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  • Sean Mc 66 posts

    Have booked LHR/LAX/LAS in June to keep a First redemption. Arrival at LAX 14.55 and original booked onward flight was 19.00. Had a notification today that 19.00 flight cancelled and been put on 17.00. I am in First with luggage, but my travelling companion (who is on separate tickets (1 to lax and 1 to LAS)) is in economy (HBO). Do people think the transfer (TBIT to T5) is doable in 2 hours (next AA flight is 2100 so don’t want a 4 hour wait). Was also considering re-routing via IAD with a 3 hour layover – is this a better alternative. I know i could re-route direct in J – but for now would prefer to keep F on outward journey.

    MattB 259 posts

    Isn’t it around a 5 hour flight from IAD to LAS? Not sure i would want to cut short time in BA F to sit that long on a domestic carrier F seat.

    If you can reroute why not SFO or SJC and see what connections are available?

    I wouldn’t fancy a 2 hr connection that involved immigration and bag pickup/drop off at LAX unless you had GE. A few years back we were flying the other direction (LAS/LAX/LHR) and barely made a 1 hr 50 min connection.

    But then again a 6 hour wait isn’t ideal either. I reckon it would be much quicker to end your journey at LAX and walk over to the Southwest desk and pay $50 for the next flight to vegas!

    The Savage Squirrel 566 posts

    Exactly what MattB said; Absolutely no way I’m sitting for 6 hours in LAX with another 1hr+ flying after that. Hell, I’d rather drive to Vegas and get there in 4! Just terminate in LAX. There’s a ridiculous frequency of LAX-LAS flights for peanuts.

    Lyn 187 posts

    A few thoughts. First, June is a long way away in terms of American Airlines short-hop schedules. These seem to change quite frequently, so the situation could very easily change again before your actual flight.

    Second, I would never personally book a 2 hour connection at LAX, but then I prefer to avoid unnecessary stress and like to have a few minutes to catch my breath in the Qantas lounge. However, it is a “legal” connection and probably usually enough time as long as your incoming flight is not delayed and you are prepared to deal with the stress of a rushed connection and can walk reasonably fast. In case you aren’t familiar with it, the transfer from TBIT to T5 is possibly the fastest one at LAX. You have to pick up your luggage and then drop it off again at TBIT. At this point you can choose to stay inside the TBIT building and turn right immediately down the corridor towards security to re-enter TBIT / walk to T5. You would both need to have boarding passes for the onward flight on AA.

    I think you’d have a lot more back-up options, if they turn out to be needed, once you are on the west coast than you would in IAD, and as MattB says, it would be a lot more comfortable.

    Sean Mc 66 posts

    Thanks MattB/TSS/LYN some food for thought.

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