Flying to London, England: Cheap Flights and Business Class with British Airways

London is one of the most global cities in the world. It is deeply connected to the world economy and is considered an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics and commerce. This makes London one of the most desired city to visit in the world.

When it comes to flying, London is the most served destination in the world. More than 170 million passengers fly through London’s six airports every year. These number of passengers surpass New York City by 20%, Shanghai by 35%, and Paris, Atlanta and Chicago by 40%.

Due to its connectivity and geographic location, London’s airports are popular with passengers transiting from North America to destinations in Continental Europe and Asia.

London is served by six airports which surround the city in all directions. Before you book your flight, you will need to find out where your chosen flight will land or take off from, and your options for getting to and from that airport. Read my post describing London’s six major airports that serve many different airlines and destinations.

Finding business class flight deals to London

If you are taking a long haul London flight from an international destination like New York City, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Sydney, you will expect to be in your seat between 7 and 14 hours non-stop.

Click here to learn why a Business class fare may be worth the extra especially when flying long haul.

Being a major international hub, London is served by most 5-star and 4-star full-service airlines that also offer business class travel. Many of these airlines compete fiercely in what they have to offer to business class customers such as up-to-date lounges at Heathrow with an a-la-carte menu. priority check-in and boarding, comfortable lie-flat seats and more.

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I recommend JetRadar to begin your search for the cheapest business class deals. Jet Radar is a comparison search engine that displays results from several airline-ticket booking websites. JetRadar collaborates with these booking websites and offers its own discounts – which is why you may see cheaper fares on business class when searching on JetRadar that their partners.

If you find a flight and a price that you like, you will be redirected to the actual booking site, where you can complete your purchase.

Is there a Business Class on Low-cost-flights like EasyJet or Ryanair?

Low-cost carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair do not provide a full-service business class. All their aircraft are single class configured. However, seats with extra legroom are to be found in the front of the plane and at the very back – which can be reserved for an additional fee.

EasyJet and Ryanair offer Flexi and Flexi Plus fares, whereby you can reserve seats with the Extra Legroom for free. These seats are, however, no wider than the standard seats.

EasyJet’s Flexi fare also includes a free 23kg checked in bag, Fast Track Security, priority boarding & de-boarding, and a £7 food voucher to spend on board.

Ryanair’s Flexi Plus fare however does not include a checked in bag, however you can carry a 10kg bag into the cabin along with one small bag.

The Plus fare from Ryanair includes the latter as well a 23kg checked in bag. However, you will need to pay extra for the seats in the front and those with extra legroom.

Flying British Airways Business Class

British Airways is the UK’s second largest airline (after EasyJet), flying to over 180 destinations around the world. It is part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) which also owns Aer Lingus, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling.

British Airways and Iberia are also part of One World Alliance with eleven other airlines, such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Malaysian Airlines and Qatar Airways.

These airlines are in code-sharing agreement with each other: which means you may buy a ticket with one airline, but be served by another. For example, if you purchased a ticket from American Airlines for New York to London, you may find yourself taking a British Airways aircraft at New York.

British Airways calls its business class “Club Europe” on short haul flights and “Club World” on long haul flights.

British Airways Club Europe Business Class

Short-haul routes operated by British Airways departing from London City Airport (LCY) are branded BA CityFlyer, whereas the same routes departing London Heathrow (LHR) keep the British Airways name.

British Airways short-haul routes are usually served by aircraft with a single class cabin configuration. The middle seat in the Club Europe section is blocked by a pop-out table. The seats otherwise are not different from those who pay the Economy fare. You may find a lack of wifi and inflight entertainment systems on these short flights.

Lots of room up here in BA Club Europe this morning from TLS to LHR, but not lots of leg room! 😏
Paul Thompson

British Airways Club Europe passengers are entitled to use several lounge facilities across the UK and Europe. They can check in two 32 kg bags. Onboard meals are included and drinks are complimentary.

British Airways Club World Business Class

British Airways “Club World” is a significant step up from Club Europe. British Airways was a pioneer in offering fully convertible lie-flat seats in the Business class.

However, the seats are arranged in altering rear and front facing. The Window seats and the middle seats are rear-facing while the aisle seats are front facing. This results in playing eye tag with the person sitting in the seat next to yours but fortunately, there is a privacy partition.

Club World
British Airways Media Centre

The upper deck of the Boeing 747 are the most coveted seats in Business Class -, especially on Club World British Airways. Here, there are only 20 seats that are 4 across. The window seats at 62A and 62K are most desired for extra legroom due to the exit doors.

British Airways Business ‘Class Club Suite’

British Airways is in process of upgrading their business class layout. It announced a new ‘Club Suite’ for its business class, which will be seen on its new Airbus A350 aircraft, that take off from July 2019.

The club suite is laid out in a 1-2-1 row configuration and this will offer direct aisle access to every seat. The suites are enclosed and have complete privacy. British Airways boasts these ‘Club Suites’ feature an 18.5 inch hi-def screen, a vanity unit and mirror and WiFi.

Club World passengers are entitled to check in two 32kg bags. There is a dedicated check in area and free access to British Airways and One World Lounges located at Airports worldwide.

You can read our take on British Airways lounges at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 if you are flying out of London at

If you are traveling between New York and London, British Airways also operates an exclusive all-business-class aircraft, that departs from London City Airport (LCY) to New York JFK. Read all about “Club One World”

To maximize your savings when looking for the cheapest flights to London, Tuesday mornings tend to be the best times to search business class flight deals. Airlines usually announce discounts on Monday evenings and ticket prices climb higher as the week progresses into Friday.

Where to find Cheap Flights in Economy to London

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JetRadar is one of the easiest ways to find the cheapest flights to London. Jet Radar is a comparison search engine that displays results from several airline-ticket booking websites. JetRadar collaborates with these booking websites and offers its own discounts – which is why you may see cheaper fares on business class when searching on JetRadar tha their parters.

If you find a flight and a price that you like, you will be redirected to the actual booking site, where you can complete your purchase.

London is served by six airports that connect it to the rest of the world. These airports are in turn serviced by numerous Low-Cost and full service airlines, depending on their destinations they travel to.

Economy class passengers flying from Europe will benefit most by considering low-cost carriers. Easy Jet is the largest airline and low-cost-airline in the UK. It is followed in numbers by Ryanair, Jet2, Norwegian Air and Wizz Air.

Easy Jet is headquartered at London Luton Airport, but its largest hub is Gatwick Airport. It flies to more than 130 destinations in the UK, Europe, Morocco and Jordan.

EasyJet and Ryanair standard fares are bare-bones and allow one cabin bag to be stored under the seat. Check-in luggage and On-board meals cost extra.

EasyJet and Ryanair differ when it comes to Flexi Fares which is discussed above.

Conditions and Fees for Easy Jet are found at:

Fees for Ryanair can be accessed at:

British Airways World Traveller Plus

If you are flying a long-haul route to London, I would suggest you not to overlook Premium Economy Class.
British Airways brands this class as “World Traveller Plus”.

World Traveller Plus feature recliner seats, with a seat width of 18.5 inches and a seat pitch of 38 inches.
Compare this to the standard seat in the Economy, which has a width of 17.5 inches and a pitch of 31 inches.

On some British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, World Traveller Plus passengers are seated in between First Class and Club World Business Class.

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World Traveller Plus passengers enjoy complimentary bar options and meals a-la-carte. The amenities kit which includes headphones, dental products, ear plugs and eye mask are a slight upgrade from the standard Economy.

World Traveller Plus passengers are allowed two 23 kg bags to check in on any flight.
If your flight originates from North America, there is no free upgrade for baggage allowance for World Traveller Plus.

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