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[left]PHX DO - Saturday 25 August 2018
For other PHX TP runs see bottom of wiki

BACKGROUND
A mid-point meet up at Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport for those travelling far and wide on the OTP/PHX tier point collection run. All welcome!


NAME BADGES
The name badges have been created - Thank you Megaloman.
You'll find these somewhere at the HGI in PHX!

WHATSAPP GROUP
There is an active WhatsApp group for OTP/PHX travellers. Ask for more details.


PRE DEPARTURE DRINK
A bunch of us are meeting on Thursday 16 August at All Bar One (Cannon St. London) for a semi-impromptu drink: Get to meet some other Runners, share last minute tips, enjoy the sun etc. All FTers welcome


PREORDER DRINKS AT THE DO
Fitch has very kindly offered to do a booze run to enjoy drinks/snacks around the pool, given the hotel bar shuts early. Please PM him for a link to place your order before Thurs 23 August.


GUEST LIST

Attending (46)
aks120, atcer28, awoxp, bisonrav, brainless69, CCayley, charlie26, Cheny, Deanog1976, deboyzoned, Diver Boy, Duncs, dylanks, EGLK FLYER, EMB195, GadgetGal, gcuk, Fitch, HPN-HRL, IFE Wizard, Jaenks, j_alan, KARFA, Ldnn1, madfish, MarkedMan, mats, megaloman, MRP Alert, nufnuf77, onobond, our_kid, Pilot37, Scallywag72, ScienceTeacher, steven62343, Swissbobby, taylorj6, teledude, TonyHancock, TPRun, TravellerFrequently +1, travellingscotsman, wbeest, where2travel, woglet86

Tentative (3)
Geordie405, Gig103, Over the Horizon


FLIGHTS

Thursday 16 August 2018
0810 BA543 BLQ/LHR MarkedMan
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP MarkedMan
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP Scallywag72


Friday 17 August 2018
0830 BA885 OTP/LHR MarkedMan, Scallywag72
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP woglet86+1
1310 BA177 LHR/JFK Scallywag72
1755 BA887 OTP/LHR BA Humbug, H2L, woglet86+1

1800 AA302 JFK/LAX Scallywag72
1805 BA179 LHR/JFK MarkedMan


Saturday 18 August 2018
0935 AA6140 LHR/JFK H2L
1125 BA794 LHR/HEL BA Humbug
1200 AA3 JFK/LAX MarkedMan
1430 AA341 JFK/LAX H2L
1633 AA899 LAX/PHX MarkedMan, Scallywag72
1700 AA1671 LAX/PHX H2L
1710 BA799 HEL/LHR BA Humbug
1950 BA183/AA6146 LHR/JFK BA Humbug


Sunday 19 August 2018
0650 AA885 JFK/PHX BA Humbug
0720 AA445 PHX/LAX H2L, Scallywag72
0958 AA629 PHX/PHL BA Humbug
1030 AA238 LAX/JFK Scallywag72
1130 AA4 LAX/JFK H2L
1920 AA736 PHX/PHL BA Humbug
2130 BA114 JFK/LHR Scallywag72
2225 AA104 JFK/LHR H2L


Monday 20 August 2018
1020 AA9000/AY1332 LHR/HEL BA Humbug
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP Scallywag72
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP H2L


Tuesday 21 August 2018
0750 BA795 HEL/LHR BA Humbug
0835 BA885 OTP/LHR Scallywag72
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP Wbeest, BA Humbug, CCayley
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP n4ynx, steven62343


Wednesday 22 August 2018
0830 BA885 OTP/LHR CCayley, n4ynx, steven62343, Wbeest
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP ajm1972, aks120, Cheny, EGLK FLYER, IFE Wizard, onobond
1145 BA662 LHR/LCA Beaulieu
1310 BA0177 LHR/JFK Wbeest
1430 AA105 LHR/JFK steven62343
1840 BA0798 LHR/HEL n4ynx
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP EMB195, Markie, our_kid
1915 BA2481 JFK/LAX Wbeest
1935 BA663 LCA/LHR Beaulieu
2115 AA185 JFK/LAX steven62343


Thursday 23 August 2018
0600 AA2083 LAX/PHX steven62343
0700 BA1385 MAN/LHR madfish
0800 AY1331 HEL/LHR n4ynx
0830 AA6358/BA885 OTP/LHR ajm1972, Cheny, EGLK FLYER, EMB195, IFE Wizard, Jaenks, Markie, our_kid
1000 AA0445 LAX/PHX Wbeest
1015 AA0101 LHR/JFK n4ynx
1120 AA6214 LHR/JFK EGLK FLYER
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP Airlineanorak+1, deboyzoned, madfish
1310 BA177/AA6142 LHR/JFK EMB195, IFE Wizard, Jaenks
1510 BA731 GVA/LHR Swissbobby
1515 BA1489 GLA/LHR travellingscotsman
1610 BA1336 LHR/HEL Markie
1610 BA269 LHR/LAX ajm1972
1640 AA1457 JFK/PHX n4ynx
1700 AA107 LHR/JFK Beaulieu
1700 AA133 JFK/LAX EGLK FLYER
1755 BA887 OTP/LHR GadgetGal, onobond
1840 BA798 LHR/HEL Cheny, our_kid
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP awoxp, bisonrav (1C), Brainless69, Duncs, Fitch, j_alan, megaloman, Pilot37, Swissbobby, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun, travellingscotsman
2005 BA786 LHR/ARN Diver Boy
2115 AA3258 LAX/PHX EGLK FLYER
2115 AA185 JFK/LAX Jaenks


Friday 24 August 2018
0600 AA2083 LAX/PHX Jaenks
0700 AA9 JFK/SFO EMB195
0750 BA771 ARN/LHR Diver Boy
0800 AY1331 HEL/LHR Cheny, Markie, our_kid
0830 BA885 OTP/LHR. The Party Plane!! If you are positioning the night before please PM me (teledude) if you don't have GOLD/GGL for guesting aks120, Airlineanorak+1, awoxp, bisonrav (4C), brainless69, deboyzoned, Duncs, Fitch, j_alan, Ldnn1, madfish, megaloman, Pilot37, ScienceTeacher, Swissbobby, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun, travellingscotsman
1000 AA255 JFK/LAX Beaulieu
1015 AA101 LHR-JFK Markie
1020 KL1542 LBA/AMS Scallywag72
1120 BA173/AA6214 LHR/JFK awoxp, Cheny, Fitch, GadgetGal, our_kid, travellingscotsman
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP Deanog1976, gcuk, KARFA, TravellerFrequently +1, woglet86 +1
1200 AA003 JFK/LAX IFE Wizard
1225 AA530 SFO/PHX EMB195
1240 BA67 LHR/PHL Diver Boy
1240 AA888 LAX/PHX ajm1972
1310 BA177/AA6142 LHR/JFK Airlineanorak+1, bisonrav (1A), deboyzoned, Pilot37, Swissbobby
1335 KL1375 AMS/OTP Scallywag72
1340 WN2125 LAS-PHX HPN-HRL
1420 AA205 LAX/OGG Beaulieu
1425 BA115 LHR/JFK aks120, madfish, onobond
1610 AY1336/BA6080 LHR/HEL Duncs, j_alan, ScienceTeacher, taylorj6
1640 AA0899 LAX/PHX IFE Wizard
1640 AA1587 JFK/PHX Markie, our_kid
1700 AA133 JFK/LAX awoxp
1710 AA1037 SFO/PHX TonyHancock
1740 BA95 LHR/YUL Ldnn1
1755 BA887 OTP/LHR Deanog1976, gcuk, KARFA, TravellerFrequently +1, woglet86 +1
1805 AA35 JFK/LAX Pilot37
1815 AA4515 PHL/DCA Diver Boy
1840 BA798 LHR/HEL brainless69, megaloman, teledude, TPRun
2015 AA293 JFK/LAX onobond
2115 AA185 JFK/LAX deboyzoned, Fitch, madfish
2115 AA3258 LAX/PHX awoxp


Saturday 25 August 2018
0530 AA1865 DCA/CLT Diver Boy
0605 AA2083 LAX/PHX deboyzoned, Fitch
0650 AA1487 JFK/PHX Cheny
0650 BA832 LHR/DUB gcuk
0650 AA646 PHX/PHL IFE Wizard
0700 AA0033 JFK/LAX GadgetGal
0750 AA1674 CLT/LAX Diver Boy
0745 BA804 LHR/BLL charlie26, nufnuf77
0745 BA795 HEL/LHR brainless69
0800 AY1331/BA6031 HEL/LHR Duncs, j_alan, megaloman, ScienceTeacher, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun
0800 AA1 JFK/LAX Airlineanorak+1, Swissbobby
0825 AA6358/BA885 OTP/LHR englisha, Scallywag72, where2travel
0935 BA175 LHR/JFK KARFA, TravellerFrequently +1
0955 AA445 LAX/PHX onobond
1000 AA255 JFK/LAX aks120
1015 AA101/BA1516 LHR/JFK Deanog1976, j_alan, megaloman, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun, woglet86
1120 BA173 LHR/JFK Scallywag72, ScienceTeacher
1120 AA723 DUB/PHL gcuk
1200 AA003 JFK/LAX bisonrav (2K)
1240 AA888 LAX/PHX Airlineanorak+1, Diver Boy, GadgetGal, madfish, Pilot37, Swissbobby
1241 AA4389 YUL/PHL Ldnn1
1240 BA67 LHR/PHL brainless69, Duncs
1200 AA003 JFK/LAX travellingscotsman
1310 BA177/AA6142 LHR/JFK englisha
1430 AA341 JFK/LAX KARFA, TravellerFrequently +1, woglet86
1430 AA105LHR/JFK where2travel
1445 BA289 LHR/PHX charlie26, nufnuf77
1530 AA117 JFK/LAX Deanog1976, megaloman, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun
1535 AA726 PHL/LAX gcuk
1540 AA655 PHL/PHX IFE Wizard, Ldnn1
1633 AA899 LAX/PHX aks120, bisonrav (1D), travellingscotsman
1640 AA1587 JFK/PHX j_alan, ScienceTeacher
1659 AA2291 JFK/CLT Scallywag72
1720 AA414 PHL/PHX brainless69, Duncs
1933 AA650 LAX/PHX Deanog1976, gcuk, KARFA, megaloman, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun TravellerFrequently +1, woglet86
1955 AA495 CLT/PHX Scallywag72
2015 AA300 JFK/LAX where2travel


Sunday 26 August 2018
0600 AA3196 PHX/LAX aks120, brainless69, our_kid, Pilot37, steven62343, Swissbobby, taylorj6
0630 AA567 PHX/CLT Diver Boy
0650 AA646 PHX/PHL gcuk
0720 AA445 PHX/LAX Deanog1976, madfish, MarkedMan, megaloman, Scallywag72, teledude, TPRun, woglet86
0725 WN6001 PHX/STL/LGA HPN-HRL
0900 AA2 LAX/JFK aks120, our_kid, Swissbobby, taylorj6
0920 AA2339 PHX/JFK Duncs, GadgetGal, j_alan, KARFA, Markie, TravellerFrequently +1
0930 AA2192 LAX/MIA Pilot37
0940 AA1569 PHX/BOS awoxp
1000 AA760 PHX/LAX charlie26, nufnuf77, onobond
1000 AA172 LAX/JFK our_kid
1030 AA238 LAX/JFK brainless69, Deanog1976, MarkedMan, megaloman, Scallywag72, steven62343, teledude, TPRun, woglet86
1105 AA1702 LAX/PHX where2travel
1130 AA272 JFK/LAX englisha
1231 AA2320 PHX/BOS Cheny
1345 AA2103 PHX/LAX EMB195
1350 AA2197 PHX/SEA Ldnn1
1400 AA0899 PHX/LAX IFE Wizard
1430 AA32 LAX/JFK madfish
1445 AA443 CLT/DCA Diver Boy
1515 AA022 LAX/JFK onobond
1540 AA828 PHL/ORD gcuk
1620 AA2103 LAX/PHX englisha
1630 AA184 LAX/JFK EMB195, IFE Wizard
1705 AA6073 LAX/SJC charlie26, nufnuf77
1710 AA6131 PHX/LHR bisonrav (1A)
1715 AA636 PHX/SFO TonyHancock
1825 AA100 JFK/LHR Duncs, Markie
1845 AA208 ORD/DUB gcuk
1925 BA212 BOS/LHR awoxp
1945 AA38 MIA/LHR Pilot37
2000 AA106/BA1517 JFK/LHR aks120, Deang1976, megaloman, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun
2000 AA6137 JFK/LHR GadgetGal
2005 BA278 SJC/LHR charlie26, nufnuf77
2010 BA116 JFK/LHR GadgetGal, j_alan, KARFA, Swissbobby, TravellerFrequently +1
2050 IB6252 JFK/MAD our_kid
2130 BA114 JFK/LHR brainless69, MarkedMan, Scallywag72, woglet86
2220 BA292 IAD/LHR Diver Boy
2225 AA104 JFK/LHR steven62343
2250 AA6165 BOS/LHR Cheny


Monday 27 August 2018
0600 AA3196 PHX/LAX EGLK FLYER, travellingscotsman
0730 AY1340 LHR/HEL Duncs
0720 AA445 PHX/LAX ajm1972
0755 BA178 JFK/LHR EMB195, Majunga
0800 AY1331 LHR/JFK j_alan
0900 AA02 LAX/JFK travellingscotsman
1020 AY1332/BA6032 LHR/HEL awoxp, Deanog1976, Markie, megaloman, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun
1030 AA238 LAX/JFK ajm1972, EGLK FLYER
1045 BA827 DUB/LHR gcuk
1140 BA886/AA6649 LHR/OTP aks120, brainless69, Cheny, GadgetGal, KARFA, MarkedMan, Pilot37, Scallywag72, Swissbobby, TravellerFrequently +1, woglet86
1210 BA459 MAD/LHR our_kid
1320 BA780 LHR/ARN Diver Boy
1400 AY1335 HEL/LHR Duncs
1400 AA899 PHX/LAX Jaenks
1420 AA205 OGG/LAX Beaulieu
1600 AY1337/BA6033 HEL/LHR j_alan, Markie, megaloman, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun
1605 BA806 LHR/BLL charlie26, nufnuf77
1710 BA6566 PHX/SAN Wbeest
1710 BA799 HEL/LHR awoxp
1755 BA887 OTP/LHR aks120, Brainless69, KARFA, MarkedMan, Pilot37, Scallywag72, TravellerFrequently +1, woglet86
1830 BA112 JFK/LHR madfish
1900 BA174/AA6139 JFK/LHR onobond, IFE Wizard
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP bisonrav (1F), Duncs, Markie, megaloman, steven62343, taylorj6, teledude, TPRun
2030 BA1404 LHR/MAN Scallywag72
2100 BA172 JFK/LHR travellingscotsman
2130 AA6135 JFK/LHR EGLK FLYER
2135 BA268 LAX/LHR Jaenks
2150 AA1280 PHX/JFK ScienceTeacher
2229 BA1751 SAN/JFK Wbeest


Tuesday 28 August 2018
0700 BA1385 MAN/LHR Telecasterman+1
0800 AA307 LAX/JFK Beaulieu
0848 AA2773 PHX/JFK n4ynx
1035 BA834 LHR/DUB travellingscotsman
0835 BA885 OTP/LHR bisonrav (12C), Cheny, Duncs, Markie, Swissbobby, teledude, TPRun
0920 BA1340 LHR/LBA Scallywag72
1150 AA6649/BA886 LHR/OTP awoxp, CCayley, EGLK FLYER, EMB195, gcuk, IFE Wizard, madfish, majunga, onobond, our_kid, Telecasterman+1
1400 BA731 LHR/GVA Swissbobby

1800 BA887 OTP/LHR awoxp, EMB195, gcuk, IFE Wizard, madfish, megaloman, onobond, our_kid, taylorj6
1810 BA116 JFK/LHR ajm1972
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP Jaenks
2000 AA0106 JFK/LHR n4ynx
2010 BA116 JFK/LHR Beaulieu
2130 AA6135/BA0114 JFK/LHR ScienceTeacher, Wbeest

Wednesday 29 August 2018
0755 BA1370 LHR/MAN madfish
0830 AA6358/BA885 OTP/LHR EGLK FLYER, Telecasterman+1
1020 AY1332 LHR/HEL n4ynx
1120 AA6214 LHR/JFK Telecasterman+1
1125 BA794 LHR/HEL ScienceTeacher
1140 BA086 LHR/OTP ajm1972, Wbeest
1345 AA2103 PHX/LAX englisha
1600 AY1337 HEL/LHR n4ynx
1630 AA0184 LAX/JFK englisha
1700 AA133 JFK/LAX Telecasterman+1

1800 BA887 OTP/LHR Wbeest, CCayley
1900 BA0884 LHR/OTP n4ynx
2115 AA3258 LAX/PHX Telecasterman+1


Thursday 30 August 2018
0805 BA890 LHR/SOF Beaulieu
0830 BA0885 OTP/LHR n4ynx
0835 AA1792 PHX/LAX Airlineanorak+1
0850 AA2339 PHX/JFK where2travel
1130 AA4 LAX/JFK Airlineanoark+1
1420 BA891 SOF/LHR Beaulieu
1755 BA887 OTP/LHR ajm1972
2010 AA6137 JFK/LHR where2travel
2105 AA6212 JFK/LHR englisha

Friday 31 August 2018
0755 BA178 JFK/LHR Airlineanorak+1
0835 AA1702 PHX/LAX deboyzoned
1000 AA760 PHX/LAX Fitch
1020 AA9000 LHR/HEL where2travel
1140 BA886 LHR/OTP englisha
1130 AA4 LAX/JFK deboyzoned
1230 AA274 LAX/JFK Fitch
1600 AY1337 HEL/LHR ScienceTeacher, where2travel
1900 BA884 LHR/OTP ScienceTeacher, where2travel
2225 AA104 JFK/LHR deboyzoned, Fitch


Saturday 1 September 2018
1315 AA6649 LHR/OTP Airlineanorak+1, deboyzoned, Fitch


Sunday 2 September 2018
1800 BA887 OTP/LHR Airlineanorak+1
1845 BA66 PHL/LHR Ldnn1


HOTELS

Bucharest
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest - aks120 (22-24 Aug), onobond (22 Aug), Wbeest(21 Aug), BA Humbug (21 - 25 Aug), deboyzoned (23 Aug)
DoubleTree Unirii Square Bucharest - cheny (22 & 27 Aug), madfish (23 Aug), megaloman (23 & 27 Aug), TPRun (23 Aug & 27 Aug), Scallywag72 (24 Aug), Swissbobby (27 Aug)
Hotel RIN, Bucharest Airport - IFE Wizard (22 Aug), awoxp (23 Aug), bisonrav (23 Aug & 27 Aug), Brainless69 (23 Aug), Fitch (23 Aug), taylorj6 (23 Aug), travellingscotsman (23 Aug)
Vienna House Easy Airport Bucharest - Pilot37 (23rd Aug), Swissbobby (23rd Aug)


Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Airport - Cheny (23 Aug) megaloman (24 Aug), TPRun (24 Aug), taylorj6 (24 Aug)
Scandic Helsinki - Brainless69 (24 Aug)

Los Angeles
Four Points by Sheraton LAX Airport - onobond (24 Aug)


New York
Hilton JFK Airport - Swissbobby (24 Aug), Wbeest(22 Aug), onobond (26 Aug)
Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtownt - travellingscotsman (24 Aug)

Phoenix
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport (NOT 'North') (25-26 Aug) – aks120, awoxp, bisonrav, Brainless69, charlie26, cheny, deboyzoned, Diver Boy, EGLK FLYER, Fitch, Gshumway, HPN-HRL, IFE Wizard, KARFA, Ldnn1, madfish, mats, megaloman, nufnuf77, onobond, Over the Horizon, Pilot37, Scallywag72, Swissbobby, taylorj6, teledude, TonyHancock, TPRun, TravellerFrequently +1, travellingscotman, woglet86

Scottsdale
The Andaz Scottsdale - steven62343 (23 Aug)
Mountain Shadows Resort - Wbeest (23-27 Aug)


Local Host
Note that dylanks is our PHX-based GGL member, and is happy to provide information about PHX, and meetup on dates other than the official Do (assuming he's not flying somewhere else). Feel free to send him a direct message to meetup.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 5:50 am
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Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix

Currently sat in PHX about to catch the 06:00 to LAX.

Hotel shuttle was very good. On arrival at PHX just give the hotel a call and they will pick you up in 10 minutes. As you walk into the baggage hall turn RIGHT to the North exit door number 7 (clearly sign posted). It’s the first exit door on your right so easy. Walk outside, across the road and bear right at the taxi rank. The hotel shuttles pick up from there. It’s less than a minute from the baggage hall door.

Hotel shuttle from the hotel is every 30 minutes. I’ve just got the 04:00 am for the 06:00 am flight and I would say that was too early!

Hotel rooms are a bit dated. Didn’t see the pool area as went straight to bed last night. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Free freshly brewed coffee in reception was a nice touch.. especially at 4am. A good stop over option for £60.


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Old Jul 8, 18, 5:59 am
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Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix

Currently sat in PHX about to catch the 06:00 to LAX.

Hotel shuttle was very good. On arrival at PHX just give the hotel a call and they will pick you up in 10 minutes. As you walk into the baggage hall turn RIGHT to the North exit door number 7 (clearly sign posted). It’s the first exit door on your right so easy. Walk outside, across the road and bear right at the taxi rank. The hotel shuttles pick up from there. It’s less than a minute from the baggage hall door.

Hotel shuttle from the hotel is every 30 minutes. I’ve just got the 04:00 am for the 06:00 am flight and I would say that was too early!

Hotel rooms are a bit dated. Didn’t see the pool area as went straight to bed last night. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Free freshly brewed coffee in reception was a nice touch.. especially at 4am. A good stop over option for £60.


Morning Oxtail, alarm clock just gone off, on the 0903 to JFK, glad the Rin shuttle worked out, just down the road at the Doubletree, same pick-up arrangements from PHX. Don’t think anyone else has booked here but reconsider if you have, lot of building work going on.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 6:48 am
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I’m at the Hampton Inn Phoenix North in a couple of weeks. Need to check if there is a hotel bus as well.
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Is it possible just to check in and just print my OTP-LHR boarding pass and then collect the remaining boarding passes at LHR for the US flights the following morning?

Thanks.
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Is it possible just to check in and just print my OTP-LHR boarding pass and then collect the remaining boarding passes at LHR for the US flights the following morning?

Thanks.
easiest is to OLCI and print via ba.com in the lounge, probably they'll print you passes in the lounge or on the transit route too
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Old Jul 9, 18, 3:13 pm
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OTP B2B

OTP Back to back

Outbound on BA886 and inbound on BA887 today.

Gate 6.

Absolute doddle. Just walked straight to the transit desk half way up the stairs. Showed the guy my mobile boarding pass to Heathrow and he let me through. No need to go up to passport control.

I was back at the gate in two minutes.
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Originally Posted by oxtailsoup View Post
OTP Back to back

Outbound on BA886 and inbound on BA887 today.

Gate 6.

Absolute doddle. Just walked straight to the transit desk half way up the stairs. Showed the guy my mobile boarding pass to Heathrow and he let me through. No need to go up to passport control.

I was back back at the gate in two minutes.
That’s Excellent. Let’s hope it is the same for everybody. I wonder if this is any different if you arrive at a bus gate? Not sure if they have more than one set of passport deals.
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Well it looks like I'm out, but I think my excuse is valid--brewery opening event.
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Loosely connected to this thread…. I have an ex OTP booked on AA.com (001...)

My LHR-LAS is not showing on MMB or checkmytrip – it was! Couple of weeks ago I could access and choose seats etc (64K naturally..) I can see it on AA but not BA. I called BA and they could not see it at all – which is concerning as I am flying on their aircraft! How long should I leave this before I start to worry ?!
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Loosely connected to this thread…. I have an ex OTP booked on AA.com (001...)

My LHR-LAS is not showing on MMB or checkmytrip – it was! Couple of weeks ago I could access and choose seats etc (64K naturally..) I can see it on AA but not BA. I called BA and they could not see it at all – which is concerning as I am flying on their aircraft! How long should I leave this before I start to worry ?!
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Old Jul 10, 18, 11:41 pm
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Guys, just a couple of notes from my OTP-PHX run, as I sit in the MasterCard Lounge at OTP ....

1. as suggested by @TravellerFrequently there are definitely (at least) two Passport Controls at OTP. Last night (on BA884 LHR-OTP) we arrived at the truly remote stand and were bussed into the Passport Control which has two escalators (staircases) to ascend (at right angles) until you reach the Booths. This is a completely different one than I was bussed to on 5-Jul and is definitely the one which @madfish refers to in this excellent B2B guide. I used the Diplomatic Booth, no one seemed to care, passengers and Border Police alike.

2. I stayed at the new Hilton Garden Inn on the 5-Jul and the RIN Airport Hotel on 10-Jul. Both new to me. I had previously always stayed at the DoubleTree Unrinii. I really like the HGI as it's brand new, has good AC, a pretty decent shower and is a similar price to the DoubleTree (EUR70). The RIN Airport was cheaper (EUR50), but a little tired and didn't have great AC. It's much closer to the airport of course, but you run into problems with the Complimentary Airport Shuttle if you arrive after 00:30 as it starts to only run once an hour. My LHR-OTP flight was late (it's always been late when I've taken it !) and arrived at 01:15 ... despite calling, they wouldn't hold or send the bus back. Instead I got an Uber and doubled the EUR3 fare with a tip to compensate the driver for such a short journey. The return 07:00 Shuttle was fine for the 08:30 departure of BA885, although there were only 8 seats on it (with 2 of these upfront next to the driver) ... one guy got left behind as there was no room.

3. having flown AA's A321 JFK-LAX-JFK one way in Business and one way in First, in terms of pure comfort for sleeping, a Business Class Window Seat is superior IMO. The Transcon First seat is adapted version of AA's 777-300ER Business seat - normally a great seat. However, in order to make it fit into the space, everything is tighter ... most annoyingly the place under the screen where your feet go. I like to sleep on my side, which is horrible in this seat. I know it's all about the TPs, but if you get a chance for an A Class bump, I'd suggest taking it on the non-overnight leg.

4. I really like the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX. Of course everyone raves about the Qantas First Lounge - and it is a fantastic lounge - but it doesn't have such good shower availability, doesn't have a buffet (if you need to eat in a hurry) and (most importantly for me) doesn't have the sleeper chairs that the AA Flagship has. I slept in them for 3 hours before my 22:30 LAX-JFK leg. For those that don't know, they are to be found immediately to the right of the Flagship First Dining Room (past the toilets and showers).

5. ... and lastly, damn Phoenix is hot. So hot that I wanted to run back into the nearest AC'd building after a minute outside. Mankini's may be necessary at the pool party !

Safe travels to the next up on the OTP-PHX Run, and the Do is getting closer now.

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Old Jul 11, 18, 12:06 am
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Originally Posted by taylorj6 View Post
Guys, just a couple of notes from my OTP-PHX run, as I sit in the MasterCard Lounge at OTP ....

1. there are definitely (at least) two Passport Controls at OTP. Last night (on BA884 LHR-OTP) we arrived at the truly remote stand and were bussed into the Passport Control which has two escalators (staircases) to ascend (at right angles) until you reach the Booths. This is a completely different one than I was bussed to on 5-Jul and is definitely the one which @madfish refers to in this excellent B2B guide. I used the Diplomatic Booth, no one seemed to care, passengers and Border Police alike.
Agreed.

Thanks for confirming my thoughts that I mentioned above.

Back to OTP shortly before heading to PHX, so will see where I end up.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 12:07 am
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Thanks for the great report @taylorj6

I’ll see if I am able to get any more pictures when I am next in OTP regarding different arrivals procedures. My next run starts a week on Sunday!
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Old Jul 11, 18, 12:43 pm
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Hi all,

Back from my OTP-PHX in First. I haven't got enough pics for a full trip report so just a few thoughts that may be helpful to all those that will follow this route over the coming weeks.

Booked as LHR-OTP (Thu), OTP-LHR-JFK-LAX (Fri), LAX-PHX-LAX-JFK (Sat/Sun), JFK-LHR(Sun) and LHR-OTP-LHR (Mon/Tue).

On checking a couple of days I saw upgrade for my positioning LHR-OTP for £129. Terrible value for money especially given I had an exit row but gave me enough TPs to get to 1500 on return to LHR from JFK just in case I had to work on Monday. Question for debate: is £129 worth it for the option of avoiding the final 6 hours in the air and another return trip from Heathrow to home. I think so.

So on Thursday night arrived via HEX to LHR. Went to Galleries north as an easy option. Flight was showing a 20 min delay from earlier in the day. Although boarded and ready to go about 30 mins late we’d missed slot and eventually left about 45 mins late arriving into OTP about 40 mins late so even less sleep than expected. I'd accidentally booked a day room at the Vienna Easy House (I thought it was good value) but luckily they only charged me the difference to an overnight. I walked to the hotel but i wouldn't recommend it if alone as there's a very dark section.

In the morning I left the hotel at 0700 for an 0830 flight. It was 11 mins to walk to airport and another 3 or 4 to the departures building - departures is the left hand of the two buildings as you approach. The courtesy service is a fairly small car with about 6 seats so at busy times you may not get in.

Uneventful flight to Heathrow. I'd scheduled 3 hours in the CCR including my first ever spa treatment but then boarded the BA 177 at 1310. Super crew on board. Polite, approachable, relaxed and super attentive. I don't if this is true of all 747s but the IFE looks really dated. Only about 50 “new releases” then only about 10 other films. Especially when you board a new AA A321 straight after with huge screen and hundreds of film choices. Flagship lounge access in JFK. Was offered Flagship Dining but it looked a bit too rich for me ..... the downside of lots of flights is eating and drinking far too much. The AA transcon in First is very comfortable. Flat bed with feet into a cubbyhole. Trying to keep on UK time I slept most of the way. At LAX I headed off to the Sheraton Four Points for a real flat bed for a few hours. Managed to watch the England-Sweden game on Fox then back off to the airport.

At LAX I was on the 1245 to PHX and back then continuing to JFK. I was given access to the Flagship lounge on showing the BP for the later First flight back to JFK. I got back in again later with the same BP (I don't think I'd have got 2 shots at Flagship dining though). The LAX Flagship lounge is a cut above most AA lounges. Great food and drink choice right through the day (I can recommend the breakfast and the lunch choice). PHX lounge near the gates to/from LAX by contrast is tiny. Not worth spending much time in.

Back onto the Transcon from LAX to JFK again I slept most of the way although it was extremely bumpy for at least an hour ... desperate for the loo by the time the seatbelt sign came off. Had time at JFK to go to the BA CCR (not in the same place as the normal lounge in case you are not familiar with the airport). Lovely breakfast - I think that was 5 in 3 days - and a rest with the papers. Another 747 back to Heathrow with another great crew. The plan was to go home Sunday night then to work on Monday and off to OTP for a quick overnight. Luckily I had the extra TPs in hand from the outbound upgrade as I had to work late and couldn't get to LHR in time.

Despite the poor IFE on the LHR to JFK I managed to tick off quite a few films that I hadn't seen before.

Final tip - make sure you leave space in your hand luggage for pyjamas (x2) and amenity kits (x4) + a present for your long suffering partner who said you could go on your mad trip.

TPs showed the next day (BA) and 2 days later (AA) so I now have Gold.

Happy to answer any questions.

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Old Jul 11, 18, 2:57 pm
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darn.. i didnt even think if doing it in F.. how much was it?
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