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Connecting From BA To AA At LHR  
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5828 times:

Just trying to figure out how this works....If one is flying from Switzerland to LHR on BA and connecting to LHR-JFK on AA, does the agent check your bags all the way through, or do you have to claim them at LHR and drop them a transfer desk? And would you get your boarding pass for both legs?

And finally what terminals would both flights be on at LHR?

Thanks!

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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
If one is flying from Switzerland to LHR on BA and connecting to LHR-JFK on AA, does the agent check your bags all the way through, or do you have to claim them at LHR and drop them a transfer desk?

They check them in all the way.

Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
And would you get your boarding pass for both legs?

Since AA and BA are both oneworld partners, yes, they should.

Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
And finally what terminals would both flights be on at LHR?

BA - Terminal 4
AA - Terminal 3

Keep in mind that most European destinations on BA operate from Terminal 1, but there are exceptions and Switzerland is one of them.



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5755 times:

You will probably get off your plane in LHR and take a train/bus/walk to the other terminal and get on the AA plane. AA and BA seem to be really good about interlining stuff. Just make sure you have both boarding passes and your bags and tagged all the way to America


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User currently offlineAc789 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5713 times:

Make sure you take the airside transfer bus from T4 to T3 (follow signs for flight connections). That way you can avoid passing UK immigration/customs, though you do have to pass security again.

The pretty picture: http://www.britishairways.com/cms/gl...ain/150by120/lhr_int4_int3_cnx.gif


User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5666 times:

If it helps, I flew a while back on BA/AA via LGW and this is how it worked.

My route..BA from Lyon (LYS) to LGW then AA from LGW to DFW to SHV.

In LYS, I chcked my bags and got boarding passes for all three flights (even the American Eagle Saab DFW-SHV). At LGW it was smooth. This was before they were in the same terminal at LGW, so I took the bus between terminals, so that I never had to clear immigration or security in LGW.

This was a year after I had tried the same thing on Delta/Air France (Skyteam) VCE-CDG-ATL-SHV and it was a disaster. I won't go into details, because that doesn't help your question. But from the Delta/Air France incident compared to the BA/AA (Oneworld) trip one year later, I have not flown Delta any more and have let my miles expire, while I remain an American AAdvantage gold.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7380 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5637 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 1):
Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):
And finally what terminals would both flights be on at LHR?

BA - Terminal 4

No. T1. T4 services (most) BA long haul flights and their flights to AMS and CDG. Otherwise BA domestic and European flights are served from T1 with a small number of longhaul destinations served from T3 and, I believe, T1.


User currently offlineVSFLYER747400 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5619 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 5):
No. T1. T4 services (most) BA long haul flights and their flights to AMS and CDG. Otherwise BA domestic and European flights are served from T1 with a small number of longhaul destinations served from T3 and, I believe, T1.

BA's Switzerland flights now operate into T4, as do services for BRU as well as the aforementioned AMS and CDG.



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User currently offlineSkidMarque From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Correct, I flew LHR Geneva return last week, it was Terminal 4 both times.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5570 times:

Quoting BA (Reply 1):
Since AA and BA are both oneworld partners, yes, they should.

They will check you through HOWEVER, AA don't accept boarding passes issued by other airlines, they will re-issue them at LHR - same seat and everything, but they have to capture your passport data etc as they cannot get this from the through-check message from BA, and the US authorities require the info to be sent when the plane departs. There is an AA transit desk at T3 as you arrive off the bus from T1 (I think so), you will need to check there. There will be a very small sign saying that interline pax connecting to AA must report to the transit desk. If you don't, they'll do it at the gate, but they get annoyed.

Bags should be OK, although LHR transfers are notoriously bad, and the standard minimum connect time may not be enough if the airport is busy.


User currently offlineSvenvdM From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5467 times:

Is there also an airside bus from T1 to T3? I will be connecting from a BA flight from FRA at T1 to an AA flight to MIA at T3. That means I don't have to pass customs? I heard something about passing security. Why would this be the case if I'm airside anyway?

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5393 times:

http://www.heathrowairport.com/porta...f1ae522010VgnVCM100000147e120a____

That should give you info on how to do the transfer. AA will be able to give you the boarding pass unless there's something wrong with your ticket (i.e. the computer not recognizing your e-tkt or something like that).

LH423



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