancied something tangy, and it certainly was!

A miserable view after arriving at Gate B39 at London Heathrow
A miserable view after arriving at Gate B39 at London Heathrow
A miserable view after arriving at Gate B39 at London Heathrow
A miserable view after arriving at Gate B39 at London Heathrow

After eating, I made up my own bed and closed my eyes. As it happens, I only managed to sleep for about 2 hours.

We briefly got caught up in a stack due to the number of aircraft that were all waiting to land at Heathrow. We finally landed at around 6:10am.

We arrived into Gate B39 and typically, ground crew attached the air bridge at door 1L, rather than door 2L!

I had a laugh with the passenger who was sat in the seat next to me about how fast I was out of my seat.

The journey back to Arrivals was fun with a completely packed train – it was already full when it had left from Satelite C, so a shed load of additional passengers tried to force themselves on at Satelite B.


Follow the whole story here: Tier Point Run to Hawaii in Feb 2024


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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