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CX vs. MH vs. QR from CGK-LHR in Y

Old Jan 16, 18, 1:29 pm
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Question CX vs. MH vs. QR from CGK-LHR in Y

Looking at booking a one way award flight from CGK-XXX-LHR-KEF. The LHR-KEF is on BA 800 that departs at 7:45am.

I have 3 carrier options with one stop to get from CGK-LHR and I'm not sure which is ideal:

1. CX: CGK-HKG-LHR: Having flown CX254 from LHR-HKG last year, I felt it was great as the seats on the 77W were still 3-3-3. However, for HKG-LHR, currently there is only space available for CX 239 which arrives LHR at 6:20pm, resulting in a long overnight 13h layover in London. Also, does anyone know whether the densified 3-4-3 will be in effect on LHR routes in May 2018?

2. MH: CGK-KUL-LHR with the KUL-LHR leg on MH 2. MH2 is scheduled to arrive LHR at 5:55am at Terminal 4 while BA 800 departs at 7:45am from terminal 5. Is this just under 2h connection (on one ticket) just nice or too tight?

3. QR: CGK-DOH-LHR: Had they not gone 3-4-3 on their B777, QR would have easily been my first pick. Despite that, my consideration for QR: I'm interested in taking a free city tour in DOH. Unlike CX, Emergency row seats can be requested for free and I have had luck getting them. Like CX, the DOH-LHR flight would result in an long overnight layover at LHR.


Which of these 3 airlines would you pick in my situation?
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Old Jan 20, 18, 12:19 am
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Originally Posted by hightide View Post
Looking at booking a one way award flight from CGK-XXX-LHR-KEF. The LHR-KEF is on BA 800 that departs at 7:45am.



2. MH: CGK-KUL-LHR with the KUL-LHR leg on MH 2. MH2 is scheduled to arrive LHR at 5:55am at Terminal 4 while BA 800 departs at 7:45am from terminal 5. Is this just under 2h connection (on one ticket) just nice or too tight?
The MH/BA connection is doable if your bag is checked through to KEF. But i would be nervous and probably wouldn't. If a single ticket is not possible, have you thought of doing BA from SIN or KUL, buying a separate ticket for CGK to KUL or SIN? The reason I ask is that it would make a much better connection at LHR, you'd fly into T5. CGK flights to KUL or SIN are much more frequent and it would be easier to make the transfer at that end.
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Old Jan 21, 18, 3:12 am
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The MH/BA connection is doable if your bag is checked through to KEF. But i would be nervous and probably wouldn't. If a single ticket is not possible, have you thought of doing BA from SIN or KUL, buying a separate ticket for CGK to KUL or SIN? The reason I ask is that it would make a much better connection at LHR, you'd fly into T5. CGK flights to KUL or SIN are much more frequent and it would be easier to make the transfer at that end.
Thanks for your response! Yes, it is doable under a single ticket, so I suppose it might be worth the gamble.
Buying a ticket to SIN or KUL is extra expense and I would need to schedule a long layover in SIN or KUL to be safe so I would rather not go that route. Moreover, BA imposes fuel surcharge on AA award... by then it would be cheaper for me to just outright buy a one-way ticket from CGK-LHR (~$350) + LHR-KEF ($100)
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Old Jan 21, 18, 4:21 pm
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I personally wouldn't worry about a 2hr conx @ LHR. Minimum connect time is 1H30 between terminals.

LHR has oneworld transfer support for tight connections, meaning if your MH flight is delayed to where your conx might be touch and go, you're likely to be met at the gate in T4 to be helped over to T5.
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