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JFK-LHR-DEL On AA/VS Questions  
User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

I am set to fly JFK-LHR on AA and LHR-DEL on VS on May 30/31 on a business class ticket. Flight is morning flight from JFK with a 1:45 minute connection at LHR. I see from the internet that the flights should be at the same terminal at LHR (terminal 3). This is good- as I missed my flight last time at LHR when VS flight parked at a remote stand and the transfer involved 3 buses! A few questions:

The ticket was sold as a single carrier ticket, yet I am flying two airlines that do not have a partnership that I am aware of. Hmmm.

Will I be able to check my bags all the way through?

What if I miss my connection? Who is responsible for that scene?

What is Delhi Airport like? The only website I have found is extremely poor.

Why does VS fly at odd times to/from DEL? Seems all the other flights leave at the opposite time of day. Mind you, I like the times of the VS flights! Will I avoid the crowds in DEL? I am hoping it will be an advantage and less stressful overall.

I have abusiness class ticket, yet when I selected my seat on the A340-300 leg to LHR-DEL, I was able to sit in seat 3A. That the very front! Does that mean I will be in Upper Class? I can't figure it all out.

Any help on these items appreciated  Smile

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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

Seat 3A is in VS upper class!

Have a look on: http://www.v-flyer.com/ , the website has loads of info. about Virgin Atlantic!

Have a nice flight!

Rob!


User currently offlinePhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3907 times:

Quoting Petazulu (Thread starter):
What is Delhi Airport like? The only website I have found is extremely poor.

Not to be offensive to anyone from India, but the web site is just like the airport. Extremely poor. My own personal opinion is before India can really do anything to encourage tourism, they have to get their airports cleaned up and streamline operations.

Quoting Petazulu (Thread starter):
Does that mean I will be in Upper Class?

Yes, Upper Class is Business Class.


User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Yes, you can check your bags all the way through. As far as missing the connection, it really depends on the situation and which airline the ticket is validated on (whos stock it is). If it is on VS stock, AA cannot touch the ticket for reissue regardless of the situation.

User currently offlineSnehnath From India, joined Apr 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

Hi,

DEL Airport is bad but you will sail through immigration and customs as that is not the busiest time of the day for international flights. If you are staying at a decent hotel in DEL, be sure to call in advance and request a free airport pick-up. Haggling with cabbies in DEL is not in your best interests. DEL will be crowded, but not as crowded as it was in the past and there have been some fairly decent moves to streamline traffic in and around the airport and hotel areas. On the way back, please make sure that you reach the airport atleast 2.5 to 3 hours before the flight. Factor traffic in on the return trip


User currently offlineAA B777-200 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 505 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

Normally, the carrier that brings you into LHR (in his case AA) is responsible for rebooking you in the case of a misconnection. However when you fly on 2 separate tickets, AA is entitled to tell you that they are only responsible for the JFK-LHR stretch and that's it!

Meaning... Getting stranded in LHR, if they get you a hotel you should be lucky.

Virgin will probably rebook you on their next flight (if they don't have one the following day, they will look for an alternative on a partner such as Air India). Transferring you to a non-Virgin partner depends on your ticket. Some special fares (even in bizz) are non-endorsable or non-reroutable.
If it's a full fare ticket, you can take ANY airline, even with transfer, as long as your travel plans are within the Maximum Permitted Mileage. So whether that's BA to DXB and on with EK, or BMI to AMS and KL on to DEL, that's totally up to you.


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 3712 times:

Quoting Petazulu (Thread starter):
What is Delhi Airport like? The only website I have found is extremely poor.



Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 2):
t to be offensive to anyone from India, but the web site is just like the airport. Extremely poor.

The airport is poorer than the horrible website (inofficial though, in the 1999 layout Big grin ) - get out of there asap

Quoting Snehnath (Reply 4):
Haggling with cabbies in DEL is not in your best interests.

No, this is unfair. There is a prepaid taxi counter, and it is not a big deal to get a cab for a cheap price


If you want, drop me an email, I wil give you my cell no then.. as I live in DEL, I am more than happy to offer you any assistance you might require during your stay.. and one warning: the weather is insane at the moment!  Wink

Have a nice trip!


User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11637 posts, RR: 61
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 3707 times:

Quoting AA B777-200 (Reply 5):
Normally, the carrier that brings you into LHR (in his case AA) is responsible for rebooking you in the case of a misconnection. However when you fly on 2 separate tickets, AA is entitled to tell you that they are only responsible for the JFK-LHR stretch and that's it!

That is correct. As governed by international civil aviation law, airlines are only responsible for getting you as far as you tell them you're going. If you buy an AA ticket JFK-LHR and a VS ticket LHR-DEL, AA is only responsible for the JFK-LHR segment. However, if you buy an interline ticket, all on AA ticket stock, AA JFK-LHR and VS LHR-DEL, that AA is responsible for getting you all the way to DEL because they issued the tickets.


User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 6):
the weather is insane at the moment!

very true!! be prepared to land in an oven, and "grill-out".
welcome anyway.
rgds
VT-ASJ



ala re ala, VT-ALA ala
User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

But what a shocker that you're going to be in... coming off from AMERICAN AIRLINES and onto VIRGIN ATLANTIC.... why don't you just exchange your AA transatlantic ticket with VIRGIN as well. That way, you'd get the limousine transfers from New York to the airport!

Yes, you're flying UPPER CLASS... and comparing it with AA's Business Class is like the RITZ (as Virgin) to Motel 6 (AA). Virgin does not have a first class, so business class is UPPER CLASS.

I know you wanted to take the morning departure from JFK... and that is probably why you are flying with AA. But if you get your ticket reissued with VS, I am sure VS might be able to provide a free room for rest or overnight to connect with the Delhi flight. PLUS you'd still get complimentary transfers from/to London airport as well as New York. (I'm not sure about Delhi though.)

[Edited 2005-05-21 21:01:36]

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