BA WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS OR JAL PREMIUM ECONOMY?
POST travelwell DATE August 10, 07:09
I’m planning a trip in September to Tokyo. Which is a better seat and experience in premium economy, BA or Japan Airlines (JAL)?
K1ngston August 10, 09:16
For me, it depends which aircraft BA is using for the sector – if it’s the A380 then World Traveller Plus is okay, but if it’s the B777 or, worst-case scenario, a B747, I would probably aim for JAL. They provide a good service and I use them in Asia to keep up my Oneworld status, but my recent upgrade to World Traveller Plus to the UK on BA was comfortable on the A380.
travelsforfun August 10, 12:12
If in doubt, and all else being equal, I would err on the side of Japan Airlines. I haven’t flown JAL in premium economy but, in general, find JAL’s in-flight service impressive, even in economy. World Traveller Plus is okay, although I haven’t flown it on an A380. Note that if you don’t already have status, pre-booked JAL premium economy will give you access to lounges at London Heathrow, Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita.
Dolphin500 August 10, 13:30
I have used both premium economy services between North America and the UK, and North America and Tokyo Narita, both on B777s, but I have to say that Japan Airlines offers many more benefits than British Airways, with a dedicated check-in and priority services. I prefer JAL because you recline within your space and every seat has leg and calf support. The reclining system is not as traditional as BA’s and some people don’t like it, but I’m six-foot tall and it is the only premium economy seat that I can sleep in. The food is about the same – JAL’s is the same as in economy, which is actually very good, but served in a different way and they have extras such as champagne and noodles as a snack. The crew is outstanding and you never need to call because there is always someone nearby.