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Connecting At LHR

Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:22 am

Hey guys, I will be connecting at LHR this weekend on my way to the Caucasus region.

I was checking the UK border agency website and I couldn't find anything, do I need to register somewhere? (anything similar to Australian ETA or US visa waiver program?).

Also, I figure I will find out from the airline, but do I have to retrieve my bag in London and then check it with the other airline? (BMI, I will be flying United to London, so both of them are *A).

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RE: Connecting At LHR

Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:24 am

Hopefully United should check your bags through, so when you arrive at LHR, follow purple signs to flight connections. You'll stay in Terminal 1 (if you're on a PMUA flight), pass through secuity and wait in the departure lounge / shopping mall, for your bmi flight. No need to pass through immigration, unlike the USA, most other countries allow international to international airside connections. The only issue would be if United won't check your bags through, then you will need to clear immigration (a landing card will be handed out on the flight) collect your bags, pass through customs, and check in upstairs with bmi. Remember, as of today, bmi is no longer a member of star alliance, and many benefits are being withdrawn from today, and over the next few weeks, such as lounge access, mileage accrual etc.
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RE: Connecting At LHR

Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:57 am

Quoting AA757MIA (Thread starter):
do I need to register somewhere? (anything similar to Australian ETA or US visa waiver program?).

No. As a US citizen (presuming you are) you will just need to fill out the white card if you have to go through immigration to collect you bags. Leave the "Address in the UK" section blank and just explain that you're leaving right away to the immigration officer.

However, I believe that UA are generally very good at interlining baggage, even if you're bookings are on separate PNRs. If they are on one PNR they should interline your bags automatically, confirm with the agent that they are doing. If the UA/BD sectors are on different PNRs just give the agent your connecting flight confirmation and they would most likely agree to tag your luggage to your final destination.

Quoting bwaflyer (Reply 1):
You'll stay in Terminal 1 (if you're on a PMUA flight)

If you're flying PMCO you'll arrive in T4, but the procedure is basically identical: follow the purple signs to flight connections and you'll get an airside bus to T1.

If you need to get your BD boarding pass at LHR (but your luggage is interlined) then you can still transfer airside: there is an airside transfer checkin in T1 or you can checkin at the BD lounge (if you're eligible)
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RE: Connecting At LHR

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:12 am

LHR airport website has a good section on connections that will give you a step-by-step guide which you can print out if you need a "cheat sheet" - signage at LHR is very good I think, so as long as you're reasonably alert, you shouldn't get lost.


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