Like a Virgin

I’ve got a trip planned to California later this year and booked the flights last week. I’ve made quite a few trips to the US in the past and usually fly with British Airways (for [not so] frequent flyer miles and all that) but with the recent wildcat strikes at Heathrow where BA’s baggage handlers walked out to support the 600 employees sacked at the former BA catering arm, Gate Gourmet, I’ve felt less than sure, particularly as the issues still seem to be rumbling on.

I’ve actually been in the US during one of these wildcat strikes a previous year – they usually happen at the peak of every summer season – wondering if I would be able to get home. While I had the luxury of staying with people I knew back then, I still had a job to go back to and the car in a long-stay car park. It’s not about the money (got insurance for that sort of thing) but the hassle of sorting it all out. I also don’t think I’ve really forgiven BA for retiring Concorde – why is the world slowing down?

So this time, I’m flying with Virgin Atlantic for the very first time. I’ve heard good things about them, so we’ll see how they compare to their arch-rival. Virgin were also £5 cheaper (wow!).

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