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  • KevYang 7 posts

    To top up tier so as not to drop from Silver, I’ll be flying into Dublin on a BA4464 arriving at 15:00. Without having to exit the airside and with luggage only, is it manageable to catch/board the returning flight at 16:50?
    Is that too risky? Both flights are BA but I had to buy them separately.
    The fare conditions state: Free changes on the day of departure provided changes are for the same date/cabin/route/airport. Changes subject to availability. Fees apply per ticket.
    Would it be possible to change the ticket after arriving in Dublin if there is no chance of catching the 16:50 flight?

    NorthernLass 7,932 posts
    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,169 posts

    I don’t think there there is a airside connection route at DUB at that time of day so assume you have to enter the RoI and reclear security etc.

    I assume you actually mean hand baggage only.

    If you have an economy plus or CE cash ticket then you can use the same day feature and you’d need to change to a later flight no later than 15.50.

    There are far better airports to do an actual back to back (get off plane then return on the same one) than DUB. The difference between arrival and departure times doesn’t scream B2B to me.

    KevYang 7 posts

    Thank you both. I will have a look at what else is available.

    e14 261 posts

    When are you planning on doing this ? BA will be changing to Terminal Two at Dublin airport on the 6th of June, which may (MAY) make an airside connection possible.

    At the moment you are not doing a true back to back as you are not planning on returning on the inbound aircraft but the flight an hour later from London City. I would be comfortable doing this, but others may not and as we have experienced recently the weather can be a bit of a pain affecting this flying lark.

    The flights at the times you are planning do actually have turn around times close to an hour but that is more to allow BACF to catch up if there have been any issues earlier in the day, so don’t let that fool you.

    KevYang 7 posts

    When are you planning on doing this ? BA will be changing to Terminal Two at Dublin airport on the 6th of June, which may (MAY) make an airside connection possible.

    At the moment you are not doing a true back to back as you are not planning on returning on the inbound aircraft but the flight an hour later from London City. I would be comfortable doing this, but others may not and as we have experienced recently the weather can be a bit of a pain affecting this flying lark.

    The flights at the times you are planning do actually have turn around times close to an hour but that is more to allow BACF to catch up if there have been any issues earlier in the day, so don’t let that fool you.

    e14, my planned flight(s) are before 6th (June) to Dublin T1.
    I do notice that, as you pointed out, the same flights a week later (11th) are operating from/to Dublin T2 – thank you, that’s very insightful.
    Do you reckon T1 is still possible for the “back-to-back”? Or is that more practical when it goes to T2, therefore I shall wait for a week later.

    TGLoyalty 574 posts

    True b2b is returning on the exact same plane you left on the advantage here is you can’t be late boarding as even if your flight is delayed so is the return, sounds like T2 may allow this to happen but you won’t know until someone flies BA to T2.

    A 2 hour gap at an airport you don’t need to clear passport control in is completely doable but there’s always a risk your plane is delayed and the next flight you have booked leaves on time.

    Why not just fly in the morning and return in the evening and spend a few hours walk around Dublin?

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,169 posts

    But you do need to clear passport control (and security) at DUB – even UK nationals.

    There are better airports to do a true back to back that don’t require passport control or security such as EDI, NCL and AMS where you exit into the gate area and literally walk a few feet to get back on again.

    TGLoyalty 574 posts

    But you do need to clear passport control (and security) at DUB – even UK nationals.

    There are better airports to do a true back to back that don’t require passport control or security such as EDI, NCL and AMS where you exit into the gate area and literally walk a few feet to get back on again.

    When arriving on a plane from within the CTA? I don’t recall any from my last 2 return flights in either Dublin or BHX/LHR? Maybe it was so quick I’ve forgotten, in which case again no issue.

    You do need to clear security to come back through but if you’re late there’s a huge chance you’ll be sent to the front of the line anyway.

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,169 posts

    Yes even when arriving from the UK. Certainly there is at T1.

    Happened a couple of times arriving off BA ex LHR so not a mistake.

    Besides not everyone arriving ex UK is eligible for CTA provisions.

    Ihar 156 posts

    I’ve done INV before for Silver – nice lunch. I’d imagine AMS has good availability, and whilst it’s Shengen they are very efficient. Never had a problem with BA changing flights if a previous flight is delayed, even on a different ticket (on BA metal that is).

    KevYang 7 posts

    Yes even when arriving from the UK. Certainly there is at T1.

    Happened a couple of times arriving off BA ex LHR so not a mistake.

    Besides not everyone arriving ex UK is eligible for CTA provisions.

    British Citizens are eligible for CTA, right?
    I guess if I went for DUB post on June 11th, I’d share info here on how B2B is/isn’t possible after moving to T2 (e14 pointed out that BA is moving to / from DUB T2 from 06.06.

    e14 261 posts

    But you do need to clear passport control (and security) at DUB – even UK nationals.

    There are better airports to do a true back to back that don’t require passport control or security such as EDI, NCL and AMS where you exit into the gate area and literally walk a few feet to get back on again.

    When arriving on a plane from within the CTA? I don’t recall any from my last 2 return flights in either Dublin or BHX/LHR? Maybe it was so quick I’ve forgotten, in which case again no issue.

    You do need to clear security to come back through but if you’re late there’s a huge chance you’ll be sent to the front of the line anyway.

    I would have said that you’d landed in T2 on EI if you went through the domestic / CTA lane, certainly in T1 all arrivals are segregated and sent to passport control – there is a connections route but it has strange operating hours and doesn’t seem any quicker than going out up and back around into fast track.

    I’d look at Amsterdam for a fool proof b2b on the same plane or take one for the team when the flights move to t2

    johnny 27 posts

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