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? from BMI newbie: transfer from UA to BMI at LHR

Old Jan 24, 03, 5:04 pm
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? from BMI newbie: transfer from UA to BMI at LHR

I am flying UA from ORD to LHR in March. Need to transfer to BD175 from LHR to CDG. No checked luggage.
A couple of questions:
- do I need to clear customs and go get my BMI boarding pass at the land side of the terminal ?
- if not, what do I do with my carry-on luggage: 22" rollaboard and a good size laptop case ? My understanding is that BMI allows only one bag in Y. What do I have to do with my other one? Check it at the gate? Is it possible?
- would I be allowed to visit BMI lounge as *G ? How far is this lounge from the UA Red Carpet Club? Which one is better ?
- would I get any break with my sitting assignment as *G ? Or is it "free for all" at the gate?

Thanks in advance for you help.
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Old Jan 24, 03, 5:58 pm
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"- do I need to clear customs and go get my BMI boarding pass at the land side of the terminal ?"

No. You can get your boarding pass at the lounge or the gate, or one of the information desks in Terminal 1 (BD's terminal). Follow the black "Flight Connections" signs from your arrival gate. This will take you on a (very) long walk which will end at a security checkpoint. You may be asked to show your ticket (or eticket receipt) here. If you find yourself in the immigration hall you are going the wrong way!

You will then be able to get a bus from Terminal 3(UA) to the Flight Connections Centre (a building joined onto Terminals 1 and 2). From here follow the signs for Terminal 1 International Departures, which should take you along a moving walkway and down some stairs into Terminal 1.

Go to the lounge if time allows (which it probably will since the CDG flights (all airlines) have an apalling punctuality record), or else check the screens for your gate.

- if not, what do I do with my carry-on luggage: 22" rollaboard and a good size laptop case ? My understanding is that BMI allows only one bag in Y. What do I have to do with my other one? Check it at the gate? Is it possible?

Your understanding is correct though if the flight is not too full they may let you on with both. You can check luggage at the gate. It goes down a chute and straight onto the plane.

- would I be allowed to visit BMI lounge as *G ? How far is this lounge from the UA Red Carpet Club? Which one is better ?

Absolutely. There are 2 lounges in Terminal 1 International, near gate 14. The Business Lounge is for business class passengers, elite BD frequent flyers and Star Gold. Opposite that on the left hand side is the Diamond Club Lounge, for elite BD frequent flyers and Star Gold only. The latter tends to be less crowded though both offer similar facilities and generally very nice staff. I understand that the Diamond Club lounge has shower facilities though I have to admit I've never used them or seen them.

Both UA and BD lounges are similar though I prefer BD at LHR (no internet access but otherwise good). You don't actually have a choice because UA will be prohibited from admitting you to the RCC unless you have an onward flight from Terminal 3 (which you don't).

- would I get any break with my sitting assignment as *G ? Or is it "free for all" at the gate?

The staff will do their best to accommodate your request i.e. you will get a break where possible. You may find the seat next to you blocked off but that depends on how full the flight is. If the flight is packed and you're the last to check in then you may still end up in a middle seat at the back.

Note that the CDG flight is short (less than an hour) so you will only get free drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a biscuit/peanuts. Similar to domestic UA.

Ground staff at CDG are significantly less friendly than their LHR colleagues in my experience.

Thanks in advance for you help.

No problem!
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Old Jan 24, 03, 9:04 pm
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And given that you're connecting to / from a UA flight, I think they follow UA rules for carry-on. At least they do whenever I fly BD then AC and vice versa.
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Old Jan 25, 03, 1:02 pm
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You guys are great! Thank you kindly for your response.
Happy travel to all.
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Old Jan 25, 03, 3:37 pm
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Shouldn't the United agent at O'Hare be able to print a bmi LHR-CDG boarding pass?

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Old Jan 26, 03, 7:38 pm
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Great Q & A. I was planning the same trip and had the same questions...
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Old Jan 27, 03, 4:23 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by CJ99:
Shouldn't the United agent at O'Hare be able to print a bmi LHR-CDG boarding pass?

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Seems really hit-and-miss. Sometimes the agent tells me to get the BP at LHR, sometimes I get the BP (which works fine).

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Old Jan 27, 03, 5:59 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">posted by CJ99:
Shouldn't the United agent at O'Hare be able to print a bmi LHR-CDG boarding pass? </font>
Yes they can (and should) but in my experience most UA staff will invent a range of excuses for not bothering to do so.
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Old Jan 27, 03, 9:47 am
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To complicate my case a bit, I am traveling on 2 separate tickets: one on UA from ORD to LHR and one on BD between LHR and CDG. Because of that, I am not expecting UA agents in ORD to print my BP for LHR-CDG leg.
And speaking of two separate tickets with the second ticket having a non-codesharing BD flight number, would I still be able to get UA miles for my LHR-CDG flight?
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Old Jan 27, 03, 10:00 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by smooth:
with the second ticket having a non-codesharing BD flight number, would I still be able to get UA miles for my LHR-CDG flight? </font>
Of course - I can't remember how many exactly - check your MP book (I think it's 500 in C and 250 in Y but may be wildly wrong)
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Old Jan 27, 03, 10:53 am
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I'm sure you could still ask them to check you through to CDG. I guess it's "Agent Lotto" -- find the right one and you won't have to carry your luggage to T1...

Correct about the points.
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Old Jan 27, 03, 12:55 pm
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They should be able to check the bags through to CDG even if they can't actually check you into the flight (they should be able to notwithstanding the BD flight number)

You will get 250 miles in Y or 500 in C for each BD sector with Mileage Plus. Will take a week or so to credit (used to be longer but things have improved over the last year or so). If bmi issue the boarding pass, it will have the letters "UAP"(general member) of "US*S"(Premier) or "UA*G"(Premex/1K) on the boarding pass next to the name of the destination airport. If not then the number isn't in the system.
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