This is the sixth post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain. Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 1 – How I am taking my Dad to Ireland, Scotland, and Wimbledon in London in Business Class for $137!
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 2 – Planning for Hotels in Europe for Maximum Miles
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 3 – The Orlando Star Alliance Gold Lounge and the first change of plans
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 4 – Layover in New York City
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 5 – The JFK Lufthansa Lounge
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 6 – Brussels Airlines JFK-BRU in their new Business Class
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 7 – 13 Hours in Brussels
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 8 – Two Days in Dublin
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 9 – Waterford, Kilkenny, the Butler Castle, and a bit of Blarney
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 10 – Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 11 – Galway and the Cliffs of Moher
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 12 – Belfast, the Ferry to Scotland and Train Travel
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 13 – Playing the St. Andrews Old Course, Aberdeen and the Drambuie Incident.
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 14 – Searching for the Loch Ness Monster, Eilean Donan Castle, and Turnberry Golf Course
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 15 – London and Wimbledon
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 16 – 22 Hours in Frankfurt
- Eurotrip 2013: Part 17 – Lufthansa Business AND New First Class FRA-AID on Boeing 747-800
When I planned this trip, of paramount importance was getting the lie flat seats for the transatlantic portion. I could have gotten more direct routing on US Airways, but they have the recliner type chairs on the flight that was available. I have found I just can’t get much sleep when the seats are the recliner type or “angled flat” like some airlines have. We were flying on an Airbus A330 outfitted with the new business class. I always use Seatguru to pick my seats and I saw that the seats were arranged 1-2-1 then 2-1-2 in alternating rows.
If I was traveling alone I would definitely taken a seat like 3A so I had aisle access and a window, but since we were travelling together, I put us in seats 3D and 3F. This gave us seats together but we both still had aisle access so when we went to the bathrooms there was no one to climb over. Plus since we were flying overnight, there wouldn’t be much to see in a window seat anyhow. My Dad and are both pretty tall (6’1″ and 6’2″) but there was plenty of leg room.
I’ve flown in similar seats before and have no problem sleeping in them, but my Dad had a hard time because the seats are narrower than some with high sides in their bed position. He said he felt a little claustrophobic. We will have to see if the Lufthansa flight on the way home is any better for him. Once we got in our seats, a Bloody Mary, some warm nuts and a salmon toast point started things off right!
The amenities kit Brussels Airlines provided was sufficient, but not as nice as some I have seen. It included the all important ear-plugs and eye mask, socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste and lip balm.
I enjoyed the food, everything was prepared correctly. I had the shrimp starter and the seared salmon.