Arriving in LHR by Concorde from JFK

Old Oct 1, 03, 10:30 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,124
Arriving in LHR by Concorde from JFK

First of my sincere thanks to members such as dhacker and alect for their timely posts that enabled me to get BA002 seat on 10/10.

Question: When you arrive in LHR, how do you go to the Concorde lounge? (assuming that you are allowed to do so)
desi is offline  
Old Oct 1, 03, 10:54 pm
  #2  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 37,486
Are you flying onwards out of London? Otherwise you are not allowed into the lounge. If you want to try anyways then do this:

Follow the signs for the Flight Connection Center, pass security there and head up the stairs for Terminal 4 departures. At the top of the stairs turn right and walk for around 400 meters (past the middle of the terminal, past the McDonalds, past the Dixons store on your left and past the WH Smith.). After the pub on your right you'll see a duty free store, in between that store and it's smaller store next door is the entrance to the lounges complex. Walk straight on. But as I said, without a valid onward boarding pass you won't get in.

You can however use the excellent Arrivals facility, after customs when you leave the airside zone turn right all the way to the baggage storage, then make a left, a right and you'll walk right into the lounge.
ScottC is offline  
Old Oct 2, 03, 4:41 am
  #3  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: London
Programs: Mucci. Nothing else matters.
Posts: 36,062
Except for the small problem that the arrivals lounge is closed by the time that BA2 usually arrives at LHR, isn't it?
Globaliser is offline  
Old Oct 2, 03, 7:31 am
  #4  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New York, NY
Programs: BAEC Gold, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold, AMEX Platinum (US)
Posts: 18,136
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Globaliser:
Except for the small problem that the arrivals lounge is closed by the time that BA2 usually arrives at LHR, isn't it?</font>
From reading on this board it is only open until about 4pm / 5pm
Fraser is offline  
Old Oct 2, 03, 11:55 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: London
Posts: 12
I was on Concorde mid August and can confirm that the LHR arrivals lounge was closed by the time we got there.
vhardy is offline  
Old Oct 2, 03, 9:32 pm
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,124
Thanks for the input. I just extended my Concorde ticket to AMS which means that I will have outbound First boarding card and will have about 2 hours between flights. Is Concorde Lounge open at that time?
FrancisA likes this.
desi is offline  
Old Oct 3, 03, 3:47 am
  #7  
dnw
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 5,247
You won't have an outbound First boarding card, you'll have a Club one. However, show the Concorde boarding pass at the lounge pavilion and explain that you are on a Concorde ticket and transiting to AMS and you should have no problem getting in- it will be open until the last longhauls leave T4 around 10/11pm.
dnw is offline  
Old Dec 29, 17, 10:51 pm
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,124
Thumbs up Thank you

Originally Posted by desi View Post
First of my sincere thanks to FTers for their timely posts that enabled me to get BA002 seat on 10/10.
1000 posts and 14 years later, still thankful to FT for this and hundreds of other very useful tips
Thanks FT
desi is offline  
Old Dec 30, 17, 1:36 am
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Somewhere between 0 and 13,000 metres high
Programs: AF/KL Life Plat, BA GfL+CCR, Aclub Plat, Hilton Diam, Marriott Gold, blablablah, etc
Posts: 24,662
Originally Posted by desi View Post
1000 posts and 14 years later, still thankful to FT for this and hundreds of other very useful tips
Thanks FT
A beautiful thread to say it in. I sadly never got a chance to fly in the Concorde, but this remains, by any stretch of the imagination, a flyer's dream to have experienced it. Maybe once you did, the charm vanish - that is, after all, the fate of many dreams, but what an iconic line to add to your flying pedigree and if FT helped you do it, then it's a fabulous tribute to the potential value of the site!
our_kid likes this.
orbitmic is offline  
Old Dec 30, 17, 3:50 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 4,561
Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post
A beautiful thread to say it in. I sadly never got a chance to fly in the Concorde, but this remains, by any stretch of the imagination, a flyer's dream to have experienced it. Maybe once you did, the charm vanish - that is, after all, the fate of many dreams, but what an iconic line to add to your flying pedigree and if FT helped you do it, then it's a fabulous tribute to the potential value of the site!
For me the charm remained, and I was fortunate enough to take Mrs rapidex and young rapidex, but at only 4 months he cannot remember.Supersonic Concorde was a dream to travel in, and on take off and low speed it was like a rattling old dog of a taxi long past its retirement date.

Thanks, happy memories.
rapidex is offline  
Old Dec 30, 17, 5:03 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: London, SW3
Programs: VS FC Gold, BA EC Gold, Amex Centurion, EK Gold, ex-G-ATVK driver
Posts: 1,258
My first Concorde trip was thanks to a friend of mine at BA who was crew. She arranged a pair of tickets for me and the then GF for the princely sum of 600 each, out economy and back Concorde, as part of a staff concession/perk. That was probably around 1993/4 or so.

I flew three other times, twice on paid tickets and once on Avios. One was to Barbados and the other two to JFK. In those days I preferred flying back to the UK in F as there was no practical time benefit in work terms flying Concorde East.
Howard Long is offline  
Old Dec 30, 17, 5:47 am
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: MIA
Programs: Mucci. Nothing else matters.
Posts: 180
Oh wow, this brought back a lot of memories. How I miss Concorde and Supersonic Class! I still have all my baggage tags which I guard with my life. I never made it to Barbados, but I regularly flew JFK/LHR and YYZ/LHR. Boarding from the Lounge was such a treat!
themax is offline  
Old Dec 30, 17, 6:40 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: UK
Programs: BA Gold / Miles and Smiles Elite / Hilton Diamond / IHG Spire / SPG Gold
Posts: 1,617
Originally Posted by themax View Post
Oh wow, this brought back a lot of memories. How I miss Concorde and Supersonic Class! I still have all my baggage tags which I guard with my life. I never made it to Barbados, but I regularly flew JFK/LHR and YYZ/LHR. Boarding from the Lounge was such a treat!
oh yes happy memories indeed. And what a lounge, stylish contemporary and staffed by people who had a clue and knew about service. I always recall the coat rack with the furs,,,, just fabulous.

of course then there were the celebs.

But the BA004 had a problem with the very narrow window of opportunity to land at LHR. The 11pm ban was immovable and I recall one trip home when, having crossed the M25 the afterburners were roared into life and the capatain aborted landing. It was 23.01. It really would have been quieter to allow us to land. But we headed to Brize Norton and taken back to Heathrow by bus!!!

binman is offline  
Old Jan 4, 18, 9:36 pm
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,124
Had planned flight later that year but sudden termination of service made some desperate attempts.
Tried and failed to get 999 USD ticket for the subsonic Toronto-JFK flight.

Well, that flight's return to LHR, got added as second Concorde flight of the day with only few days before the departure date.
FT reported that award seats availability had opened up on this newly constituted flight with only coupl eof weeks before the departure date.

Great use of (US Treasury's I-bond churned) 100k miles and 40 odd dollars.
Was certainly a bucket list item since age of 7 when that movable nose had caught fancy.

Too bad that instead of making progress, our flying time across the pond keep increasing. These 747 replacements may be more fuel efficient but take bit longer.
desi is offline  
Old Jan 4, 18, 10:30 pm
  #15  
Formerly known as newbie elite
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: YUL
Programs: AE, BA, MR, Fairmont Plat (RIP), Accor Plat
Posts: 2,106
Did the flyertalk magazine subscription trick but unfortunately never got to use the points for Concorde before 9/11 and the subsequent termination of service. One of my greatest regrets, loved this bird ever since I saw one fly over my house as a child when it visited YMX (which was built for the fleet of AC Concorde that never happened)
Admiral Ackbar is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread