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Wexflyer Dec 27, 19 12:37 pm


Originally Posted by bse118 (Post 31880693)

..... people have convincing themselves that LHR is a nightmare and every transfer there is difficult and time consuming. It's not.

i guess you weren't there some of the days I was!

bse118 Dec 27, 19 12:58 pm


Originally Posted by Wexflyer (Post 31881142)
i guess you weren't there some of the days I was!

Oh I've had one or two bad transfers there, sure. (I remember one T5 to T3 90 minute cxn which involved being late into LHR, a remote stand arrival, late buses at the remote stand, no express connection passes, then improperly being denied access to fast track security, and having to jump the queues in the regular line to make the flight). But that's an unusual confluence of failures. Not the norm.

I make between 10-15 connections at LHR a year and the vast majority of times its perfectly fine, and no more difficult than most other airports. Tend to set my expectations by the typical experience not by the outliers. YMMV

corporate-wage-slave Dec 27, 19 1:10 pm

Because DUB lands into T2 as if a domestic flight, being within the Common Travel Area, this is one of the few connections where it is worth considering doing this via landside, particularly if you are able to use T3 Fast Track, which is the non avoidable security check for going airside at T3. There is no passport check leaving T2 and the Aer Lingus usual arrival gates are close to the route to landside. I'm not sure I'm going to distract the OP from the advice given above, which is probably the best for someone not used to Heathrow. T2 and T3 are reasonably close to each other, you just walk down a underground passageway between the two terminals.

There isn't an AA check at T2 buses in Flight Connection (there is at T5) so if using the Flight Connection route you can do the security check on arrival at T3, in the dedicated hall used for the purpose, but if you have Admirals access it is easiest to do it there, which is achieved by politely ignoring the 3 or 4 AA agents that hang around the T3 Flight Connections shepherding people into the hall. It can also be done at the gate less comfortably.

JDiver Dec 27, 19 4:44 pm


Originally Posted by Wexflyer (Post 31880079)
I have a DUB-LHR-LAX trip coming up. BA ticket but EI and AA metal, J class on AA. Been quite a few years since I did this, and I am worried as it is a very tight connection in LHR, even for the best of times and this is not the best time - busy Christmas period. Would appreciate comments on
- If I miss the flight, can AA rebook me, or do I have to go to BA?
- Best place to rebook - lounge, or transfer desk?
- Fastest/best transfer Terminal 2 to 3. Airside (bus) or landside?
- Is there still a transfer desk for AA passengers transferring into Terminal 3? Is it before or after security?

Thanks in advance!

Use the LHR Connections planner and walk her through it. Link. (Link is also in the Wikipost.)

bunkunu Jan 10, 20 3:53 pm

Hi 👋
I am sorry if this has been asked before but I have been searching this forum for half an hour and can not find a definitive answer

can I access t3 landside with a T5 boarding pass?

Thank you in advance 🙏

Flying Yazata Jan 10, 20 4:23 pm


Originally Posted by bunkunu (Post 31934688)
can I access t3 landside with a T5 boarding pass?

You arrive with a flight at T3 and wish to go landside there, through immigration and customs? And you have a flight onwards from T5?

bunkunu Jan 10, 20 4:31 pm


Originally Posted by Flying Yazata (Post 31934798)
You arrive with a flight at T3 and wish to go landside there, through immigration and customs? And you have a flight onwards from T5?

No if I was just flying out of T5 from London proper but wanted to go to t3 first

Flying Yazata Jan 10, 20 4:47 pm


Originally Posted by bunkunu (Post 31934822)
No if I was just flying out of T5 from London proper but wanted to go to t3 first

If you depart from LHR and your flight is from T5 (BA or IB), then no, you may not enter T3 airside with your boarding pass.

UKtravelbear Jan 10, 20 7:07 pm


Originally Posted by bunkunu (Post 31934822)
No if I was just flying out of T5 from London proper but wanted to go to t3 first

Why do you want to do that?

JJeffrey Jan 10, 20 7:11 pm


Originally Posted by UKtravelbear (Post 31935244)
Why do you want to do that?

I'll take lounges for $2,000, Alex...

KARFA Jan 10, 20 11:09 pm


Originally Posted by bunkunu (Post 31934688)
Hi 👋
I am sorry if this has been asked before but I have been searching this forum for half an hour and can not find a definitive answer

can I access t3 landside with a T5 boarding pass?

Thank you in advance 🙏

This has already been answered in the other thread https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/u-k-ireland/2003453-best-hotel-lhr-2.html

coming from landside you cant go through security at T3 with a T5 bp.

houstr8male May 9, 20 5:03 pm

Same day turn
 
I searched FT and also did a google search with FT included. I did not find this discussed but surely it has been. I donít know what UK entry restrictions/quarantine policies will be on July 1. I was scheduled to arrive LHR July 1 with a return flight to US July 2 on a separate ticket. The flight to LHR (BA metal AA stock) has canceled but AA hasnít notified me yet. To avoid entering UK I was considering rebooking with a same day turn. This assumes transit is allowed but entering UK is not. It seems like I would just go through flight connections and I should already have my return boarding pass before leaving US. Anyone see a problem with this idea?

gateH15 May 9, 20 5:09 pm


Originally Posted by houstr8male (Post 32362216)
I searched FT and also did a google search with FT included. I did not find this discussed but surely it has been. I donít know what UK entry restrictions/quarantine policies will be on July 1. I was scheduled to arrive LHR July 1 with a return flight to US July 2 on a separate ticket. The flight to LHR (BA metal AA stock) has canceled but AA hasnít notified me yet. To avoid entering UK I was considering rebooking with a same day turn. This assumes transit is allowed but entering UK is not. It seems like I would just go through flight connections and I should already have my return boarding pass before leaving US. Anyone see a problem with this idea?

I think UK is looking to implement 14 day quarantine at rev end of May. You will be allowed in but you would have to stay in your hotel room. Not sure how would they know of you left your room or not. You can spend the night at LHR hotels and leave the country. Quarantine is 14 days or for the duration of your stay, whichever is shorter

KARFA May 10, 20 3:06 am

Yes if doing a same day INT-INT connection you can go through flight connections and you would not go through immigration.

iadisgreat May 10, 20 4:46 pm


Originally Posted by gateH15 (Post 32362224)
I think UK is looking to implement 14 day quarantine at rev end of May. You will be allowed in but you would have to stay in your hotel room. Not sure how would they know of you left your room or not. You can spend the night at LHR hotels and leave the country. Quarantine is 14 days or for the duration of your stay, whichever is shorter

I have a trip booked in August that requires a LHR-LCY transit - going straight from Heathrow to City would meet the requirement?

Overnight connection on the return - fine to stay at a friend's place in Notting Hill who has been traveling with us?

This all assumes of course flights are running and we can actually enter our final destination. The UK government seems to somehow be more confused/confusing than the US, which is quite a feat.


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