Boston is an awesome city, and enjoys a wonderful location on the Atlantic Coast on the east of Massachusets. In US terms it’s a relatively short hop from New York City, but has a completely different pace and vibe. Founded in the 17th century, it has a vibrant past, and was central in the events which led to the American Revolution and US independence.
New England winters can be brutal, with heavy snow and temperatures well below zero. On this visit, it’s cold, but the weather stays on the unpleasant side of brutal.
Boston to Heathrow (210 TP)
Company travel policy allows business class for flights greater than 4 hours, but allows employees to upgrade to first class at their own expense. Boston to London is a relatively short flight – catch a good tail wind and you can be in the air a little over 5 hours – but the price of an upgrade today was a tempting £200, so I took it.
The BA lounge in Boston moved location and got a substantial upgrade in 2018. It used to be a small windowless area somewhere in the basement of Terminal E at Logan. Grim didn’t begin to describe it, and the volume of business class and status customers meant it was sometimes hard to get a seat. Now it’s a much larger, light and airy, with great views, and direct boarding of plane from the lounge.
In First you can dine on demand, and given I’d be heading straight to the office the next day, took the cabin attendant up on her offer to prepare my meal and serve it as soon as possible after takeoff. That plus 10mg of melatonin meant a good 4 hours of sleep.
The BA Arrivals Lounge at T5 is a welcome place to have a shower and freshen up after an overnight long haul flight.
Arriving in First means access to the Concorde Breakfast Room which has a la carte waiter service and makes the arrival experience that little bit nicer as you prep for a day in the office.