This post is a chapter of our trip to New York City via Cathay Pacific First Class. The American Airlines AAdvantage miles were used to book this trip. Starwood Preferred Guest points were also used. You can find more information about how the trip was booked at trip overview . This index contains information about other aspects of the trip.

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After spending some time in the British Airways First Class Lounge I decided to take a look at the British Airways Business Side of the lounge. With so many departures, it was much busier than I expected. The layout and brightness of this sitting area was actually better than the First Side.


Inside the British Airways Galleries Lounge:

Food and Beverage:

The wines were also a bit more affordable on the business side. These wines were also sold alongside regular Smirnoff (the horrors

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and Gordon’s Gin.

Inside British Airways Pre-Flight Dining:

British Airways offers

Pre-Flight Dining. This is where you can eat before your flight and then get a restful night. You will wake up refreshed the next morning. It was something I was eager to try.

“A terrific concept that unfortunately has all the charm of a Las Vegas buffet at suppertime”

We were a bit irritated by the late departure, so we decided to head over to the First Lounge side and investigate. Another lounge dragon guarded the entry.

First impressions? It was a great idea, but it was packed. It’s worse than trying to find food at a stall in Asia. It was almost as if people were waiting in line at Royal Fork Buffet for half-off. There were many people there, including families with children, seniors, and senior citizens, taking up tables, extra chairs, and only a few places for them to sit.

The evil eyes at my photo-taking: This is supposed be a dignified eating area!

The food was pretty standard cafeteria fare. The buffet was open to all, except for the noodle bar. The noodle bar was supposed to be chef attended, but the chef must have been off on a 15 minute break during our visit.

After the Las Vegas buffet line-up and the search for a noodle attendant ended, I settled down with a light bowl of noodle soup – a Vietnamese noodle recipe with chicken and broth. Also, some salad and smoked turkey were added to the Bancroft Sauvingon Blanc white.

After we finished eating, we were able to get out of there quickly. Although it wasn’t a very relaxing environment, it was better than wandering around the terminal trying to find food.

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Inside the Elemis Travel Spa:

I finished the evening with a quick courtesy bath at Elemis Spa. British Airways offers “quickie” spa services to its Business Class and First Passengers. Cathay First and Business passengers are not eligible for this service. The shower was fine.

There was no waiting for a bathroom. The facility is beginning to show signs of wear. My local YMCA has towels that are better.

After the shower, I went back to the First Side to get ready for the flight. The fine selection of spirits and hard alcohol in the BA First Lounge made it a pleasant experience.