They say that once you turn left you never go right. We are not talking politics here either!
I was heading home to the United States after two months in Europe. I had initially flown into Paris, then headed east by bus, train or plane. I ended up in Estonia and from there I flew to the UK for a couple of weeks. After that, I flew to Madrid for several days and then it was finally time for me to go home. It was a whirlwind of travel for eight weeks, so I decided that an upgrade was in order for my seven hour flight back to the States.
I had booked a flight with TAP Airlines from Madrid to New York, with a layover in Portugal. Once I arrived in Portugal that was when I upgraded to Business Class, which is now called Executive Class. My upgrade only cost an additional €395 and it was definitely worth it.
I have done this trick a few times and have upgraded for a great price. Although there was a time that I was flying back from Istanbul to Los Angeles and all the Business Class seats were sold out. The man behind the counter said that it was rare and that was when I learned it was a crap shoot. It does not hurt to ask when you check in and more than likely you will get a terrific deal on your upgrade.
If you have ever flown Business Class, First Class or Executive Class then you know of the benefits. My International flight on TAP was very comfortable and relaxing, which made for a stress-free trip back home. I had my own window seat pod with no one on either side of me, it was heaven! My seat reclined to a full bed position which was wonderful as I needed to take naps in-between all the food and drink that were served.
TAP Airlines Executive Class menu boasts products from Portugal, traditional dishes and award winning wine. Their menu updates seasonally with sustainably sourced fresh ingredients which I find important. There is no need to serve “Made for the Masses” frozen food in Executive Class or in any class. All of the meals were served on china and over white linen that covered the food tray in my pod. I really enjoyed the service and the attentiveness of the flight staff. It made for my flight back enjoyable and stress free, which is always the best way to go – Stress Free!
It was still airplane food and I probably would be disappointed if a restaurant served me these same exact courses to me. Considering that I was lounging in my own private pod, with a cute TAP swag bag and on my way home; I was grateful for the multiple courses that were served. The food was not bad at all, it beats reheated pasta and a package of peanuts.
—— On the Food Tray ——
Since I lost the photos that I took of the menu cards, I am recalling by memory what I ate. My apologies to those who want a full on description.
I would consider this the starter or possibly the Amuse-Bouche! A bowl of toasted sunflower seeds and a crispy croquette. Served with a never ending glass of Chardonnay.
A bowl of creamed potato soup, a crusty roll with a cute rose shaped butter. Still with my never ending glass of Chardonnay.
An adorable mini quiche, a seasoned turkey medallion and a little cheese bread puff. I am sure that I was still drinking that never ending pour of Chardonnay.
Since I decided on not eating red meat on this flight, I decided on ordering the fish. I cannot recall what type of fish this is but it might have been cod with a creamy white sauce. That garnish has seen better days though but I did not eat it. Also served with a wheat roll and a rose shaped butter.
To complete my multiple course meal while lounging in my personal pod with my headphones on, I decided on the Cheese Plate. Cheese slows down the digestion and that is why you will typically see it on a dessert menu.
I decided to switch to a gin and tonic with a cup of mint tea, I was not going anywhere for ahwile! I did enjoy the small selection of local cheeses, crackers and jam to complete my dining experience in Executive Class.
They allowed us to sleep for several hours and then we woke up to yet another meal. Now mind you that the flight time was just over seven hours! I genuinely felt like a baby – Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleep. It was very blissful!
This was the breakfast course, as if we needed something to break our fast. We were definitely not fasting! I woke up from my food and alcohol coma to a bowl of fresh fruit, cuts of turkey with slices of white cheese and citrus fruit. Again it was accompanied by a crusty roll and rose shaped butter. I skipped the booze and went for another cup of tea but I could have used a Bloody Mary.
Upgrading your flight is just that, upgrading your flight experience and it is worth every penny. My upgrade might not have been as flashy as having my own suite but at my age, being comfortable is critical. Not only for my own sanity but for everyone else’s around me!
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