All the travel advice/ guides I have written and blogged about virgin Atlantic never ever fails to impress me. I flew with US airways once when pregnant…. Big mistake.
If you can afford an upgrade to premium I advise to pay the extra for your comfort. With an upgraded ticket you receive access to the Virgin Lounge. I have spent many occasions sipping champagne, having a nice meal and chilling in the lounge but this time I have baby. Nothing to worry about though as I had a lightweight buggy for her to sit in whilst we had a champagne breakfast and then we spent a good hour or so in the children’s area. A room with a widescreen TV and lots of toys. Smiles all round from the virgin staff and all so helpful.
On plane in premium economy we were given a seat with extra leg room and a bayonet. You need to request this in advance but beware your child must be no heavier than 9Kg around 19lb. Olivia was borderline and just about fit! To be honest she wouldn’t sleep in there but it was a useful place for her to sit while we ate. I took 2 new toys for her to play with so that kept her occupied. Again virgin staff were very helpful, warmed her food, offered water and were always on hand for anything we needed.
I bought a cheap splash mat from pound land and put it over the seat whilst Olivia had her dinner. It was also handy for when she wanted to suck on a biscuit! Empty pots and the messy splash Matt were stored in a trusty ikea clear bag. You need these bags in your life mums!!
After her dinner I took her for a walk up and down the aisle, she had a cuddle with the nice lady sitting in our row which gave me a few minutes to get her milk prepared. We had a bottom change and popped on a clean all in one baby grow. Then snuggled for a nap and milk in our extra legroom extra wide seat! Although wandering through economy we noticed lots of empty seats – some rows also. So maybe if you are flying/ booking somewhere last minute you should just double check how full the flight is before you upgrade!
And remember to collect your air miles every time you take a virgin flight. We have been doing so for the past few years and are now gold members which give us perks including fast track security. Handy with baby.
This is a second part review to my original Virgin Atlantic Article. I have been given no choice as to produce further more praise to the child friendly airline. We are on our way home from a great holiday which I am sure you will have the pleasure of reading about. Nearly 60 thousand points on my gold card and a few years later Olivia, delicious daddy and I are flying home first class. It cost us a total of 25,000 points and around 50 quid each to upgrade from our premium economy seats. Of course I have the baby who is at present fast asleep but I must share with you the differences between economy class, premium class and upper class. So far I have a chair that reclines A LOT! The wash bag is almost leather. I can’t actually reach it right now as I have a small person on my lap and most of her belongings however I did have a quick glance at it earlier and noticed the socks are way more luxurious (I am wearing them now) they feel like Egyptian cotton on my toes! The toothbrush is black rather than purple and has a slender handle and there is even a Mentos mint in there. Enough of the boring bits and onto the luxuries. Ok, so I did not read the menu as Olivia would have trashed it so I am just having chicken something or other. But delicious daddy is sitting across from me having the time of his life……. As usual!
He was just offered a nice glass of Chianti with his dinner and I heard him order duck and steak. Wow! My tray table is seriously 4 times bigger than the two other classes and the hostess has laid a tablecloth, salt and pepper and bread knife etc. My dinner has just arrived which I’m about to try and eat with a left hand and I am amazed that it is served on a proper porcelain plate. Just need to check if it’s the posh china wear my friend lolly got for a wedding pressie. Will eat and BRB. In slang that means be right back!!
Ok, so I didn’t look at the plate brand. Thought that may be going a little too far but seeing as the baby is in bed (literally) I have a few more bits of info to share with you. The chair reverts into a bed. DD looks really comfy and will no doubt sleep the entire flight. I however have to share my bed with Olivia who is now the size of a baby elephant. So I’m not so comfy. Although we were provided with a bottom sheet, a pillow and a light duvet. I am now the proud owner of a pair of black virgin Atlantic cotton pajamas Nicely modelled by DD who whipped his pair on straight away. They come in three sizes. S, M and L. The hostess made our bed up for us. The headsets are chunkier and of better quality. And in the bathroom there is cowshed branded soap and hand cream. There is also a baby change. Very important for us mummies. And obviously as usual the crew are just amazing!
Do I recommend upper class? Of course I totally recommend it for a solo traveller wishing to have a taste of luxury. Not really for me with Olivia. I haven’t been able to enjoy the experience as I have been tending to her, even though she is sleeping through the journey she’s hogging the bed whilst I am scrunched up in the corner, loads of turbulence and strapped to me the whole time. I am a big fan of premium and will fly in that grade whilst the baby is still small. Did you know babies fly for free until they are 2 years of age? But a tick off of my list and at least I can say we tried it. My family are both comfortable and relaxed and that’s all I wish for.
Thank you virgin for another great experience and here’s too many more.