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CloudCoder Jun 17, 18 9:58 am


Originally Posted by brp (Post 29867547)
T5 Galleries South Business Class lounge. Showers as well.

Cheers.

Depending on how much you like airline lounges, with that kind of layover you could go to at least five lounges:
  • AA Arrivals in T3
  • BA Arrivals in T5
  • BA business lounge, T5 south
  • BA business lounge, T5 north
  • BA business lounge in the T5 B satellite

There might even be more options.

I'd rate AA Arrivals as the best of the five. If it were me, I'd visit AA arrivals, then (if time allows) BA arrivals, then one of the BA T5 lounges (they'd practically identical). Of course if you were EXP you'd have a 6th option: BA Galleries First, which I'd rank as best of the six.

Executive summary: if it were me, I'd visit as many lounges as possible, but I'm probably different than most.

Vaclav Jul 10, 18 4:55 am

CNX @ LHR from AA100 at T3 (to merge LHR Connection thread)
 
Will be arriving into LHR on AA 100 (scheduled 6:20) into T3.
My outbound is also from T3 with the flight to PRG to depart at 7:20.
I am BA Silver.
I am afraid that I may not make the cnx.
Anyone has had similar experience?

arollins Jul 10, 18 5:21 am

Upon landing, there will be One World service agents, they have purple jacket if I recall correctly and will hand your connection ticket and might escort you to make connection. Luckily this is same terminal so no need to take the shuttle bus. The only thing is going through security, which might be fast during that time. Good luck.

JJeffrey Jul 10, 18 5:37 am


Originally Posted by Vaclav (Post 29957611)
Will be arriving into LHR on AA 100 (scheduled 6:20) into T3.
My outbound is also from T3 with the flight to PRG to depart at 7:20.
I am BA Silver.
I am afraid that I may not make the cnx.
Anyone has had similar experience?

I've done a few of the quick ~1hr-ish AA to BA/AY, T3-T3 connections at LHR to VIE and HEL. Like a lot of these questions, if you're on time then you'll be fine. Obviously not much time for lounge hopping or anything else, but you should make it to your next gate in plenty of time.

If you're sitting at JFK and the JFK-LHR flight starts getting delayed, then work with the AA agents there in the Flagship Lounge to get rebooked on a later LHR-PRG flight.

nrr Jul 10, 18 8:32 am

JFK-LHR-ZRH 7/3/18 and ZRH-PHL-JFK 7/9/18 issues and comments
 
Now that non-stops between JFK and ZRH no longer exist, one is forced to connect through LHR and/or PHL [through MAD might also be an option].
(1)Flt. 100 on 7/3 departed 30 minutes late (hydraulic issues with baggage loader) and arrived at the gate 45 minutes later than scheduled, lots of pax had "tight" connections and most likely missed these; an AA agent at the end of the jetway had a large sign with 15 connecting cities listed...new flts were (per FAs announcement) were to be made for them. ["legal" MCTs for LHR should not be relied on.] Further down the road an AA agent had a sign "Concierge Key", were CKs (who were connecting) given FULL VIP service or only going to be transported to the T3 to T5 connecting bus? Several flts arrived in close proximity to AA 100 so there were lots of pax connecting from T3 to T5 = long queues and extra wait times to get on a shuttle.
(2)Once in T5, the Fast Track security lane(s) had issues, one belt was inoperative and the other froze periodically--so even if you had a chance of making a connection, you wouldn't.
(3)I allowed for a 3 hr connection and even with FT issues had time to visit a OW lounge [I've connected through LHR on previous trips and used Gallery North] I even had time to use South, much nicer than North.
(4)For the return ZRH-PHL-JFK the quickest connection leaves 3+ hours in PHL, PHL-JFK departs from F--but for the next 2 weeks the AC in F is under construction, so I had to back-track to the AC in C.
(5)The PHL-JFK taxied for 30 minutes before t/o, the flt took only 35 minutes...
Discussed elsewhere on FT, AAs pull back for JFK (especially in light of my experience) will lead me to look elsewhere (Delta:)) for future NON-STOPs between ZRH from JFK

Vaclav Jul 10, 18 8:36 am

Thanks
 
Thank you for good suggestions - especially the Flagship lounge potential rebooking.

AANYC1981 Jul 10, 18 9:40 am

Why on earth would one continue to fly AA between NYC and ZRH? There are so many better and easier options.

Even AAs own corporate clients realized this when AA was flying the route nonstop.....which is why they were dumped

econometrics Jul 10, 18 9:59 am

Yeah, you'll likely be fine. AA100 usually lands on time or a little early, since it's in the first early-morning arrival banks.

nrr Jul 10, 18 10:03 am


Originally Posted by AANYC1981 (Post 29958517)
Why on earth would one continue to fly AA between NYC and ZRH? There are so many better and easier options.

Even AAs own corporate clients realized this when AA was flying the route nonstop.....which is why they were dumped

My trip (7/3-7/9) was part of an AA Vacation Package: (1)Special Fare Method, for EQD and EQM, (2)20,000 bonus miles for a Vacation to ZRH, (3)Price I paid, made the airfare + hotel close to airfare alone.

living near shamu Jul 10, 18 8:18 pm

Thanks for all the updates here from everyone. I’ve found FT to be immensely helpful for someone who doesn’t travel as often but is fascinated by people who live in the sky.

Last month I flew LHR - CLT out of T3 and found the Priority check-in so fast and easy. This time I’m flying LHR-AUS on BA out of T5 and wondering if the process will be the same or if I’m better off going through T3 then taking the bus after crossing Security. Not even sure if that’s possible. . I’m OWS (AA Plat) if that helps explain my logic.

econometrics Jul 10, 18 8:29 pm


Originally Posted by living near shamu (Post 29960538)
Thanks for all the updates here from everyone. Iíve found FT to be immensely helpful for someone who doesnít travel as often but is fascinated by people who live in the sky.

Last month I flew LHR - CLT out of T3 and found the Priority check-in so fast and easy. This time Iím flying LHR-AUS on BA out of T5 and wondering if the process will be the same or if Iím better off going through T3 then taking the bus after crossing Security. Not even sure if thatís possible. . Iím OWS (AA Plat) if that helps explain my logic.

Go thru T5. Itís usually pretty quick, and then you will be right there to use the Galleries lounges.

living near shamu Jul 10, 18 8:34 pm

Thanks @econometrics!

JJeffrey Jul 10, 18 8:36 pm


Originally Posted by living near shamu (Post 29960538)
Thanks for all the updates here from everyone. Iíve found FT to be immensely helpful for someone who doesnít travel as often but is fascinated by people who live in the sky.

Last month I flew LHR - CLT out of T3 and found the Priority check-in so fast and easy. This time Iím flying LHR-AUS on BA out of T5 and wondering if the process will be the same or if Iím better off going through T3 then taking the bus after crossing Security. Not even sure if thatís possible. . Iím OWS (AA Plat) if that helps explain my logic.

If you're departing from T5, then by all means go straight to T5 and clear security there. Your PLT status enables you to use the Fast Track there as well.

Starting off in T3 would be a huge hassle and waste of time and involve clearing security twice and a bus ride between terminals, not to mention countless people telling you you're in the wrong terminal along the way.

KARFA Jul 11, 18 2:34 am


Originally Posted by living near shamu (Post 29960538)
Thanks for all the updates here from everyone. I’ve found FT to be immensely helpful for someone who doesn’t travel as often but is fascinated by people who live in the sky.

Last month I flew LHR - CLT out of T3 and found the Priority check-in so fast and easy. This time I’m flying LHR-AUS on BA out of T5 and wondering if the process will be the same or if I’m better off going through T3 then taking the bus after crossing Security. Not even sure if that’s possible. . I’m OWS (AA Plat) if that helps explain my logic.

Just to clarify, if you are coming from landside you can only enter a terminal if you have a bp for a flight departing from that terminal - so going through security at T3 if you are departing from T5 wouldn't be possible.

As a OWS you can use fast track at T5. There is a fast track lane at both north and south security. Tbh I always found the north fast track much quieter. It has a completely separate entrance to north normal security and is 50m to the left of normal security. It is also close to where you arrive on that floor if you are coming in on the HEX or tube.

living near shamu Jul 11, 18 7:19 am

Thanks for the responses. I am coming landside so the above scenario works great for me. I did follow the lounges thread but I was only able to see the ones for T3. Is there another link I’m missing? This is the link from FT - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...er-thread.html


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