Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 07:09 GMT
I am due to fly to DUB and do consider BA among my options. But I try in general to avoid terminal changes. The point is it would happen at LHR (T5 to T1) in all cases unless I am mistaken. So I am looking at LGW. But here too, it seems two terminals are involved since BA doesn't fly the LGW-DUB route! So two questions since it has been a while I haven't used LGW:
- How easy it is to go from North to South?
- In there a BA lounge in the South terminal?
Andrew66 - 03/09/2013 07:16 GMT
Hi Swissdiver, BA are in the north terminal and have their lounge there , the checkin zone is Zone A . It is very easy to transfer between terminals , there is a transit train that takes around 2 mins , and you only have to wait a maximum of 2 mins .
If you are waiting in the south to depart I would suggest you use the No1 traveller lounge , as BA do not have a lounge facility there .
Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 07:33 GMT
Thanks. Is it possible to wait in the North terminal when flying from the South one or is it like at LHR where you must go directly to the departing terminal?
Swissdiver - you have to go landside to tansfer between terminals by the transit so there is no point in waiting in the North Terminal.
By the way, T5 to T1 at Heathrow is relatively painless so cannot see what the worry is about unless you have a very tight connection. The bus service between the terminals is airside and very frequent.
Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 07:59 GMT
Yes, the bus drive is painless, but then there is the T1 maze...
Not so sure about a maze - you get off the bus, go through security, walk through the terminal lounge and make your way through the final check into the UK and Ireland area - 10 minutes max???? I would never see it as a challenge myself........
Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 14:12 GMT
Not a challenge to find its way, but tricky to avoid bumping the head when you are tall...
That said, it seems it is not possible to book a seat on EI operated flights when booking with BA... So to fly on BA metal from London to DUB, LHR T1 cannot be avoided.
canucklad - 03/09/2013 14:29 GMT
Have you investigated transferring at BHX /MAN or even EDI ..
Although .this would mean no BA flights at all...
Depending on where you are coming from, of course. Aer Lingus have a reasonable range of European routes direct into Dublin - as, of course, do this Forum's favourite airline, Ryanair!!
Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 14:53 GMT
Ryawhat? Never heard of it... And no intention to!
Yes, I have a direct flight and might well end up with it... It is just annoying to add the luggage and the seat and the drinks and I don't know what...
canucklad - 03/09/2013 14:58 GMT
Sounds like EI Swissdriver
I recommend you read Pat Jordan’sexcellent reviews...
dutchyankee - 03/09/2013 17:28 GMT
Hi swissdiver, I am doing the same thing for a day trip BRU-LHR-DUB return on 25 September! I too checked the connection out. I am interested to see how easy this goes. I have a two hour presentation while in Dublin at the airport Hilton. I hope I have timed it all well.
Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 21:03 GMT
It sounds like, canucklad. I know the service as I used it in the past. I guess I was looking at trivial aspects such as miles, points, First lounge at LHR...
Swissdiver - 03/09/2013 21:07 GMT
Will spend more time out there as I am teaching at Trinity College. But with 3 daily flights most of the days, I think I would fly direct for a two hours meeting... IE is fine provided you book the extras...
dutchyankee - 04/09/2013 04:01 GMT
Hi Swissdiver, you are absolutely right, and on any normal day I would likewise have used EI for such a short route. But this will be the last time I fight to maintain my Gold status with BAEC as I am literally 100 tier points away, so this was a nice way to secure it. After this coming year of Gold, I will be relegated to Silver which I feel offers much of the same as Gold especially at stations outside of London.
Swissdiver - 04/09/2013 06:30 GMT
I guess I'd do the same. Don't underestimate for the future the differences between Gold and Silver (http://www.britishairways.com/travel/compare-tiers/public/en_ch)...