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On a recent work trip, I had to fly to Germany. Given that I didn’t have a choice on my route, I had to connect through London-Heathrow airport via American Airlines. I decided to upgrade my economy seat with American Airlines standard upgrades of 25,000 plus cash. Since I have the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select Card, I received a 10% discount on my upgrade award flight. The total came out 22,500 miles to upgrade on an American Airlines Business Class 777-200.
American Airlines Business 777-200
I was excited flying this route again because the Boeing 777-200 feature seats facing the opposite way. Last time I flew to London Heathrow airport I was flying United Polaris out of Dulles (IAD) but I decided to face forward.
American Airlines Business 777-200 Pre-Boarding Service
Due to LAX traffic, I nearly missed my flight and rushed straight to my seat as I was one of the last passengers to board the plane. I sat quickly and the flight attendant still came by to offer me a welcome beverage. I chose the champagne as always.
American Airlines Business 777-200 Seat and Amenity Kit
After finishing my glass of champagne I started to get ready for takeoff. Next to my seat was a pair of Bose headphones which are always nice to have on long-haul flights if you don’t own a pair. I accidentally forgot my noise-canceling headphones at home and asked the flight attendant if he had any with a single prong connector and he said yes!
The power outlet compartment had two USB ports and two 110v outlets to charge any of my electronics. The small storage space was a perfect fit for my phone and GoPro to charge in flight.
The TV remote was standard as it is on most international business products. The LCD seat adjustment was easy to use when I needed to get comfortable.
Now, most passengers won’t have this issue but for me being really tall, I struggle with the footrest area all the time. I was able to sleep comfortably but I could not lay flat on my back. I had to sleep on the side to get a good night’s rest.
The amenity kit came in Cole Haan case. It offered similar amenities found when flying United Polaris or Delta ONE. One thing I really liked was the headphone ear cover to make sure you don’t get any germs while wearing them.
American Airlines Business 777-200 Menu
American Airlines Business 777-200 Food Service
The shrimp was seasoned very well and tasted great.
I was really impressed on how good the Korean short ribs tasted.
The ice cream sundae absolutely satisfied my sweet tooth.
The Bald Thoughts
Overall, I had a much better experience than my horrible experience flying American Airlines First Class from LAX to Hong Kong last year. The staff made sure I was taken care of throughout my whole flight and came immediately when I called for them. The food service was great and I don’t have any complaints about that. This flight was an example of American Airlines doing everything correctly. If only all of my other experiences with American Airlines went so smoothly. For now, since I live in Los Angeles, I will stick with the consistently great service I receive while flying Delta Airlines.
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