Houston to Heathrow, via Miami, on American Airlines – PART 2, the main flight

After saying goodbye to the lovely lounge near D30, I walked the short distance to D28 to board the final leg of my flight to London Heathrow. I don’t usually have the opportunity to fly business class, but I saved up 57,500 miles with American Airlines Advantage program. That plus a fee of just under £5 scored me a great seat for the duration of my flight home.

The business class section had a 1-2-1 configuration, with the seats at a slant. I was in 5J which was at the front of the second business section.

Being at the front made the foot rest area slightly bigger, so great if your legs are long, unlike mine.

Right as I sat down, I was offered a glass of champagne to relax and mull through the food and drink selection.

I was able to preorder my main a few days ago, which was the roasted cauliflower orecchiette pasta.

The starter was smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls with capers, a quail egg, and a bit of veg. I’m not a fan of cream cheese, but it was presented well and I think it’s something most people would enjoy. The salad was ok; romaine leaves, mango, radish, and toasted sunflower seeds with some balsamic dressing.

I ordered the vegetarian main as I was looking forward to some cauliflower with a tikka pasta sauce. It was a tasty sauce and spicy just the way I like it. But it was very carb heavy as there was naan bread on the side for some reason in addition to the pasta, and only 3 small pieces of cauliflower. It would’ve been nice to have loads more veggies and less pasta since cauliflower seemed to be the main star of the dish, on paper that is.

The best part of the meal for me was the Irish Cream Mousse Cake. It was just heavenly! And a generous portion as well! They also offered ice cream sundaes and a cheese board with Gouda, cheddar, and jalapeno cheese.

When settling back to explore the entertainment options, the first thing I noticed was that the Bose headphones seemed a bit worn and tatty. They felt flimsy as I put them on, but worked just fine and definitely cut out the noise.

However, I thought they were broken at first, as this socket seemed to be the obvious choice to plug the three pronged plug into. But, no. Keep looking…

Its actually just out of sight to the right of the green water bottle above. Why they put it there didn’t make sense to me. It was nice to know I wasn’t the only one, as a few others around me asked the flight attendant the same question.

The entertainment selection was vast, and I watched The Favourite, then fell asleep for nearly the duration of the flight. I asked to be wakened for breakfast, as I wanted to have plenty of time to enjoy it without being rushed. I chose the fruit, yogurt, and granola which was all nice and fresh. It would’ve been nice to have raisins and nuts as well, but other than that, no complaints here.

Last but not least, the amenity kit. The bag was created by This Is Ground, and was of good quality. There are all the usual toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, pen, socks, tissues and a nightmask. The lip balm and hand creme were provided by Allies of Skin. I haven’t tried this brand before, but was pleasantly surprised.

All in all, this was a very comfortable flight. It was just under 8 hours, so the service at times seemed rushed. However, the flight attendants still managed to serve everyone in a professional and friendly manner. Especially Nelson who was never without a smile! I look forward to trying this class of service again mostly due to the comfort I experienced. Until then, I’ll continue looking for travel bargains and flight deals. And if anyone was interested, I caught the National Express coach back to Bristol for £15 and two hours later, I was back home. Ta-rah for now, thanks for reading and Happy Traveling!

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