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British Airways – Club Europe

British Airways – Club Europe

I recently flew to Barcelona with British Airways.

I was booked into economy class and out of interest i looked at the cost of upgrading. It was over £400 ONE WAY. I decided it wasn’t worth it.

I checked the website every so often and about 24 hours before check in there was an offer to me to upgrade to club for only £120. I went for this.

How much does it really cost the airline?

I suppose what I was confused about was if the ticket cost over £400 why offer me a cheap upgrade. Yes, i have already paid the economy class ticket so the £120 was in addition to this, Still it was cheaper than a business class ticket, Did I get this offer to make a space for another paying customer in economy? Had they overbooked economy and this was a way of encouraging some idiot to pay to be upgraded. I really do not follow the business cost model!!!


Was it worth it?

In a word, no. I should have know this as I have read many reviews from others.

I had the front seat – 1F. The seats are identical to economy with no extra legroom. The middle seat is blocked off so there feels to be a little extra sideways space.


I find the seats comfortable anyway but the service and sideways space was probably not worth it.


Food and drink

The champagne in a small bottle was not very nice. The wine was better but not spectacular.

The food was simply dreadful. A few small finger sandwiches dry around the edges, a very sweet cake and a warm scone with cream and jam,


Other benefits

I got fast track through security which was useful.

I had Lounge access but already had this to the No 1 Traveler lounge with Priority pass and I preferred this lounge to the BA Galleries Lounge.



I should have learnt from other reviewers that Short Haul Club Europe really is not worth it, no matter how cheap the deal.

I returned economy and ensured I took some water on board so as not to pay for expensive Marks and Spencer’s food and had a perfectly acceptable 2 ours 25 minutes journey.


I must remember next time not to pay for an upgrade!