Updated on April 9, 2015
Iberia Business Class: MAD-MIA
After a wonderful trip to London and Paris it was finally time to head home. We left the Hyatt Paris Madeleine early in the morning in a cab to ORY for our flight to Madrid and on to Miami. We were booked in business class for both of these flights which allowed us to enter the Iberia Business Class lounge at ORY as well as get the “fast track” pass through security.
Our Trip so far:
Our business class flight from ORY-MAD was nothing too exciting as it was a regular intra-european business class flight, which is simply economy with a the middle seat blocked off. There is also a curtain draped between you and the economy class as well as a meal but nothing I would pay for.
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After arriving in MAD we went through security to T4S to the Iberia VIP Velazquez Business Class Lounge. After a really nice 4 hours of eating, drinking and enjoying some plane spotting we were off to the main event.
Class: Business Plus
Seats: 3E and 3G
We ended up boarding a little later than we had originally planned as the lounge was quite far from the gate. Once on board we were shown to our seat and Katie was actually very surprised at the size of our seats. I had told her we were flying international business class and it was a lot nicer than she was used to, but I don’t think she believed me until this moment. The Iberia Business class is a 1-2-1 configuration with fully lie flat seats in a staggered Solstys-style. We were in the third row in seats E and G which were right next to each other in the middle. The rows are staggered so that there is a large middle divider between the seats in one row and the large divider is on the outside in the next row. If you had to sit in the middle and were traveling alone you would probably want rows 2 and 4 since they had a large divider between you and the other passenger. However, since we were traveling together the odd-numbered rows were great as we were shielded a bit from the aisle with the divider on the outside as well as being right next to each other.
Shortly after take off were offered warm towels and the menus for the flight as well as an amenity kit. After that we were offered wine and a snack of olives while we looked over the menu. I ended up ordering the Duck Liver Terrine for appetizer, the Roast Suckling Lamb with red wine sauce and mashed potatoes for my entrée and the chocolate and citrus fruit ice cream for dessert.
Overall I thought that food was good, but not great. I did not care for the Duck liver and I was not overly impressed with the lamb. Katie felt the same way about her meals. On the other hand, the wine was great and we felt the need to try several of them! Prior to landing they also offered a snack which consisted of meats and cheese which I actually really enjoyed.
During the flight you area able to use the personal entertainment system which I found to be very comprehensive and easy to use with a 15 inch screen and a very large selection of TV, movie, music and games. My system worked perfectly, but Katie’s actually had to be reset several times before working correctly. This was frustrating to deal with when you just really want to watch the Lego Movie!
The seat controls were very easy to use and I found the seat itself to be pretty spacious and comfortable. When fully flat I fell asleep easily and thought the pillow and blanket comfortable as well.
Overall we had a great experience on this flight and it was a very comfortable way to fly back from Europe. It was our first international business class flight together and Katie now thinks we should always take long flights like this!
Service: Friendly and attentive
Amenity Kit: Just fine for business class
Food: Good, but certainly not great
Drink: Wine was very good and there was a wide selection of beverages
Entertainment System: Great! (although Katie’s needed a few resets)
Seat: Great, able to sleep 3.5 hours even though it was an afternoon/evening flight
Cost: 50K (X2) American Airlines miles for one way flight (but we would continue on to Hawaii on this same ticket 5 months later)
Overall: Would certainly use my miles to fly this again.