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flights from SEATTLE to EDINBURGH

Does anyone have a favorite airline flying as direct as possible from SEA to Edinburgh. Delta does not offer business class and I need to stretch out. I am tall and dread being canned into a metal tube for 9 hours. First class is over my budget. I checked Iceland Air but their business class does not offer much stretching room. I read one post about British Air having old planes and stuffy air. Its a long flight to be sure.
Thank you
JD

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Oh yeah. Last summer we flew from from Seattle to Dublin on Aer Lingus in business class. It's lovely. One flight daily between SEA and DUB in season. Comfy seats (converts to a lay-flat bed), great friendly Irish service, and decent food, new planes. We connected to Edinburgh on Aer Lingus' regional service (flown by "Stobart Air" but still called Aer Lingus) - that'll be a smaller plane (mostly turboprops, we had an ATR; I think some flights have 737s), but it's a very, very short hop so no biggie. Dublin airport is easy for connections - Aer Lingus has a nice business class lounge there you can use (the airport even has a "chocolate cafe" iin the terminal with good food, some of which is not chocolate). We loved the Aer Lingus business class flight from SEA. It's well timed as an evening flight departure to let you get a good night's sleep - I arrived in Dublin feeling great. We hope to fly that same route again, it's a great way to get to Europe from Seattle! The flight seemed short to us - aways a good sign.

Tip: If you can, grab one of the "throne" seats (aka the "Captain Kirk" seats) in business class: these are the best seats on the plane, and there are only 2 or 3 of them; they have an unique cabin configuration where these few seats get double the room on both sides of your seat. Very nice. Grab 'em fast if you can, they go quickly (to smart travelers).

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I will add: as a disclaimer, I have no direct personal experience with BA (British Airways). That said, they are re-doing their business class interiors with a really beautiful business class seat that looks wonderful (and I've heard good things about it). I think their SEA-LHR route now has (or soon will have) the new business class seats. Might be worth checking on that (but do look carefully to ensure your seat would be in the "new" business class).

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Lola from Seattle posted this a month or so ago:

I just got notification from British Airways that “our seats have changed” for our flights to London and back next July-August. Actually it is the aircraft that has changed. We were on a 747, but starting 1 July the daily flight (BA 48-49) will be a 787-10.

The 787 Dreamliners are new planes and business class does have lay flat seats (which is what I booked for my flight in September - I've had a blood clot in my leg that I don't want a repeat of).

So if your flight is after july you can look at British Airways.

Jan

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Hello
I fly to SEA once a year from either INV, GLA or EDI via LHR. I always fly on BA, using their Club Class (Business Class) for the LHR to SEA segment. It is a fully flat bed with plenty of personal space. Never had an issue with the planes, air or service. This January we treated ourselves using miles and flew BA First, which was even nicer, but BA Business/Club is fine and we have yet to find a better way to get to SEA. In fact we then change planes and carriers and continue to Bozeman, MT, so it's a long journey for us from here on Skye, but we have never had an issue or any complaint.

Regards
Jacqui (Skyegirl)

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Has anyone stayed overnight in a castle in Edinburgh? I will be lingering 3 days after the tour and would love to have that experience while still being close in to the city.

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Look at the seating maps for Iceland Air flights. We flew the upgraded economy recently to Reykjavík and the row in front of us (I think it was row 6) had more leg room than first class.
Then you would have to change to economy on the EasyJet but that is a short flight from Reykjavík to Edinburgh.

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I’ve flown both Iceland Air and British Air business class Seattle London.

British Air has lie flat seats. No problems in 3 flights.
Iceland Air is similar in product to US domestic first class. There was plenty of legroom and the seat reclined, just not flat.

Iceland Air currently has Saga class sale on.

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Icelandair fly on to Glasgow but the bus/train connection to Edinburgh is straightforward. Easy Jet from Keflavik to Edinburgh as I recall is late in the day so you would have a long layover unless you take a day or two break in Reykjavik.

British Airways via London Heathrow or KLM if they fly from Seattle, via Amsterdam could be an option. Dutch people are tall! Both then about 1 hour to Edinburgh.

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Any idea why British Air would post half price of Business Class if you fly on a Sat or Sun?
Maybe I'm looking at it wrong but searching on Business Class out of Edinburgh to SEA there are prices noted at the top of the page and prices for Sat and Sun are literally half of what the prices are for weekdays. It says "from $xxxxx" do you think they are posting the non business fares as the lowest? Seems odd enough to make me want to move my trip sideways to catch a weekend flight home. Also, does VISA or other credit cards charge a foreign tax when booking with a non US airline? Anyone know?
Thank you for the replies
JD from WA

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has anyone purchased the airline offered travel insurance? Is this advisable?
thank you
JD from WA

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Any idea why British Air would post half price of Business Class if you fly on a Sat or Sun?

Supply and demand.

When searching flights for our Christmas and New Year trip to Phuket we were planning on flying direct with BA in business class. However, when playing around with dates I found first class tickets to Kuala Lumpur cheaper than business to Phuket simply by flying a few days earlier. Even factoring in the cheap flights to Phuket a couple of days later we still made a saving and got to experience a city that has been on my list for some time.

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Any idea why British Air would post half price of Business Class if you fly on a Sat or Sun?

Yes, supply and demand is one very likely reason, but there may be others.

When shopping for a "business class" ticket, one needs to be v-e-r-y careful about exactly what you are going to get. You need to look at every plane, every seat on your specific flight on your specific day. Not all business class seats are the same. Some are great, some are laughably bad. You need to look carefully at each. You also need to make sure that your "business class ticket" actually puts your butt into a real business class seat on every flight. Airlines often will sell you a ticket that is only partially in business class - be careful of this! You may buy a ticket that has 2 or 3 legs, sometimes you get a mix of business class and non-business class legs - watch out for this! On a short connecting flight, it may be fine to get a coach seat (an hour in a coach seat isn't the end of the world). But if you buy a "business class ticket" for example, from SEA-SFO in a good business class seat, then SFO-LHR in coach, that's very different from getting it the other way around (SEA-SFO in coach and SFO-LHR in real business class).

You may also buy a ticket that has a terrible routing (3+ stops) or crazy long layovers (18 hours overnight in Newark, for example). Or both.

Point being: if all you look at is just the ticket price, and you pay no attention to all the little details, prepare to be angry, disappointed and sad if what you end up buying doesn't quite match what you've been dreaming of. The details matter. The airlines do a lot of sneaky things with those details (which may not be obvious unless you drill down into those details), watch out for them.

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If your British Airways Club Class (Business class) ticket is for flights flown on entirely BA planes then the transatlantic portion (SEA to LHR) will be absolutely fine. You will be in a standard lie flat BA Club Class seat. I have flown this route many times in Club (and First) and do know what I'm talking about here. The LHR to EDI portion will have you in Club Europe - which is the short haul business class. No fold flat seats here, but you are in the front few rows of the plane, with a meal service and although it is a 3 - 3 seat configuration on the plane, in club/business they only use the aisle and window seats, so in effect you get a 2-2 configuration with a spare seat in the middle of each row.

BA flight numbers are sometimes flown on American Airlines planes, but not on the SEA to LHR route.

Price differences on the SEA to LHR route are down to supply and demand. With SEA being a hub for so many very large companies I suspect there are business people shuttling back and forth during the week and the flight is less busy on the weekends.

Best wishes
Jacqui (Skyegirl)