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  • toonfan62
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    Just traveled through Heathrow and used public transport for the first time in over ten years. My observations:

    HEx – pricey but a great service and worked for us despite needing to be in Waterloo – with 11 and 16 year olds train then cab was the preferred option. However the “don’t board – security check” is really poorly managed and communicated and can’t help thinking how much better communicated and managed it would be in say Germany! So good we used it our last evening to get into town for dinner and the Ghost Bus tour…..

    Hoppa – at least at terminal 3 is poorly signed and very poorly run. Timetable and what bus serves what hotel is not indicated and seems to vary. I gave up and got cabs. I’d read up about it in advance, printed out timetables and routes, got same from hotel and it was still a total waste of time!

    Both can be summed up as, luckily – despite being a Geordie, English is my first language and I struggled with signage and platform / bus stop announcements. The visitors from overseas that I encountered were totally lost and understandably so…


    toonfan62
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    Prefer Haddaway myself….

    I loved the Immigration Officer’s face the last time I was “home” and handed over my blue American passport. Don’t think “I’m here to see me mutha” was quite the response she expected to purpose of visit……


    toonfan62
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    …. That said, I wouldn’t want to be out on the town on a Friday or Saturday night unless I wanted to see acres of overweight and underdressed drunken females, but that applies just about anywhere.

    The last part is one of the reasons I’m looking forward to my upcoming trip back home…. 🙂


    toonfan62
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    Thanks everyone. Based on the bar location and a flight through JFK yesterday I booked 4 5 and 6K. Really appreciate the advice


    toonfan62
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    Thanks everyone. I kinda put us in the middle away from front and mid galleys but should check where the bar is – great point.

    Re equipment – I intend to check seats etc. periodically – planner that I am – I’m just excited to show my boys London, Edinburgh, but especially The Toon ..


    toonfan62
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    MCO – DTW January 6th – so from a sunny 80F to -19F (wind chill minus 42) and snow! Luckily the Geordie charm still works so my rear wheel drive Impala became an AWD Escape at no extra charge! Needed it with the carnage on the roads that week….. – but no delays to flights!


    toonfan62
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    Hong Kong in the old days – crowded busy and unique

    Orlando – low gates, long lines, “bloody tourists” lots of kids and the obligatory “fast pass” or Express plus aka TSA Prescreen. High gates – trees palms (and all the above)….


    toonfan62
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    Totally agree with that – though I have to say that the TSA folks at MCO “high B” are probably the most friendly I’ve seen in the US so I’m not surprised that they were polite and apologetic even to someone who obviously felt entitled…..

    in reply to: TSA Precheck

    toonfan62
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    Not strictly true travelgoddess- before it became widely available (for a fee) airlines “invited” their frequent fliers to the program for free.

    That said, what’s the big deal, you got an advantage she didn’t – pay her up or wait up. I have pre screen, my Wife doesn’t so I just go through the normal line with her – keeps me organized and efficient at belt, shoe and liquid removal…..- even if I do miss that breeze through….

    in reply to: TSA Precheck

    toonfan62
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    USA Today – phone and tablet, and Mirror, Mail Football (not “Throwball”) on iPhone or updates ex Twitter


    toonfan62
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    As a comparison I was “lucky” enough to be flying Sunday during the storms on the US East Coast. 30 mins out of landing in ATL my connection was cancelled – “weather” – aka you’re on your own in the US.

    I was already and automatically rebooked for the next available flight Monday. Didn’t work so after a bit of negotiating I caught the next flight home to MCO got an unscheduled breakfast with my family and then headed off to try again – space was available, it cost Delta nothing, and they gave me what I asked for and kept me loyal.

    Point is US airlines have automatic rebooking down to a fine art and call hold times (at least for Elite plus)


    toonfan62
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    I have on a few occasions and have received (at least seemingly) personalized responses from Delta and SQ. Always for way above and beyond proactive service!


    toonfan62
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    Only ever had one issue here in the US – normally upgrades go through automatically and in the US there is the exchange row for an intermediate or above.

    The one time I had an issue they tried to sell me an upgrade to an SUV then handed me the keys to a Fiat 500. When I questioned it I was given the “subject to availabliity” BS and he couldn’t understand why I didn’t accept that (despite it being 10 seconds since he’d tried to sell me that car)!


    toonfan62
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    Having just used AMS recently for the first time in forever my observations would be:
    As long as you are not making a Schengen (sp?) to / from non Schengen connection then it’s fine. However if you have to go through Passport control and are on a Cityhopper or distant gate to distant gate connection it’s horrible.
    US to UK and reverse – no issue and a doddle. UK to MUC and reverse awful – why do I need to go through Passport Control at AMS connecting MUC – NCL when I do in Newcastle anyway?

    Or maybe I’m just WAY too old to be running through airports and feel too guily when SkyTeam status has me whisked to the front of a LONG line………..


    toonfan62
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    I guess we all make purchase decisions based on what matters to us. Showing my ID on entering a Sky Club is neither here nor there to me. The hard product on DL, AA and UA domestic is all pretty much the same so it’s about schedule and front line personnel be it on board, in the airport or in the air and in that respect (DTW excepted) DL win every time in my opinion!

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