Yes, it’s finally happening: British Airways is bringing its Club Suites business class to Sydney.
From October 30, it’s out with the dorm-like Club World business class and its forward-backward layout…
… and in with the modern Club Suites – with their 1-2-1 layout, sliding privacy doors, greater personal space and perhaps most importantly, direct aisle access – which make their debut on the daily BA15/BA16 flights between London Heathrow and Sydney.
BA’s schedule currently shows the dedicated London-Singapore BA11/BA12 service make a return from November 6, but on a Boeing 787-9 with the older Club World seats.
The move comes almost seven months to the day after British Airways restarted the Kangaroo Route, which was suspended in the early days of the pandemic, on a Boeing 787-9 – which offers an arguably better travel experience than the dated Boeing 777, but was fitted with the widely-disliked Club World cubicles.
The Qantas Singapore Business Lounge, handily located next to the BA lounge, is also a good choice for business class passengers and British Airways Executive Club Silver members (and their Oneworld Sapphire equivalents), while the Qantas Singapore First Lounge is an obvious go-to for BA first class and Executive Club Gold members (along with Oneworld Emerald equivalents).
BA now welcomes Aussie frequent flyers
As previously reported, BA has also reopened membership to its Executive Club frequent flyer program to residents of Australia, having pulled down the shutters on membership applications from Australia and New Zealand in 2003.
Joining British Airways Executive Club is free, and while it obviously makes sense for people who regularly travel on British Airways – either to London, or on shorter BA flights within the UK or to Europe – the BAEC scheme boasts a few advantages over Qantas Frequent Flyer.
That includes a higher serve of Tier Points (equivalent to Status Credits) even when travelling on Oneworld partner airlines such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Finnair.
BAEC's Avios points deliver solid value for money when redeemed on flights, and the Avios you earn travelling from Australia to the UK (for example) can easily be used for quick UK or European trips.