The Heathrow Express is presently offering British Airways Executive Club members a complimentary upgrade from Express to Business First. In order to qualify you must make your booking by August 31, 2014, for travel within three months of the purchase date.
When you follow the promotion page you’ll see that the fare is the same for Express as for Business First, so just select the latter and you’ll be confirmed in Business First.
Promotional Heathrow Express Business First cost
For what it’s worth, the price premium for Business First is usually 8GBP one-way, or 18GPB roundtrip.
Regular Heathrow Express Business First cost
Now, it’s certainly not worth:
- Paying extra for Business First over Express on the Heathrow Express
- Going out of your way to take the Heathrow Express just because of a “free” upgrade
It’s a 15 minute ride and Business First is slightly more comfortable, though there’s no chateaubriand service, so temper your expectations accordingly.
Heathrow Express Business First
For that matter I don’t actually find the Heathrow Express all that useful for my needs. Rarely do I stay near Paddington Station when in London, so then it’s still a tube ride to my hotel at best. At that point you might as well just take the tube all the way from the airport, which is much cheaper. Also, given how expensive the Heathrow Express is, by the time there are two or more people traveling, it’s just about the same price to grab an Uber.
But hey, if you were going to take the Heathrow Express anyway, might as well “upgrade” for free. Don’t forget to add your Executive Club number when making a booking, as you earn 100 Avios one-way for Express, and 200 Avios one way for Business First. Every mile (or in this case, Avios) counts!
(Tip of the hat to Miles from Blighty)