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JDiver Jul 9, 19 3:25 pm


Originally Posted by Campion76 (Post 31286338)
Apologies, I'm trying not to replicate a previous-answered question here, but I'm hoping you can help me out. I'm flying this weekend on a non-connecting flight from EWR-LHR on Virgin Atlantic (arriving T3, I assume), then transferring to a BA flight from T5 seven hours later.

I can either check or not check my luggage. Checking would be nice because it's a long trip and I'm not sure I can fit all my liquids into one quart-sized container (special contact lens solution). However, after reading through the instructions, it looks like it might just be easier to suck it up and carry on my suitcase at EWR, thus preventing the hassle of going all the way landside, going through security again, etc.

I would swear that a couple years ago, doing almost the same thing, when I got to T5 I was able to give my hand luggage (including a carry-on suitcase) to a BA rep somewhere in the middle of T5 and just leave it there for a few hours. I am sure I didn't pay for this service. However, I can't find anything on Heathrow's or BA's sites about this. Since I didn't pay, I don't think it was the left luggage service.

Can anyone tell me what this was and if it's still there? If not, do I have any options other than lugging a suitcase around T5 with me for seven hours (I don't have lounge access).

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Campion76 Jul 9, 19 3:39 pm

Thanks! Perhaps my question wasn't clear. I understand how to get between terminals, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my bag in T5. I could check it, but since I have no status I think I have wait until 3 hrs before boarding. Or I could carry it on. In that case, I have a vague recollection of an area airside in T5 where BA would hold my suitcase. That's what I can't find any info about.

QueenOfCoach Jul 9, 19 3:46 pm


Originally Posted by Campion76 (Post 31286338)
Checking would be nice because it's a long trip and I'm not sure I can fit all my liquids into one quart-sized container (special contact lens solution).

I also wear contact lenses. I wear Boston gas perm hard lenses. I always stop by a Boots the Chemist shop in LHR T5 because they sell a special travel pack of the solution I need. The travel pack is two small bottles of solution, instead of the one large bottle I get here in the States.

I can use the small travel pack bottles for onward travel, as they are under 3 oz.

You might want to look at a Boots website to see if your desired brand of contact lens solution is available. You can also just call them and ask.

I offer this info in the event you decide to go all carry-on.

wrp96 Jul 9, 19 3:46 pm


Originally Posted by Campion76 (Post 31286666)
Thanks! Perhaps my question wasn't clear. I understand how to get between terminals, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my bag in T5. I could check it, but since I have no status I think I have wait until 3 hrs before boarding. Or I could carry it on. In that case, I have a vague recollection of an area airside in T5 where BA would hold my suitcase. That's what I can't find any info about.

That may be a better question for the BA board. But I've never seen mention of anywhere to store luggage airside T5.

carlosdca Jul 9, 19 4:01 pm


Originally Posted by Campion76 (Post 31286666)
Thanks! Perhaps my question wasn't clear. I understand how to get between terminals, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my bag in T5. I could check it, but since I have no status I think I have wait until 3 hrs before boarding. Or I could carry it on. In that case, I have a vague recollection of an area airside in T5 where BA would hold my suitcase. That's what I can't find any info about.

A couple of things:

1) Going landside to check your bag is not that big of deal, specially since you have a 7 hour layover.
You have to go through security anyway, even if you stay airside.
There is an extra step - immigraiton - that used to be a pain for non-european travelers (long lines).
But good news is that US citizens are now eligible for e-gates. I haven't tried them myself but I assume they save a lot of time.

2) There are a couple of lounges for pay at terminal 5, Premium Plaza and Aspire.
I have been to one of them (can't recall which one) and it was not bad for a few hours. For sure it is not comparable to a First Class lounge, but it was decent and better than being stuck outside. I assume they have a place to store your carry on.
Access is for up to 3 hours I think, so you will have to make sure you tell them how much you intend to stay. It might a little bit more expensive than advertised because of that.

KARFA Jul 9, 19 5:06 pm


Originally Posted by Campion76 (Post 31286666)
Thanks! Perhaps my question wasn't clear. I understand how to get between terminals, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my bag in T5. I could check it, but since I have no status I think I have wait until 3 hrs before boarding. Or I could carry it on. In that case, I have a vague recollection of an area airside in T5 where BA would hold my suitcase. That's what I can't find any info about.

use the self check in desks in t5, you can check a bag from 0500 on the day of travel regardless of cabin or status.

Campion76 Jul 9, 19 5:26 pm


Originally Posted by KARFA (Post 31286911)


use the self check in desks in t5, you can check a bag from 0500 on the day of travel regardless of cabin or status.

Thanks! And this is landside? As in I would check my bag, pick it up, etc., then take transpo to T5?

KARFA Jul 9, 19 5:31 pm


Originally Posted by Campion76 (Post 31286959)
Thanks! And this is landside? As in I would check my bag, pick it up, etc., then take transpo to T5?

yes. You would go through immigration at T3, collect your bag, go across to T5 (use HEX or tube) and go up to check in on the top floor to check your bag.

Jonesdds Jul 14, 19 9:49 pm

Connection question in LHR
 
Flying AA metal getting in at 12:05 in LHR. Had to book connection separately, flying on to Lyon. BA flights either 1:55 pm or 6:55 pm. 1:55 to little time? Hate to add 5 hrs connection time. Iíve only connected from another destination in Europe through LHR.

Are all AA flights going to be arriving in terminal 5? And do all flights to European destinations fly out of terminal 5? I know there are some flights in and out of terminal 3 but maybe just a few long haul flights.

we will have checked bags, I assume we will be able to check through to Lyon, or not? If so, will we have to retrieve then recheck after immigration, etc.? Seems if no and we are able to check through to Lyon then 1:55 becomes much more realistic, correct?

Mwenenzi Jul 14, 19 9:55 pm


Originally Posted by Jonesdds (Post 31304045)
Flying AA metal getting in at 12:05 in LHR. Had to book connection separately, flying on to Lyon. BA flights either 1:55 pm or 6:55 pm. 1:55 to little time? Hate to add 5 hrs connection time. I’ve only connected from another destination in Europe through LHR.

Are all AA flights going to be arriving in terminal 5? And do all flights to European destinations fly out of terminal 5? I know there are some flights in and out of terminal 3 but maybe just a few long haul flights.

we will have checked bags, I assume we will be able to check through to Lyon, or not? If so, will we have to retrieve then recheck after immigration, etc.? Seems if no and we are able to check through to Lyon then 1:55 becomes much more realistic, correct?

IMHO 1:55 is far short a time with separate tickets. A small delay and you are toast
Passport from where?
AA will not through check luggage on separate tickets. That is your big problem
Did you consider the Eurostar train & French train?

BA forum thread ---> https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...ng-lhr-t5.html Click to open the wiki. Better on a laptop compared to a phone

OW thread https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/onew...d-threads.html

AA thread https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...2016-a-22.html

Edit
AA thread--->https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...-ba-ib-t5.html

freeagent Jul 14, 19 9:56 pm

I'd choose the flight that leaves at 6:55pm. AA uses terminal 3 not terminal 5. Given that you'll have two reservations its cutting it extremely close. You will have to recheck bags as you will have two separate tickets and they will not tag your bag all the way to Lyon.

bse118 Jul 14, 19 10:05 pm

1) All AA flights are at T3.

2) Currently BA's Lyon flights are also at T3.

3) you can check which terminal at LHR at: https://www.heathrow.com/airport-guide/which-terminal

4) the 1:55 BA flight would leave too short a time between flights (note, seperate tickets are not a connection) with checked bags.

5) AA will not through check bags on seperate tickets. You will have to clear immigration, claim your bags, and check in with BA.

mvoight Jul 14, 19 10:27 pm


Originally Posted by Mwenenzi (Post 31304059)
IMHO 1:55 is far short a time with separate tickets. A small delay and you are toast
Passport from where?
AA will not through check luggage on separate tickets. That is your big problem
Did you consider the Eurostar train & French train?

There are days when Eurostar stops in Lyon.... Of course, it is a bit easier to fly there.
That said, I wouldn't book this short AA-BA with checked bags

gateH15 Jul 14, 19 11:33 pm


Originally Posted by mvoight (Post 31304125)
There are days when Eurostar stops in Lyon.... Of course, it is a bit easier to fly there.
That said, I wouldn't book this short AA-BA with checked bags

even tho MCT will be met and he could technically be protected itís too short of a connection to clear immigration, get the bags and recheck it.

hbtr Jul 15, 19 12:43 am


Originally Posted by Jonesdds (Post 31304045)
Flying AA metal getting in at 12:05 in LHR. Had to book connection separately, flying on to Lyon. BA flights either 1:55 pm or 6:55 pm. 1:55 to little time? Hate to add 5 hrs connection time. Iíve only connected from another destination in Europe through LHR.

Are all AA flights going to be arriving in terminal 5? And do all flights to European destinations fly out of terminal 5? I know there are some flights in and out of terminal 3 but maybe just a few long haul flights.

we will have checked bags, I assume we will be able to check through to Lyon, or not? If so, will we have to retrieve then recheck after immigration, etc.? Seems if no and we are able to check through to Lyon then 1:55 becomes much more realistic, correct?

As others have posted, AA will arrive in T3, not T5. Over the years about 70% of my AA flights int LHR have experienced some sort of delay, often due in part to some sort of flow control where you are stacked up somewhere near London for 15-30 minutes. So the 1:55 could be risky.


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