- Part 1: Flying American Airlines Business Class
- Part 2: Our stay in Rome
- Part 3: Taking the trains in Italy
I took Teddy over to Europe for his very first time last month! If you read my About Me page, you’ll know then that I have a friend who lives in Germany. I’ve been going to Europe since 2005 and this would be my 5th time visiting Europe.
We left Minneapolis, St. Paul International airport on Friday, April 10th. We flew US Airways/American Airlines Business Class for 100,000 miles round-trip each since we still have miles from the Citi 100,000 miles sign-up offer. We flew from Minneapolis to Charlotte, NC and then from Charlotte to Rome.
Here’s a view of the entire Business Class cabin on American Airlines:
When we got to Charlotte, our flight was suppose to leave at 6:25pm, but due to mechanical issues, American Airlines kept pushing our departure time back 30 minutes. After the 2nd delay, we ended up going to the Admiral’s Club to get some food and relax. After about 3 hours, they finally decided to get a new plane. I think our final departure time was around 9:00pm.
American Airlines Business Class menu
I’m vegetarian, so I called American Airlines ahead of time to make sure they’d have an option for me. After looking at the menu, I realized that this probably wasn’t necessary since both our departure and return flights already had a vegetarian option.
I forgot to take pictures on the way over to Europe! So these photos are actually from our return flight home. I think it still does a good job to show the variety of options that American Airlines has for their Business Class customers.
Next is the dessert menu:
Next up is the wine list:
Finally, we have the beverage menu:
How would I compare AA to my British Airways flight from last summer?
I was quite surprised with the food options and service that American Airlines provided. I am still new to flying First Class overseas, but I would have to say that my food on British Airways last July was better. Why? I think the main reason is that British Airways has better customer service and you can order food at any time throughout the flight. American Airlines sets up a snack bar in the gallery in between meals.
It was a close call though, because…..
Our return flight on American Airlines was far superior in customer service than our departure flight. That’s why I ranked British Airways higher than American Airlines, because we received the same excellent experience across the board with British Airways. I also like the fact that I can order off the menu whenever I want with British Airways.
I ended up receiving my own vegetarian meal since I called American Airlines ahead of time to make sure I’d have one on board. Had I known there would options on the menu already, I probably wouldn’t have called 🙁
I received an Asian meal, but I would have rather had the Seven Cheese Agnolotti option on the menu since it’s pasta! Italian food is my favorite.
And here was my dessert, a cannoli:
Overall I’m very satisfied with my first American Airlines Business Class experience. Although I did like British Airways better, I would choose American Airlines again over British Airways simply for the fact that I can save hundreds of dollars of fuel surcharge fees.
Up next: Part 2 – Our stay in Rome, Italy.