British Airways’ premium economy seat and swanky ‘Concorde Room’ T5 lounge scoop gold in prestigious travel awards – with Qatar Airways No.1 for business class

British Airways’ premium economy seat and swanky ‘Concorde Room’ T5 lounge scoop gold in prestigious travel awards – with Qatar Airways No.1 for business class

British Airways has scooped a number of gongs at a prestigious travel-site awards, together with Finest Premium Economic system Seat and Service, Finest UK Airport Lounge (Airline), and Finest Airline or Rail Loyalty Scheme.

The UK flag service obtained the accolades on the Head for Factors Journey & Loyalty Awards, with the winners introduced at an {industry} dinner at The Crypt by Bleeding Coronary heart in London. It was hosted by Sky Information’ Jonathan Samuels and attended by representatives of the nominated airways, lodge teams, airport lounges and journey rewards bank cards. 

Over 6,000 readers of Head for Factors forged their votes for the awards in recognition of ‘one of the best providers that the UK has to supply for the enterprise and premium leisure traveller’. 

British Airways was praised by Head for Factors for investing in its premium economic system cabin (‘World Traveller Plus’). It stated: ‘British Airways has been investing its World Traveller Plus expertise considerably over the previous 5 years, and this win goes to indicate it has all paid off. 

‘Upgraded meals, blankets, pillows and amenity kits imply the cabin is now an actual step up from economic system, while – lastly! – the launch of devoted check-in and baggage-drop desks at airports appears to have given it the sting in comparison with our final awards.’

Suite desires: Frequent flyer web site Head for Factors has introduced its Journey and Loyalty Awards 2023. Qatar Airways took residence Finest Enterprise Class Seat and Service for its distinctive ‘Q-Suite’

British Airways won Best Premium Economy Seat and Service. BA was praised by Head for Points for investing in the cabin ('World Traveller Plus'). It said: 'British Airways has been investing its World Traveller Plus experience significantly over the past five years, and this win goes to show it has all paid off'

British Airways received Finest Premium Economic system Seat and Service. BA was praised by Head for Factors for investing within the cabin (‘World Traveller Plus’). It stated: ‘British Airways has been investing its World Traveller Plus expertise considerably over the previous 5 years, and this win goes to indicate it has all paid off’

Best UK Airport Lounge (Airline) went to BA's Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5, above

Finest UK Airport Lounge (Airline) went to BA’s Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5, above

The Finest Enterprise Class Seat and Service gong went to Qatar Airways and its ‘Qsuite’. 

Head for Factors stated: ‘From the distinctive Qsuite with privateness door and on-demand a la carte eating, and touch-screen leisure inflight information, to snug loungewear, Diptyque facilities and extremely attentive service, it’s no marvel Qatar Airways is the winner on this class.’ 

BA’s lounge award got here courtesy of the BA Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5.

Head for Factors stated: ‘The Concorde Room – solely for ticketed First Class passengers departing from Heathrow Terminal 5 – exhibits that British Airways can do good high quality desk service lounge meals and premium drinks. Let’s see it rolled out to the Gold and Enterprise Class lounges too!’ 

The BA loyalty scheme award, in the meantime, was because of the airline’s Govt Membership, with Head for Factors commenting: ‘It’s unsurprising that readers of a UK-focused frequent flyer website would select British Airways Govt Membership as their most popular programme. Nonetheless, while it’s straightforward to be irritated by excessive surcharges and wobbly IT, you must admire industry-leading improvements akin to assured Avios seats on each flight, the brand new “all Avios” flights, and 2-4-1 voucher supplied on the BA Amex bank card.’

The Finest UK Airport Lounge (Unbiased) went to the American Categorical Centurion Lounge (Terminal 3). 

Head for Factors stated: ‘The primary Centurion Lounge to open in Europe – accessible at Heathrow Terminal 3 to anybody with an American Categorical Platinum or Centurion card – is a exceptional instance of what good design can do with a windowless house. A wide range of seating “zones” signifies that there’s something to go well with each kind of journey and traveller.’ 

HEAD FOR POINTS TRAVEL AND LOYALTY AWARDS 2023

Finest enterprise class seat and repair

Qatar Airways

Finest new enterprise class seat 2022/2023

Qatar Airways 787-9 new enterprise class suite 

Finnair AirLounge (Editor’s Selection)

Finest premium economic system seat and repair

British Airways

Finest airline or rail loyalty scheme

British Airways Govt Membership

Finest UK airport lounge (airline)

British Airways Concorde Room, Heathrow Terminal 5

Finest UK airport lounge (unbiased)

American Categorical Centurion Lounge, Heathrow Terminal 3

Finest new or refurbished UK airport lounge

British Airways Galleries Membership, Heathrow Terminal 5B

Finest new UK chain hotel

W Edinburgh (a part of Marriott Bonvoy)

 

Finest lodge loyalty scheme

Hilton Honors

IHG One Rewards (Editor’s Selection)

Finest lodge loyalty promotion 2023

Hilton Honors Autumn 2023 – double or triple base factors, based mostly on metropolis, on each keep

Finest UK journey rewards bank card

British Airways American Categorical Premium Plus

Finest particular sign-up provide on a UK journey rewards fee card 2022/23

70,000 Avios for £3,000 of spend with the British Airways American Categorical Premium Plus Card

Finest journey loyalty innovation

American Categorical – addition of a 50% low cost for solo travellers to the British Airways American Categorical 2-4-1 voucher

Virgin Atlantic – becoming a member of SkyTeam (Editor’s alternative)

Redemption of the yr

Qatar Privilege Membership – UK to Australia flights in enterprise class for 180,000 Avios

Virgin Pink – Virgin Voyages 7-night Mediterranean cruise for 80,000 factors for 2 (Editor’s Selection)

Source: Head for Factors 

Best New Hotel Chain went to W Edinburgh, a Marriott Bonvoy Hotel. Head for Points said: 'This hotel is not going to win any awards for its - ahem - interesting silhouette or for the speed of its construction, but it is finally open as Scotland’s first - and only the UK’s 2nd - W hotel'

Finest New Lodge Chain went to W Edinburgh, a Marriott Bonvoy Lodge. Head for Factors stated: ‘This lodge isn’t going to win any awards for its – ahem – fascinating silhouette or for the pace of its building, however it’s lastly open as Scotland’s first – and solely the UK’s 2nd – W lodge’

Sky News' Jonathan Samuels awards 'Best Loyalty Scheme' to Esme Fillingham from British Airways at the Head for Points Travel and Loyalty Awards

Sky Information’ Jonathan Samuels awards ‘Finest Loyalty Scheme’ to Esme Fillingham from British Airways on the Head for Factors Journey and Loyalty Awards

Finest New Lodge Chain went to W Edinburgh, a Marriott Bonvoy Lodge. 

Head for Factors stated: ‘This lodge isn’t going to win any awards for its – ahem – fascinating silhouette or for the pace of its building, however it’s lastly open as Scotland’s first – and solely the UK’s 2nd – W lodge. A department of the hip SushiSamba restaurant units the tempo and the rooftop bar will come into its personal throughout its first summer time season in 2024.’ 

Talking concerning the awards, Rob Burgess, editor and founding father of Head for Factors, stated: ‘Our Journey & Loyalty Awards 2023 are an excellent alternative to recognise the cream of the crop in terms of UK premium enterprise and leisure journey.

‘Numerous the areas we’re protecting, akin to airport lounges and journey bank cards, are ignored by different awards as a result of they’re too area of interest – however for our readers, they’re essential and appreciated.’

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