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Trip Report: British Airways First Class London Heathrow to New York Kennedy LHR-JFK

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This trip was JFK – LHR in business and then LHR – JFK in First. This itinerary cost us 65,000 Avios + $1150 per person, round trip. I used our last Travel Together certificate to halve the number of miles from 130,000. (How I did it)

I'm glad BA hasn't retired their 747s just yet. I love the overnight flight in the 747's upstairs Business Class where it's calm and private. For me, it's only really worth it to fly First on a daytime flight when you can actually enjoy the nicer service.
I took this leg in First back in 2014 and my full trip report is over here. The 747 cabin, the Concorde Room lounge, and overall experience haven't changed much since then, so I'll just make a few notes... 
The Good
The staff
in First are still friendly, personable, and go out of their way to help you when you have a special request. 
The espresso machine was working. (I say this because I've noticed that onboard espresso machines are often "broken", but I think …

Islay, Scotland whisky tour and travel tips

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If you're reading this then you're probably a fan of the smoky whisky that this Scottish island is famous for. We'd wanted to go for years and eventually got around to it after attending a wedding in the English countryside (how we did it). Don't be fooled by all of the blue sky in our pictures - we went in August and everyone we met felt the need to tell us that they never get this many sunny days, even in the heart of summer. So definitely bring a waterproof jacket and shoes you won't mind getting a bit muddy. If you're going to come all this way, you're going to want to sink your foot into a wet and squishy peat bog at some point, right?

First of all, it's pronounced "eye-luh", not "iss lay" or "eye lay". There's a great series on YouTube about how to pronounce whisky names. I say this because we learned we'd been mispronouncing lots of them for years. Oops.

While we're talking about delicious accents, liste…