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  • Supergers49 225 posts

    Good Morning.

    In a couple of months my wife and I will be doing EDI-LHR-LAS return. The EDI-LHR legs are BA (CE), LHR-LAS legs VS (PE). I’ve allowed 3h30m to connect from T5 to T3 and vice versa on the return. It was 4h30m but VS keep pulling the flight forward.

    Based on practical experience will that be a comfortable amount of time to collect bags, transfer, re-check bags, go through security and grab a bite to eat in a lounge in both directions?

    TIA

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,081 posts

    If this is all on a single ticket then the bags will be tagged through and you can take the airside bus between the terminals.

    If not just a reminder that whilst you think you have 3 1/2 hours between arrival and Departure you actually have 2 1/2 to allow for rhe bag drop deadlines.

    That said the landslide trip should take around 20-30 mins whether by tube or Lizzie / Hex.

    Supergers49 225 posts

    Thanks @BA Flyer IHG Stayer. Unfortunately separate tickets. It certainly feels tighter than I would like.

    The real Swiss Tony 654 posts

    The problem is going to be if you hit a delay on the flight down from Edinburgh. Any chance of doing HBO and maxing out on the BA cabin luggage allowance, even if it means gate checking something for the flight to Vegas?

    Working backwards, the VS counter supposedly closes 60 minutes before departure.
    Allowing 30 minutes to get from T5 to T3 landside would be sensible.
    Allowing 30 minutes for them to get the bags off the plane at LHR also seems appropriate.

    Even with a 1hr delay you’ll be OK, but being HBO would give you an extra hour and a bit to play with.

    jj 520 posts


    Allowing 30 minutes for them to get the bags off the plane at LHR also seems appropriate.

    I don’t want to sound too alarming, but on Sunday in T5 it took more than an hour for bags to begin arriving, and they continued to trickle onto the belt for a further hour. A batch of bags was delivered to the wrong belt without warning, and about 20 people’s bags never arrived – a catalogue of inefficiency and error at both source and destination.

    That was a very full half-term A380 from Dallas, and an internal flight should be better. But I wouldn’t guarantee it.

    Supergers49 225 posts

    Thanks @The real Swiss Tony. I would be happy travelling HBO but I think Player 2 would like to pack a few dresses for the trip!

    On that basis, I’ve stumped up £70 to pull forward our EDILHR leg and push back our LHREDI leg. Thankfully, there was plenty of Avios availability.

    jj 520 posts

    Wise

    The real Swiss Tony 654 posts

    Thanks @The real Swiss Tony. I would be happy travelling HBO but I think Player 2 would like to pack a few dresses for the trip!

    On that basis, I’ve stumped up £70 to pull forward our EDILHR leg and push back our LHREDI leg. Thankfully, there was plenty of Avios availability.

    Eeek – might have been £68 cheaper to cancel and rebook.


    @jj
    intersting to hear of your woes. i try not to travel with checked luggage but ski trips are the exception. Landed back from SZG on 1/1 into T5, bags were on the belt within 5 minutes of us getting down there. And we were in J and were bussed separately to the terminal so no hanging around. Obviously a one off with staff motivated to go home given it was approaching 11pm!

    jj 520 posts

    The real Swiss Tony, I hate going HBO so always check my baggage. In decades of flying, this is only the third time that anyone in my party has had a mishandled bag, and this was probably the slowest ever bag delivery that I’ve seen.

    Every problem that I’ve ever had with bags has included all of the following risk factors: February half term, skiing, long-haul, and connecting flights. I think that a few times a year, baggage systems become overwhelmed with big pulses of sporting equipment – I once remember flying to a big cycling sportive, watching my own bike being loaded onto the plane, and then seeing 20-30 bikes being left on the tarmac when the hold was completely full. Airports aren’t designed to cope with peak sporting seasons.

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