British Airways 787 Dreamliner:
Believe it or not, but this was our first trip on a British Airways 787 Dreamliner, and we were pretty excited about it! Ok, it was mostly me, but Caline indulged me a bit.
Most of our flights are on American, and they don’t fly many 787s to Brazil. I believe at the moment they only fly two between Sao Paulo and LAX/DFW, so this was a bit of a treat.
When we were booking the flights, there were a few options. When I saw that we could fly to London on a British Airways 787 Dreamliner and come back on a 747, that basically decided it for us. Although, looking at flights now, it looks like they have swapped out the 787 for an A380! Time to go back! #avgeek
As I wrote about previously, we were having a lot of trouble finding a decent priced flight home to Boston for Christmas. I won’t retell the whole story now, you can read about that here, but we basically dropped the total price per person by $400 by adding a stop in London.
Related: How We Got A Free Flight To London
The best part of this “stopover” was that it was completely flexible. We got to choose when we wanted to leave Boston, and for how long we wanted to stay in London. The dates made almost no change to the final price of our GIG-BOS legs.
All said and done, this flight cost us $0. You could even make the argument that we made or saved $1200 between the three of us by going to London! But I won’t go that far 🙂
Getting To Logan Airport
Our flight left at 8 am, which meant getting to the airport around 6 am…which meant getting up really early – with a toddler.
Since we didn’t want to lug Emily’s car seat around London, that meant we couldn’t take a cab or Uber to the airport. As a compromise/birthday present, we decided to spend the previous night at my old hotel, the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston.
In the morning, we were able to take the T (subway) right from the hotel to the airport in about 20 minutes, which was great.
Check-in was easy in Terminal E, but the terminal itself was pretty bare. I personally prefer the domestic terminals at Boston Logan since there are some decent restaurants and lounges.
Since we didn’t have a lot of extra time, we didn’t bother searching out a lounge. There was a BA lounge as well as two options for Priority Pass members.
Instead, we grabbed some seats by the window and did some plane watching as the sun rose over Boston Harbor – a nice way to start the day.
A Toddler In An Economy Seat For Six Hours
On our last trip to London, we flew American Airlines and were able to apply some SWUs to our reservation. Flying business class proved to be a lifesaver on a day flight with a toddler. Having the extra space for Emily to move around was awesome.
On this trip, we had no such luck. Even though we are Platinum with American/Sapphire with OneWorld, we were in the back of the plane, we couldn’t even smile our way into World Traveller (Economy Extra).
We chose three seats together in row 34, that way Emily could get a window seat and one of us could have an aisle…and the other stuck in the middle, obviously. Thanks, Ems!
As prepared as we were to occupy a toddler for six hours in a metal tube, Emily, per usual, was amazing…because she slept! She slept for over four hours! So that meant that we only had to occupy her for two, easy!
After a couple of trips to the bathroom (potty training, yay!), finishing her breakfast, and enjoying a few episodes of Peppa Pig, it was time to land. The flight crew was very impressed – and so were we (grateful is more like it!).
The seats themselves were perfectly fine, and felt much roomier than the standard economy seats on American’s 777’s. The entertainment selection was robust, but if we are being completely honest the real entertainment was the digital curtain.
All of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners now have digital curtains instead of the plastic ones we are all used to. I was quite intrigued, and I wasn’t let down.
We were flying a six-hour economy flight, so our expectations were not very high for the food. That being said, the food was not bad.
BA served a full, hot breakfast shortly after takeoff that had eggs, ham, sausage, mushrooms, and tomato. There were also sides of fruit, bread, a muffin, and some juice. To be quite honest, it was actually impressive.
Shortly before landing the crew came by with some light snacks and tea, which was also a nice touch – especially for economy.
Most of our experience of late has been on American Airlines, so the bar is set pretty low. So needless to say, we were impressed with the service. Everyone we had contact with was friendly and had a smile on their face – again, something we were not used to.
Overall if you are flying from Boston to London, you can’t beat a direct flight on a British Airways 787 Dreamliner. For us, the price was right and you don’t need to give us an extra reason to go to London!
Related: Our Family Trip To London (Video)
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