Turkey Trip Overview
Booking Flights To Turkey
British Airways First Class Lounge IAH
British Airways 777 First Class IAH-LHR
Transiting Heathrow and British Airways A320 Business Class LHR-IST
Marriott Courtyard Istanbul Airport
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul to Izmir and Back
Ephesus, Mary’s House and Basilica of St. John
Pamukkale Bus and Preiene
Major Sites to see in Istanbul
Radisson Blu Bosphorus
Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
Turkish Airlines 777 Business Class IST-IAH
My flight from Memphis to Dallas was on one of the year-old A319s. These replaced the old MD-80s American used to fly on this route. While there’s no doubt the plane is in much better shape than the MD-80s, I was very glad to be in First. Last year I flew this same plane in economy and just happened to shell out the extra cash for exit row seating since I was on an award ticket. I was extremely glad I did! While AA says that there’s just as much legroom on these planes, the back of the seat in front of you is much closer. It can make for a tight squeeze in coach.
Once in Dallas I picked up one of those tired old MD-80s for the flight to Houston. Since it was such a short flight it wasn’t a problem but it will be nice to see these birds retired for something better.
Once Houston I made my way to the International Terminal and began looking for the British Airways lounge. I found the door and went in where I was helped by a very nice (American) lady who processed my ticket and then said I’d come to the business class lounge and she wanted to direct me to the first class lounge. She could have easily just told me “go out the door, turn left and you’ll see the lounge on your right” but she didn’t. She came out from behind the counter, walked out to the concourse with me and made sure I could see the entrance to the first class lounge before sending me on my way. Great service!
Arriving at the first class lounge I showed my paperwork to the attendant and was waved inside. I was a little surprised at how small it was but considering BA only has one or two flights per day I guess I should be grateful they have one specifically for BA and oneworld and not just some generic lounge.
There was a small buffet with a little bit of food offered. I assume the food offerings were so small since we would be served dinner on the plane. But there were cheese and crackers, cookies, vegetables with dip, etc. and different kinds of self-serve beverages. The alcohol was at the far end of the lounge from the food and I did not venture down there but it looked to have a decent selection.
There was a large-screen TV with the BBC channel on and a fair amount of seating. I wouldn’t say the lounge filled up as boarding time approached but the crowd was definitely heavier than when I arrived.
If originating a flight in Houston this is not a lounge I’d come hours early to visit but it served its purpose well and was an enjoyable spot to wait quietly between flights.
Next up: my first first class flight!