There’s one reason why I will not think twice to pay the extra miles for business class on British Airways flights into London.
It is not the seat, for the seat is the same. It is not the food, though I love the scones. Nor is it for lounge access, since I already have it by virtue of my airline status or Priority Pass membership. It is also not for the luggage, since I tend to travel light.
No, the reason is for one slip of paper that you receive when arriving into London in BA business class: a fast track invitation.
The UK Border at various London-area airports is a mess. Wait times can top several hours during peak periods and the problem seems to be worsening, not improving.
I arrived into Heathrow Terminal 3 on Wednesday evening and it was a mess. The immigration lines for non-UK/EU citizens snaked back and forth, creating, at minimum, a two-hour wait.
But I breezed through in five minutes thanks to my fast track card. One is given to every business class passenger. As I wrote about yesterday, I paid 7,750 miles instead of 4,000 miles for my ticket. Thus, for 3,750 miles I received lounge access, the middle seat next to me blocked, good service and a nice meal, and most importantly a slip of paper that saved me two hours at Heathrow. I’d say that is an incredible deal.
I hope the UK finds a way to expedite its passport control lines. In the meantime, I’m upgrading to business. For the small additional outlay in points, I consider it an excellent value proposition.