Over the next few months I'm going to be flying backwards and forwards between London and Seattle.
It has to be Economy class (corporate policy). I might be able to negotiate premium economy (not sure). I can choose the airline.
I have some miles with Emirates which I'm prepared to transfer, if that's possible and if it helps my chances of an upgrade (14,650 miles of which 12,150 are 'tier miles' - status Blue which is the nothing-at-all status on Emirates, but which has actually got me upgraded to Business class a couple of times).
The things that matter to me are:
- amount of seat recline,
- amount of seat recline, and
- amount of seat recline.
(I can't sleep sitting-up at all).
Decent food is a nice-to-have, a socket to plug in my iPad is a nice-to-have, it would be nice to get off the flight quickly if that means I spend less time queuing for security and passport control (I'm a UK citizen). If I can plug in my iPad then I don't care at all about on-board entertainment, otherwise I'd be looking for seatback video with a decent range of movies. But I'd trade all of that for a flat-bed seat! (I realise I'm unlikely to get one).
My non-stop flight options appear to be limited to either Delta (direct or resold by Virgin) or BA (direct or resold by lots of other airlines). Are there any other options that I'm missing? Does it make any difference whether I buy direct or through another airline? I wouldn't mind a flight with a change if it doesn't make the flight time significantly longer and it gets me a much better seat. I can depart from any London airport, I can arrive at any Seattle or nearby airport (although it looks like the only real option is SeaTac, but I don't know Seattle at all so would welcome other suggestions). Favourite London airport is City (because it's small therefore fast to get through), then LHR/LGW, then the others.
On that basis which option (BA/Delta/Other) gives me the best chance of getting a seat with as much recline as possible?