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Is it worth going to Manchester for the Concorde Room?

Is it worth going to Manchester for the Concorde Room?

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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:22 pm
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Is it worth going to Manchester for the Concorde Room?

Flying F redemption to Vegas in June on BA275 which is scheduled to leave T3 at 16.40. Really looking forward to it but slightly disappointed we wont get to enjoy the Concorde Room.

We live north of Birmingham 3h20 away from LHR by train. We are also 2hrs away from MAN by train. There is Avios CE availability on BA1389 and BA1391 MAN-LHR which would get us into T5 for 10.55 or 13.15 respectively.

Essentially setting off a little earlier and a few extra Avios could get us the CCR for a few hours before we transfer to T3 rather than (or as well as) the T3 F lounges.

Am I correct in thinking we could use the CCR on arrival inT5 if we did this? Would it be worth the effort? Should we just stick with the T3 F lounges?

If we chose to do it could I just call up to just add MAN-LHR to the redemption booking and pay the Avios and change fee or would it need to be on a separate ticket (which would be a bit too much of a risk for me)

Would be grateful for thoughts.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:25 pm
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Am I correct in thinking we could use the CCR on arrival inT5 if we did this? Would it be worth the effort?
No and no.

You will not be permitted access to airside T5 since you will not have a BP for a flight departing from there.

Honestly, as much as is portrayed on FT, the CCR is not some exclusive members club - it is a waiting room with a bit of free grub and booze. They even give the likes of me a card to access it whenever I fly from T5.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:27 pm
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On the plus side you can do a nice "lounge crawl" in T3!
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:28 pm
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you will not be able to get "airside" at T5 after you arrival from MAN into T5.

However you can console yourself with the fact that T3 is hone to a fine selection of OW lounges you can use. I personally wouldnt visit AA, But CX f, BA F and Qantus are all very good lounges.
My favourite is CX F, I like the food and drink selection there and in their business side of the lounge too
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:35 pm
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Id take a T3 lounge crawl taking in the CX and QF Lounges over CCR any day
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:40 pm
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Honestly, the CX lounge in T3 may not have LPGS but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit the CCR instead. Certainly not adding 5 or more hours to my journey time and the additional possibility of a misconnect if bad weather.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 12:56 pm
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Thank you so much all. Looking forward to the T3 crawl!
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:07 pm
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But you would get access if you did this on the return.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:10 pm
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If you are in F on the return, then it could be worth returning to MAN on the same day as then you would be able to access CCR by virtue of your inbound boarding pass.

No extra Avios are needed to add domestic sectors onto the ends of a long haul reward booking, just a few extra . If you are taking the train (ie no car abandoned at LHR) then that would be worth it IMO.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:10 pm
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If the OP purchased a LHR - MAN ticket for the day of his return from LAS, would he be able to access the CCR once he's transferred from T3 to T5, by showing his LAS - LHR First boarding pass?
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:12 pm
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If the OP purchased a LHR - MAN ticket for the day of his return from LAS, would he be able to access the CCR once he's transferred from T3 to T5, by showing his LAS - LHR First boarding pass?
Yes and it would be a practically free addition - no Avios needed.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:13 pm
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I wouldn't bother with the crawl unless you have loads of time. CX F is where you need to be.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:21 pm
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I would enjoy the T3 Lounges- the T5 CCR is nicer than each of the individual lounges in T3 but I prefer the T3 lounges in combination.
CX for food and F dining room, AA for Moet rose and sweets.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:45 pm
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If the OP purchased a LHR - MAN ticket for the day of his return from LAS, would he be able to access the CCR once he's transferred from T3 to T5, by showing his LAS - LHR First boarding pass?
If it's on a separate ticket would BA check the bags through? I strongly suspect that there would be a requirement to collect the bags, go landside, and re-check for the flight to MAN and that might well impact the ability to use the CCR..

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Yes and it would be a practically free addition - no Avios needed.
If it was added to the reward then there would also be a change fee for each ticket.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:51 pm
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Honestly, as much as is portrayed on FT, the CCR is not some exclusive members club - it is a waiting room with a bit of free grub and booze.
Same as all the F lounges I've been in.

Despite that it's a shame the OP can't experience the CCR for the first time to make up his own mind. Another time hopefully.
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