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BA v Virgin

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BA v Virgin

As a family living overseas we travel to the UK twice a year. We have the option of BA or Virgin. Here we encounter a quandry...

BA without doubt have the better staff - more professional, more adult, more caring, more adept (in my experience) but their World Traveller Plus cabin is cramped, seats arent too comfortable and is basically the same as regular economy

Virgin, on the other hand, the Premium Economy cabin - particularly upsatirs, is huge, really spacious, much better seats and dedicated staff rather than shring with economy as BA do. BUT ... their staff is WAY below the BA standard. Generally younger, more out on a trip than being professional to their customers.

so .... having done both we go Virgin - at the end of the day its the seat and space that gives me more staisfaction although I still remain very unconvinced with their staff onboard.

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11. Re: BA v Virgin

I am member of Virgin Frequent Flyer and Flying Blue. Is BA club as easy to join? Never thought about that one. I am slipping!


If you are flying in economy then the Executive Club is a waste of time to be honest. You'll only earn 25% of the miles flown on the majority of cheap economy tickets and you won't get above Blue status.

Officially to join the Executive Club you to take a tier point earning flight. So either a flexible economy ticket or anything in premium economy or above. You could alternatively get yourself a BA American Express card and that'll get you an account.

As I said though, if you are only flying economy then you're best to look at some of the other oneworld alliance programmes. www.oneworld.com

UK, Mauritius
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12. Re: BA v Virgin

Thanks for that Speedbird, definitely worth looking into.


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13. Re: BA v Virgin

"Prefer to do more trips for my money, and therefore go economy; cant afford Premium Economy in Virgin. We must agree to disagree I think!"

Each to their own I agree, but I thought this whole discussion was on whose Economy Plus was better? :-)

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14. Re: BA v Virgin

Oops Joe,

Yes, sorry, you are right! Just looked at the title and obviously didnt read the post properly. I stand corrected, but still prefer BA in general!



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15. Re: BA v Virgin

I'll second Bronjo above saying BA cabin crew are definitely more professional than Virgin. I have friends who work for Virgin and they it's a bit of a shambles behind the scenes compared to BA. I've also flown with some not very helpful cabin crew who thought they were on a jolly rather than there to serve customers.

Having said that I prefer Virgin's PE seats.

Swings and roundabouts...

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