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Old Apr 25, 02, 2:28 pm
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This is my first time on British Airways international first . Anyway, does anybody know how check-in operates in Munich? Will there be a First desk or will I use the Club Europe desk. Are there "First" Baggage tags as opposed to "Business" baggage tags and if so will they have them in Munich? What are the Executive Clubs at outpost stations (like Munich) like? Do I have to clear customs in LHR if I'm departing two hours later for Boston? If so, then does the Fast Track pass apply to Terminal 1 arrivals, or just Terminal 4? In LHR (I usually fly through LGW) how do they board first? Is there a different line, concierges escorting you from the lounge, ect. Thanks for your help .
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Old Apr 25, 02, 3:06 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by lavasushi:
This is my first time on British Airways international first . Anyway, does anybody know how check-in operates in Munich? Will there be a First desk or will I use the Club Europe desk. Are there "First" Baggage tags as opposed to "Business" baggage tags and if so will they have them in Munich? What are the Executive Clubs at outpost stations (like Munich) like? Do I have to clear customs in LHR if I'm departing two hours later for Boston? If so, then does the Fast Track pass apply to Terminal 1 arrivals, or just Terminal 4? In LHR (I usually fly through LGW) how do they board first? Is there a different line, concierges escorting you from the lounge, ect. Thanks for your help .</font>
I can't say much about Munich since I haven't been there, but I expect that you'll have to use the Club Europe check in.

At Heathrow, you do not need to clear customs, just follow the signs for the flight connection centre and hop on the bus to T4. It will drop you off airside at T4. The 1st lounge is in the Pavillion near gate 14. There is no fast track through the FCC.

For boarding, there is normally,ime, a separate queue for 1st and business class so that you don't have to wait to board. Never come across concierges escorting, but then I feel quite capable of getting from the lounge to the gate ( I can even tie my own shoes up too )

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Old Apr 25, 02, 3:29 pm
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"Will there be a First desk or will I use the Club Europe desk."
-Club Europe, but that should be fine.

"Are there "First" Baggage tags as opposed to "Business" baggage tags and if so will they have them in Munich?"
-Yes.

"What are the Executive Clubs at outpost stations (like Munich) like?"
-You usually are not able get to the lounge! The lounge is airside in the domestic/Schengen part of the terminal, if you fly from certain international gates in D/E you have no access. Strange but true.

"Do I have to clear customs in LHR if I'm departing two hours later for Boston?"
-No.

"In LHR (I usually fly through LGW) how do they board first? Is there a different line,"
-Usually, but it does not always work.

"concierges escorting you from the lounge,"
-No, I haven't seen any.

-About the lounges, the Concorde Lounge is the nicest and open to FC pax.


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Old Apr 25, 02, 4:19 pm
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"-About the lounges, the Concorde Lounge is the nicest and open to FC pax."

According to the lounge, when I asked the access policy, the Concorde lounge is available to Concorde passengers or 1st class passengers who also have one world emerald status.

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Old Apr 25, 02, 8:34 pm
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My experience has been that the boarding lines for FC at Heathrow are inconsistent. For example at Gates 1A and 1B which straddle the entry to the Terraces lounge in T4 there is only space for one line so you end up waiting in it. And my experience has been that the first vs club vs traveller tags make absolutely no difference in the unloading sequence when you get to the US so I wouldn't be to worried about what tag you get. It would be great if it worked but it usually doesn't.

And the Club Europe check-in desks are usually very efficient, I have always been able to walk up to a waiting attendant with no line.

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Old Apr 26, 02, 8:20 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by lavasushi:
Anyway, does anybody know how check-in operates in Munich? Will there be a First desk or will I use the Club Europe desk. What are the Executive Clubs at outpost stations (like Munich) like? </font>
BA check-in at MUC Airport will be in zone D, counters 105-106 usually. You can even check-in your bags the evening before if you wish, as long as your flight to London departs before midday.
There is usually only one Club Europe desk available for checking in Club and First. The BA lounge used to be accessible to Saphire and Emerald EC members only, regardless of ticket but, due to heightened security measures, last time I flew it was no longer accessible to international passengers as BA flights to London now leave from a separate "Terminal" (where they usually will x-ray your shoes etc.).
For more information about facilities and services at MUC, you can look up www.munich-airport.de

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Lavasushi,

I just did this on Friday (from Stockholm).

1. You check in at BA Club World counter and get your baggage tags...in Stockholm, I was able to use the Finnair Club, which was nothing special, but it sounds like the club in Munich is out of reach. Advice: try and get a seat assignment on the left side of the Club section, as you get 50% more room since they only assign 2 people to that side vs. 3 on the right side (same total amount of available room).

2. When you arrive at T1 in LHR, you need to allow 15+ minutes to re-clear BA security in that terminal (even though you cleared in MUC and are "in-transit", they don't "trust" another country's security)...this is a pain. You then need to proceed downstairs to the buses and transfer to T4...this whole process can easily take 30 minutes byt he time you actually get to T4...you could get lucky and do it a bit shorter, but I doubt you would get to the BA clubs (another 10 minute walk w/i T4) in less than 30-45 minutes.

3. When you get to the Club lounges area, which is about 2/3 of the way down the terminal across from Gate 10, you are entitled to access the Concorde lounge. I am not sure what the First Class lounge is for, because FC PAX are allowed to use the Concorde lounge? But I didn't complain, as the Concorde lounge is much better (better food and booze, such as Krug vs. non-vinatge Pommery Brut). Check-in at the desk there, check your bags/personal items with the baggage valet lady, and then IMMEDIATELY proceed downsatirs to the Molton Brown Spa and make an appointment for a free 30 minute massage or facial. The appointmens book up and can be 60-90 minutes away, so do this right away. If you have a choice of connections, you might want to take the later LHR-BOS flight, such as the 6:30 PM vs. 4 PM, to allow yourself time to relax and enjoy everything.

4. Then go back and relax...there are no escorts to an from your flights. The wine and champange in the Concorde lounge is excellent...champange is Krug, which is the same as on the plane, but the wine is better than in-flight: 4 selections fo red and white, such as Corton (red) and Puligny Montrachet (white), for example. Shopping tip: the scotch whiskey store and the cigar store (together---joined at the middle, and close to the lounges) are great, if you like those items. The people in the whiskey store have an amazing selection of free tastings of great 21+ year old stuff in the back "keg" (check out the Gelmorangie 1975 for BP 60).

5. The flight to Boston is 6 hours and 50 minutes...we had a great crew. The onion soup is exceptional.

Have fun!

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Old Apr 28, 02, 2:53 am
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"Advice: try and get a seat assignment on the left side of the Club section, as you get 50% more room since they only assign 2 people to that side vs. 3 on the right side (same total amount of available room)."

There are only 2 seats on one side, however the seats are the same width. When they convert the seats from economy to business, they compress the 3 seats on the left side and create 2 business class seats and widen the seats on the right.

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The left still seems more spacious to me? The seat may be the same width, but there is this whole extra middle space between you and the other person.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by nologic:
The left still seems more spacious to me? The seat may be the same width, but there is this whole extra middle space between you and the other person.</font>
There is extra space between the seats. It isnt 50 % extra space since that set of seats has been compressed in order to widen the seats on the other side. The actual seat widths are the same though. I try and take the 2 side because there is that space between the 2 seats

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